Mum’s impressive 4st weight loss after switching to a diet of pizza and dessert


IF you’re trying to lose weight, eating pizza wouldn’t be an obvious choice to kick-start your diet.

However, Laura Linklater, 34, has proven that the cheese-laden treat isn’t so bad for you after all – after shedding an impressive four stone by switching to a diet of pizza and desserts.

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Laura Linklater was able to lose four stone without giving up any of her favourite treats[/caption]

The young mum, from Otley in West Yorkshire, dropped from a size 16 to a size 8 after signing up to The Healthy Mummy weight-loss programme, which includes surprising dishes you wouldn’t normally associate with weight-loss.

Laura first realised she needed to make a change after she piled on the weight following the births of her three children – and was teetering on the edge of post-natal depression.

She said: “I had 3 babies in under 3.5 years – my body was so broken I didn’t even recognise it by the time baby three was born.

“I struggled to feed myself, let alone the family. I had no energy and existed on biscuits and white carbs.

“I’ve been just under nine stone my entire adolescence and adult life until having babies and whilst I’d never change having my gorgeous children, I didn’t feel or look like ‘ME’ anymore.

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Laura signed up to the Healthy Mummy weight-loss programme when she started developing post-natal depression[/caption]

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Laura had no energy and existed on biscuits and white carbs before she started The Healthy Mummy programme[/caption]

“I didn’t have the tools or the strength or the confidence to be who I wanted to be and was feeling overwhelmed.

“Healthy Mummy arrived at a time when I think I was teetering on the edge of post natal depression.”

Since signing up to the group, Laura has shed four stone and has even manage to keep eating some of her favourite unhealthy treats.

Laura reveals her 3 top tips for weight loss success

1. Start small.

Just drink water. The difference it makes is mind boggling and feeling fresh makes you want to make healthier choices.

2. Set small, achievable goals and celebrate when you reach them.

Have a list of non-food treats for you and your family to use to celebrate (eg face mask, walk in the fresh air, playing a board game, cinema, bowling, long hot bath whilst partner takes everyone out of the house!)

3. Tell your family and friends about your goals (long term and short term) and ask for their support.

Give them the list of non-food treats so they don’t buy you chocolate for your birthday or other occasions.

Some of the dishes they include on their family friendly recipe pack are a ham and feta pizza, a sausage pasta bake, chocolate cake bites and a lemon and honey cheesecake.

Speaking about The Healthy Mummy diet, Laura said: “It’s a convenient meal plan even when life is mental, kids have chicken pox, there has been no sleep.

“If I fancy a pizza, I’ll go make one from what I have at home or nip to the shops and I do go out to eat in restaurants on occasion.

If I fancy a pizza, I’ll go make one from what I have at home or nip to the shops. I won’t deny myself anything.

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“When we do, I don’t even think about it – I just eat what I want.

“I won’t deny myself anything because I’m being ‘virtuous’ or anything – because that’s another form of controlling through food, which I’ve freed myself from.

“Rather I think: does my body want me to put this in? Is this a beneficial thing for me and/ or my family to have? And then make my choice accordingly.”

And the programme has helped Laura so much she’s now become a keen runner and is training to become a firefighter.

She added: “I’ve taken up running after being inspired by other Healthy Mummy’s on the wonderful Facebook support group. They encouraged me to do the Couch to 5k Course.

“I’m feeling great now as I have Facebook peer support, a framework for meal planning and resourcing our ingredients (ie the shopping list).”

A recent study by Rita Coelho do Vale, a professor at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, suggested you can lose weight eating pizza, if eaten in moderation.

Study participants were placed on a diet that was limited to only 10,500 calories per week – but one group were allowed a day off where they could indulge in treats like pizza.

After two weeks, both groups had lowered their individual body mass index, however, the group that had been given one day off from the diet were happier and more motivated to continue with their diet plan.

Professor Coelho do Vale said: “The key is to plan ahead and designate a specific day for your rule-breaking.

“That’s because giving in to a spur-of-the-moment doughnut can make you feel like you blew your diet—and might as well abandon it completely.”

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Laura is now a keen runner and is training to become a firefighter[/caption]

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Some of the food Laura has been able to eat on her weight-loss plan includes pizza, chocolate cake bites and cheesecake[/caption]

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