Inspiring Talk to the Press weight loss client shared her story with The Sun. Toni Lamberti, 21, had struggled with her weight since she was a little girl and was always bullied for her size, but she transformed herself after taking the McDonald’s Diet.
At 18, her stomach was bursting out of size 18 clothes and she weighed a whopping 17 stone. When her relationship of three years started to break down, Toni decided to not let her addiction to food stop her from finding love again. She kicked her unhealthy habits and ditched the three litres of fizzy drinks she was guzzling every day and the gut-busting McDonald’s lunches.
Incredibly she lost six stone over the course of three years. Now a svelte size 8 after hitting the gym every day, Toni, who works in sales, is in a relationship with a personal trainer.
The beautiful brunette is now planning to enter a bikini body competition next year and hopes to be crowned beach babe. 5’7” Toni, from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was overweight for as long as she can remember. In school she was bullied constantly by other pupils for her size and tipped the scales at a whopping 16 and a half stone and waistband-stretching size 18. Taunts of other children calling her ‘fat’ still haunt her today and the bullying got so bad she was diagnosed with depression at 16.
Boyfriends would make cruel comments and a former lover even suggested she ‘wear more make up’ to distract from her rolls of fat. At her worst, she weighed almost 17 stone and was scoffing more than 2500 calories every day. On an average day she would skip breakfast, snack on chocolate bars and crisps in the morning and then visit McDonald’s every day for a large Bic Mac meal with a large coke and fries. Instead of dinner she would eat three packets of crisps and chocolate bars, washed down with up to six large fizzy drinks every day.
When her three-year relationship came to an end, supersize Toni decided enough was enough and ditched the junk food. After spending the first 18 years of her life on the sofa stuffing her face, Toni changed her entire lifestyle and now hits the gym seven days a week. As well as her strict exercise regime, Toni has a healthy new calorie-controlled diet.
She never consumes more than 1400 calories a day. For breakfast she will have porridge with skimmed milk. Lunch will be chicken breast and salad followed by peppers stuffed with couscous for dinner. She has ditched the fizzy drinks for water and hasn’t been in a McDonald’s since.
Five months ago she met her personal trainer boyfriend Josh, 21, and with his help has turned her flab into fabulous muscle. After losing six stone and dropping down to a tiny size eight, Toni has set herself a goal – to win the bikini body beach title as part of her fitness team in 2015.
She said: “I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror because I was so fat. I’d never done a day’s exercise in my life and just sat on the sofa and ate rubbish food. I was in such a horrible rut and I couldn’t see a way out.
“I was subjected to years of nasty comments and even my boyfriends would say hurtful things about my weight. I was so low.
“I would only wear baggy, frumpy stuff to hide my hideous body and lived in jeans and hoodies like a boy. I spent my entire life looking at other girls and asking myself why I didn’t look like them.
“Now, I feel fantastic and just want to inspire other women to get off their bums and to the gym. Finally I can shop in Topshop and wear dresses and heels.”
Features editor Paisley placed Toni’s story with The Sun and we are now in the process of securing her a magazine deal too. If you’ve got a great weight loss story, fill out the form to the right or email email@example.com
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