A former fast food addict struggled to drive past McDonald’s without going in there.
This led to Kelsey Bonas eating four Maccy’s meals a day, which is one of the reasons her weight spiralled out of control.
At her heaviest, she tipped the scales at 20st.
But after an awkward moment on the plane, the Canadian mum vowed to change her lifestyle.
She undertook gastric bypass surgery and ditched takeaway food for healthy home-cooked meals.
This has helped the 32-year-old to shed 11st in 18 months.
Kelsey first started piling on the pounds when she married her husband Wesley, who is from Wrelton, North Yorkshire.
The pair had three children together – and pregnancy caused the mum to balloon to a size 28.
She used to binge on 4,000 calories a day, with a lot of her diet consisting of McDonald’s meals.
The slimmer used to eat two of the fast food giant’s breakfast sandwiches in the morning and another two burgers for lunch – with nugget meals as a snack.
She recalled: “I’d pretty much tried everything you can think of when it comes to fad diets.
“I have, in the past, suffered with food addiction, which is one of those things you can’t escape. It’s everywhere – you have to eat.
“At one point I couldn’t drive past a McDonald’s without the urge to stop and get something.”
Kelsey’s mindset changed when she went to see a doctor in 2017.
As the medical professional worried the mum wasn’t living life to the full, they recommended gastric bypass surgery.
The dieter explained: “My doctor came to me at one of my appointments and said ‘you’re not living a full life’.
“‘You’re living – but are you happy? Are you able to do things with your children that you want to?’
“Unfortunately my answer was no. I couldn’t run, I couldn’t play. I wasn’t being the best version of myself.
“She suggested I do something more permanent to help me with that additional will-power. That’s how I decided I needed more control in my life.”
With the doctor’s words fresh in her mind, Kelsey booked weight loss surgery.
She also got a wake-up call when visiting her husband’s family in the UK.
During the flight, the mum struggled to get the seat-belt to fit over her 20st bulge.
She said: “Going on an aeroplane was an example of one of those lows when I thought ‘I need to do something about this’.
“‘I need to take charge in my life because if I keep going this way, I’m not going to be around to enjoy it’.
“I had to get a seat belt extender and I could tell my kids, although they didn’t say anything, were mortified I had to ask for one. That was one of those reality moments.”
On her return from the trip, the slimmer went into hospital for the surgery that would change her life forever.
Kelsey remembered: “It was a total shock. You go from eating whatever you want when you want, to having the surgery and having to teach yourself all over again how to eat.
“It is extremely hard. It isn’t a process that happens overnight. You don’t just wake up one day and have surgery. You’re in a programme for about a year first.
“You have to see a dietitian to see if you’re willing to make those lifestyle changes, because if you can’t make the changes, it’ll all be for nothing.
“It’s a very invasive surgery, but it’s the best choice I’ve ever made in my entire life.”
The mum also swapped fast food for healthy meals at home – including omelettes and veggie-filled burrito bowls.
Weeks after the surgery, Kelsey dropped 2st and noticed the fat ‘melting’ away.
And around six months later, she was able to fit into a size 18.
She was happy to drop five dress sizes, although it was a strange adjustment for her to be buying clothes that weren’t in the plus size section.
The dieter said: ”[The weight loss] was a bit scary and surreal. Your body goes really quickly, then your brain has to catch up.
“It doesn’t change what’s going on inside your head – it just changes your stomach size.
“Body dysmorphia is super real when it comes to people who have this surgery.”
In total, Kelsey has shed 11st – and she had a tummy tuck and breast lift to remove saggy skin left behind after her transformation.
The mum is now healthier than ever and says her kids are “proud” and “happy” because they can play with her more.