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Super slimmer Sarah Le Brocq sheds eight stone in a year
THE remarkable weight loss of a York woman – who has shed more than eight stone in a year to transform her life – will be featured in a television show tonight.
Sarah Le Brocq, 31, of Holgate, became determined to lose weight in the months approaching her 30th birthday but, at 24 stone, despaired of the challenge she faced having struggled with her weight for years.
Her last hope seemed to be a gastric band operation and she had put her name on a waiting list when she saw a magazine advert for a Sky television programme looking for people who wanted to lose more than ten stone.
Of the 8,000 people who applied, Sarah was chosen to be featured in the series, and over the last year has exercised with a personal trainer and completely changed her diet to lose eight stone, dropping from 24 stone and a size 30 in clothes to 16 stone and a size 18.
The sales rep, who has taken part in an Olympic-length triathalon and this year competed in the York 10k with the aim of losing a further five stones, said she has gone from being someone who could barely face looking in the mirror to a confident and active person.
Her efforts will be shown tonight on Sky Living’s Fat: The Fight of My Life.
“I turned 30 last year and I thought I’m overweight and have been unhappy with myself for most of my 20s,” Sarah said, “Walking up the stairs I was out of breath, little things everyone does are a real effort when you have got eight stone extra weight on you.
“When I began the process it was a massive shock to the system. I had a sedentary job and I hadn’t done exercise, but I actually found that I actually really enjoyed it, it was the best thing I have done and I’ve now really got the bug to do exercise.
“Being involved in this has changed my life really. My family are over the moon and I can’t remember being that size. I feel I have got more energy and positivity and get-up-and-go. Weekends are full of bike rides and going out for walks when before they would be centred on food and drink. It’s absolutely changed my life.”
Sarah worked alongside personal trainer Valentine Rawat of Rawfit in Leeds.
• Fat: The Fight of My Life is presented by American fitness expert Jesse Pavelka and sees ten inspirational individuals taking a journey full of highs and lows in their own battle to lose weight.
Jesse acts as a mentor alongside a team of specialist clinicians, to monitor their progress throughout the year. It will be shown on Sky Living tonight at 9pm.
How Sarah changed her diet
Before taking part in the programme, Sarah’s diet was based on what she could pick up on her travels while working as a sales rep.
Regularly missing breakfast, Sarah would often stop at McDonalds to buy burgers when she was hungry and would have service station sandwiches and crisps for lunch.
Tea would be carbohydrate-heavy lasagnes and pizzas and she often drank two litres of full-fat cola a day.
As part of the programme she cut out carbohydrates as much as possible, on a typical day having porridge for breakfast, homemade soup or chicken salad for lunch and salmon, chicken or steak with green vegetables for tea. She swapped the cola for sparkling water.