A 'secret eater' who would scoff 3,000 calories a day shed an incredible seven stone in a transformation that left her looking unrecognisable.

Former cruise ship worker Lindsay Pownall, 35, tipped the scales at 20st 1lb when she came back to land from a four year spell working on P&O and Cunard cruises.

Returning home from her job as an on board art gallery manager, Lindsay went through a "catastrophic" break-up that caused her to balloon to her heaviest weight.

Lindsay, who now works as key account manager for an engineering solutions company, weighed over 20 stone in 2017 when her worried dad raised his concerns.

Lindsay Pownall, 35, went from 20st 1lb to 13st 13lb in an incredible weight loss transformation

At her heaviest, Lindsay said she would "hammer the biscuits and cakes" and that bread was her "downfall".

And despite being open and honest about what she ate in front of people, Lindsay said she would also take food up to her room and consume even more calories in secret.

Speaking to the ECHO about her incredible weight loss journey, Lindsay said: "I've always struggled with my weight since I was about five or six, which is when I started to put on weight."

Lindsay Pownall, 35, went from 20st 1lb to 13st 13lb in an incredible weight loss transformation

Lindsay Pownall, who is originally from Childwall but now lives in Whiston, said: "I got to a point [in 2017] I've never got to before. My dad stopped me one day and said 'I'm really worried about you, you don't look like yourself. We would love you at any size' but he was worried about my health."

She added: "That conversation with my dad was hard to take but it was what I needed to hear."

Previously a self-confessed yo-yo dieter, Lindsay said she went through phases of losing weight and then piling it back on until she eventually hit her heaviest.

She said: "So I came home in 2017 and went up to 20 st 1 lb. I'm quite heavy set, I'm 13 st 13 lbs now but that's heavier than people would probably guess."

Lindsay Pownall, 35, went from 20st 1lb to 13st 13lb in an incredible weight loss transformation
Lindsay Pownall, 35, went from 20st 1lb to 13st 13lb in an incredible weight loss transformation

Lindsay told the ECHO she's always been a bit of a "foodie" and struggled with self-control when it came to meal times and snacking.

She said: "I'm the type of girl who has breakfast and then thinks of what to have for lunch. I'm a bit of a foodie - I'm a good cook and my mum is a brilliant cook.

"I make myself hungry thinking about meals and then I snack. I haven't got the willpower to ignore my cravings."

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Lindsay added: "I used to make really bad choices. [I ate] a lot of bread. Bread has been my downfall and everything that goes with it - I would pour on butter. I probably had bread with every meal.

"I've got a bad sweet tooth that can't be ignored at times. I would hammer the biscuits and the cakes.

"I would stop in the shop on the way home and take food up to my room, I was a secret eater."

Lindsay Pownall, 35, went from 20st 1lb to 13st 13lb in an incredible weight loss transformation

As well as her poor dietary choices, Lindsay also used to avoid exercising - something that's changed massively since she lost so much weight.

Now she takes her two Westie dogs, Ana and Elsa, on a long walk every day to make sure she stays active.

Lindsay said: "I did no movement either. I was a statue. Now I take my dogs out every day and make sure they do a proper good walk."

Lindsay Pownall, 35, went from 20st 1lb to 13st 13lb in an incredible weight loss transformation

Her phenomenal weight loss transformation has meant Lindsay gets a number of messages from other women hoping to achieve the same results.

But she is honest about how she achieved her seven stone weight loss, having opted to visit the Bodyline Clinic.

Lindsay visited the clinic for her first weigh in and check up 18 months ago, with staff checking her blood pressure and putting her on a programme that included regular breaks from her chosen medical weight loss product.

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Now she takes phentermine, an appetite suppressant also known as 'the pink pill', which she takes in the morning to help quell her cravings.

Lindsay says a medicated weight loss route was the only sustainable option for her, having previously found it impossible to ignore her cravings.

She said her weight loss has "completely changed her life", adding: "I'll never go back to my old ways".