“Simple ways you can improve your health without shelling out a personal trainer” – Saira Khan

Saira Khan knows how easy it is to slip into bad habits – after contracting Covid she caught herself eating junk food. Here she meets Sophie Winter, who reveals how she got rid of the pounds

Sophie feels better than ever after the new diet
Sophie feels better than ever after the new diet

After getting Covid at Christmas I lost my mojo completely.

I got caught in a terrible cycle of eat badlynot getting enough exercise and then feeling really depressed because they are putting on the pounds.

Realizing that I needed to take drastic measures to break myself out of this deep, dark hole, I enrolled in boot camp to “reset” myself.

And what a week I had.

I already feel totally transformed thanks to the food that the exercisethe people I have met and the sensible advice I have received from the amazing ones instructor.

It’s so easy to let yourself go – especially during the gloomy winter months when all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a burger and fries and a box of chocolates.

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Many women caught in this cycle of self-harm share their distress with me on social media.

They say they’re desperate for a way out, but they’re just too embarrassed about their size to join a fitness class or a slimming club.

Of course, not everyone can afford to go to boot camp, but there are simple ways to make lifestyle changes that will put you on the path to a new you.

It just takes a little courage and common sense to take the first step.

Come on girls, the sun is shining so put on some comfortable shoes and start for a walk.

You don’t have to go far the first time, but I promise it will get easier.

And if you’re coming back for elevenses, reduce those two teaspoons of sugar to one and leave the cookies in the keg — opt for a banana instead.

Drink more water, make sure you get enough sleep. You’ll soon feel better and want to do more.

Try hooking up with a buddy – sharing your journey back to health can be great inspiration if you don’t want to let the other person down.

Speaking of inspirational, I met a beautiful, fit, young woman at boot camp this week.

Her name is Sophie Winter and you would never believe that she ate junk food as a teenager and by the age of 18 weighed 16 stone.

Sophie, now 26, told me how she secretly ordered food behind her parents’ backs and then tossed the wrapper in the back garden so they wouldn’t find out.

Her size caused her to skip school and miss college grades.

She shared how she became a depressed recluse who never left the house. Eventually, she realized she couldn’t go on like this and signed up for boot camp.

In that first week she lost 12 pounds.

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For the first time in her life she felt happy and energetic, so she booked for another six weeks.

By week four, she was gaining the confidence to apply to university and earn a first-class degree with honors.

After six weeks she had lost 2.5 stone and started dating one of the instructors.

Now she has this message for anyone struggling: “Please don’t be afraid of what other people think.

“Most of them just applaud you for trying to improve your health.”

Hear hear. "Simple ways you can improve your health without shelling out a personal trainer" - Saira Khan

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