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“I lost ten pounds after giving up low-fat diets – now I’m healthier than ever.”

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Losing weight is notoriously difficult — but it got a lot easier for one woman after shedding low-fat so-called “healthy” foods.

Naomi Davies, 42, from London, who weighed 17 stone, says she used to be an emotional eater who could finish an Easter egg in a day.

After being diagnosed with high cholesterol in September 2021, the health worker discovered an NHS-backed healthy eating plan second nature.

With the help of her health coaches and exercise program, she changed her diet and now weighs 12 kilos and regularly competes in 10K races.

She said: “After a period of poor mental health at the age of 39, I was prescribed mood medication which caused me to gain weight and become more hungry.

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Naomi before changing her habits
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Naomi after losing weight
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“I was 17 years old and led a sedentary lifestyle with hobbies like crafts. I could hardly go to the shops without a break because I would be so out of breath.

“I felt like I had lost control of my eating and ate to comfort myself and afterwards I felt so guilty about it.

“When I found Second Nature, I had no idea how it would affect my life. I’ve lost ten pounds, do yoga regularly, jog and do 10k runs. I have found a new love for cooking and enjoying delicious home cooked meals.

“But most importantly, my confidence has improved. I feel so much better about myself. It doesn’t feel like a diet, it’s really a lifestyle change.”

In 2019, Naomi was prescribed medication for her bad mood by her GP. Side effects included cravings for sweet foods, which caused her to gain weight quickly.

She weighed 17 stone and was told her cholesterol was high because of her weight.

“I was comfort food. If I was stressed, I would eat a lot of chocolate. It was Easter and I ate a chocolate Easter egg and snacks on top every day. It affected my self-esteem, I didn’t like the way I looked, I didn’t feel happy at all,” she said.

“I tried different diet plans, but they just didn’t work well for me. I used spray oil for cooking, ate low-fat yogurt, cheese, and drank low-fat milk, and ended up having a lot of it.







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“I didn’t know these versions were loaded with sweeteners. I’ve always been told it’s a healthy option. I just didn’t like cooking or eating when I was on other diets.”

Researching online, Naomi discovered they are supported by the NHS second natureso she felt like she could “trust” him.

It also had small group sizes, no “embarrassing” weekly weigh-ins, and it was cheaper too.

The app-based program uses behavioral science to turn bad eating habits into good ones to help people lose weight in the long term.

After signing up, Naomi gained access to a qualified nutritionist and peer support group, with people starting at the same time as her.

It also provided her with advice on exercise, sleep, stress, mindset, weight loss plateaus and menopause. Through the app, Naomi was also able to access more than 300 recipes and she started planning her weekly meals in advance.

“I skipped breakfast, ate a jacket potato with cheese and beans for lunch, pasta and cheese for dinner, then ate chocolate and chips and ate delicious home-cooked meals. My weekly shop was £60 – now it’s £40,” said Naomi.

“I now eat fruit and yogurt for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, and dishes like coconut dahl, creamy salmon, or jerk chicken for dinner.







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“Second Nature taught me how to have a balanced plate and also about portion sizes. I used to have a huge plate of food and I ate very quickly. Now. I still have a decent portion size, but I eat slowly, I enjoy my food and stop when I’m full.

“I cook a wider range of dishes and the recipes are really easy to follow. There are meal choices if you’re in a hurry, meals if you want to cut down on carbs that day – and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options too.”

Naomi used to be an avid runner, but stopped after gaining weight. She started the “Couch to 5km” program again in September 2021, which was “really tough”.

She said: “I never thought I would be running 10k every other weekend this time last year and now I’m training for a half marathon in October. I feel so much fitter and happier.

In April, Naomi went to a doctor’s appointment where she was told her cholesterol levels had improved thanks to her weight loss.

Naomi added: “I had tried other diets in the past but they taught me that food is the enemy. Now food is my friend. Second Nature is not a quick fix, but a lasting change in life. I always felt too overweight to do the activities I used to love, such as B. Walk. This year alone I’ve been on two week-long hiking holidays – something I never thought possible.

“I have more control over my food and no longer see food as a reward. When I’m tired and want to take away, I remind myself that I’ll eat the planned healthy dinner and that there’s a takeaway on the calendar for the following week. I’m in control

“If I want an ice cream after my 10K, I know that’s fine. I can enjoy it and that’s not a bad thing and nothing to feel guilty about.”

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