Loanhead couple’s wedding weight is over

Grant Allan and Laura Braham of Bilston who have lost a total of 12 stone in weight between them in 10 months.
Grant Allan and Laura Braham of Bilston who have lost a total of 12 stone in weight between them in 10 months.

A couple from Loanhead who transformed their lives by losing 12 stone in 10 months after a health scare, are now gearing up for their wedding day.

Laura Braham (40) and Grant Allan(42) say their lives have changed dramatically since losing the weight together, with Laura dropping from a size 18/20 to a 8/10 , and Grant’s waist shrinking from 46-inch to 28-inch.

Laura Braham, before the weight loss.

Laura Braham, before the weight loss.

The pair were inspired to overhaul their health and fitness after Grant was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hypertension, and feared their obesity and health issues were cutting their lives short.

But after shrinking massively by over 12 stone between them in just 10 months the couple, who have been together for seven years and engaged since 2012, have finally set a date for their wedding.

Council manager Laura is now looking forward to their big day on October 13 at Edinburgh City Chambers.

She said: ‘We finally set a date to get married which I’d been putting it off as I didn’t want to be overweight in the pictures.

Grant Allan before his weight loss.

Grant Allan before his weight loss.

“We still enjoy nice food but are better able to regulate our eating and drinking, and to make good choices in what we eat.

“I walk past the mirror or catch myself in a shop window and can’t believe it is me - nine and a half stone and a size eight!”

The couple are looking forward to a better future together with their children - their daughter aged five, and Grant’s son aged nine.

Social worker Grant is reaping the health benefits from better eating habits.

He said: “I’ve learnt so much about myself and my eating and drinking habits but the most amazing thing has been the impact of the diet on my diabetes. I’d resigned myself to a life of pills and medication but can now look forward to a healthier, and hopefully much longer life.”

The couple who both followed the Cambridge Weight Plan with local consultants The Hannigans in Loanhead, recently went to London for a photoshoot and pamper session and say they are loving the positive impact their new healthier eating has had on their lives and health.