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A young woman has revealed her stunning transformation after calling time on weight gain while living the student lifestyle.
Jessica Burr, 22, had always been self-conscious about her weight.
But living the student lifestyle during her first year at Southampton Solent University only seemed to make her insecurities worse.
Jessica, from Portishead in Somerset, said: “I put on weight during the first couple of months at uni, mainly due to the fact that I was going out a lot, eating junk food all the time and generally making poor food decisions.”
Determined to enjoy a fresh start at university and leave behind the insecurities that affected her during her school days, Jessica decided to act before it was too late, Somerset Live reports.
The independence that comes with university life has opened Jessica’s eyes to how simple managing her diet can be.
She said: “I was nearly 12.5 stone and a size 14 and now I’m now 10.5 stone and a size 10.
“However, I don’t like to measure my success in loss of stones, because muscle is much heavier in weight than fat.”
“In the first year at uni you meet lots of new people and I wanted to feel more confident in myself.
“I wanted it to be a fresh start and a new me because I was never 100 per cent happy or content at school.
“I wanted university to be the place I found happiness within myself.
“I’ve cut out a lot of sugar from my diet and being independent at university has made me realise and take notice of how food can have a negative effect on my body.
“Back at school and even sixth form, I would eat a lot of chocolate and sweets in the day. I would also eat unhealthy ready meals in the evenings.
“University has helped me become more adventurous with my cooking. Being able to explore new and healthy foods has really helped.”
Influenced by her flatmates, Jessica is pairing healthy food with a new fitness regime.
Jessica is now preparing for her next challenge of completing The Royal Parks Half Marathon in an impressive 1 hour 50 minutes.
“I really wanted to do a London race that had amazing views.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t want to jump straight in to the whole marathon and this looked like the perfect alternative”, explained Jessica.
The ambitious graduate not only has plans to complete the race in the fastest time possible.
But she also aims to raise £400 for Cancer Research UK.[“Source-mirror”]