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WITH four young kids, Katie Maber barely had time to herself.
The busy mum also had a business to run and her health and wellbeing fell to the bottom of her 'To Do' list.
The 30-year-old relied on quick and easy meal options, scoffing takeaways and struggling to find the time to cook.
Like lots of mums, she grazed on her kids' leftovers rather than letting them go to waste.
And before she knew it, her weight had spiralled to 16st 2lbs, shattering her self-confidence.
But, after waking up one morning and vowing to regain control, Katie looks like a different person.
The mum-of-four signed up to the 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan and shed an impressive four stone in five months.
"I wanted to be able to put on a dress and feel confident – something I hadn't felt for many years, particularly since having my first child over eight years ago," she told The Sun Online.
"I finally did something for myself, and now I feel like a completely new person since losing the weight."
Katie admitted she has always struggled with her weight.
As a child she endured cruel taunts from bullies, teasing her and crushing her self-esteem.
"I got bullied a lot when I was younger," she said. "I remember being pushed down the stairs on my first day at middle school.
"I was laughed at by so many children, it was awful and so cruel.
"Even my family made comments about my weight. I used to dread family parties when mums, dads, aunties and uncles got together.
"They'd say things like, 'Oh she doesn't need that cake, she hardly looks starved'.
"All these comments stuck in my brain and I soon became self-conscious to the point where I would wear baggy jumpers to hide myself, and the shame I felt.
"I was always the 'ugly duckling' growing up, the 'big one'."
When she became a mum, Katie said her health dropped off her list of priorities.
"As a mum of four young kids it can be incredibly difficult to concentrate on your own wellbeing, especially with so many other people depending on you," the 30-year-old said.
"I also ran a business and my lifestyle and health choices always fell to the bottom of the list of priorities.
"I used to eat takeaways, curries, pizza. Just really quick and easy food to fit in with out busy lifestyle, running a business and bringing up four young kids.
"I never found the time to cook so I did what was most convenient for myself and what I could easily control.
"Food on-the-go was always an option for me at lunch, so crisps, a chocolate bar and the occasional sandwich."
Like all mums Katie would pick at her kids' food, finishing it off and grazing constantly.
"Rather than just putting it in the bin, I would put it in my body bin," she admitted.
"It seemed easy and great at the time, but looking back it was just horrible – a repetitive habit I got myself into."
Now, weighing 12st 3lbs, Katie, who lives in Gloucestershire, said she feels better than ever and has signed up to help others like her.
She is now a diet consultant herself, adding: "I am going on this journey for other young mums out there who feel like they've lost their identity since having children."
Shedding four stone in just five months, Katie didn't even have to give up her favourite foods.
Instead, she's learned to exercise a bit of portion control.
"I do eat lots of meat with veg, and fish is a new-found love of mine," Katie said.
"I don't completely cut out the 'naughties' though, I just manage my portion sizes.
"I've still been able to enjoy special occasions and holidays while on the plan."
While Katie managed to shed the weight without sweating through tough gym workouts, she has now taken up running and said it's helped her maintain the weight loss 12 months on.
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