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Dagenham weight loss queen sheds 16 stone

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 January 2017

Nichola Waite before and after her operation in 2014.

Nichola Waite before and after her operation in 2014.

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A woman who lost 16 stone in 18 months has told how an operation to reduce her stomach transformed her life.

Miserable from her ballooning size, Nichola Waite weighed 31 stone when she decided to get a gastric sleeve.

“I was getting bigger and bigger, I was unhappy and uncomfortable,” explained Nichola, who moved to Coleman Road, Dagenham, in November after divorcing her husband and partner of 18 years.

It was this huge life-change that triggered the £8,000 operation at Spire Wellesley Hospital in Southend-On-Sea in March 2014.

“I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life on my own,” explained the 40-year-old, who met her new partner Chris on match.com six months after the operation.

“He’s a genuinely nice man, he’s kind and caring.

“He makes me feel special. Some men ran a mile when you told them about the surgery but he has been very supportive.”

It’s not only in love that Nichola’s luck has changed – she has also revolutionised her eating habits.

After the size of her stomach shrunk, she had no trouble dropping stone after stone – ending up 10 dress sizes smaller.

“I never feel hungry and I can only physically eat a small amount,” explained Nichola.

“I also exercise nearly every day, I’ve got a personal trainer, I do zumba – I don’t lead the same life.”

Nichola, who is 5ft 11in, would now like to maintain her current weight.

“I would definitely recommend the operation,” added Nichola.

“I’d tried dieting before but hadn’t been able to lose any weight for good.”

The personal assistant at Basildon Hospital is enjoying things most people take for granted – like tying her own shoe laces.

“Before the operation I didn’t go out much or do anything, I didn’t socialise that much – this has changed my life,” she added.

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