Before losing weight, Lauren Cotes felt ashamed and thought her body was disgusting.
But after shedding four stone and dropping from a dress size 18, to a size six in tops and 8 to 10 in trousers, the happier mum-of-two says she feels great.
The 29-year-old said: “When I look at pictures of myself before, I still feel ashamed I ever looked like that.
“But now I’m happy and I’ve learned to love skin I’m in.”
Having struggled with her mental health , which left her unable to leave the house following the birth of her children, Lauren felt something needed to change.
And when her friend joined Slimming World, Lauren found the confidence to accompany her and now she feels so supported by her group in Felling in Gateshead that she attends alone.
Lauren explains: “When I first walked through the door everyone was so welcoming.
“They’ve supported me at my highest points when I’ve had great weight losses, but also at my lowest when my mental health dropped and I was back on antidepressants.”
Since losing the weight, Lauren has started taking her nine-year-old son on fun-filled days out ice skating and to a trampoline park.
She adds: “I love doing activities with my son that I would never have dreamed of before I lost the weight.
“I took him ice skating recently and I didn’t have to worry that I was going to break the ice, and when we go to the trampoline park I’m the first one on the trampoline.
“My son keeps saying I like spending time with you, but he never used say that.”
While Lauren has tried alternative diets in the past, she says that Slimming World has proved most successful for her.
She particularly enjoys the freedom that Slimming World provides, due to the variety of meals and the ability to cater for the whole family, who enjoy cajun chicken pasta and pizza.
Lauren said: “You can eat anything on Slimming World, so that is a real bonus.
“I’ve tried shakes in the past, but it would leave me feeling so hungry, to the point I would be shaking and I would have to eat.
“I was on that diet for about two months and lost about a stone, but I piled on the weight when I came off it.”