Obese mother-of-one who tipped the scales at 19st 7lbs and feared losing her life to Covid-19 is unrecognisable after dropping 9st in EIGHT months 

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  • Rachel Walkingshaw-McGuinness, 30, from Newport, 19th tipped at 7lbs
  • Mother-in-law feared she would die if she caught Covid-19
  • Lost 9th in eight months thanks to strict diet plan launched in December
  • She is now 10th and 10lbs. But she’s learning to love her new size ten

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An obese mother-in-law, who feared losing her life to Covid-19, has revealed her incredible transformation after dropping nine stones in eight months.

Tying the scales at 19th and 7lbs, Rachel Walkingshaw-McGuinness, 30, from Newport feared that her daughter Poppy, one, would be without a mother if she caught the coronavirus.

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In December 2020, the mother-of-two launched the 1:1 diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, which replaces large portion meals with shakes and healthier alternatives.

She has since gone from a size 24 to a size ten and is learning to love her new figure at 10 and 10 lbs.

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Rachel, who splurges £200 on four takeaways a week before her weight loss, said: ‘I was terrified at the thought of catching the virus and dying. ‘I didn’t want Poppy to end up with zero memories of me.’

Rachel Walkingshaw-McGuinness, 30, of Newport reveals her incredible transformation after shedding nine stones in eight months

Rachel Walkingshaw-McGuinness, 30, of Newport reveals her incredible transformation after dropping nine stone in eight months (left, at nearly 20 lbs, and right, at 10 lbs.)

Since starting the 1:1 diet by Cambridge Weight Plan in December 2020, Rachel has gone from a size 24 to a size ten and is learning to love her new figure at 10 and 10 pounds.

Since starting the 1:1 diet by Cambridge Weight Plan in December 2020, Rachel has gone from a size 24 to a size ten and is learning to love her new figure at 10 and 10 pounds.

In 2018, after coping with the loss of her mother, Jacqueline Murphy, 53, Rachel used food to cope with her grief.

Rachel scoffed at up to four takeaways costing £200 a week.

‘I’ve always been overweight, but when my mother died, I ate a lot with ease and used food to calm my emotions.

‘I was spending over £200 a week on food alone, it was so easy to go to McDonald’s for lunch when I was working.

Tiping the scales at 19 and 7lbs, Rachel was terrified that her daughter Poppy, one, would be without a mother if she caught the coronavirus (pictured)

Tiping the scales at 19 and 7lbs, Rachel was terrified that her daughter Poppy, one, would be without a mother if she caught the coronavirus (pictured)

before diet

Breakfast – Char crunches with butter and jam

Lunch – Carbonara Pasta with Garlic Bread

dinner – Takeaways like Domino’s – large pizza, garlic bread, dough balls, chicken strips, and a tub of ice cream

Breakfast – Three bars of chocolate, bag of Haribo, pack of biscuits, packet of crisps

drink – Costa’s Large Latte and Fizzy Drinks

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weight loss diet

1:1 diet

Breakfast – Oatmeal or high protein vanilla shake

Lunch – soup or shake

dinner – Chicken Tikka or Mac and Paneer – a meal provided by 1:1 diet

Breakfast – High Protein Chocolate Bar

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‘I’ll eat a big Big Mac meal, mozzarella dippers, a mayo chicken burger, and a full-size McFlurry for myself.

‘Every night, I would be eating a whole packet of chocolate digestives.’

However, the reality of her weight gain surfaced as she struggled to walk the stairs with her daughter Poppy.

She explained: ‘One night, I put my daughter to bed and I was breathless going up the stairs.

Rachael scoffed at four takeaways costing £200 a week and often went to McDonald's for lunch

Rachael scoffed at four takeaways costing £200 a week and often went to McDonald’s for lunch

Although her weight took a toll on her as she struggled to walk up the stairs with her daughter Poppy

Although her weight took a toll on her as she struggled to walk up the stairs with her daughter Poppy

However, her weight took a toll on her as she struggled to walk the stairs with her daughter Poppy (pictured left, and right with husband Jamie)

Rachel is terrified of catching Covid-19 and leaving her daughter Poppy without a mother (pictured)

Rachel is terrified of catching Covid-19 and leaving her daughter Poppy without a mother (pictured)

diet now

Breakfast – Vanilla shake with a shot of coffee and protein yogurt with berries.

Lunch – Fish cake and salad or chicken salad.

dinner – Low-carb meals: fish with steamed vegetables, or dinner, or something like Quorn nuggets with vegetables and rice.

Breakfast – Pop Squares, or the range of snacks offered by the 1:1 diet, such as High Protein Crisps

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‘It was even scarier when my husband, 35-year-old Jamie, got the virus despite being on the shielding list.

‘At the same time I decided it was time to do something about it.’

Realizing the potential consequences of her bad habits, Rachel turned to a diet that replaces large portion meals with shakes and healthier alternatives.

She said: ‘I set myself a goal of losing nine stone and stayed on plan during big events like my 30th and Poppy’s first birthday.

‘I had no confidence or confidence when I first started the plan, but my mentor was a cheerleader for me and helped me celebrate every milestone of weight loss.

‘My goal was to watch Poppy grow up, play with him and run in the park with him.

‘It was sad that I tried to avoid mother and baby groups because trying to do the activities would make me breathless.

‘I started small by getting out of the house and going for short walks around the block because I was too embarrassed to go to the gym.’

Realizing the potential consequences of her bad habits, Rachel turned to a diet that replaced large portion meals with shakes and healthier alternatives.

Realizing the potential consequences of her bad habits, Rachel turned to a diet that replaced large portion meals with shakes and healthier alternatives.

Realizing the potential consequences of her bad habits, Rachel turned to a diet that replaced large portion meals with shakes and healthier alternatives (pictured, after her weight loss).

Rachel started on the plan and set a goal to lose nine stone and stick to the plan during big events like my 30th and Poppy's first birthday (pictured after the weight loss).

Rachel started on the plan and set a goal to lose nine stone and stick to the plan during big events like my 30th and Poppy’s first birthday (pictured after the weight loss).

The independent consultant looks like a completely different person after almost losing 9th place in the past eight months due to a strict diet plan

The independent consultant looks like a completely different person after almost losing 9th place in the past eight months due to a strict diet plan

(pictured left and right with Poppy) The independent consultant has revealed she never thought she’d be able to sit on swings with her little girl before she started losing weight

Now that she has reached her goal weight, Rachel is more active than ever and has started running and doing yoga.

Now that she has reached her goal weight, Rachel is more active than ever and has started running and doing yoga.

Meanwhile the mother-in-law also won Cambridge Weight Plan's Woman of the Year award (pictured with husband Jamie)

Meanwhile the mother-in-law also won Cambridge Weight Plan’s Woman of the Year award (pictured with husband Jamie)

After losing almost 9th place in the past eight months thanks to a strict diet plan, the independent consultant looks like a completely different person.

Now that she has reached her goal weight, Rachel…

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