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‘I’ve fallen back in love with food’

For Elena Williams, it was always all or nothing…until she realised she could lose weight without crash dieting. Here she explains how finding balance brought her energy, self-confidence and the figure she’d always wanted

ELENA WEARS: Dress, Anita & Green. Shoes, Lisa Kay London. Earrings, Dower & Hall. Hat, stylist’s own

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Elena Williams, 28, works for Victim Support. She lives in Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, with her husband, Neil, and their sons, Ben, six, and Max, two

Height: 5ft 7ins

Starting weight: 11st 4lbs

Weight now: 9st 4lbs

WEIGHT LOST: 2st

Elena is a target member of Graham Gibbs’ Slimming World group in Port Talbot

At my biggest, I reckon I could have won an Oscar for best actress. I played the part of the cheerful pub landlady so well that even my own husband didn’t have a clue I was deeply unhappy. The regulars would sometimes comment on my curves, teasing me about having failed at yet another diet – and I laughed along with them like a good sport. It was all an act, though. The real me was shy, quiet and hated being the centre of attention, particularly when everyone felt they could make jokes about my size. Too embarrassed to confide in anyone about how low I was feeling, I cheered myself up the only way I knew how: by reaching for crisps, chocolate or cake.

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About Slimming World

Welcome to the May/June issue of Slimming World magazine – your complete guide to slimming success! Featuring amazing real-life transformations, new twists on the nation’s favourite recipes, and expert advice to keep your slimming campaign on track. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s… this issue’s star slimmers span every decade. Discover how 28-year-old cover star Elena made weight loss work as a busy mum; meet Woman of the Year Hollie, 8st 6lbs lighter at 30; see how keen cyclist Karl lost nearly 8st at 50; then celebrate 10 years at target with Pauline, 67, and find out what she’s learned along the way. As one of the secrets of losing that lasts is falling in love with food, we asked readers to share their best-loved dishes, so we could make them even more delicious. We can’t wait for you to try them! Is a better love life high on your wish list, too? Then don’t miss our guide to firing up your libido: the best news is you don’t have to wait until you’ve reached your target weight to reignite passion between the sheets… Plus: a brilliant bank holiday menu plan; a clever commitment-boosting quiz, and 10 ways to get fit for free. Here’s to the exciting next chapter on your journey to slim