Police officer loses half her body weight in dramatic transformation for her dream wedding

Police officer loses half her body weight in dramatic transformation for her dream wedding

Niamah Haddow looked and felt like a different woman on her wedding day - but this wasn't by sheer chance: the 24-year-old had shed almost half of her body weight, dropping from a UK size 22 (US size 18) to a UK size 10 (US size 6) over the course of two years.

Niamah's incredible weight loss journey began in August 2015 when she travelled to Florida to celebrate her 21st birthday.

Festivities took a somewhat sombre tone when the young woman struggled to close her seat belt on the plane and was assigned to the larger seats at the theme parks she visited. In addition, when Niamah - originally from Abergavenny, Wales - returned to her home in Adelaide, Australia, her mother told her she was "scared" for her health.

This was when her determination to transform her lifestyle and body was kickstarted.

Swapping junk food for home cooking and running five kilometres a day, the police officer managed to shed nine stone, losing seven stone in the first year and the remaining two stone in the second year.

Three years after deciding to slim down, she married her partner Michael Sidwell in a dream ceremony.

Speaking out about her metamorphosis, the 24-year-old said: "When I was in university, literally drank and ate pasta. Sometimes I just couldn't be bothered to cook so would eat a packet of biscuits. Now everything I make is fresh, my diet is so organised and planned."

Niamah - who admitted her relationship with Michael had previously suffered due to her insecurities - continued to admit her new lifestyle had changed her life in more ways than one.

"I have lost nine stone and I am now 10 stone. My BMI went from 43 to 23.7 - this is the first time in my life I have a healthy BMI," she said. "There isn't a part of my life losing weight hasn't changed. I'm a police officer and I would never have been fit enough to embark on the year of mental and physical training you have to go through to do that."

She continued: "People here in Australia had no idea what I was like before, whereas people in Britain only know what I was like before. Friends in Britain can never believe it when they see me, while my new friends in Australia always say that I'm so small and they can never imagine me bigger."

Speaking of her big day, which took place in October 2018, she claimed that losing weight gave her the confidence to walk down the aisle, saying: "I felt amazing on the day. I would never have felt the confidence to wear my dream dress or have the wedding if I hadn't lost weight."

Congratulations Niamah! You're looking fabulous!