Mum of two Natalie Davis finally feels ‘Beach Body Ready’ after losing six stone and spending £11k on cosmetic surgery to wear her £1l bikini with pride.
THE controversial ‘Beach Body Ready’ adverts have sparked huge debate since the posters featuring a slim tanned model in a yellow bikini first appeared.
Reaction was so strong that many of the adverts for Protein World were vandalized and removed.
Many slammed the company for promoting an unrealistic body image but mother of two Natalie Davis, 35, disagrees.
The health care assistant from Derby went to great lengths to get her own Beach Body and says the adverts featuring a size eight model are ‘inspirational and motivational.’
Natalie once felt anything but ‘Beach Ready’ after ballooning to 17 stone and a size 22.
But now after losing seven stone and spending £11,000 on cosmetic surgery she cannot wait to show her off her new size 10 Beach Body.
Natalie said: ‘ I really can’t understand all the fuss. The model looks incredibly healthy and fit, who on earth wouldn’t want to look like her in a bikini?
‘I think all women want to look good in a bikini and I can tell you from personal experience that I am one hundred times, happier, fitter and healthier since finally being able to wear mine.
‘It took a lot of time, effort and money to get there but I don’t regret a thing. I feel better than I thought I could after having three children.
‘Yes I can’t wait to wear my bikini, but it’s about so much more than that too.’
Natalie had been a slim nine stone when she met and married her ex husband James, wearing a size 10 wedding gown for their big day.
But after falling pregnant with their first child Hollie, now nine, Natalie admits she used the pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever she wanted.
She said: ‘ I’d always watched my weight and it refreshing not to have to worry about it for once.’
By the time their daughter arrived Natalie had piled on five stone.
She said: ‘ Of course I didn’t feel great but I was so wrapped up in my baby bubble that I didn’t care.’
And knowing they planned to expand the family there seemed little point dieting.
Natalie went on to have two more children, Autumn, now six and Harris, four, leaving little time to address her baby weight in between.
She said: ‘I just told myself this is what mums look like and hid my body in baggy black clothes, still not sure if we might have another baby.’
But after deciding the family was complete Natalie’s excuses ran dry. She was 17 stone and a size 22.
She said: ‘ The truth was I felt ashamed and embarrassed of the way I looked.
‘I hated my husband seeing my body and couldn’t even look at it myself in the mirror.’
Natalie also feared her weight was impacting on her health.
She said: ‘ I’d always been active but as the weight crept on I got sluggish and lazy.
I was constantly exhausted and would get out of breath playing with the kids. I felt like an old woman.’
But relying on sweet treats for an energy boost meant she struggled to lose any weight.
She said: ‘ On top of my meals I could eat a tub of Ben and Jerry ice cream in one go. But then I’d be hit with guilt and regret because I hated being fat.’
So desperate to change and set a more positive example to her kids she banned junk and devised her own healthy diet based on various diets she’d tried over the years.
Natalie was delighted to lose two stone but fearing she’d give up, joined a slimming club for extra support.
Now following a stricter plan the pounds fell off quickly.
Natalie said: ‘ I felt great. Not only was my confidence coming back but my health too.’
Only then she noticed a saggy fold of skin around her waist that refused to budge.
Natalie stepped up her dieting and started exercising, but while she lost more weight, the bulge got worse.
She explains: ‘ I realised it wasn’t fat but loose skin from the dieting so of course the more weight I lost the more excess skin I had.
‘I was horrified because I knew no amount of dieting could get rid of skin.’
So she focused more on exercise to help tone the area. But while she saw an improvement in her arms and legs, the skin on her tummy did not budge.
She said: ‘ I was working out four times a week and my fitness levels were rocketing, but it did nothing for my stomach.’
After seven months she was now seven stone lighter and weighed 10 stone. But due to the fold of skin still had to wear a size 14.
She said: ‘ I spoke to the trainers at the gym and researched on line and it became clear that no amount of exercise could ever remove rolls of skin.
‘I felt utterly deflated as if all my had work had been for nothing.’
At her lowest ebb she admits thinking she ‘ might as well be really fat again,’ if she was never going to have a slim tummy.
So fearing she would let her health slip again she decided to take action and started researching surgical removal of the fold – a tummy tuck.
Natalie read that Transform offered free consultations so decided there was no harm in booking one.
She said: ‘ At that point I was still unsure. As a mum of course I was worried about putting myself at risk and but thought it wouldn’t harm to find out more.’
At the consultation Natalie recalled reading that the surgeons had their worked reviewed every three months and was also able to view results of other mum’s who’d had their mummy tummy’s removed.
She said: ‘ I felt totally reassured and when the surgeon examined me and agreed exercise would make no difference in my case I decided to go ahead straight away. Because I was so fit and healthy from the diet and exercise the risk was very low.’
With her family’s support Natalie booked the operation and her father offered to lend her the £5500 and pay back half the sum.
Natalie said: ‘ Dad knew how much it meant to me but that also as a mother it was hard to justify spending on myself.’
In January 2013 Natalie went under the knife at the Transform clinic in Manchester.
She woke to be told three pounds of excess skin had been removed from her waist.
She said: ‘ I was told it had gone well but with the swelling and bruising it was hard to see the result of myself.’
But just seven days later the dressings were removed and Natalie was astonished to see how much flatter her stomach looked.
As the bruising and swelling continued to reside she was thrilled and gently explained to the children the ‘mummy’s tummy had been broken and she couldn’t fix it herself but that it was now fixed.’
She said: ‘They were interested for about one minute and never mentioned it again,’ she says.
‘I was so excited to be able to wear a size ten again. It motivated me to continue with my healthy eating and exercise because I always wanted to feel that good.
‘I never wanted to feel the way I had when I was fat again.’
But with her toned middle, Natalie began to notice how droopy her breasts were in comparison.
She’d always boasted a 36F chest but losing weight had left them deflated and withered.
She’d been so focused on her tummy she hadn’t noticed how bad they looked until it had gone.
In August last year she flew to Majorca on a family holiday determined to enjoy her flat tummy.
But despite feeling the most beach confident she had in years, she couldn’t help feeling disappointed about her boobs.
Natalie said: ‘ I’d bought a bikini but despite all the effort and money I had spent I didn’t feel as good in it as I wanted to.
‘Looking around at the other women dipping in and out of the pool I decided I didn’t want to wait for the bikini body I craved.’
She pulled out her phone and from her lounger called the Transform office that had arranged her first operation and told them she now wanted a boob lift and reduction.
She said: ‘ I am an impulsive person and I thought I would strike while the idea was there. The woman on the lounger next to me heard and said she wished she had the courage to do it. I told her she should if that’s what she wanted.’
Once again her family supported her. She said: ‘ I’d shown them I was committed to keeping healthy and fit and they respected the fact I had worked hard but there were some things I just could not fix on my own.’
Shortly after the holiday Natalie and her husband parted on good terms and he remained supportive when she went back for a consultation in October 2014.
The surgeon agreed she could reduce Natalie’s bust to a D cup and perform uplift at the dame time.
One month later she went back under the knife.
This time she put the £5,500 on finance.
Working full time as a health care assistant at the local hospital she worked out she could easily afford the £129 per month repayments.
She said: ‘ I work hard and my kids want for nothing so I tried not to feel guilty about spending some of my own money on me.
‘In fact I saw it as an investment, in my health and my future and I knew the kids much preferred having a fit happy mum that could play with them then a miserable fat one.’
Once again Natalie was delighted with the results, especially as her boobs no longer obscured the view of her slim tum.
She couldn’t wait to go bikini shopping ahead of a trip to Majorca this week weighing 9stone 6 pounds and a healthy size 10.
She said: ‘ The great thing is I don’t have to spend a fortune on bikinis to hold up my boobs or flatten my stomach anymore. My favorite pink one only cost £11.
She says: ‘ Yes I could have spent the money on the children but they already have everything they could want or need so would spoiling them with things they didn’t need rather than fixing something that was making me very unhappy and self conscious make me a more dedicated mother ? Of course not.
‘My kids are my world and have and will always come first in anything I do, but that doesn’t mean I cannot take steps to make myself happy too. A happy mum means happier kids.
‘But as a mum you are unfortunately supposed to feel guilty if you do anything for yourself which is a shame because it’s been a very positive experience.’
‘My friends laugh that I spent £11 k to wear an £11 bikini, and yes I can tell you it does feel fantastic.
‘But as well as being beach ready, I’m life ready. I’m fit, happy and confident and that’s a great frame of mind to have as a parent.
‘I’m proud of the example I have set to my children about the need to eat healthily and exercise. If I could have done it without surgery I would have.
‘If I had stayed fat I might not have been around to watch them grow up, what kind of example is that ?
‘I was taking a bigger risk with my health when I was overweight than by having surgery.
She said: ‘ When you have three babies very close together like I did sometimes it is not always going to be possible with diet and exercise no matter how much we wish it could be.
‘If like me you have tried everything and it hasn’t worked then surgery might be an option for you too. My body did it’s job very well in carrying and delivering three perfect healthy children which caused me to gain weight and it needed a helping hand to recover from the trauma of that.
‘Now I have regained my figure I can enjoy the next chapter of my life watching my beautiful family grow up.’
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