Bride whose weight spiraled after years of emotional eating sheds NINE STONE

A bride-to-be shed 9st in less than a year before her wedding. 

Kat Burrows, 31, from Basingstoke, weighed 19st 13lb and wore UK size 24 at her heaviest but dropped down to 10st 13lb and a dress size 8 ahead of her big day. 

The infrastructure analyst said losing weight has also helped ease the symptoms of her chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Kat Burrows, 31, from Basingstoke, weighed 19st 13lb and wore UK size 24 at her heaviest but dropped down to 10st 13lb and a dress size 8 ahead of her wedding earlier this month, pictured

Kat Burrows, 31, from Basingstoke, weighed 19st 13lb and wore UK size 24 at her heaviest but dropped down to 10st 13lb and a dress size 8 ahead of her wedding earlier this month, pictured

Kat Burrows, 31, from Basingstoke, weighed 19st 13lb and wore UK size 24 at her heaviest but dropped down to 10st 13lb and a dress size 8 ahead of her wedding earlier this month, pictured

Kat Burrows, 31, from Basingstoke, weighed 19st 13lb and wore UK size 24 at her heaviest. Pictured, the infrastructure analyst before starting her weight loss journey

Kat Burrows, 31, from Basingstoke, weighed 19st 13lb and wore UK size 24 at her heaviest. Pictured, the infrastructure analyst before starting her weight loss journey

Kat Burrows, 31, from Basingstoke, weighed 19st 13lb and wore UK size 24 at her heaviest. Pictured, the infrastructure analyst before starting her weight loss journey 

‘I would fall asleep at my desk in the middle of the day, but since losing weight I have so much more energy that the effects have changed dramatically,’ she said. 

Kate grew up overweight and recalled how she used to sneak food out of the kitchen cupboard as a child. 

She continued: ‘Growing up in our house, food was always a treat, so I always associated it with happiness or for times when I needed comforting.

‘This mentality followed me into my adult life, and I used food as a crutch for many of life’s obstacles. For far too long I stayed in a horrible relationship with someone who didn’t support me and my weight loss efforts, so I became stuck in a cycle of emotional eating.’

Kat, pictured today, said losing weight has also helped ease the symptoms of her chronic fatigue syndrome

Kat, pictured today, said losing weight has also helped ease the symptoms of her chronic fatigue syndrome

Kat, pictured today, said losing weight has also helped ease the symptoms of her chronic fatigue syndrome

Kat said it was only when she met her now husband Harvey in 2016 that she felt supported enough to start her weight loss journey. Pictured, Kat before her weight loss journey

Kat said it was only when she met her now husband Harvey in 2016 that she felt supported enough to start her weight loss journey. Pictured, Kat before her weight loss journey

Kat said it was only when she met her now husband Harvey in 2016 that she felt supported enough to start her weight loss journey. Pictured, Kat before her weight loss journey 

It was only when she met her now husband Harvey in 2016 that she felt supported enough to start her weight loss journey. 

‘Having someone support you unconditionally is amazing,’ she said. ‘If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be the healthy and happy woman I am today.’

Kat turned to LighterLife to overhaul her lifestyle after learning how the mother of a close friend was able to lose weight using the programme.

She said: ‘What’s amazing about LighterLife is the group support. My counsellor, Claire, is always motivating and I’ve really enjoyed the weekly cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) activities she takes us through.’

Kat (pictured with Harvey) shed her excess weight with the help of LighterLife combined with weekly cognitive behavioural therapy

Kat (pictured with Harvey) shed her excess weight with the help of LighterLife combined with weekly cognitive behavioural therapy

Kat (pictured with Harvey) shed her excess weight with the help of LighterLife combined with weekly cognitive behavioural therapy 

Diet before…

Breakfast – porridge with lots of sugar, jam or honey

Lunch – shop bought sandwhich

Dinner – takeaways or unhealthy meals with chips

Snacks – Crisps sweets and chocolate

…Diet after 

Breakfast – Porridge with coconut milk or LighterLife shake

Lunch – Chicken salad with no dressing

Dinner – healthy low carb meals, plenty of protein like chicken and beef and lots of vegetables and salad

Snacks – Apple slices or carrots

Harvey and Kat tied the knot earlier this month. The newlyed described it as ‘the most amazing day’.   

‘Harvey did nothing but love and support me though my LighterLife weight-loss journey,’ Kat said. ‘He made me believe I was worth something and that I could do it. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.’ 

Kat lost weight for the wedding – but now has her sights firmly set on how her new lifestyle will benefit her – and Harvey – in the future.   

She added: ‘In the future, we’d love to start a family and because I’ve lost weight I’ll be able to be that active parent who enjoys life to the fullest. When I look to the future, I don’t worry about my weight or my health because I now have the tools to maintain my size eight figure.’  

Kat (pictured with Harvey) who now weighs 10st 13lb, says Harvey made her feel like she was worth something and could achieve her goal

Kat (pictured with Harvey) who now weighs 10st 13lb, says Harvey made her feel like she was worth something and could achieve her goal

Kat (pictured with Harvey) who now weighs 10st 13lb, says Harvey made her feel like she was worth something and could achieve her goal

Kat (pictured) revealed she has more energy since losing weight, after years of falling asleep at her desk

Kat (pictured) revealed she has more energy since losing weight, after years of falling asleep at her desk

Kat (pictured) revealed she has more energy since losing weight, after years of falling asleep at her desk 

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