Case Study

Pia Gretton-Ost

Pia's stats

Age 29
Height 5ft 3"
Start weight 13st 3lbs
Current weight 10st 6lbs
Total loss 2st 11lb

Pia Gretton-Ost was nicknamed ‘the dustbin’ and been told by both her doctor and dentist she needed to lose weight. After trying all kinds of diets, it was Cambridge Weight Plan which provided the help Pia had been seeking...

Serial dieter Pia had tried many different weight loss methods before her GP warned her she was at risk of diabetes if she didn’t slim down.

And her dentist told her to stop eating sugar or she would need more and more fillings.

So when her partner, Andy, proposed she knew something had to be done as she didn’t want to look back at their big day and see ‘the dustbin’ staring back on their photos.

Size 16 Pia turned to Cambridge Weight Plan for help. Now a slender size 10, Pia has gone from 13st 3lbs to 10st 6lbs on our Plan.

She said: “My weight has always fluctuated and I used excessive exercise to keep it in check not paying any attention to what I was eating.

“I was known as ‘the dustbin’ and my family would say ‘don’t worry, Pia will finish it off’. Unfortunately, when my grandad died and I started to knuckle down with school and my job, I found myself slowly getting bigger and bigger as I was no longer doing a lot of exercise but my diet had not changed and if anything had got worse.

“I was in denial about my weight and didn’t look at myself in long mirrors and just bought stretchy clothing.

“When me and my partner, Andy, went camping together I saw a photo (which I deleted straight away) which made me cry as I wasn’t what I thought I looked like in my head.”

Pia had tried many well-known diets, but none had worked for her.

“I tried Weight Watchers, Slimming World, the Dukan diet and cutting out carbs, but nothing worked,” she said. “The realisation had hit for the second when my doctor told me I was at risk of diabetes and my dentist told me I had to stop eating sugar or I would need more and more fillings.”

On a subsequent camping trip, Andy proposed.

“I knew something had to be done as I didn’t want to look back at our big day and see the ‘the dustbin’. Andy and I went to a wedding fair and bumped into a Cambridge Weight Plan consultant.

“I kept saying under my breath ‘don’t you dare talk to me. I know I’m a bit tubby but that’s just rude. I don’t want to be insulted’.

“However, in reality I knew I needed an intervention. Anyway, the lady got our attention and was telling us about what it entailed and I tried one of the products.”

Andy remembered his former work colleague, Steve Amey, who had left to pursue a career with Cambridge Weight Plan and also remembered the weight loss journey he'd had.

“We contacted CWP consultants Steve Amey and Angie Bond and have never looked back. With the wedding coming up we have been very focused on not being fat for our photos, but also generally for our own well-being.”

Pia lost two stones on Step 1 in around eight week and the weight loss kept her motivated.

“My energy levels were consistent instead of being up and down with my sugar addiction. The first time I tried something with sugar in made me feel sick, which is something I never thought would happen. My body had changed, my attitude to food had changed and so did my general health.”

Since reaching her target weight, Pia has worn shorts... something she hadn’t done outside her house since she was a child. She also finds more energy and confidence to do daily tasks.

“I have more stamina with the sports I take part in and have the confidence I had when I was younger. I even dressed up as a mermaid and had my stomach on show.

“I am happier, healthier and more energetic. I now have a healthier relationship with food and don’t use food as a reward for having a bad day or a treat for when I think I deserve it.

“Doing Cambridge Weight Plan has completely changed my life,” Pia added.

“All my family and friends have been shocked and surprised at the dramatic change and most of them want to do the same. I get a buzz every time I see someone that’s hasn’t seen me for a while and they compliment me on how I look.

“The big ‘ta da’ moment was when Steve and Angie gave me a ribbon to show me how big I was when I started. I had lost six-and-a-half inches off my waist! Wow!

“The absolute best feeling though was going to the seamstress who has had to take my size 16 wedding dress into a size 10 and seeing myself for the first time in a full-length mirror knowing I am not going to the ‘the dustbin’ on my wedding day. We got married on 23rd September 2017 and it was the best day of my life. Not only was I NOT a FAT bride but I felt confident in my figure hugging dress, and loved being with all the people I care about on such a perfect day.”

Finally, Pia and her partner, Andrew Unwin, are in the process of becoming joint CWP Consultants so they can help other experience the life changes they have.  

Pia Gretton-Ost after After
Pia Gretton-Ost before Before

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