As a busy car saleswoman, Becky Cross would often be out of the house for up to 60 hours a week.
Shattered after a hectic day of work, the 23-year-old would reach for ready meals and takeaways to keep her going.
But when Becky's weight ballooned to 15 stone and she was struggling to fit into size 16 clothes, she knew she needed to take action.
Rather than buy the next size up – and determined not to go on a diet – Becky, from Portsmouth, set herself a challenge.
Instead of reaching for microwave meals and getting a takeaway delivered, she learned to cook.
Becky, who has lived with her partner, Nathan, for the last six years has now shed five stone in less than a year and is a slum size eight.
She said: "I can remember pulling clothes on in the summer of 2016 and I just knew I had to do something.
"I couldn’t afford to buy a whole new wardrobe and didn’t want to buy anything in a size 18.
"Within a few weeks of being on Instagram I’d discovered Spicentice and decided to try it out for myself.
"The easy step-by-step recipes meant that even though I had no cooking experience I was making some really tasty dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala, Cajun Chicken Pasta and Gourmet Chips when I fancy a treat.
"Instead of ordering expensive takeaways I was able to make the exact same dishes at home – plus they were much cheaper, healthier and even tastier too."
Becky is now a convert to cooking all her healthy meals herself – and it's even helped her shed her baby weight after welcoming little Dexter into their family.
She said: "Even whilst I was pregnant with Dexter I didn’t slip, and it’s even helping me lose the baby weight now!
"I feel so much better within myself. I never used to want to leave the house or be seen outside alone but I’m so much more confident.
"I’ve now also been able to get a dog, which means I’m out of the house at least twice a day doing exercise – something I never thought I would do.
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