Woman with secret eating problem loses weight in 8 weeks after never having ‘decent meal’

You Are What You Eat: Channel 5 teases new series

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The health show follows Helen, a secret eater who wants to slim down in order to improve her overall health.

Helen, 48, is a social media manager from Northampton.

She lives with her husband and two children and cooks very healthy and nutritious meals for the whole family, except for herself.

Helen serves up three nutritious meals every day but the problem is what she eats in secret.

She explained: “I’m cooking for three, it’s my job to make sure they’ve had a decent meal.”

However, she never makes any healthy meals for herself.

Instead, she eats in secret, hiding from her own family.

Helen explained: “I find myself foraging for food.

“I could quite easily eat this bag,” she said while grabbing a bag full of candy. “It wouldn’t take me long.”

Talking about the secret eating problem she said: “If I’m desperate I know there’s usually something in my son’s room.

“He doesn’t have the same problem as I do.

“I do replace them [the sweets] so sometimes he doesn’t even know I’ve had them.

“It’s like a vicious circle because I feel bad about myself it makes me want the comfort again. And I find myself eating stuff I shouldn’t be eating,” she admitted.

Trisha Goddard, Dr Amir Khan and nutritionist Kate Llewellyn-Waters help Helen change her lifestyle completely.

Professor Lindsay Hall will also reveal the secrets of her gut health.

The trio will take control of Helen’s life for eight weeks to show her how she can step away from unhealthy habits with simple diet changes.

Last week they helped Jackie, a fast-food addict who managed to lose one stone and 11 pounds in just eight weeks.

Jackie explained: “I’m amazed I see a slimmer person and I feel a million times better than I felt eight weeks ago. I feel a lot better and I’m much happier.”

Her results showed she went from the pre-diabetic category to the normal category.

“You changed your life here, Jackie. It’s very important you see that,” Dr Khan said.

You Are What You Eat airs today January 12 at 8pm on Channel 5.

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