It’s all well and good wanting to lose weight so you can become a fitter and healthier version of yourself, but the most important thing is to ensure you do it sensibly. And that’s exactly what 23-year-old Chloe Longstaff, from Nuneaton in Warwickshire, England, did after she was asked to be bridesmaid at her brother Adam’s wedding.
Before the wedding, Longstaff weighed over 230 pounds. A self-confessed pizza lover, she would eat at least three large pizzas per week, as well as binging on other fast foods and alcohol. But in July 2014, she received the wake-up call she needed when she learned her bridesmaid dress would have to be altered so she could fit into it.
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Comparing herself to the other bridesmaids, and feeling like she’d look inadequate next to them in the wedding photos, Longstaff kicked herself into action. But instead of trying any of the “miracle measures” to lose weight (“I have not had any weight loss surgery, taken any ‘magic’ pills or shortcuts,” she wrote in a blog post) she knew she had to change her whole lifestyle for the better. And it certainly worked: now, three years later, the marketing executive has lost 98 pounds and intends to continue her healthier lifestyle permanently.