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All change for Charlotte

Student life sent Charlotte Fellows’ weight soaring. Now she’s lost 4st 3lbs, fired up her fitness and bagged herself a gorgeous new boyfriend into the bargain

For years I was too self-conscious about my size to speak to boys. I assumed that even if I did talk to them, they wouldn’t be interested in me – especially as sometimes lads would comment on how big I was. While these strangers didn’t seem to have a problem talking about my weight, it was more difficult for my family. I think I would have listened to my mum if she’d told me how worried she was, but she kept quiet because she didn’t want to hurt my feelings. She knew how low I felt and, understandably, didn’t want to make me feel worse.

The bigger I got, the more my confidence shrank. I found clothes shopping embarrassing. I’d go into Topshop and compare myself with other girls trying on their skimpy outfits, then get upset in the changing room because I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. The worst time was when I was on a trip to Las Vegas with my mum; we went to Urban Outfitters for a treat and I couldn’t find a single item of clothing that fitted me. I sobbed and sobbed, thinking ‘I’m 19 – this is the time of my life when I should be looking my best and instead I feel humiliated about my body’.

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Get ready for a slim and confident sunshine season with the July issue of Slimming World magazine – everything you need to feel good inside and out Meet six real-life slimmers who prove you can find your happy weight whatever your age: from bride-to-be Tori, getting married in a size 10 dress, to mother-of-the-bride Louise, slim and fit at 50+; from mum-of-four Tracey, seven sizes smaller, to dad of four Richard, enjoying his sixth decade after losing 8st – you’ll find a story to inspire you here. When it comes to kick-starting your own slimdown, our super-satisfying seven-day eating plan will get you off to a great start. Also on the menu: perfect pasta for any occasion; simple dishes made special; a healthy (and delicious!) lamb rogan josh, and pretty-as-a-picture puds – 48 recipes, all carefully created to help speed you to your target weight. Accepting and respecting your body as it is now can have big pay-offs for your slimming campaign, too: check out our total confidence masterclass; invest in your future health in 17 easy ways; discover how to exercise your fitness rights (even if you’ve always thought getting active wasn’t for you) and shop ‘til you drop 7lbs with our expert style advice. Happy summer slimming!