Size 28 mother who shed 11st reveals how she’s kept the weight off for SEVEN YEARS

A woman who shed half her body weight after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis has revealed how she has managed to keep the weight off for seven years.

Natasha Bunby, 38, who lives in West Sussex with her husband Marc, 51, and sons Deon, 18, and London, 12, signed up to Slimming World in 2011 after being diagnosed with the condition, which has left her unable to walk.

Within 18 months, Natasha, then a size 28, had slimmed from 21st 7lbs to 10st 6lbs and has maintained that weight ever since.

The mother-of-two now helps others on their weight loss journey and has been named Slimming World’s Top Target Consultant of the year.  

Natasha Bunby, who lives in West Sussex with her husband Marc, 51, signed up to Slimming World in 2011. Within 18 months, Natasha, then a size 28, had slimmed from 21st 7lbs to 10st 6lbs and has maintained that weight ever since. Pictured, Natasha before her weight loss

The mother-of-two now helps others on their weight loss journey and has been named Slimming World's Top Target Consultant of the year. Pictured, Natasha after her weight loss

The mother-of-two now helps others on their weight loss journey and has been named Slimming World’s Top Target Consultant of the year. Pictured, Natasha after her weight loss

Natasha, now a UK size 12, told how she began comfort eating after her best friend died at the age of 18. 

However she knew something had to change after she was diagnosed with MS and started using a wheelchair.

She said: ‘I’d had problems with my legs since my teens, but doctors put it down to the trauma of losing my friend. Some years later, I woke up one night and lost all function and feeling from the waist down. 

‘I was taken to hospital and diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and hospitalised for six weeks.

‘During that time my mum took me, in my wheelchair, to a park at the side of the hospital with my two children. There was a slope that led down to the park and my mum lost control of the wheelchair. 

‘I ended up stuck in a bush – and because I was too heavy for my mum to manoeuvre the chair – she had to ask a passer-by for help. 

Natasha (pictured before) told how she began comfort eating after her best friend died at the age of 18. Eventually she tipped the scales at 21st 7lbs and wore a size 28

Natasha (pictured before) told how she began comfort eating after her best friend died at the age of 18. Eventually she tipped the scales at 21st 7lbs and wore a size 28

Natasha, pictured today, knew something had to change after she was diagnosed with MS and started using a wheelchair, saying she wanted to do all she could to improve her health

Natasha, pictured today, knew something had to change after she was diagnosed with MS and started using a wheelchair, saying she wanted to do all she could to improve her health

‘The experience itself was embarrassing enough. Then when my oldest son Deon asked me how we’d ever go out as a family if I was too heavy to be pushed in a wheelchair, it broke my heart. 

‘I knew I had to do something about my weight as I wanted to do all I could to help myself with my health.’

Natasha, who now needs a wheelchair to move, decided to join her local Slimming World group, after a leaflet came through her door in March 2011.   

She continued: ‘Of course I was nervous about joining the group, but I was overwhelmed by the kindness from everyone in the room. At the time I was a size 28 and spent most of the time just wanting to hide. 

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