At her heaviest, Demi Anderson weighed 15st 12lbs and wore a UK size 16.
The 23-year-old admits her weight gain came around when she turned 18 and began drinking.
She would go out every weekend, gorge on takeaways and buy whatever food she wanted.
But when she saw a picture of herself, Demi knew it was time to start her weight loss journey.
“I think there were a lot of contributing factors to my weight gain”
“I think there were a lot of contributing factors to my weight gain,” she said.
“Mostly after I turned 18 when I started to drink, I learned to drive and I started earning money.”
Demi added: “So, I would go on nights out every weekend, get takeaways and buy whatever food I wanted and whenever I wanted because I could drive.
“Plus, I didn’t exercise, I sat all day at my job and drove everywhere.”
The customer service worker, from Bonnybridge, Scotland, claims her turning point was when she saw a photo of what she looked like.
Since then, she’s become a member of her local Xercise4Less gym and begun exercising.
Demi explained: “I chose Xercise4Less because I was nervous about going to the gym, I was inexperienced and was scared to look like a fool when trying to figure out how to lift weights. But the women’s only section helped me make my decision to just join.
“I was amazed how at ease I felt and even more amazed at how much I love it. In such a short space of time I feel like my body has changed and gotten stronger and more toned.
“My loose skin from my weight loss has tightened up and I never thought that it would. Plus, I lost even more weight and hit my goal weight.”
Following her weight loss journey, Demi now weighs 11st and wears a UK size 10.
“My mum was very supportive and we both started our weight loss journey at that same time,” she continued.
“She helped me improve my cooking abilities and we both constantly encouraged each other.”
Demi concluded: “My next goal is to work on my arms and stomach.
“I want to be able to lift heavier weights and build muscle.”
DEMI ANDERSON’S DIET BEFORE:
Breakfast: Two large bowls of chocolate cereal
Lunch: Oven pizza and chips
Dinner: Takeaway and more oven food
Snacks: Chocolate, crisps, ice cream, biscuits, sandwiches and toast
DEMI ANDERSONS’S DIET AFTER:
Breakfast: Berries, fat free yoghurt and oats
Lunch: Pasta and homemade pasta sauce / salad with loads of chickpeas
Dinner: Homemade curries or stir fries
Snacks: Jelly, fruit, berries and vegetables