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Top slimmer inspired to shed weight
3:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
IT was the advert that gave her the inspiration to lose more than eight stone.
And it’s Weight Watchers that has now rewarded Tina Doyle from Jericho, Oxford, announcing her its regional winner after slimming down from 19st 9lb to 11st 8lb in less than a year.
The 42-year-old entered the inaugural Cover Star competition in April and has now been chosen as the South West winner.
Twelve regional winners of the competition – who were judged by actress Patsy Kensit, Weight Watchers Magazine editor Mary Frances and Angharad Massie from Weight Watchers UK – were treated to makeovers, catwalk workshops, and an overnight stay in a hotel in Birmingham.
The overall winner will be featured on a cover of Weight Watchers magazine.
Miss Doyle said: “I’m feeling fantastic and I’ve amazed myself.
“The hardest part about losing weight is actually making the decision to do so.
“One day I saw a Weight Watchers advert on the TV and I saw how happy everyone looked.
“I thought, why don’t I give it a go?”
The senior property manager started dieting in January 2012 and had lost more than eight stone by Christmas Eve that year.
She had been a member of a gym in Oxford since 2008, but knew that something else had to change.
She added: “I knew it wasn’t going to be enough and the Weight Watchers diet just seemed like a very good one.
“I lost five and a half pounds in the first week, and another in the second.
“There was no particular target. I just wanted to lose as much as I could.”
Portion-control and drinking at least two litres of water a day have been the “key” to Miss Doyle’s success.
She added: “You have to be in the right mindset to lose weight.
“If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to drink more water because it stops you from feeling hungry.”
Miss Doyle’s fiancé, Mal Coulling, 50, said: “I’m very, very proud and it’s a massive achievement.”
Miss Doyle said she is now maintaining her weight by eating similar food to when she was dieting and exercising daily.
Weight Watchers spokeswoman Emma Bakker said: “Tina is incredibly inspirational and it was fantastic to give her the award.”
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