An obese young woman who was taunted for having ‘more rolls than a baker’ as she queued to buy a cake has turned her life around, after swapping sweet treats and cheesy pasta for a healthy diet and daily workouts.
Louise Papprill, from York, who is 5ft3ins tall, ballooned to 13st9lbs and a size 18 after an unhealthy lifestyle that saw her indulge in double helpings of both sugary cereals for breakfast and calorie-laden lasagne for dinner.
The trauma and attachment therapist, now 25, resolved to overhaul her diet after she was teased while queuing outside a bakery with her friends, and she’s now 9st and a trim size 10 thanks to a high-protein diet and regular workouts.
Louise Papprill (above before weight loss), from York, binged on a diet of cakes and cheesy pasta until she weighed 13st 9lbs, and at only 5ft 3in she was obese
The 25-year-old (pictured above now) has gone on to lose four stone and is now a slim size 10 and weighs nine stone
Before ditching her bad habits, Louise said she regularly ate fast food for dinner and drank wine on most evenings.
‘When my friend joked that I had more rolls than a baker I was mortified,’ she said.
I even had a cake in hand as he said it.’
‘It was during our school lunch break, and all of my school friends were stood in the queue for the bakery.
‘At first I had to think about what he was saying, but once I realised what he was implying I felt so ashamed, it’s a moment that has stuck with me ever since,’ said Louise.
Louise (before), a trauma and attachment therapist, says her bad eating habits got out of control when she went to university
After feeling ashamed of her size 18 figure, Louise (pictured now) decided to ditch the junk food and focused on getting her life back on track
The jibe prompted her to buy slimming pills in a desperate bid to lose weight, but Louise said she didn’t change her diet and the number on the scale remained the same.
‘When I started university I instantly piled on even more weight,’ she said.
‘We would go out clubbing four times a week and I would drink wine and Jagerbombs [a cocktail] all night long.
‘On the way home I would eat a large kebab or a large pizza to myself – this continued for around two years,’ said Louise.
‘During the colder months when I walked to my lectures I wouldn’t wear a coat as I would become out of breathe and get really hot, everyone else was wrapped up but I didn’t need too.
‘My friends became really worried about my drinking habits and lifestyle and I soon reached my heaviest. I was going through a phase of self-destruct.’
Eventually, Louise said she felt so ashamed of her body that she broke down in front of her friends and realised she needed to make a change.
Louise, who now goes to the gym (above) five days a week, says she was taunted by one of her school friends who said she had ‘more rolls than a baker’
She says: ‘At first I had to think about what he was saying, but once I realised what he was implying I felt so ashamed, it’s a moment that has stuck with me ever since’
After confiding in her friends, Louise started exercising every day before her lectures and learned to control her portion sizes.
Louise said: ‘For me it was all or nothing, and so in the first three months I cut out chocolate and cheese all together, once I started on a block of cheese I wouldn’t be able to stop myself.
‘I never thought I could be smaller than a size 12, but as the months passed by the pounds kept on dropping off until I reached my goal weight of nine stone.
Louise says she was always overweight but it was when she moved into halls of residence at Sheffield Hallam University, however, that her weight ballooned
Louise admits that she was afraid of the gym and carried on eating badly as her girlfriends joined the gym and went to dance classes
LOUISE’S DIET BEFORE…
Breakfast – Two large bowels of cereal
Lunch – Greggs pasty, sandwich with crisps and two yum yums
Snack – Chocolate bar and crisps
Dinner – Extra-large portion of pasta or lasagne
Snack – Second helping of dinner
Pudding – Jam roly-poly, rice pudding, custard
… AND WHAT SHE EATS NOW…
Breakfast – Porridge or protein pancakes
Lunch – Chicken with rice and veg
Dinner – Turkey burgers
Snacks – Protein bar, yoghurt, apple
Now she’s in the gym five times a week to lift weights, and opts for lean meat and veg over carbohydrate-heavy cereals and pasta, or her favourite junk food.
‘I now go to the gym five times a week, it’s become a hobby of mine and I love weight training,’ she said.
‘I want to encourage people to keep at it, losing weight is a slow process and there is no quick fix, because if there was, everyone would be slim.’
Louise said she had always struggled with her weight, but was reassured by her parents that she was just ‘big boned’.
After confiding in her friends, Louise (now) started exercising every day before her lectures and learnt to control her portions
She says she has finally learned to love her body and is no longer ashamed of her weight when she looks in the mirror
But after working hard to achieve the body of her dreams, Louise no longer struggles with her self-image.
‘I can finally say I love my body and I am no longer ashamed when I look in the mirror,’ she said.
‘Around the same time I met my boyfriend who is a personal trainer and he has really encouraged me to get more involved with the gym.
‘I used to force myself to go, and I hated cardio, but I now love weight training and I actually want to do it.
‘It’s so important to find something that you enjoy, that way it’s much easier to get the results you want.’