A mum who has lost more than seven stone documents her low calorie food swaps on TikTok.
Gemma, 25, who lives in the Clermiston area of Edinburgh, says she piled on the pounds after having her daughter in 2017.
She says she became an ’emotional eater’ after a rough few years and it was not just her weight that she managed to transform, but also her outlook on life too.
Gemma has lost an incredible 104.5 pounds after swapping out her favourite foods for low-calorie alternatives.
And she now helps others with meal inspiration on her TikTok page 100poundsdown_ where she shares low-calorie versions of popular meals and treats to her loyal 41.8k followers.
The mum has dropped from a dress size 18-20 to a petite 10-12 and gained confidence.
She told Edinburgh Live about her journey saying: “I started my weight loss journey in 2017 after having my daughter Lexie.
“I had struggled with my weight for quite a few years.
“I’m an emotional eater and went through a few rough years where it piled on.
“But after having my daughter I decided enough was enough, I needed to and wanted to do something about it.
“I lost 104.5 pounds in 21 months.”
After losing the weight, Gemma who is mum to three-year-old Lexie, gained the confidence to make other positive life changes.
She added: “I wanted it so badly and that was enough for me to stick at it, but losing the weight was the easy part for me.
“I had found myself again but I was at an all-time low and had so much else to work on so that was my time to keep going.
“I worked on myself, I left a toxic relationship, left behind negative people, got myself a job again, built my confidence back up, and lived my life to the full again.”
When lockdown happened, Gemma found herself at home on furlough, and when boredom hit, it could have been easy for her to slip back into old patterns, but instead, Gemma decided to use the spare time to start a TikTok channel dedicated to sharing what she eats.
She said: “Over time I did put a few pounds back on while I was busy getting back to living my life and working on myself which I don’t beat myself up about because I’ve lost it once I’ll lose it again.
“When lockdown happened and I was furloughed and at home 24/7 just me and my daughter, that’s when I took the time to get right back into my calorie counting and making low-calorie recipes.
“She loved to get involved and try my food too – also the reason I started my journey because I wanted her to grow up making good choices.
“That’s where TikTok then started, I used to spend hours watching it, and obviously the boredom of having not much else to do I started filming what I make and people just seemed to love it, and the likes and follows just kept building.
“I have always kept my meals and desserts very simple yet satisfying when a lot of people think dieting needs to be complicated.
“I don’t make all my meals from scratch – good on anyone who does but I don’t have the time for that.”