A SUPER slimmer from Worcester who lost 6 stone in 12 months is challenging everyone to make a positive lifestyle change, even with the hardships of lockdown.

With the new lockdown and darker weather, many people are foregoing their usual exercise and healthy eating, but Kayleigh Gilbert, from Warndon Villages, has kept going, with her remarkable progress serving as an inspiration to her fellow slimmers.

The 35 year-old first began her weight loss journey in January last year, and a year on she has lost an incredible six stone.

She said: "In January last year, I was unhappy with my weight, felt uncomfortable in my clothes and really didn’t want to admit that I needed to buy bigger sized clothing.

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"When lockdown happened, I was a little concerned it might have impacted on my ability to reach my goals, but I’m really proud that I’ve kept going and am feeling better than I have in a long time."

A member of her local Slimming World group, Mrs Gilbert said the support of her fellow members has been vital.

She added: "Even with Christmas and New Year, I realised that my goals are totally achievable; all I have to do is believe in myself and food optimise.

"Achieving my six-stone award in exactly one year is something I never thought I could do, but with the support of my consultant and my group, albeit virtual at the moment, I really did do it."

Mrs Gilbert's daughter Erin said her mum has much more confidence now, saying: "She has so much more confidence now and no longer shies away from mirrors.

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"I love how Mum’s confidence has grown, it’s so nice to see."

More than half of adults have found it difficult to manage their weight during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to the results of an online survey involving over 800 UK adults, which was presented at The European and International Congress on Obesity (ECOICO), held online this year.

Slimming World consultant Sam Crosswell said: "I’m so proud of the way Kayleigh has got to grips with food optimising, and never lets anything get in her way.

"We were able to return to physical groups for a couple of weeks when the last lockdown eased, and it was incredible to see the transformation in her, both physically and emotionally.

"When she walked into the room, there were gasps of amazement."