'Hermit' who ate non-stop for two years lost 12 stone after dieting with her mom

'Hermit' who ate non-stop for two years lost 12 stone after dieting with her mom

Sometimes, all you need in life is the support of a parent to make you achieve the impossible. Someone who knows that all too well is 24-year-old Stephanie Sykes. Stephanie, an administrative assistant who hails from County Durham in England, used to be obese before her own mom gave her the impetus to lose weight. Stephanie once regularly gorged herself in 5,000 calories a day for several months after she lost her dad on Father's Day to an aortic aneurysm. A depressed Stephanie degenerated into a self-described "hermit" who ate "non-stop" for over two years.

However with the help of a new diet accomplished alongside her mother Karen, she went from a size 32 all the way down to a size 14. Karen decided to encourage her daughter to shun her sedentary lifestyle by joined their local Slimming World class herself. in She was hopeful that her daughter might follow in her fitness footsteps, and her faith was rewarded when impressed by her mum’s weight loss, Steph joined her for her first class later.

An image of Steph Sykes. Credit: Press Association

Commenting on her remarkable weight loss, Stephanie stated: "I was on holiday in Spain with my ex and had sent Dad a message that morning, thanking him for how much he had done for me over the years and called him the best dad ever. But that night, around 10 pm, I got the biggest shock when my mum called saying he’d died. It was such a shock and I felt broken."

"Life didn’t really feel worth living to me, so I thought, ‘Who cares that I’m so big?’ My boyfriend didn’t seem to mind that I was letting myself get so large, so I kept eating and eating, only really going from my bed, to the kitchen to the sofa and the bathroom, apart from once a week, when I went to Mum’s house, five minutes away, where I’d just lie on the sofa, too."

She added: "When I was a size 32, I could only get my clothes from one place online and I’d only leave the house to go to my mum’s, where I’d also lie on the sofa. Now, when I look in the mirror, I can’t believe it’s me... I can actually buy clothes in high street shops now and when I look in the mirror, I can’t believe it’s me."

An image of Steph Sykes. Credit: Press Association

Now Steph has shared her success story with her Instagram followers, and her mom is still supporting her even now. Stephanie's ultimate hope is to shed the hanging skin she has left over and get back on the dating scene to meet someone special. To that end she's started a GoFundMe to raise money for the surgery she needs. If you'd like to help her out, then why not do her a favour and check out her page here?