Unrecognizable High Wycombe mum after losing four dress sizes and losing four stones during lockdown

A woman who didn’t want to be “the fat one” in a wedding photo lost so much weight during confinement that her colleagues didn’t recognize her.

Claire Campbell-Andrews, who confessed to the dieter, swapped her cookie and chocolate snacks for low-fat cheese and pickled onions, dropping four stones.

With a new wardrobe and hairstyle, Claire returned to work last month, prompting her co-workers to ask “Claire, is that you?”

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The 59-year-old is now 14 inches smaller in size and has swapped size 18 for clothes in size 10.

Her engagement ring had to be resized and she described her old shoes as “like boats”.

Ms Campbell-Andrews, who lives near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, had been on failed fad diets a lifetime, but still reverted to her chocolate and candy ‘kryptonite’.

Determined not to be the fat one in her brother’s wedding photos, she joined Slimming World in August 2019.

In 13 months, her weight dropped from 13 to 5 pounds to 9 to 4 pounds, causing shock to her colleagues when she returned to the office in September 2021.



Claire was determined to come out of lockdown as a ‘winner’ and gave up four dress sizes

The mom of two said: “It was really fantastic because I know I look so different.

“I cut my hair and although I don’t look like a sheep dressed as lamb, I can now wear clothes that are close to the body.”

Before the lockdown, a typical day could see Ms Campbell-Andrews skipping breakfast and munching on Danish pastries, chocolate and candy all day long as well as a lunch of crisps and a dinner of lasagna, washed down with gin and tonic and of wine.



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Now she is eating porridge with berries and a spoonful of Greek yogurt for breakfast, salad or chicken and veg for lunch, and a serving of protein with lots of veg for dinner.

Lasagna is always a favorite, but is made with a low-fat cheese sauce and lean ground meat, while the snacks are low-fat Babybel mini cheese with pickled onions and apples.

She has now started to ride a bike and can’t wait to dress up for Christmas.

Claire said: “I’ve had some really lovely and very flattering comments on my weight loss, now I’m looking forward to the Christmas celebrations so I can really shine.”

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