Schoolgirl slimmer Josie sheds 50lbs

Certificate: WeightWatchers leader Helen Webster presents the certificate of achievement to Josie Clifton. Photo: SG221210-22MD
Certificate: WeightWatchers leader Helen Webster presents the certificate of achievement to Josie Clifton. Photo: SG221210-22MD

SUPER slimmer Josie Clifton is celebrating after losing a staggering 50lbs with WeighWatchers.

Josie (17) began her slimming campaign in February last year so she would feel good about dressing up for her school prom in the summer.

Her inspiring story was featured in a national TV programme last September.

But, even after losing more than three-and-a-half stones, Josie’s weight loss campaign continues.

Josie said: “I would be happy to lose another two stones. I can definitely see me getting there, which I couldn’t when I first started – I thought I would go for a couple of weeks.”

The teenager hasn’t revealed the before and after figures for her weight or how many dress sizes she has dropped.

Josie explained: “I am still not over the embarrassment of it.”

Her weight loss has given her new found confidence and she feels healthier and fitter.

Josie said: “I am so much more confident and I am so much more active. I can jog around with my sister and I can go on being active for a longer period of time.”

Her diet doesn’t exclude Josie’s favourite dish – curry – and she can still eat chocolate but not too much in one go.

Josie is following WeightWatchers new ProPoints plan.

She said: “I am beginning to really warm to it and I can see myself easily losing a lot more weight with it because there is so much variety to it.”

Josie is studying A-levels at Spalding High School.

When she is not studying she loves to sing and her phenomenal voice has seen her pick up a series of awards, including Polka Dot Has Talent.

Among the changes Josie has made to her lifestyle are going to the gym two or three times a week and eating more fruit and vegetables than she did before.

Josie has two sisters, Chrissie (19) and Amy (22). She lives in Spalding with her mum and dad, Judith and Johnny, and says they have been very supportive.

She said: “I think my parents are proud of me that I am so young and have achieved this.”

Josie attends WeightWatchers classes led by Helen Webster at the town’s Monkhouse Primary School.

Helen said: “Josie is such an inspiration to her age group and to older people. I think it is getting more important for the younger generation now to be healthier.”