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A former fried chicken ‘addict’ who went cold turkey after a stranger called her a ‘fat b****’ has managed to lose eight stone. Makeda Roberts used to spend £2.6k a year on takeaways until the rude remark motivated her to turn her life around.

She joined Slimming World and started doing workouts at home – going from 19 stone to 11 stone and she is now a size 10, after previously being a size 22.

The 27-year-old said: “I’ve always struggled with my weight but yo-yoed throughout my twenties and teenage years.

“Someone in the street on a bike stopped me and shouted – ‘you’re beautiful’.

“They then turned and said: ‘I’m joking you’re a fat b****.'”

She added: “I just thought I have to sort myself out – I didn’t want words to hurt me anymore.

“I was addicted to fried chicken – I would eat it three times a week from Morleys. I would have six wings and chips, from KFC a three piece chicken box meal and burger.

“I joined Slimming World and started doing Insanity workouts four times a week.

“Now I feel great, I’m fit and I can walk up the stairs without getting out of breath.”

Before changing her diet Ms Roberts says her usual day’s food would include having a chocolate bar and a fry up for breakfast, and then fried chicken and chips.

My London reports she would also drink full fat fizzy drinks like cola and Irn Bru and would snack mostly of biscuits crisps and sweets.

But now she has replaced her greasy fried chicken and chips from Morleys with salmon and broccoli.

Ms Roberts, from Croydon, added: “When I left school and went to college and university, I had no self-control and the pounds piled on over the years.

“I loved burgers, kebabs and McDonald’s too, but I haven’t touched junk food since I started my weight loss journey.”

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She added: “Lockdown made it a lot worse. I would eat fried chicken and chips every day and a lot of fizzy drinks.

“I haven’t eaten fried chicken, pizza and McDonald’s for a year – I’ve forgotten what it tastes like. I have an addictive personality so I know if I had one bite of a burger that would be it. I have tunnel vision. I’ll pick up a healthy cereal bar instead of biscuits.

“I still like to go out and party, but I see having a drink as my treat now.

“I won’t end my night with chicken and chips anymore – I will genuinely get home at 5am and cook – eggs, tinned salmon. Before I didn’t know how to cook.”

Ms Roberts hasn’t set foot in a gym to slim down but instead does four high intensity 30-minute ‘Insanity’ workouts in the comfort of her own home.

She said: “People have accused me of taking pills but it is all diet and exercise – everyone is so shocked. I’ve stuck to it and pushed so hard. People think it’s a quick fix solution but it’s hard work and dedication – it doesn’t drop off there and then.”

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