LEEDS lass Fiona Platt is feeling smiles better after being named one of the country’s super slimmers.
Fiona, 24, from Morley, dropped from 16st 7.5lb to 10st 3lb after signing up with her local Slimming World group in the summer of 2011.
Now her achievement has been recognised with a place in the semi-finals of Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2013 competition.
And, speaking about her 6st 4.5lb weight loss, Fiona revealed the support of her pals at the Morley Slimming World group had proved crucial.
She said: “Each week we talk about coping with different challenges coming up and share recipes, advice and top tips like offers we’ve seen in local supermarkets.
“We laugh a lot and celebrate our success too and I’ve made so many friends that I love going to my group every week.
“Thanks to them – and my weight loss – I’m slimmer but my smile is so much bigger.”
Members of Morley Slimming World picked Fiona as their representative in the competition earlier this year.
She made it through a regional heat to become one of only 58 women from across the UK and Ireland to reach the semi-finals.
Fiona missed out on a place in the contest’s top 10 – but some consolation was provided by a visit to Slimming World’s head office in Derbyshire and a meeting with former Westlife heart-throb Brian McFadden.
McFadden, who recently competed in ITV dance show Stepping Out, said: “What she’s done is nothing short of incredible.
“We didn’t do a lot of dancing in Westlife so Stepping Out was a completely new challenge for me, and it showed me that it’s never too late to try something different.
“Fiona is proof of that too, by making changes to her eating habits and getting active she’s obviously completely changed her life – and she looks great on it!” Jayne Broadbent, who runs the Morley Slimming World group, said: “Fiona doesn’t only look great on the outside, she’s a new woman on the inside too.
“She’s happier, healthier and more confident, and her success is contagious as she’s inspired so many other people in the group.”
For more details on how to follow in Fiona’s footsteps by joining Morley Slimming World, ring Jayne on 07929 129106.