WE have all heard of the Phantom Flan Flinger  of Old London Town but have you heard of ‘Phantom Fat Syndrome’?

Do you suffer from it too?

Sarah has dropped 30lbs over the last few months but still tries on clothes 2-3 sizes too big for her! Still avoids the mirrors and even shop window reflections…

It can be difficult to have been a ‘plus size’ lady for most your life and then to see such a big change, 90% of the time you fail to see the change. Everyone comments on how well you’ve done and you bat them off with comments like “no, I’m still fat”

When the body changes drastically, the mind can often take much longer to catch up, much like losing a limb. The outside may have changed but internally you still see the old you and think like the old you.

Reinforcing the thought that you are still overweight, or feeling judged by strangers for being overweight. Just because your body has changed doesn’t always mean the way you think changes at the same rate.

People think that when they reach their goal weight they will be happy, losing weight doesn’t always change how we feel about ourselves. You can be left in fear of relapsing and putting it all on from eating a cupcake.

So how can we overcome this?

You can record the journey. Progress pictures can be a huge reality slap that can wake you up to how amazing you look! Doing things that you previously couldn’t

It’s amazing how so many people want to sit on a flight and not need to ask for the belt extension, that’s a huge win for most. Bungee jumping, taking part in a race, walking up a mountain. There’s lots that you can do to help realise just how far you’ve come and changed.

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