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Weight-loss star

After suffering a bereavement, Xanthe Grace turned to food and wine for comfort – and shot up two dress sizes. By calling time on sofa sipping, she’s regained her figure and energy levels

’Giving up my wine helped me lose 2 stone’

XANTHE GRACE, 51 HEIGHT 5ft 4in

Part-time estate agent Xanthe lives in Poole, Dorset, with her 15-year-old son, Lex. She’d been slim and eaten healthily all her life until she started to gain weight in her late-40s. She tells us how she shed the excess pounds by giving up her nightly glasses of wine and putting a stop to social drinking – and found a way to enjoy other people’s company without it.

ALL MY LIFE I’VE BEEN reasonably slim and eaten healthily, forgoing cake and chocolate for salad and fruit and making sure I exercise regularly. I was a size 8 – it wasn’t effortless, by any means, but my weight was stable if I stuck to my healthy regime.

That was until my late 40s. I’d got into the habit of drinking wine every night. My mum, who lived with me at the time, never said anything, but I’m sure she was concerned when she saw me pouring myself big glasses of wine. For me it felt normal, though, as all my friends seemed to drink that much and I didn’t think it was a problem. It was just a way to unwind. My socialising seemed to revolve around alcohol, too. I was either going to the pub or bar, eating at friends’ houses or out at restaurants. I never thought of wine as calories.

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