Obese bride who walked down the aisle at 22st sheds HALF her body weight

Belinda said her weight slowly began piling on after moving overseas from New Zealand to Australia in 2007.

The mum’s size would constantly fluctuate due to yo-yo dieting – but began to gain weight after the birth of her son in 2011.

Now Belinda is fitter than she has ever been, relying on Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes six times a week to keep her toned, as well as long walks on the beach with her family.

She said: “I tried all the different diets. I’d lose a little weight, but then pile it all back on soon after stopping. I wasn’t happy with myself and was 100kg [15st 10lbs] after giving birth to my son. I’d make huge batches of baked goods and eat the entire tray. It was horrible.

“I finally decided to make a real change to my health after I visited Perth Zoo with my son. I couldn’t keep up with him. He was running everywhere, and I’d be sweating and totally out of breath. It was so embarrassing.

“The next day I threw out all the bad things from my cupboard and started again. I began jogging each morning, and eventually joined a gym and went to fitness classes. I managed to lose 30kg [4st 10lbs] in the first year. I felt incredible, and the weight just kept coming off.

“It was all just clean eating, exercise and determination. It was the best decision I ever made. Now I have so much energy, and I’m so motivated. I feel like I’ve been reborn and I’m actually living my life.”


Breakfast: Four pieces of toast, pancakes or waffles (500 calories)

Mid-morning snack: Bakery items such as croissants cakes or biscuits (400 calories)

Lunch: Fast food such as McDonald’s/KFC or a pie/sausage roll (800 calories)

Afternoon tea: Noodles (400 calories) Dinner: Usually pasta or fast food (1000 calories)

Dessert: Ice cream or donuts (400 calories)

Total: 3,500 calories


Breakfast: Oats or muesli with a coffee (250 calories)

Mid-morning snack: Fruit and rice crackers (150 calories)

Lunch: Protein-packed salad (400 calories)

Afternoon tea: Piece of fruit and coffee (100 calories)

Dinner: Meat such as chicken, lamb or steak with vegetables (500 calories)

Dessert: Occasionally low-calorie ice-cream or fruit (100 calories)

Total: 1,500 calories

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