Rachel Baker


  • Weight lost: 7st 13lbs*
  • Length maintaining: 2 years*
  • Weight loss plan: Total

Rachel Baker- 'I battled with my weight for years, but I was quite clever at disguising it.'

Rachel battled with her weight for years, but when she and her partner Sarah celebrated the much longed for birth of their son James, neither of them anticipated how those early months of motherhood would bring Rachel to her knees forcing her to re-evaluate her life - and eventually her weight.

“Before my pregnancy I weighed around 16 stone, during it I put on a further two stone. I thought I'd lose the extra weight breast feeding and keeping busy with the baby. What I couldn't have foreseen was the isolating, frightening bout of postnatal depression.

I had problems breast feeding, James would wake every 30 minutes but I didn't want to switch to formula. I thought I'd be letting my son down. I wasn't experiencing any of the talked about joys of early motherhood.

My partner Sarah witnessed the crying and exhaustion and urged me to see the doctor. This was the turning point - I quit breast feeding, so Sarah could feed James and I was able to get more sleep. I started to recover but my weight problem remained. One day in December I was breathless just bending to tie my laces, I could feel a layer of fat pressing painfully on my chest. 

Horrified, I turned to LighterLife, I weighed 18st 11lbs and because it was quick and there was a supportive group for me it was the best choice. After just a couple of weeks I was less anxious and more at peace. Group was like a series of hugely empowering life lessons. I identified that tiredness was a big factor in my overeating.

One of the greatest joys of losing weight is being able to race James on his bike. He says 'Chase me, chase me!' and I happily keep up. Life is better than ever."

It wasn’t too late for Rachel to change her life. You can too. LighterLife has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose weight, and there’s a programme for everyone.


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