Overweight Twins Weight Loss Success Stories - Here's another motivational weight loss stories for those who want to reduce their weight. the Twins from Belgia managed to lose their weights together. When identical twins Karren Fraser and Paula Muir decided to lose weight - one didn’t want to be bigger than the other. They had always done everything together and both refused to be left standing as the fat twin.
So they had an unusual race to lose weight. Mrs Muir decided she was going to lose weight the traditional way by diet and exercise - whilst Mrs Fraser decided on a more drastic course of action and had a gastric band fitted.
The twins have now managed to lose a staggering 22 stone between them. Mrs Muir now weighs a trim 12 stone, and Mrs Fraser weighs nine stone. Mrs Fraser, 46, said: ‘Paula and I have always done things together and not even our parents could tell us apart.
‘We both decided to lose weight and we were both determined to stick to it. If one had lost it and not the other, it would be like looking in a mirror and seeing what you could look like thin if you tried.’
The twins decided on their pact after the death of their father Roy in February 2007. Mrs Fraser said: ‘Dad was really worried about Paula and I as we were so big. We’d both struggled with our weights all our lives. We’d tried every diet going - the Cabbage Diet, the Cambridge Diet, but nothing had worked.
‘I weighed 22 stone and Paula weighed 21 stone and we were both size 24. We had always laughed it off , and even made it part of our personalities to be large lively girls, but when dad said he was worried about us, we decided we needed to lose the weight.’
Mrs Fraser looked on the internet and decided that her course of action was going to be a gastric band operation. She said: ‘We’d tried every diet going and had even taken slimming pills previously, but nothing had worked. I knew if I was going to lose weight, I needed to do something different.’
But there was one problem. Mrs Muir couldn’t afford the £3,500 cost of a gastric band operation like her sister. There was only one option. She had to lose weight the traditional way, with diet and exercise.
Mrs Fraser, who has two children Tara, 24, and Jake, 20, said: ‘There is a lot of rivalry between Paula and myself. Neither of us wants to be in the shadow of the other. So Paula decided that even though diets hadn’t worked for us in the past, she was going to go on a diet and keep up with me.’
Mrs Fraser had the operation in April 2007 at a hospital in Belgium and she managed to lose six stone. Then in July 2008 she had the band re-fixed and she has now managed to lose a further six stone. But not to be outdone, Mrs Muir decided she was going to eat the same size portions as her sister.
Mrs Fraser said: ‘Paula and I were eating tiny sized portions. It seemed weird after what we used to eat. My stomach told me I was full, but it was harder for her because she hadn’t had a band fitted. She wanted to lick the pattern off the plate afterwards. ‘I really admired her willpower. She was adamant that she was only going to eat what I did.’
Mrs Muir, a charity worker, who lives with husband Peter, 46, an engineer, in Whiston, Merseyside, and has three sons, Liam, 26, Layton, 25, and Dominic, 20, said: ‘I was really jealous of Karren when she told me she was going to have a gastric band fitted.
‘She lost weight very easily afterwards and it was much harder than me, but I wasn’t going to be left behind. We had made a pact to lose weight together, so thats what I was going to do. ‘For breakfast we had porridge instead of fried breakfast and we ditched the takeaways.
‘I started power walking too, to try and help shift the weight. For every pound that Karren lost, it gave me the incentive to keep going too.
‘She had the band to tell her when she was full, but I’d listen to her and when she stopped eating because she was full, I did too.’ Because the twins have lost so much weight they had to have operations to remove loose skin afterwards.
Mrs Fraser had a tummy tuck in April last year, and Mrs Muir had the same operation last July. Mrs Fraser, who lives with partner David Knight, 50, in Widnes, Cheshire, is now a slim size 10 and Mrs Muir is a size 12.
She added: ‘Its been hard work, especially for Paula, but we both feel absolutely fantastic now. We have got so much more energy. We just wish our father could have seen what we have achieved. He would have been so proud of us both.
‘It may have been an unusual way to lose weight, doing it as a race between us. But it was the way to succeed.’
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