A young woman who suffered from joint pain, heartburn and high blood pressure after tipping the scales over 18 has revealed the result of her 6th weight loss.
Evie Nagy, an advertising and marketing executive, was determined to shed the pounds last year after struggling to complete everyday tasks.
The 28-year-old put on weight after sustaining an injury and was around 2lb or 116kg by January 2020.
Despite a series of lockdowns that closed gyms, Evie followed a plan set by a former Olympian and lost more than 6th in 15 months — and no longer needs blood pressure medication.
Evie Nagy (left before weight loss and immediately after) tipped the scales at around 18th 2lb or 116kg and lost over 6th or 42kg in 15 months
The advertising and marketing manager was urged to shed the pounds last year after struggling to perform mundane tasks. Pictured: Evie before her weight loss journey (left) and after 15 months of training (right)
Evie with Roar nutritionist and trainer Matt Lindsay, left, and PT Tom Paulson, right
Evie (left and right during her workouts) worked on a mix of lower and upper body exercises
The Roar Menu: Warm Baked Salmon
Roar Fitness nutritionist Matt Lindsay shares one of his favorite dinner recipes
Spices, for seasoning
Preheat the oven to 180C
Place the salmon in an oven dish with asparagus
Season with salt, chili flakes, paprika and garlic powder for a spicy kick
Bake for 20 minutes
Chop 2 spring onions and half an avocado and serve
Wanting to change her life, Evie signed up for Roar Fitness, a gym chain run by three-time Olympian Sarah Lindsay.
At Roar, the concept is relatively simple: participants stick to three nutritious, protein-rich meals a day with healthy snacks, while lifting heavy weights under the guidance of super-fit trainers.
Roar promises to give you the body of your dreams in just 12 weeks.
Evie, who is a petite 5ft 3ins, told MailOnline: ‘I was really unhealthy when I started; I was very overweight and took blood pressure medication that was directly related to my weight.
“In the past, my diet was just everything in a huge amount. I would make everything from scratch, but it would be a lot of pasta, a lot of wine, chips, chocolate – everything.
‘You can be a lazy vegetarian or vegan, because there are many meat substitutes.
“I also have a family history of problems, including arthritis, and I had to do everything I could to not let that become my future.”
So she plunged into the new regime, more than a year without junk food or wine.
‘When I signed up for the plan, I just thought, ‘It’s no use complaining, I can’t have it. I’m an all-or-nothing person so as soon as I started I managed to shut it down – no chips or junk for a year and a half.
‘I loved it. But in the beginning, my body went through withdrawal symptoms – we cut out carbohydrates and sugars, so I went into withdrawal symptoms and had severe headaches.
“I didn’t miss any food — I was so happy to follow a plan and I knew I could go back to chocolate, it would be there forever. I had no chocolate for a year and a half and only wine on special occasions.
“I’m not sure how I would have done it if we hadn’t been in lockdown,” as I work in a very social industry. But when Boris ruined Christmas, I burst – it drove me to a G&T.
‘Now my thighs no longer rub and I feel healthier, even moving is easier. When I was in size 18-20 I felt it in my joints. Now I have size 12-14.’
Evie now mixes up her workouts and does Roar Fitness’ latest concept Roar Metal – strength training classes done through an online subscription at your home or Kensington studio (pictured)
Roar Fitness has gyms in Kensington, Bank and Liverpool Street and is run by three-time Olympian, Sarah Lindsay (pictured)
Evie at the end of her 15 month program with her proud trainer, Tom
Evie was put to the test by Roar personal trainer, Tom Paulson
Evie had about 12 gym sessions, but when the lockdown kicked in in March 2020, she simply followed a diet plan and walked her dog, aiming for 10,000 steps a day, “at least.”
She added: “As soon as we were allowed to go back to gyms, I was there. The government would lift the restrictions on Monday and I would be at the gym that morning. We focused on lower body or lower body, alternating the two three times a week, one hour at a time.’
Evie was urged to lose weight after an injury in college.
She said: ‘I grew up with ballet followed by a degree in musical theatre, so I was always active until my early twenties, when I tore ligaments in my ankle – then it went downhill and I gained weight very quickly.
“Between November 2019 and January 2020, I convinced myself that I couldn’t lose weight.
“I was watching the TV show House one night and they diagnosed someone with Cushing’s disease and I convinced myself I had it – I had some symptoms, and even went to the hospital and had a lot of tests done.
‘I had gained 8 kg in two months. But all the tests were negative, and I was like c**p, I’m just fat.’
Now Evie is working on maintaining her new streamlined figure while trying out new exercises.
“I try to take at least 10,000 steps a day and go to the gym. Right now I’m trying to educate myself about diet and exercise.
“I make sure I get enough protein because I’m a vegetarian, I started an Instagram to help others and I just try new things – trampolining, cycling – to find out what I like.
“I eat balanced meals and really just exercise to listen to hunger cues and eat mindfully – which is easier said than done.
“When I did Roar, I was eating 1,500-1,700 calories a day. I’m not counting calories right now, which can be stressful without the structure and accountability, but I’m trying to be mindful and remind myself that I don’t need the third piece of toast.
“My plan was to get a size 12, which I did, and then wear it for a year and see if I want to go smaller.
‘I have to buy a whole new wardrobe for the winter because I only have clothes in size 18.
“I stopped taking blood pressure medication because it was in a normal range and moving around is so much easier now. I feel a world of difference and no more heartburn.’
The 28-year-old now lives healthier, without medication
In addition to lifting weights, the marketing manager was given a high-protein diet to follow
Evie added: ‘I don’t miss anything now, I have it regularly, but listen to my body. There is chocolate in the house if I really want it.
“I would definitely do the program again, and I would tell everyone to do it, especially if you need a big change in your life, like me.
“I’ve also lost a few people I love to Covid; it really makes you think about underlying health conditions. It made people realize that they are a little more mortal than they think.
‘I’ll make sure to give myself the best possible foundation in the coming years.’
Follow Evie’s journey on Instagram @evieswellnessjourney