Woman beats her crippling soda addiction and loses almost half her body weight

Woman beats her crippling soda addiction and loses almost half her body weight

It's remarkable how changing just one small part of your diet can help you to reap great results down the line. Even cutting out just one thing can be the difference between being round and curvy or slim and trim. For driving instructor Clare Gibbons, the transformation didn't come until she finally gave up drinking copious amounts of soda, and as a result managhed to shed a whopping 12 stone. Clare, who hails from Macclesfield in England, has blamed her obesity on sugary carbonated drinks and the sedantary lifestyle of a driving teacher.

Her heaviest weight was 26st 10lb - at which point she was diagnosed with type two diabetes in 2013. She would routinely guzzle seven fizzy drinks a day, including three 250ml tins energy drinks, and four 375ml bottles of cola. This meant that she was consuming over 242.5g of sugar a day, which is eight times the reccomended daily amount. Things only got worse when she was also diagnosed with a hormonal condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.

Two images of Clare Gibbons. Credit: Press Association

Commenting on her weight loss in a recent interview, Clare stated: "Being a driving instructor meant I never had to walk anywhere, so that didn’t help with my weight at all. I’d always have sweets in the glove box and stop at petrol stations to get more snacks after the lessons. Looking back, when I saw myself in the mirror, I actually thought I looked alright, but seeing pictures now I can’t believe how fat I let myself get. I wish someone would have said to me, ‘Clare, you’ve got really fat,’ because I honestly didn’t realise."

"I was told it was very likely I would never be able to have children and was devastated. But not long after my diagnosis I fell pregnant with Amelia and Callum after that, and they both felt like miracles. I tried different diets but nothing seemed to work. I felt unhappy with life and would eat and eat to make myself feel better. Within the first six months of taking metformin, I lost five stone. I was still large at 21 stone, but it was a start and really inspired me to eat well and lose more weight."

Her diabetes medication meant that she had to give up sodas, and although she experienced feelings of withdrawal for the first few weeks, she now doesn't miss it at all. Clare still wants to lose more weight, but she's happy that her outlook and attitude has chnaged. "I still feel like a fat person because of my excess skin," she stated. "But I know, deep down, I look so different. Learner drivers  I used to teach walk straight past me in the street now, as they don’t recognise me anymore. My confidence has improved no end and I feel like I’ve really revved up my life."

Two images of Clare Gibbons. Credit: Press Association

So if you're desperate to lose weight in the near future, then maybe forget all the diet plans and strenuous exercise and focus on just cutting out one bad thing from your life. It could be cake, or pizza, or even just that spoonful of sugar you take with your coffee, and you could see a tremendous difference1