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    <p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size: 1.2em”>An overweight bride lost so much weight on her pre-wedding diet that she was forced to buy a new dress that was seven sizes smaller – just three weeks before her big day.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Alex Hill, 28, tipped the scales at 23 stone 3 lbs when she got engaged to her partner Kev, 34, and was too embarrassed to even try on dresses during their three-and-a-half year engagement.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Six months before their nuptials, she finally mustered the courage to step into a bridal boutique and bought the only one that fitted – a huge size 26 ‘princess dress’ – ahead of her wedding in July 2015.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font mol-style-bold”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Scroll down for video </font></p><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Too big to alter: Alex Hill, 28, tipped the scales at 23 stone 3 lbs when she got engaged to her partner Kev, 34, and at first she was too embarrassed to even try on dresses during their three-and-a-half year engagement </div> <noscript> Too big to alter: Alex Hill, 28, tipped the scales at 23 stone 3 lbs when she got engaged to her partner Kev, 34, and at first she was too embarrassed to even try on dresses during their three-and-a-half year engagement </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Too big to alter: Alex Hill, 28, tipped the scales at 23 stone 3 lbs when she got engaged to her partner Kev, 34, and at first she was too embarrassed to even try on dresses during their three-and-a-half year engagement</p></div><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”><div class=”splitLeft”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> 'I didn¿t get that princess-like feeling when I wore it for the first time': Alex tries on her size 26 wedding gown at her first fitting </div> <noscript> 'I didn¿t get that princess-like feeling when I wore it for the first time': Alex tries on her size 26 wedding gown at her first fitting </noscript> </div></div><div class=”splitRight”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Alex after shedding 8 stone 7lbs and dropping seven dress sizes </div> <noscript> Alex after shedding 8 stone 7lbs and dropping seven dress sizes </noscript> </div></div><div class=”clear”></div><p class=”imageCaption”>’I didn’t get that princess-like feeling when I wore it for the first time’: Alex tries on her size 26 wedding gown at her first fitting (left) and six months later, after shedding 8 stone 7lbs and dropping seven dress sizes (right)</p></div><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>But Alex, a support worker from Stockport, Greater Manchester, was determined to slim down and, after ditching the junk food, she lost a staggering 8st 7lbs in just 197 days (six months).</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>During her final fitting three weeks before the wedding, the size 26 dress was far too big for the seamstress to even alter.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>The bride-to-be was left with nothing to wear on her wedding day, and had no choice but to frantically find a new dress to fit her new size 12 figure.</font></p><div><div data-track-module=”am-related_carousel^related_carousel” data-track-selector=”.rotator-panels a:not([class*=external])” data-dm-rotator-rotate=”false” data-track-pos=”static” data-preferred-shared-network-enabled=”” data-dm-rotator-auto-init=”” id=”p-24″ class=”related-carousel with-fb-or-tw femail half” data-dm-rotator-active-class=”active” data-dm-rotator-page-count=”1.0″ data-dm-social-article-auto-init=”” data-dm-rotator-page-size=”1″> <div class=”rotator bdrcc”> <div class=”rotator-title”> <h2>RELATED ARTICLES</h2> <ul class=”rotator-pages link-xocc”> <li class=”rotator-prev”>Previous

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    </div> </div><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Alex opted for a slinky fishtail gown and didn’t tell a single person – wanting to surprise her fiancé, family and friends on the big day.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Alex, who has now lost more than 10 stone, said: ‘I put off trying on dresses for so long because I worried nothing would fit.</font></p><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”><div class=”splitLeft”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> During Alex's final fitting three weeks before her wedding, the size 26 dress was far too big for the seamstress to even alter </div> <noscript> During Alex's final fitting three weeks before her wedding, the size 26 dress was far too big for the seamstress to even alter </noscript> </div></div><div class=”splitRight”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> The bride-to-be  had no choice but to frantically find a new dress to fit her new size 12 figure </div> <noscript> The bride-to-be  had no choice but to frantically find a new dress to fit her new size 12 figure </noscript> </div></div><div class=”clear”></div><p class=”imageCaption”>During Alex’s final fitting three weeks before her wedding, the size 26 dress was far too big for the seamstress to even alter.

    The bride-to-be had no choice but to frantically find a new dress to fit her new size 12 figure</p></div><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div class=”mol-img” style=”height: auto;”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Alex piled on the pounds after being involved in a serious car crash at university, and following the death of her dad Leslie, 59, who passed away six years ago after suffering heart failure. At her heaviest she weighed 23st </div> <noscript> Alex piled on the pounds after being involved in a serious car crash at university, and following the death of her dad Leslie, 59, who passed away six years ago after suffering heart failure. At her heaviest she weighed 23st </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Alex piled on the pounds after being involved in a serious car crash at university, and following the death of her dad Leslie, 59, who passed away six years ago after suffering heart failure.

    At her heaviest she weighed 23st</p></div><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> The support worker used to eat a takeaway, pizza, garlic bread, chops and a can of coke or a large meal from McDonald¿s for lunch; then snack throughout the day on sugary fizzy drinks and chocolate milkshake </div> <noscript> The support worker used to eat a takeaway, pizza, garlic bread, chops and a can of coke or a large meal from McDonald¿s for lunch; then snack throughout the day on sugary fizzy drinks and chocolate milkshake </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>The support worker used to eat a takeaway, pizza, garlic bread, chops and a can of coke or a large meal from McDonald’s for lunch; then snack throughout the day on sugary fizzy drinks and chocolate milkshake</p></div><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>‘When I did finally go shopping and find what I thought was “the one” I didn’t get that princess-like feeling when I wore it for the first time.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>‘A princess style dress in a size 26 was the only one which did up, but even then it was tight.

    As it was the only one that I could get into, I panicked and purchased it.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>‘My sister took a couple of pictures of me in it but when I saw them I cried, because I couldn’t believe how big I had got.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>‘When my wedding dress arrived at the store, less than a month before the big day, I was excited to try it on. But it actually fell off me.

    I had lost too much weight they couldn’t even grip the material to see how it would look.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>‘The shop owner hugged me and cried and said she was so proud of me but they said they couldn’t alter that dress to fit my size so I had to pick a new one.

    It was frantic.</font></p><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Alex was left with nothing to wear on her wedding day, and had no choice but to frantically find a new dress to fit her new size 12 figure. She opted for a slinky fishtail gown and didn¿t tell a single person ahead of the big day </div> <noscript> Alex was left with nothing to wear on her wedding day, and had no choice but to frantically find a new dress to fit her new size 12 figure. She opted for a slinky fishtail gown and didn¿t tell a single person ahead of the big day </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Alex was left with nothing to wear on her wedding day, and had no choice but to frantically find a new dress to fit her new size 12 figure.

    She opted for a slinky fishtail gown and didn’t tell a single person ahead of the big day</p></div><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Alex with her husband Kev on their wedding day. She said: ¿When my wedding dress arrived at the store, less than a month before the big day, I was excited to try it on. But it actually fell off me. I had lost too much weight' </div> <noscript> Alex with her husband Kev on their wedding day. She said: ¿When my wedding dress arrived at the store, less than a month before the big day, I was excited to try it on. But it actually fell off me. I had lost too much weight' </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Alex with her husband Kev on their wedding day.

    She said: ‘When my wedding dress arrived at the store, less than a month before the big day, I was excited to try it on. But it actually fell off me. I had lost too much weight'</p></div><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Speaking about her dress fitting three weeks before the big day, Alex recalled: 'They couldn¿t even grip the material to see how it would look. ¿The shop owner hugged me and cried and said she was so proud of me' </div> <noscript> Speaking about her dress fitting three weeks before the big day, Alex recalled: 'They couldn¿t even grip the material to see how it would look. ¿The shop owner hugged me and cried and said she was so proud of me' </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Speaking about her dress fitting three weeks before the big day, Alex recalled: ‘They couldn’t even grip the material to see how it would look.

    ‘The shop owner hugged me and cried and said she was so proud of me'</p></div><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>‘I ended up in a figure-hugging fishtail dress in a size 12 and I cried with pride at how different I looked.'</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Alex piled on the pounds after being involved in a serious car crash at university, and following the death of her dad Leslie, 59, who passed away six years ago after suffering heart failure.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>In February 2015 – just six months before her wedding that July – Alex went dress shopping with her mum, Lynn, 54, best testosterone supplements review and sister, Stephanie, 29.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>She picked the only one that fitted, and warned the shop assistant that she planned to lose weight so her dress would need taking in.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Alex swapped greasy takeaways and crisps, sweets and chocolate for meal-replacement shakes and chicken with vegetables and within weeks the pounds were falling off her.</font></p><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”><div class=”splitLeft”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Alex is now 10 stone and seven dress sizes lighter </div> <noscript> Alex is now 10 stone and seven dress sizes lighter </noscript> </div></div><div class=”splitRight”><div class=”mol-img”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Alex swapped greasy takeaways and crisps, sweets and chocolate for meal-replacement shakes and chicken with vegetables and within weeks the pounds fell off </div> <noscript> Alex swapped greasy takeaways and crisps, sweets and chocolate for meal-replacement shakes and chicken with vegetables and within weeks the pounds fell off </noscript> </div></div><div class=”clear”></div><p class=”imageCaption”>Now 10 stone and seven dress sizes lighter, Alex swapped greasy takeaways and crisps, sweets and chocolate for meal-replacement shakes and chicken with vegetables and within weeks the pounds fell off</p></div><div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div class=”mol-img” style=”height: auto;”> <div class=”image-wrap”> Alex after losing the weight. Speaking about her wedding day, she said: ¿The first thing I heard was gasps because of how shocked they were, wedding guests walked past me in the morning not realising who I was' </div> <noscript> Alex after losing the weight. Speaking about her wedding day, she said: ¿The first thing I heard was gasps because of how shocked they were, wedding guests walked past me in the morning not realising who I was' </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Alex after losing the weight.

    Speaking about her wedding day, she said: ‘The first thing I heard was gasps because of how shocked they were, wedding guests walked past me in the morning not realising who I was'</p></div><div class=”moduleFull mol-video”><div><div itemprop=”video” itemscope=”itemscope” website content=”The science behind the Cambridge Weight Plan” itemprop=”name” /><meta content=”PT01M24S” itemprop=”duration” /><meta website itemprop=”thumbnailUrl” /><meta website itemprop=”contentURL” /><meta content=”2015-01-09T23:03:00+0000″ itemprop=”uploadDate” /><meta content=”576″ itemprop=”height” /><meta content=”1024″ itemprop=”width” /><meta content=”The mother-of-two, who had been overweight since a child, swapped slices of ham and biscuits for grapefruit and toast after speaking to a Cambridge Weight Plan consultant based in the office above her shop.” itemprop=”description” /><div class=”item”> <div class=”vjs-video-container vjs-fixed vjs-span-two-col femail” id=”v-3980542758001″> <video controls=”” class=”video-js vjs-default-skin” website science behind the Cambridge Weight website mother-of-two, who had been overweight since a child, swapped slices of ham and biscuits for grapefruit and toast after speaking to a Cambridge Weight Plan consultant based in the office above her shop.website preload=”none”> <source website type=”video/mp4″></source> </video> </div> </div> </div></div></div><div class=”art-ins mol-factbox floatLHS femail” website <h3 class=”wocc”> <span style=”font-weight: bold;”>ALEX’S DIET BEFORE </span> </h3> <div class=”ins cleared xolcc bdrcc”> <p class=”mol-para-with-font”><span style=”font-size: 1.2em;”>Breakfast – Skipped breakfast</span></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Lunch – Panini, chocolate bar,fruit juice</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Dinner – Usually a takeaway, pizza, garlic bread, chops and a can of coke or a large meal from McDonald’s</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Drink – Fizzy drink or chocolate milkshake</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Snacks – Cookies, biscuits, chocolate bars </font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”></p></div><div data-swipe-article=”false”><!- – ad: website – -><div class=”adHolder mpu molads_mpu_factbox watermark” id=”mpu_factbox_1″ style=”width:300px;height:250px;”><script>adverts.addToArray(“pos”:”mpu_factbox”)</script><span class=”mol-ads-label-container”><span class=”mol-ads-label”>Advertisement</span></span></div>

    </div> </div><div class=”art-ins mol-factbox floatLHS femail” website <h3 class=”wocc”><b>ALEX’S DIET NOW</b></h3> <div class=”ins cleared xolcc bdrcc”><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em;”>Breakfast – Cambridge Weight Plan shake</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Lunch – Cambridge Weight Plan shake</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Dinner – A 200 calorie home-cooked meal such as chicken breast, poached eggs, mushrooms and lettuce</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Snacks – Cambridge Weight Plan shake</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Drinks – 3-4 litres of water</font></p></div><div data-swipe-article=”false”><!- – ad: website – -><div class=”adHolder mpu molads_mpu_factbox watermark” id=”mpu_factbox_2″ style=”width:300px;height:250px;”><script>adverts.addToArray(“pos”:”mpu_factbox”)</script><span class=”mol-ads-label-container”><span class=”mol-ads-label”>Advertisement</span></span></div>

    </div> </div><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>After losing almost 9 stone, Alex – who also took up running and hula hooping – returned to the bridal boutique for her final dress fitting.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>She walked down the aisle in July 2015, in front of guests, some of whom had not seen her since she lost the weight.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>‘The first thing I heard was gasps because of how shocked they were, wedding guests walked past me in the morning not realising who I was,’ she said.</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>‘It was the most magical day and I felt incredible.

    Now I’ve lost the weight I feel amazing every day. It’s completely changed my life.'</font></p><p class=”mol-para-with-font mol-style-bold mol-style-italic”><font style=”font-size:1.2em”>Alex blogs at happyhungryhuman.co.uk </font></p></div>
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