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Bullying victim whose PTSD saw her balloon to 32st has lost 14st after swapping her emotional binges for a keto diet

A WOMAN who ballooned to 32st after her PTSD caused her to indulge in emotional food binges, has lost 14st after switching to a Keto diet.

Rebecca Wood, 24, from Newcastle Upon Tyne said she was constantly name-called for being a “girly girl” at school, and when she started to gain weight, the bullying escalated to physical violence.

Rebecca Wood saw her weight balloon to 32st after emotional food binges caused by PTSD
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Rebecca Wood saw her weight balloon to 32st after emotional food binges caused by PTSDCredit: Jam Press
But the full time carer has now lost 14st after having a gastric bypass and adopting a ketogenic diet
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But the full time carer has now lost 14st after having a gastric bypass and adopting a ketogenic diet Credit: Jam Press

She began emotional eating to cope, binging on a tub of ice cream, sweet treats, Nutella spread, takeaways and at least a litre of Pepsi during her extreme binges, gaining 10 stone by the end of high school.

Rebecca’s mental health began to deteriorate as she suffered from depression and PTSD due to the emotional l aftermath from bullying, carrying her binge-eating habits into adulthood.

Rebecca, who works as a full-time carer for her parents said: “There are several reasons I gained weight the main reason however was because of my experience in high school.

“I was bullied pretty badly, at first it was because I didn't fit in as I have always been a ‘girly girl’ in a sea of the modern era of chavs.

Rebecca has also introduced exercise into her life, regularly going for walks or swimming
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Rebecca has also introduced exercise into her life, regularly going for walks or swimmingCredit: Jam Press
Rebecca has plans to lose more weight in the coming months
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Rebecca has plans to lose more weight in the coming months Credit: Jam Press

“Then as I gained weight, the names turned into threats and threats turned into physical violence.

“I began emotionally eating. I gained around 10 stone in the 5 years I was in high school I was about 19 stone at the end of high school.

“At my highest my binges used to include a tub of ice cream, two packs of cookies, donuts, two family pack of crisps, Nutella spread and a takeaway such as pizza, cheesy chips and burger and I'd drink a litre of Pepsi max if not more.”

At the age of 21, Rebecca’s weight peaked at almost 32 stone – and that was when she realised she had to change her lifestyle for the better before it was too late.

She had always been bullied for being a "girly girl" but Rebecca said bullies turned to physical violence when she started gaining weight
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She had always been bullied for being a "girly girl" but Rebecca said bullies turned to physical violence when she started gaining weightCredit: Jam Press
Since losing weight Rebecca has seen her confidence soar
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Since losing weight Rebecca has seen her confidence soar Credit: Jam Press

Rebecca underwent a gastric bypass surgery on October 2018, which helped her curb her binge eating habits once and for all.

She ditched all her fast-food and sugary treats for a ketogenic diet, replacing carb heavy foods with high protein and low carb meals.

Rebecca started incorporating moderate exercise into her routine, and began walking and swimming at least three times a week.

Over the past two years, Rebecca shed over 14st with plans to lose more weight in the oncoming months.

The full-time carer says that she does still allow herself the occasional treat
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The full-time carer says that she does still allow herself the occasional treatCredit: Jam Press
She is now keen to live life to the fullest
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She is now keen to live life to the fullest Credit: Jam Press

Speaking about her diet, Rebecca said: “I still try to stick to low carb and high protein diet but I do allow myself treats.

“There is a fine balance, I am learning, between occasional treats and bad habits.

“As I am a food addict, it is hard every day to choose the best meals but I will battle with that all my life and now have the tools to help me win the majority of those battles.

“I do struggle getting to the gym and swimming but I do make sure to have a good long walk at least 3 times a week.”

Since losing the weight, Rebecca is now much more content with her life and feels more comfortable spending time with family and friends, eating out and living life to its fullest.

Rebecca says she is thankful to her "amazing support system" of friends and family
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Rebecca says she is thankful to her "amazing support system" of friends and familyCredit: Jam Press

What is a keto diet?

The keto diet involves eating lots of "good" fat, to curb hunger pangs, while cutting out carbs and eating moderate amounts of protein.

It's said to boost energy levels and help speed up weight loss.

The diet relies on a normal metabolic process called ketosis - that helps the body keep working.

It's where the body, starved of carbs for energy, starts to burn fat reserves instead.

For healthy people, who don't have diabetes and aren't pregnant, ketosis usually kicks in after three or four days of following the plan and eating less than 50g of carbs a day.

That's about three slices of bread, two small bananas or a low-fat fruit yog.

So if you're cutting out all those carbs, what can you eat?

Fat is the answer! It should make up about 60 to 80 per cent of total daily calories, while protein makes up 10 to 15 per cent and carbs are less than 10 per cent.

And it's not just a calorie free-for-all. Keto enthusiasts should cap their daily intake at 1,800 calories a day.

If it sounds like Atkins, it's not far off - the main difference being limiting protein on a daily basis.

She added: “My life has changed immeasurably; I am more content. I can spend time with my friends without worrying whether I can keep up with them when walking.

“I am more confident spending time outside or having meals with them and I am proud of myself every single day.

“I am lucky enough to have an amazing support system around me including my parents and my brilliant group of girls.

“A special mention to my best friend Sharon, who has been there through every step I took.”

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