Lynsey Harland, 33, from County Durham, had gained weight previous to lockdown often indulging in takeaway meals from Greggs and McDonald’s in addition to splurging on pub meals with sugary cocktails.
However the state of affairs escalated as soon as coronavirus restrictions have been put in place, and the enterprise improvement supervisor turned to binge-eating to maintain herself entertained and she or he tipped the scales at 15st.
Resolving to make a change, she managed to shed 3.5 stone by making easy wholesome adjustments to her food regimen – whereas nonetheless having fun with a few of her favorite treats.
Lynsey Harland, 33, (pictured) from County Durham, who as soon as tipped scales at 15st, has revealed how swapping takeaways for wholesome meals helped her to drop pounds
Lynsey revealed her preliminary weight achieve got here from struggling to steadiness a busy profession and social life. Pictured: At her heaviest
Admitting she had gained weight earlier than the pandemic, Lynsey (pictured) mentioned she started binge-eating and ingesting every day throughout lockdown
Lynsey’s food regimen earlier than
Breakfast: Greggs Bacon and Omelette 395 energy bun with a latte 111 energy
Lunch: McDonalds Hen Legend meal giant with strawberry milkshake 1431 energy or McDonalds Huge Tasty meal medium with Strawberry Milkshake 1492 energy
Dinner: Fried rice chips and curry sauce from native Chinese language or 8″ takeaway pizza and chips from takeaway
Snacks: A minimum of 3-Four lattes all through the day 333-444 energy, Snickers 245 energy. Walkers cheese and onion crisps 124 energy
Lynsey’s food regimen now
Breakfast: Bulk whey protein 2 scoops with Arla lactose free inexperienced milk 250ml 348 energy
Lunch: Tuna salad (lighter than mild mayo, spring onions, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot and apetina 50% much less fats cheese) 316 calorie or Ham broth (ham, turnip, parsnip, carrots, leeks and vegetable inventory) 213 energy
Dinner: Strawberries 80g and 100g Skyr Icelandic Yoghurt 87 energy or Pinch of Nom Philly Cheese steak bun 375 energy
Snacks: Kinder bar 12.5g 71 energy or Cheetos Cheese 71 energy, Espresso black 1 energy, Lemon inexperienced tea 1 energy
‘I gained weight initially from a busy working and social life,’ Lynsey mentioned.
‘I used to be too busy for meal prep, so I might seize one thing whereas out working.
‘If I did not have time for breakfast, I might have a Greggs bacon and omelette bun with a big latte, lunch can be McDonald’s – possibly a Huge Tasty or Hen Legend meal – giant with a strawberry milkshake.
‘Within the night I might have both fried rice, chips and curry from my native Chinese language takeaway or an Italian meal with my pals or a pizza; one thing fast and straightforward.
‘My weekends have been spent within the pub, ingesting sugary cocktails and consuming pub meals, and I might additionally drink a number of full-fat lattes all through the day as nicely to maintain my power up.’
When lockdown hit in March 2020, issues went from dangerous to worse as Lynsey says she started ‘consuming for 4’.
Lyndsey would buy a meal from Greggs for breakfast and have a takeaway from McDonald’s for lunch. Pictured: At her heaviest
Lynsey (pictured) mentioned her weekends have been normally spent having pub meals and sugary cocktails, along with a number of full-fat lattes all through the day
Lynsey (pictured) set herself a purpose to lose 4 and a half stone by March 2021, after turning into unemployed in July 2020
She continued: ‘My meals invoice rocketed, takeaways have been nonetheless delivering and I feel I drank most nights.’
‘I ate and drank all the things in sight simply so I might entertain myself.
‘I reside alone and I’m a really social particular person so I struggled with being so remoted, and meals and alcohol turned a consolation.’
Lynsey started specializing in her well being and shedding pounds, after turning into unemployed on the finish of July.
She mentioned: ‘I needed to lose 4 and a half stone by March 2021 as a result of I weighed 15 stone.’
She instantly began switching up her food regimen to incorporate extra healthful and wholesome meals, swapping her Greggs breakfast for a banana protein shake and a black espresso, and changing lunch with a tuna or rooster salad or a beef stew filled with greens.
Lynsey swapped her Greggs breakfast for a protein shake and changed takeaways with meat and plenty of greens. Pictured: Lynsey earlier than weight reduction
Lynsey (pictured) downloaded the MyFitnessPal app to trace her steps and elevated the space walked as she shed her extra weight
Lynsey (pictured) revealed she drinks a variety of water, black espresso and inexperienced tea however permits herself an occasional mocha
For dinner, Lynsey now has wholesome meats with greens or home-made quiches made with cottage cheese.
She additionally permits herself a deal with meal as soon as per week, equivalent to pizza, however says she nonetheless tends to go for the more healthy possibility.
Lynsey mentioned: ‘I additionally drink a lot of water, black espresso or inexperienced tea, though I do enable myself the occasional mocha. I take advantage of Galaxy Mild Sizzling Chocolate and occasional as an alternative.
‘If I need an alcoholic beverage I’ve vodka and food regimen lemonade.’
She additionally downloaded the MyFitnessPal app to assist monitor her steps per day and started strolling 10,000 steps daily, rising the steps as the burden dropped.
Lynsey (pictured) mentioned she thought shedding pounds would take a very long time and at her heaviest she skilled bodily ache
Lynsey integrated 40 sit-ups, 40 squats and 30 press-ups into her every day train routine, which she says helped pace up her weight reduction.
At her heaviest weight, she felt unhappy and suffered from bodily ache – however now has extra power and feels ‘like herself’ once more.
She mentioned: ‘I had by no means been that huge and thought it will take a very long time to eliminate the burden.
‘I could not consider I let it get so uncontrolled. I had already placed on weight the yr earlier than over the Christmas interval after which when lockdown began, it simply snowballed.
Lynsey (pictured) revealed shedding pounds has given her extra power and made her really feel youthful
‘Bodily, I used to be drained loads, even when simply strolling up the steps I might get out of breath.
‘My legs ached after I walked an excessive amount of I needed to sleep loads and I hated myself within the mirror.
‘I’ve a lot extra power now. It is turn into extra of a life-style and never a food regimen for me, and I feel if you begin it like that it turns into simpler.
‘I now not get drained strolling or ache afterwards, I really feel loads youthful than I’m.’