I now knew I needed to have some carbs in my diet, as that’s where we get our energy from – and some fat too. I increased my calories to around 1,600 a day and made simple switches, so instead of white bread and pasta, I would have wholegrain. I realised just how much sugar was in milk, so switched to unsweetened almond milk. I was eating normal meals but reducing my portion of carbs and incorporating more vegetables. I also changed how I shopped and started looking at the labels, always opting for the low-sugar version.
I think after you lose weight you realise what was causing you to gain it. My main meals weren’t too bad, but I would snack a lot and that was the problem. So now instead of a packet of biscuits, it will be something like a rice cake.
I hadn’t been exercising during lockdown, as I was aware that my diabetes put me at increased risk. However, I’ve now started the NHS couch to 5k, which I’m really enjoying. It’s doing a lot for my mental health as well, which was an unexpected but nice bonus. I’ve lost four-and-a-half stone and I’m going to keep going until I’m at a heathy BMI. I was 265Ib and now I’m 199Ib. The aim was to lose the weight in a healthy way. I’ve tried fad diets in the past and you always end up gaining more than you’ve lost.