Woman sheds 2st in one year – you won’t believe what she looks like now


SUPER SLIMMER: Ioana Chira shed more than 2st thanks to diet and exercise

Ioana Chira has embraced her voluptuous body after losing 2st 2lbs in just 12 months.

The Romanian stunner, who’s been living in London for the past three years, was always full-figured but she let her weight spiral after being rejected from the police.

Feeling like a “loser” she began overeating and indulging in junk food, consuming between 3,500 to 4,000 calories a day which is roughly double the recommended intake for women.

Ioana quickly reached her peak weight of 18st 2lbs and a dress size 22, but her size also had an impact on her health and she started suffering from swollen legs and back pain.

She said: ”When I was 18, one of my dreams was to join the Police Academy.

“I trained for about a year and I felt like I could do it. I failed and I felt like a loser because I put all my hopes in my dream.

“From that point, I didn’t really care what I was eating and I’ve started putting back the weight quickly.

“I kept on getting bigger but I couldn’t muster up the motivation to actually do something about it. I preferred to live in denial.”

Realising it was time to make change, the 26-year-old overhauled her lifestyle to slim down to 16st and a dress size 14.


BIGGER BEFORE: Ioana piled on the pounds after being rejected from the police

Ioana said: “Summer is really hot in Romania and my legs would get swollen.

“My legs have always been bigger than the average person’s and I used to hate them so much, no trousers would ever fit me.

“Back in those days, I used to only wear black trousers; most of them custom made or bought from the fashion shops for old women.

“My decision was more like a revelation; I couldn’t believe I let myself live in denial for so long.

“I could finally see outside my little box and I’ve spent some time with myself and analysed what made me get to that point.

“On March 2014, I made the decision to change my life and I’ve promised myself that this time I won’t give up on me.”


VOLUPTUOUS: Ioana has embraced her curves after dropping 2st

In a bid to drop the pounds, Ioana cut her calories in half and now she eats between 2,000 and 2,500 calories a day.

She went from doing no exercise to training five times a week, sweating it out at the gym and attending Zumba classes.

The HRIS analyst said: ”I feel extremely confident now; I love my body and I know that I can achieve my goals and dreams if I work for it.

“I had a very strict diet in the first year of my journey and I got to a point where I was really obsessed and wouldn’t want to eat fearing that I would put the weight back on.

“I always believed that being slim would make me happy, when I got there it was not the case”

Ioana Chira

“I’ve put back quite a lot of the weight on, however, this time the game is different. I’ve managed to shape my body exactly the way I wanted and put the weight in the right places.

“The difference between then and now is not massive in terms of pounds, however my body looks totally different.

“I remember when I posted my first transformation pictures, so many people said that it has been photoshopped or that I had a tummy tuck or liposuction for sure.

“Because of all the magic weight loss products that are on the market and waist trainers, people find it hard to believe that you can actually get a shape like mine through a natural process.”


THIN: Ioana feels more body confident now rather than at her slimmest

But when she dropped to her lowest weight, Ioana missed her curves and feels more beautiful now that she’s put some pounds back on.

She explained: “The hardest thing in this journey is to accept your body and the changes that happen. Getting a functional partnership between your brain and body is a continuous fight.

“When I was at my lowest weight, everyone would say how good I looked, however, I didn’t feel that way. I would feel down most of the time and wouldn’t even want to look in the mirror and see all the cellulite, stretch marks and saggy boobs.

“I always believed that being slim would make me happy, however, when I got there it was not the case.

“I’ve realised that happiness is something beyond size and as long as I keep my body healthy and strong – I’m a winner.”


HAPPY: Ioana has embraced her voluptuous body

Ioana said it was difficult living in an Eastern European country, where larger girls are considered “fat”.

It has affected her confidence and motivated her to encourage other women to embrace their curves.

Ioana said: “There are millions of girls like me and I want to show them they can build their own life and happiness.

“They’ve been bullied and shamed for so long that they’ve accepted the status of ‘fat and ugly’, actually believing there is something wrong with them.

“Plus size women should be promoted more. A big help would be to stop re-touching magazine pictures and show the reality instead of an airbrushed image.

“My profile is all about being real. A lot of the curvy girls have self-esteem issues, especially when it comes to dressing up or going to the gym.

“I am showing my daily outfits to make my girls realise that it’s all about confidence; that’s what actually makes the clothes look good on you.”

She added: “Stop planning and start doing.

“It’s not rocket science and you don’t need to plan it two years in advance. Make small daily changes that you can keep going long term because it’s all about consistency.

“On social media, follow people who inspire you and give you the motivation you need.

“Surround yourself with positive people because you will need a lot of positive vibes throughout your journey.”

Source: dailystar.co.uk