The Chase winner uses money for body transformation

Jenny lost five stone after being horrified by her appearance on the TV show


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A winning contestant on top quiz show The Chase has undergone an amazing body transformation after being appalled at how she looked on TV.

Jenny Hoffman won £10,500 on the ITV quiz show - but was left devastated when she watched her own appearance.

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It prompted the 50-year-old from Salford into drastic action and she is now unrecognisable after spending her winnings completely changing the way she looked.

Jenny, from Salford in Greater Manchester said: "I felt disgusted by my size, I looked huge. I glanced down at my stomach where I was sitting on the sofa watching the show and realised it was massive.

"I knew I was big but seeing myself on the show was a massive wake-up call. I knew instantly what I was going to do with my money, I was finally going to lose the weight that had been making me unhappy for so long."

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Jenny says she was appalled when she saw herself on The Chase

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Jenny after her amazing transformation

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Jenny before her weight loss

When she appeared on the show, Jenny weighed more than 16 stone and was a size 22.

But now she is more than five stone lighter and a super slim size 10 to 12.

Jenny said: "I did it on a diet that works quickly and my life is very different now. I now fit into size 10 jeans for the first time ever, it is an amazing feeling," she said.

And her stomach bothers her no more - Jenny's waist has now shrunk from 44 inches to 28 inches.

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Jenny, of Salford, lost her weight on a diet called Alevere Therapy which is available in 30 clinics nationally but was devised by Dr Mark Palmer, who is based in Rothwell, Leeds.

It is a medically-supervised system of meal replacements which is combined with treatments to tighten the skin and target stubborn areas of fat so that clients improve their shape as well as lose weight.

It costs around £250 a week and Jenny spent £4,000 achieving her new look at the Alevere clinic in Blackburn.

"The diet cost me a huge chunk of my winnings, and there is no way I could have afforded it if I hadn't come away from the show with the money, but it was definitely the right thing to spend it on. I feel amazing now."

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Life has not always been so good for Jenny, a divorced sales manager who has a 28-year-old daughter and two grandchildren aged five and four.

"I had become a bit of a hermit before losing the weight, I only did The Chase because I thought my body would be hidden most of the time, and only my face on view.

"I was known as the person who would never turn up at work social events. I would promise to go, I would intend to go, and I would get all ready; hair, makeup the lot.

And then I would look at myself in the mirror, hate what I saw and stay in and order a pizza instead. It was a vicious circle."

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Jenny had tried many diets before she finally lost her weight. "The pattern was always the same. I would lose a couple of stones and then people would begin complimenting me and I would lose the motivation to continue. I had clothes in my wardrobe ranging from size 14 to size 22.

"In the end I had given up. I would buy leggings and tunic tops online, I could dress casually for work so I wore the same things all the time, I didn't exercise and my life was about eating.

"I would eat bacon butties at work every day, I would buy myself snacks of chocolate or crisps three times in the afternoon. I would have 20 cups of tea or coffee with sugar in an average day. My evening meal would be a takeaway , but not one meal but two.

"I would drink a couple of glasses of wine a night, but at the weekend that would become a couple of bottles.

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"I had actually applied to The Chase four years before, and then, just after I turned 50, they called me out of the blue.

"I have one of those brains that retains facts, I just couldn't make it help me to lose weight, until I found this diet.

"I did some research and decided it was the one for me. It took the decision making about food away from me, and that was what I needed."

"People just can't believe how much I have changed and my life is like day from night now - and when I am invited out I do turn up these days."

  • Jenny's weight before: 16st 3lbs
  • Jenny's weight after: 10st 13lbs

A typical day before the diet

  • Breakfast: Four slices of thickly buttered toast
  • Mid-morning: Bacon butty
  • Lunch: A baguette filled with chicken tikka and a bag of crisps
  • Mid-afternoon: Three chocolate bars or chocolate and crisps
  • Evening: Two Chinese takeaway meals, usually chicken chow mein and a sweet and sour meal; or a large pizza with stuffed crust, with garlic bread, wedges and chicken nuggets
  • Throughout the day: 20 hot drinks with sugar

A typical day after the diet

  • Breakfast: Fat free Greek yoghurt with passionfruit couli and granola
  • Mid-morning: Some grapefruit or pear
  • Lunch: A wrap filled with meat, and salad
  • Mid-afternoon: Some nuts and raisins or low fat crisps
  • Evening: Jacket potato with mince and veg, or salmon with veg and new potatoes

What is the Alevere diet therapy

  • Clients eat five, protein-based nutritional supplements per day, each containing around a hundred calories. These are sachets of dried nutrients that can be made into various products, including omelette, pizza and chocolate desserts.
  • There are 35 flavours to choose from. The savoury dishes are eaten with normal vegetables.
  • Weekly sessions of ultrasound and skin tightening treatments help to stop the problem of loose skin after major weight loss
  • The diet is in three stages. At each stage, a wider range of natural foods is reintroduced. At the end, to avoid any rebound weight gain, there is a weight stabilisation programme which takes around one month . By the end of this the client is back on a healthy, normal and balanced diet.
  • The average client is on the therapy for 16 weeks.

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