Couple drop a combined 18 STONE without stepping foot in the gym
Couple who would each order double portions of fast food drop a combined 18st without stepping foot in the gym by swapping takeaways for healthy home-cooked meals
- Jess Levett, 29, was shocked to discover she was unable to fit into a size 24 dress
- She started to swap her high-calorie takeaways for healthier home cooked food
- Soon Jess encouraged boyfriend Nick Todd, 40, to try and lose weight with her
- Buckinghamshire couple have lost a combined total of 18 stone over two years
A couple have revealed how they lost a combined 18stone without stepping foot in the gym by swapping takeaways for healthy home cooked meals.
Jess Levett, 29, and partner Nick Todd, 40, from Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, met at university and quickly becoming ‘comfortable’ with overeating – saying ‘everything they did’ revolved around food.
The pair would double-up on their fast food orders, snack on high-calorie treats at the cinema and if they were cooking at home would opt for processed foods such as oven chips and pizza.
After discovering she couldn’t fit into a size 24 dress, Jess decided to join a weight loss group, swapping fast food for healthy meals, and quickly convinced Nick to sign up with her.
Over two years, business owner Jess dropped 7st 10lbs, now weighing 11st while her partner Nick dropped 10st 3lbs stone, going down from 26st 9lbs to 16st 6lbs.
Jess Levett, 29, and partner Nick Todd, 40, lost a combined 18 stone without stepping foot in the gym by swapping takeaways for healthy home cooked meals. The couple are pictured before and after their weight loss
After discovering she couldn’t fit into a size 24 dress, Jess wanted to change her eating habits and decided to join a weight loss group. She is pictured after her weight loss
‘Nick and I met at university which is when we got into the world of over-eating’, said Jess. ‘As the years passed, we got more comfortable with each other and got into a muddle with our weight.
‘Everything we did revolve around food. Even if we went to the cinema, we would have a meal before and snack on a large box of popcorn whilst in there.
‘It comes as no surprise that people used to look at us as our order would come out because we’d double up on everything – even fries.
‘But I decided enough was enough when a size 24 dress didn’t fit me. I knew I had to do something about my weight.’
The pair swapped their takeaways for healthy foods, and say they were able to stick to the diet because they still allowed themselves treats (right). The couple are pictured before their weight loss (left) weighing 26st 9lbs and 18st 10lbs respectively
The pair would double-up on their fast food orders, snack on high-calorie treats at the cinema and if they were cooking at home would opt for processed foods such as oven chips and pizza
Nick, pictured with Jess before their weight loss, was a coach developer for the Rugby Football Union and ‘saw size as a positive’
In January 2018, Jess started to encouraged Nick to join her weight loss group and he lost 1st in just one week. Pictured L-R; Jess and Nick before their weight loss
In January 2018, Jess started to encouraged Nick to join her weight loss group – but he admits feeling doubtful and assumed it would ‘never work’.
However, the coach developer for the Rugby Football Union dropped one stone in just one week hasn’t looked back since.
‘As I am involved in rugby, I saw size as a positive’, said Nick. ‘But I wasn’t playing as much as I used to because of work and age.
Jess and Nick’s diet before and after
Jess’ diet before
Breakfast – Thick-cut fresh bread with lashings of butter or sausage rolls, cheese and onion rolls.
Lunch – Sandwich and crisps or McDonald’s.
Dinner – Pizza, takeaways, convenience foods.
Snacks – Pastry-based items such as sausage rolls, cakes, cheese twists, crisps, chocolate.
Jess’ diet now
Breakfast – Strawberry, raspberry and grapes in fat-free yoghurt.
Lunch – Pork pad Thai, paella or pasta with a homemade sauce.
Dinner – Fakeaways including Chinese noodle dish or Cheeseburger pasta, lasagne.
Snacks– Fruit, lean meat, yoghurt, seafood sticks, low sun crisps (usually baked ones), pickled onions, gherkins.
Nick’s diet before
Breakfast – Three slices of toast with peanut butter, jam, marmite, cereal with semi-skimmed milk
Lunch – Ham cheese coleslaw baguette, meal deal when out.
Dinner – Pizza and chips; homemade macaroni cheese with lots of cheese, southern fried chicken or takeaways
Snacks – Sharing bags of crisps, sweets, nuts, pretzels.
Nick’s diet now
Breakfast – Grapefruit, apple and Fat free yoghurt
Lunch – Pork pad Thai, paella, pasta with homemade sauce or a salad with lean meat
Dinner – Fakeaways including curries, or Cheeseburger pasta.
Snacks – Fruit, lean meat, yoghurt, seafood sticks, pickled onions, gherkins.
‘My job was to encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle by playing rugby. Yet, I wasn’t a good advert for a healthy lifestyle.
‘Slimming World was the olive branch that I didn’t know I needed. I didn’t think it would work so I was shocked when I’d lost weight so quickly by sticking to their plan.’
The couple used indulge Chinese takeaways or large portions of oven pizzas with chips, but started to cook ‘fakeaway’ dishes at home to replicate their favourite fast food meals.
Within 15 months, Nick replaced his 50′ trousers for 38′. Jess dropped seven stone in 18 months and is now a size ten.
Within 15 months, Nick replaced his 50′ trousers for 38′ and was shocked at how quickly the weight was dropping off. The rugby coach now makes healthy home cooked meals instead of relying on takeaways
The couple, pictured together after their weight loss, started to cook ‘fakeaway’ dishes at home to replicate their favourite fast food meals
‘I feel proud of what we have done’, said Jess. ‘I lost another 10lbs finding where I was my most comfortable and maintainable weight.
‘We tackled our problem with food and focussed purely on our diets. We have come so far without exercise – Nick is quite active at work anyway but I didn’t join the gym until I lost seven stone to tone my body.
‘I used to be tired but now I am full of energy. I don’t feel sad about the old me as I’ve come a very long way.
The pair didn’t step foot in the gym, and wanting to focus purely on their diets. Jess added: ‘We have come so far without exercise’
Now, two years on, business owner Jess is 7st lighter at 11st and Nick weighs 16st 6lbs. They can now fit into a pair of Nick’s old trousers
The couple, pictured after their weight loss, say they were glad to have one another to spur each other on throughout their journey
‘I am the same person on the inside but the confidence I have now is insane. Nick and I wouldn’t even be able to stomach our restaurant orders now.’
The couple say they were glad to have one another to spur each other on throughout their journey.
Jess said: ‘We went to all the groups every week together and supported each other.
‘We were allowed to have treats on the diet and we never made the other person feel guilty for enjoying something because they wanted to have it.
‘We meal prepped together and never judged one another. We were definitely each other’s cheerleader.’
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