A mum-of-three who says she felt too overweight to play with her young sons has lost more than seven stone and claims people now compare her to Meghan Markle.
Tansy Arnett claims her weight ballooned to around 18 stone and she suffered joint, neck and back pain by the time she reached her mid-20s.
The mum-of-three felt “desperately” self-conscious after putting on so much weight that she struggled to keep up with her three boys – twins Charlie and Keegan, 12, and two-year-old Harry.
But now 29-year-old Tansy, from Colchester, Essex, has turned her life around after shedding 7st 3lb and dropping six dress sizes.
She says people now tell her she looks like Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex.
Tansy, a primary school learning support assistant, said: “At my biggest I didn’t like undressing in front of my partner and I hated looking in the mirror.
“I didn’t recognise the person looking back at me and felt like I was losing myself.
“I had joint, back and neck pain, felt tired all the time and often found things uncomfortable at work, such as trying to squeeze onto the small children’s chairs.
“I was conscious of my weight all the time, every minute of every day.
“The fear of seeing someone who I hadn’t seen in a while was terrifying as I would just worry about them noticing how much weight I’d put on, so I’d make a joke about it before they could say anything.
“But now, I love seeing people and they can’t get over how much weight I’ve lost.
“My partner loves my newfound confidence, and I can give my work 110 per cent. I feel like I have a new lease of life.
“People ask if I feel like a new woman but I don’t, I feel like the person I always was on the inside.
“I used to feel trapped in my body but now I’m set free. Some people have even said I look a bit like Meghan Markle, which is a huge compliment!”
And Tansy credits her success to joining Slimming World in November 2019 – as her local group have named her Miss Slinky 2021 in recognition of her staggering weight loss.
She said: “I tried so many diets and they all resulted in me starving myself, becoming extremely unhealthy and then regaining the weight.
“It had an awful impact on my relationship with food and I was very much an emotional eater.
“I met a few people who’d been successful with Slimming World and what really appealed to me was that they’d not only lost weight but kept the weight off – one woman had maintained her weight loss for years and years.
“I knew I needed something that would help me make a change for good.
“Slimming World has helped me to break the awful habit of starving myself to lose weight, and encouraged me to eat a well-balanced and varied diet.
“I have completely fallen in love with cooking again and love trying new recipes.”
Now, Tansy weighs just 10st 11lbs, and has dropped six dress sizes, from a size 22 to a size 8/10.