“I lost 8 stones and went from size 24 to 10 by doing simple but clever exchanges”

Olivia Malone had tried every fad diet under the sun, but it wasn’t until she learned about nutrition and made some simple, yet smart, trade-offs that she started losing the weight she had gained in college.

Olivia picked up some unhealthy habits when she was in college(Olivia Malone)

When Olivia Malone, from Irlam, Salford, went to college, she developed unhealthy eating habits. During her undergraduate days at Huddersfield and postgraduate at Salford, she nibbled on lunchtime meal deals and ordered takeout in the evenings before spending drunken evenings with her friends.

After her friend bought her some scales, she was shocked to find herself weighing 7kg and decided to make some changes to be healthier.

The 25-year-old decided to ditch fad diets and learn about nutrition after being inspired by workouts she saw on Instagram. With a few simple but clever swaps, she had an incredible transformation, going from a size 24 to a size 10, and losing 8 stones.

She managed to lose weight after giving up fad diets(Olivia Malone)

Olivia decided to make the switch during the first Covid lockdown of 2020. Speaking to Manchester Evening News, she said: “During the first lockdown, I got a job that required me to be active, so I thought I might as well start trying to be healthier.

“My friend had lost a stone, and she bought me some scales and sent them home. I had no idea what my weight was, until then I had no idea, I just knew that I was very overweight – but I was amazed to see that I weighed 17 stones and 7 pounds.

“Since high school I’ve followed all the fad diets but never stuck to them. I was always fat as a young girl but when I went to college it got even worse.

“I wasn’t cooking properly, it was a case of noodles, turkey dinosaurs, and smiley faces. It was pure laziness, and it took its toll.”

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