Teamwork the key as sisters lose nine stone

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 August 2016

Chris Bank on the right with sister Pamela Bryan.

Chris Bank on the right with sister Pamela Bryan.

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An avid baker teamed up with her sister to shed a weight equal to a human being.

Chris Bank holding a picture of her former self.Chris Bank holding a picture of her former self.

Keen cook, Chris Banks, 64, of Exeter, joined her sister Pamela Bryan, 68 of Brixington Lane, Exmouth, at the town’s Weight Watchers, where both sisters managed to lose more than nine stone between them.

Chris weighed 15st 5lbs. She lost six stone after joining the club in 2015 and now weighs 9st 5lbs.

Pamela, who weighed 13-and-a -half stone, has lost three-and-a -half stone and is on target to achieve her nine-stone goal.

Chris said: “We helped one another and now my whole life style has changed. It feels great.”

Chris Banks before she lost six pounds.Chris Banks before she lost six pounds.

Chris, who severe arthritis eased as she slimmed down, said the best part of losing weight was being able to discover new recipes and share them with her weight-loss group.

She said: “I love baking so I would bake cakes, scones, pies, pastries and all sorts of bread. I now take my baking into my Weight Watchers class. I found a recipe to make sausage rolls with more vegetables in them.”

Chris attributed her weight loss to eating smaller portions and watching what she ate.

She said: “I put my food on a medium salad plate with plenty of vegetables.”

“It is enjoyable discovering new foods. I really like having fish now, more then I did before. I like baked cod with Mediterranean vegetables. I also do more pasta dishes.”

“Eating healthily is so much more affordable because you’re not buying biscuits and chocolate. Fruit and vegetables are much cheaper.”

Retired Chris struggled to be recognised by friends and family after losing so much weight.

She added: “My quality of life is much better after the weight loss. When you’re getting old and retiring, it gives you that get up and go.”

Chris had high praise for the Weight Watchers team leader Amanda Bennett for helping her.

She said: “Amanda has been brilliant. She makes you laugh whenever she goes there.”


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