Woman loses nine stone in a year after ditching £400-a-month habit

Alex Hollywell-Rolfe, 27, admits she had an addiction to food and struggled to lose weight despite trying several different diets and even a personal trainer – so she took effective action

Alex admits she had an addiction to food

A woman had dropped a whopping nine stone in one year after undergoing weight loss surgery and ditching her takeaway habit.

Alex Hollywell-Rolfe, 27, reckons she used to scoff up to six takeaways every week when she was at her heaviest, 21st 10lbs.

But after going under the knife to have gastric sleeve surgery on the NHS in September 2020, the weight has fallen off her.

After going from a size 26 to a size 14, Alex’s slender new figure now weighs in at 11st 13lbs. While the surgery has helped her along the way, it’s also encouraged her to pick up healthier habits.

Alex has shed nine stone since having the operation just over a year ago


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She said: “I would have a McDonalds, KFC, Chinese and Dominos all in one week.

“My orders would always be enough to feed two people as I would have extra sides and dessert. I’d have a large pizza with chicken wings and cookies for £22 – sometimes twice per week.”

Alex reckons each takeaway would cost between £10 and £30 and she’d buy six per week – on top of £100 already spent on her food shop.

She admits she had an addiction to food and often snacked in the evening.

She said: “I really struggled with portion sizes and have since I was quite young.

“My mum is a chef so she used to feed us really healthy food, but the portions would always be quite large, and I don’t know if that’s where the weight spanned from.

“I started to become really uncomfortable with myself and walking up the stairs became a daily struggle.”

Determined to shift the weight on her own, Alex went to her GP for advice, tried several different exercise regimes and even hired a personal trainer but nothing worked.

She says she got to a point where walking upstairs was a struggle


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Alex had to lose 5% of her weight and maintain it for a year before having the operation


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Due to her size and the fact she suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Alex was terrified she might not be able to have kids.

She added: “I tried everything to lose weight, I didn’t want weight loss surgery to be my only option. But at most, I only managed to lose two or three stones and I couldn’t seem to lose any more than that.”

After seemingly trying everything, Alex realised weight loss surgery was the best option for her and opted to have a gastric sleeve operation.

The procedure cuts away about 80% of the stomach to drastically reduce how much a person can eat before feeling full.

Alex and Danielle are now taking on healthier habits with the hope of starting fertility treatment soon


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Before being eligible for the operation on the NHS, Alex had to shift five per cent of her weight and maintain it for a year.

After the operation, Alex was determined to eat more healthily in the hope of starting fertility treatment with her partner Danielle, 37. She’s also documented her journey on her Instagram page, @sleeve-me-to-fix-it

Since ditching the takeaway habit and buying healthy food, Alex feels better than ever and is saving a fortune.

She said: “I look back at what I used to eat, and I just can’t stomach that type of food anymore, the portions are just too big.

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“My friends and family were dubious about me having the surgery. But now they’re all really happy for me and say it has made a huge difference to my confidence.

“It’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever done, and it’s opened up so many new opportunities that I wouldn’t have considered when I was at my heaviest.”

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