CUTTING out the fat in curries helped a Heston woman lose four stone in just seven months.
Adya Deshmukh had always been overweight, despite trying a number of diets over the years, hitting size 20 at one point.
But after joining her local Weight Watchers group last April, the 31-year-old chemical engineer slimmed down from 16 stone to just 12 stone by October, in time for her cousin's wedding. She is now a size 10 and weighs in at a relatively svelte 11st10lb.
Key to her success, she says, has been cutting down the amount of fatty oil in curries and other food - a move which has also benefited her mum and brother.
"I started life as a 'cuddly' baby, grew into a 'chubby' child and finally became a 'big-boned' adult. Every new year I would resolve to lose weight – but the weight kept piling on," said Adya. "Joining Weight Watchers has changed my life. I learnt to make healthy choices and form sustainable habits that I could use to keep the weight off for the rest of my life.
"I could not have reached my goal weight without the full support of my brother and my mum. She changed the way she cooked, making curries using low fat cooking sprays or one teaspoon of oil and waiting patiently while I weighed out all the food on my plate. I'm so much happier and more confident now, and my family have also lost weight and are healthier and happier."
Adya puts much of her success down to the Weight Watchers group run by Rachele Rizzi Mitchell, who she described as an 'inspiration'.
For more information about the groups, which meet at Heston Village Hall every Wednesday and Hayes & Harlington Community Centre every Thursday, call Rachele on 0794 7806 319.
For details of your nearest Weight Watchers meeting, call 08457 123 000 or visit www.weightwatchers.co.uk .