Reality TV star Josie Gibson has revealed that she has dropped three dress sizes in just 12 weeks, following the birth of her baby boy Reggie-James.
The Big Brother winner has lost two stone and gone from a size 18-20 down to a size 12, thanks to musclefood’s Do The Unthinkable diet and exercise programme.
The 34-year-old first shot to fame as the winner of the 2010 edition of Big Brother before going on to guest host Channel 5 show OK! TV.
Josie gained four-and-a-half stone during her pregnancy, topping the scales at 16 stone.
However, after beginning to suffer from achy joints and sore knees, she decided to get back into shape and has become a much trimmer 14 stone.
The Bristolian regularly enjoyed big portions of hearty meals such as pie and mash during her pregnancy, but Josie had struggled with her weight for most of her life.
She had to pay regular visits to the school nurse as a child because of her size and was around 18 stone at the age of 18.
Having tried a variety of different diet plans throughout her life, Jose turned to Do The Unthinkable due to the ease and convenience of the programme – particularly with a young baby to look after – and has transformed her life as a result.
Josie, who is a qualified personal trainer, once weighed just 9 and a half stone and was a size 8 after her dramatic weight loss in 2013, but admits she feels just as good at a comfortable size 12.
Commenting on her weight loss, Josie said: “I constantly have to watch what I eat – I just have one of those bodies. If I’m eating the wrong things, then I just balloon.
“Bread is really not my friend and so what did I crave while pregnant? Marmite and cheese sandwiches.
“I’d eat quite a bit of bread and then cook big, hearty meals in the evening and my portion control really wasn’t great, but because I was pregnant, I kept kidding myself that it was ok because I was growing another human.
“I then just lost control which is why I needed my meals delivered and no naughties in the house to get me back on track. The thought of getting any bigger was so scary.
“Most of my weight goes to my bottom half, so I was finding that I was getting aches and pains in my joints especially my knees and legs which made moving about day to day – particularly with a young baby – quite hard.
“I was also in the danger of slipping back into type 2 diabetic territory which can be quite common in pregnancy, but I really didn’t want to go there again.”
Talking about her weight history, she said: “Over the years, I’ve tried pretty much every diet on the planet. Whilst the majority work to a degree, they’re not maintainable and some are actually quite unhealthy.
“I felt great when I was a size 8, but it was so hard to maintain. Since becoming a mum my priorities have changed so rather than wanting to be really slim, I just want to feel healthy, so I’ll be able to keep up with my little boy as he gets older.
“The thing that attracted me to musclefood’s Do the Unthinkable plan the most was the ease of it. All of your food – breakfast, lunch, dinner plus three snacks each day – is pre-portioned and delivered to you at the start of the week, and all you have to do is cook the meals in a microwave, oven or on the hob.
“There are over 60 different meal choices, so you can have a completely different menu every week which makes it really easy to stick to in the long term.
“You can choose to do the plan for 5, 6, or 7 days too, so if you like having your weekends free or need a bit more flexibility, it’s perfect. There’s also guidance on what to do on your days off as well.”
The plan allows you to order all the meals and snacks you need each week, and they’re delivered fresh to your door.
It also comes with a complete exercise and workout programme, as well as access to an exclusive online community and round-the-clock help and advice from a team of qualified personal trainers.
There are over 100 meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, along with three snacks.
Workouts can be done from home – there’s no need to join a gym or buy equipment – all you need is a bottle of water and some room to move around.
Josie, who is a qualified personal trainer herself, once weighed just nine-and-a-half stone and was a size 8 after her dramatic weight loss in 2013, but she admits that she feels just as good at a comfortable size 12.
Speaking about being a first-time mum: “I was under the impression that I was going to be one of those coffee mums that just look like they’ve got everything together and sit in coffee shops with the pram sipping vanilla lattes and feeling great – I’ve had a sharp shock to say the least!
“Reggie-James only sleeps for a couple of hours at a time so being able to chuck all your ingredients into one pan and cook them in ten or fifteen minutes has been a God send, especially when I’m running on just a few hours sleep.
“The meals are all made with proper food and are super balanced and healthy, so you don’t have to worry about whether you’re getting all your vitamins and nutrients each day – but you can still enjoy favourites like pizza and curry. Again, this is really helpful as a new mum.
“You get three meals and three snacks per day, but as time went on, I actually felt like I didn’t need the snacks as I was so full up from breakfast, lunch and dinner!
“The exercises are all really effective and easy to follow too. I’ll admit I didn’t do them perhaps as much as I should, but I’ve still achieved cracking results.”
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