Martinette has lost a whopping six and a half stone after making changes to her diet. Since August last year, she has dropped from 19st 9lbs to 13st 3lbs.
Losing weight has meant Martinette has also decreased in dress sizes. She is now a size 14, down from a size 26.
The 44-year-old explained she lost weight by finding a diet that worked for her. She started incorporating healthy foods into her diet and began eating nutrition shakes and bars.
Now, Martinette said she is “more confident than ever”, especially as she has been able to wear whatever she wants – even shopping at Victoria’s Secret, a brand she never thought she’d wear.
In terms of health and fitness, the business manager is also able to do exercise well. She is fit enough to run three miles twice a week and play tennis.
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One of Martinette’s weight loss secrets is that she drinks a lot of water during the day to keep cravings at bay, and eats cucumber whenever she wants to snack.
Speaking about her weight loss transformation, Martinette said: “I’ve been on-and-off diets for as long as I can remember.
“I tried most things like intermittent fasting, exercise and low-carb, high-fat diets. I tended to lose a bit of weight, completely fall off the wagon, put all the weight back on, and then some.
“I think my main problem was that I never realised how big I was, because I wasn’t unhappy either. But, being overweight had negative effects on my body and I wasn’t able to live the active lifestyle I wanted to.”
Nothing seemed to work for Martinette until she discovered Exante, a brand that offers meal replacement diets and meal plans.
The Londoner started her new diet with the brand’s four-week plan, which included a mix of low-calorie, nutritionally-complete meal replacement products.
Initially, Martinette had porridge for breakfast, pancakes for lunch, and a savoury meal for dinner, plus a protein bar as a snack.
She began on 800 calories a day, which is Exante’s very low-calorie diet plan, often considered by obese or severely obese people.
Martinette now consumes around 1,200 calories a day. She said: “About a month into my diet I introduced other food.
“For example, I’d take an Exante soup and make it into a flatbread dish by adding zero fat yoghurt, avocado, and tomato too.
“Now, I mostly try to eat healthy meals which are high in protein and low in carbs, but I don’t beat myself up if I have a juicy burger or treats every now and then. If I feel like I’m plateauing, I’ll incorporate more Exante meal replacements into my diet.”
As for exercise, Martinette “joined Wapping Running Club, which really helped me to stay motivated, because people would compliment me on my weight loss and help me to be consistent with my exercise”.
She continued: “The fitter I’ve become the easier it’s been for me to move around and exercise, I’ve knocked 15 minutes off my 10K run personal best.
“I’m much more confident now. I don’t have to pick a seat on the tube next to a slimmer person so I can fit in the seat properly, or avoid sitting down next to someone altogether. My life has completely transformed.
“My purse isn’t thanking me at the moment because I can go into almost any shop and find something in my size, before I was limited to a few shops that stocked larger sizes. I felt amazing when I walked into Victoria’s Secret and realised I fit into their garments.”
Martinette added: “My advice to people on a weight loss journey is drink enough water, if you have something off-plan, choose the best version of that thing and enjoy it, and track your calories using an app. I used to estimate the amount of calories I was having everyday and when I started tracking them properly I realised I was underestimating some meals by 200 to 300 calories.”
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