A city worker has lost half her bodyweight after she ballooned to 21 stone – because she was addicted to CHEESE.
Pretty Hannah Carter, 23, started to put on weight when she started working at 16 and surviving on a diet of fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolate and ready meals.
But Hannah admits she rocketed to more than 20 stone after beginning a love affair with CHEESE.
The 5ft 4in brunette says she would grate a block of cheddar on top of every meal – including pasta takeaways and pizza.
She would munch through two 500g slabs a WEEK which equates to an incredible 52kg a year – more than EIGHT STONE.
Hannah also guzzled more than 120 gallons of coke, 728 packets of crisps and seven stone of ice cream a year at the height of her food addiction.
It wasn’t until a neighbour asked if she was pregnant that Hannah decided it was time to make a change.
The account manager has now plummeted to 10st7lb and dropped four dress sizes – in just over a year.
Hannah, from Sutton, West Sussex, said: “I had low self-esteem and I was extremely self-conscious. I got some comments made to me.
“Somebody once asked if I was pregnant. It was just before Christmas and I was walking up to my flat and somebody said congratulations on the baby.
“I had cheese on every single meal. I would have four takeaways a week and I would great cheese on all of them.
“I would get one of those pasta carbonara meals and then grate more cheese on top. I would say I went through about two blocks a week.
“I said to myself I want to be half of myself and that didn’t really become a reality until I got down until about 14 stone.
“I don’t think I had realised how big I had become. It is only looking back now that I know how fat I was.”
Hannah said she now snacks on cucumber sticks and cashew nuts after cutting out fatty snacks from her diet.
She also now goes on a run every day and has taken up weight training in the gym to rid herself of her saggy skin.
But the glamorous brunette has always refused surgery and said she wants to get the perfect body herself.
Hannah, who lives with her boyfriend, added: “I have a lot of saggy skin, but I just look at it as evidence of what I have achieved.
“It reminds me of what I do every day. If I wanted to go for surgery then I could have taken the easy way out from the beginning and got a gastric band.
“It seems surreal now to think that I’ve lost this much weight. To go into a shop and buy a size 12 seems really weird to me.”
Breakfast: A sugary cereal bar or a full fry-up and a hot chocolate
Lunch: Panini, crisps, coke and chocolate.
Dinner: Ready meal with grated cheese and a full garlic bread.
Evening snack: Chocolate bar or ice cream
Breakfast: Porridge and blueberries
Morning snack: Cucumber sticks
Lunch: Turkey breast salad
Afternoon snack: Cashew nuts
Dinner: Grilled chicken, vegetables and rice