A newlywed has revealed how she went from being ‘skinny-fat’ to lean and toned in just 16 weeks ahead of her wedding day.
Sarah Wong, 38, slimmed from a size 10-12 to a toned size 8 by cutting out snacks, changing her diet and committing to regular workout sessions – and lost almost 2st in the process.
Sarah, a digital programme director, from London, also noticed a change in how she felt, and found no longer struggled with feeling bloated or lethargic after following the programme.
Speaking to FEMAIL, she said she felt in the ‘best shape of her life’ when she put on her wedding gown before tying the knot with husband Alexander.
Sarah Wong, 38, slimmed from a size 10-12 to a toned size 8 by cutting out snacks, changing her diet and committing to regular workout sessions in the 16 weeks before her wedding
Sarah said the effort was worth it when she felt in the ‘best shape of her life’ at her wedding
She said: ‘Before my transformation, I was a petite, “skinny fat Asian” who hid my weight well. I was tired, lethargic and generally unsatisfied with how I felt in my clothes.
‘I was getting married in four months which gave me a great target to work towards, but in general, I just wanted to be and feel healthier.’
Enlisting the help of Ultimate Performance Fitness, Sarah decided to give herself a lifestyle overhaul, changing her diet and fitness regime.
She started by substituting fried food for steamed meat and vegetables.
Sarah said she went from being ‘skinny-fat’, left, to lean and toned, right, through the process
‘I’m Chinese and love Asian cuisine – noodles, roast pork, roast duck,’ she said. ‘Essentially, I ate whatever I craved at the time, and I felt quite bloated after most meals.
‘I became much more mindful of what I was eating and started to make better food choices.’
Sarah soon noticed a difference in her cravings, which went from lusting after quick sugar hits, resulting in energy crashes, to wanting slow-releasing foods.
Sarah overhauled her diet, swapping quick meals and snacks for steamed vegetables
‘As well as changing what I ate, I also changed the number of meals I had each day, the time of day I was eating and cut out the snacks between meals,’ she added.
And she soon reaped the benefits of her diet choices, boasting clearer skin and feeling less drained.
‘I just felt amazing,’ she continued. ‘My skin cleared, I was visibly less “puffy” and felt much more energetic and confident. I was very surprised at how quickly I started to feel different.’
Sarah’s diet wasn’t the only thing that got a makeover. She committed to regular training sessions three times a week – even if it meant cutting back on social outings.
Enlisting the help of a personal trainer, she soon realised the sacrifices were worth it for the results. Pictured, Sarah and Alexander on their wedding day
Enlisting the help of a personal trainer, she soon realised the sacrifices were worth it for the results.
She said: ‘The training was tough, and I must be honest – going to the gym after work on a Friday when my friends were out drinking was difficult at first.
‘But I felt stronger with each session and really started to look forward to the training- and the results were motivation enough. I’ve even learnt how my body responds to different types of exercise and food.’
Sarah had to sacrifice nights drinking with friends but said the hard work was worth it
And her intensive four month regime paid off when she slipped her toned size 8 figure into her ivory wedding dress.
She added: ‘I have never achieved anything close to the results I had over the last few months. Now I look toned, fit and healthy – it is truly the best shape I’ve ever been in and I never thought I’d ever see my abs.
‘I felt absolutely amazing on the day. My transformation gave me so much confidence, the wedding dress fitted me perfectly and everything came together exactly as I had hoped – I wouldn’t change a thing.’
‘The wedding dress fitted me perfectly and everything came together exactly as I had hoped – I wouldn’t change a thing,’ Sarah said