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UCLan nutrition student is slimmer of the year

08 January 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Liz loses 14 stone after life style change

A nutrition student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been crowned Slimmer of the Year 2013 after losing over half of her body weight.

Liz Knight has lost 14 stone 6lb over the last three years dropping her dress size from 32 to 14.  She achieved this by switching her fatty food diet to a healthy eating plan and taking up aerobics after a friend challenged her to lose five stone through dieting instead of opting for gastric band surgery. 

The third year UCLan nutrition and exercise science student has been recognised for her achievements by winning the Rosemary Conley Bigger Loser Slimmer of the Year Award 2013.

Liz received her award and £1,000 from Rosemary Conley, CBE, at a ceremony held at the London Marriott County Hall Hotel.

“It’s a fantastic reward for the hard work I’ve put in over the last three years. It’s been difficult at times to stay on track but the benefits of losing weight are what keep me motivated and the whole experience has been life changing.”

She said: “It’s a fantastic reward for the hard work I’ve put in over the last three years.  It’s been difficult at times to stay on track but the benefits of losing weight are what keep me motivated and the whole experience has been life changing.”

Liz originally came to UCLan in 2008 to study nursing.  It was after losing 10 stone during the first 18 months of her course that Liz was inspired to change her degree studies to nutrition and exercise science and pursue a career in the field.

The 26-year-old commented: “I developed a new healthy interest in food.  Studying nutrition and exercise has influenced my diet and learning the science behind exercise has made me see it in a different light.  We break food down and analyse it so I’m much more aware of what goes into food and what the body needs.”

"Studying nutrition and exercise has influenced my diet and learning the science behind exercise has made me see it in a different light. We break food down and analyse it so I’m much more aware of what goes into food and what the body needs.”

Liz has also been praised by the Hairy Bikers Simon King and Dave Myers.  She recently appeared on the bikers’ Hairy Dieters TV show learning how to make healthy meals.

“I appeared in four episodes as a ‘big eater’ trying to lose weight.  It was a great experience and the food that Simon and Dave cooked tasted great” she said.

Liz has recently become and aerobics instructor and now runs Rosemary Conley classes in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.  She hopes to gain a Masters qualification in nutrition and her long term goal is to work as a nutritionist to help others lose weight and show them that it can be done without resorting to surgery.