Two best mates who dubbed themselves the ‘Funny Fat Friends‘ have gone from big eaters to man-eaters – after shedding 15 STONE between them.
Essex girls Lianne Jennings and Karley Slade used to hide their misery at being obese with jokes but decided to embark on a crash diet.
They had spent years on a daily intake of chocolate, crisps and McDonald’s – and couldn’t get a date.
Network Rail worker Lianne, 27, swapped her two daily McDonald’s trips for salads and lost five stone in five months, from a heft 16st 7oz to 11st 6lbs.
Karley, who couldn’t get a date when she was fat, once tipped the scales at an incredible 18 stone.
But after getting a gastric band fitted, and swapping kebabs for carrot sticks, she has slimmed down to a healthy nine stone and found love with a new boyfriend.
Lianne said: “We were both well greedy. That’s it, we were greedy girls.”
“I spent so many years miserable. Only Karley knew just how sad I was, because she felt the same
“I lived for food. When I’d be munching on my McDonald’s breakfast I’d be thinking about what large meal I’d get for lunch.
“When I got home in the evening, I’d quickly munch my way through a jumbo chocolate bar, and then hide the wrapper from my boyfriend so when he came home I could tell him I hadn’t had any chocolate.
“Then I’d eat another massive chocolate bar, before tucking into a huge dinner. Now I eat healthy fruit for breakfast, have a salad for lunch, and some fish or chicken with vegetables for dinner.
“My chocolate and sugar cravings are completely gone now. I’ve never felt better – and I’ve never been happier.”
Lianne lives with her boyfriend of two years Charlie Johnson, 23, in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.
She spent £7,500 having a gastric sleeve fitted, which left her with no appetite and a thumb-sized stomach.
Best pal Karley, 34, had a remarkably similar battle with the bulge, until she spent £5,500 having a gastric band fitted.
The tutor assessor, from Romford, used to plough around 8,000 calories into her body daily – more than four times the recommended amount for a woman – by eating a dozen packets of crisps and 15 chocolate bars.
Karley said: “I’m at my target weight now, and I’m very happy to be a size 8. I used to be a size 26 – so my dresses could be used as a tent for a family of four.
“I get loads of attention from blokes now – before they used to do all they could to avoid me, but I was a pretty big obstacle for them to walk round.
“I couldn’t be happier. Lianne has helped me every step of the way. We’ve helped each other, really.”
“I don’t think one of us could have done it without the other. We’re not the ‘Funny Fat Friends’ any more. Now we’re sophisticated.”
The slim girls, who have been best friends for around seven years, still go out every weekend.
Lianne said: “We always got told that it was ‘so funny’ we could drink like men. Shots, pints of wine, vodka. You name it we would drink it. It all seems a bit daft now.
“But ultimately, we were always told that we were too intimidating or unapproachable.
“Now we could be from TOWIE. Before, a truck wouldn’t have been able to tow us away from a buffet.”