"I have so much joy in my life now"*

At her biggest, U.K. member Megan McGee hated what she saw in the mirror. Now, she's made a lifestyle change with Slimming World and is more than 70lbs lighter*. Now, the 25-year-old feels like a new woman and wants to let other people know it’s possible for them to change their lives—just like she did! 

photograph of megan mcgee after slimming world
photograph of megan mcgee before slimming world

“To those around me I probably looked happy enough, but a smile can hide a lot. I happen to have a pretty large smile and I used my smile to hide behind. But, in reality, I was a deeply unhappy person—I had no self-worth and no self-esteem.

"Growing up I was always bigger than my friends, and my weight piled on after entering into an abusive relationship. When I started reconnecting with my friends again, I realized that I'd become the ‘fat friend’. I didn’t like going out because I hated the way I looked and shopping for clothes would always end in tears.

“One day I suddenly thought to myself, ‘Just imagine how different life could be if I were to take all of this time and effort that I spend hating myself and put it into creating a life that I love and could be proud of’. I realized that I needed to become my own best friend instead of my harshest critic. I decided to do something with my life that would benefit the lives of others, so I started studying adult nursing. I wanted to be the healthiest version of myself that I could be in that role, too, so when a friend of mine asked me to join Slimming World with her, it just felt like the timing was right. My mom decided to join, too.

I realized that I didn’t need another diet—I needed a lifestyle change, and from the start, Food Optimizing seemed too good to be true. I was eating a lot of the same meals as before, but I learned how to make them differently so they were healthier like using lean meat and making sauces from scratch.

"I definitely eat more now than I did before, and I never feel hungry or unsatisfied. I used to skip breakfast or lunch and would end up snacking and grazing all day. Now I have regular mealtimes and enjoy wholesome homemade dinners. My favorite is the Slimming World recipe for chili with rice and a salad."

“Following the Food Optimizing plan with my mom and having the chance to support each other throughout this journey has really deepened our relationship. I cannot thank her enough for showing me just how strong women can be.

“As I lost weight I became much more active. I enjoy playing volleyball and going to Zumba and Body Pump classes at my gym—and I’ve just signed up for personal training sessions. I have tons more energy for my busy shifts as a healthcare assistant, where I work alongside my nursing job.

“Since losing weight, I've had the confidence to volunteer in Tanzania on a nursing placement, and this summer I’ll be traveling to Alaska to work for my family. My biggest ambition in life is to travel and explore. I'd love to help people all over the world, and I've set my sights on medically volunteering on the Africa Mercy Ship in the future.

"I’m still a work in progress, but I feel so much happier in my life and my smile is real now. I feel like I’ve woken up from being asleep and I’m discovering a whole new me—a me that I am insanely proud of and am learning to love unconditionally. I’ve found a sense of peace with myself that I’ve never had before."

“I feel as though Slimming World offered me a glimmer of hope at a time in my life where I didn’t have any. I have so much joy, hope and excitement in my life and I feel completely revived.

“Since losing weight I’m physically and mentally stronger than I’ve ever been before. The physical changes are great, but the psychological changes I’ve had are the ones that have benefitted my life beyond anything I could ever have imagined. My weight loss is an outward reflection of my healthier state of mind.

"I want anyone who’s struggling with their weight to know that they don’t have to struggle forever, and they certainly don’t have to do it alone because there is help and support out there.

“Above all else, I want to be an ambassador of hope to those who feel as hopeless as I did. I feel honored to get to be a part of the glimmer of hope that Slimming World offers people who are trying to improve their lives, and I want to inspire people to be brave enough to take that first step and really embrace the chance to change. There really is nothing to lose and so much to gain."

*Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and how much you have to lose.

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*Your weight loss will vary according to your individual circumstances and how much you have to lose.