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Aug 4

Weight loss: Obese couple lost 22 stone by enforcing THIS simple diet rule –


Amber Wagner, 23, and husband Bo, 25, were slim when they fell in love at 16 but their combined weight DOUBLED to 50st after they tied the knot.

The childhood sweethearts guzzled 10 cans of soda a day between them, devoured ice cream for breakfast and sometimes binged on fast food three meals a day.

Other days they would munch through bags of pizza rolls, corn dogs and potato chips or cook hearty casseroles.

When they met, customer services rep Amber weighed 9st and machinist Bo 15st, but after three years of marriage they had both ballooned to a staggering 25st.

In that time they had two children, Gavin, now four, and Octavia, one, and not only had they piled on the pounds, they had only had sex 10 or so times because they were "too big" and it "wasn't fun".

But it wasn't until Bo lost his job and they hit "rock bottom" and were pushed to the brink of divorce that they decided something had to change.

The couple say the fear of breaking up prompted them to overhaul their lifestyle and they lost more than 22 stone combined, with Amber dropping to 11st and Bo to 17st.

Now the loved-up duo are happier than ever - and Amber kick started her weight loss by following one rule; she was only allowed seconds after dinner if she got up off the sofa to get it.


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Size 14 (UK) Amber, of West Virginia, US, said: "When I was big I was miserable. It was the worst time of my life.

"I didn't want to get up off the couch. We were gross people. We never cleaned or took care of anything, we would just let the dishes pile up and whine and complain.

Bo added: "I never stopped loving Amber but we were not very happy and we were both unhealthy.

"We were always tired and we would fight a lot. We almost got a divorce - we were really serious about that - but it ended up being a turning point.

The couple met in 2011 through their families and it was "love at first sight". The following year, Amber fell pregnant with their first child.

Amber, now a mum of two, said: "I was eating for two and he ate with me. I could sit and eat five or six hot dogs in one go and we would get through three 24 packs of soda a week. If we didn't go out for fast food at least once a day I would be surprised."

By 2015, the new mum's weight had shot up to a staggering 25.7stone while Bo tipped the scales at 25 stone.

Amber was wearing a size 28 (UK) while Bo squeezed into XXXL shirts. To make matters worse, the couple estimate that they spent a toe-curling $20,000 (15,000) on junk food since moving in together

Amber added: "We were quite selfish in my eyes. We just felt sorry for ourselves. But we hit rock bottom after Bo was laid off and we lost our house in 2014.

"Up until that point we had never thought about getting a divorce but there was one day that we got into an argument and talked about it. That was all it took for us both to say, 'Something has to change.'"

First, Amber started limiting what she ate by introducing a rule - if she wanted a second plate of food enough to get off the couch to get it, she could have it. Often couldn't bring herself to walk to the kitchen so she started eating less - and Bo followed suit.

Then the pair cut out red meat, instead eating turkey - and within one month of making that change, in November 2015, they both lost 1.5 stone.

They stopped drinking soda and banned fast food - but still eat home-cooked potato fries or peanut butter jelly sandwiches for lunch and cheesy enchiladas for dinner.


Losing weight has 120 per cent improved our relationship

Amber Wagner

They also wake up at 6am every morning to work out for an hour, so in spite of their not-totally-healthy diet, Amber and Bo slimmed down drastically.

Bo said: "Now people I haven't seen in a month stop me and say, 'Holy cow, where did you go?. Life is better. When we have an extra $50, instead of spending it on dinner we are doing things with the kids.

"Our sex life has improved too. When we were big, in the first three years of marriage we had two kids and had sex about 10 times. We were too big, it was hard and it wasn't fun.

"But now we are feeling better that has definitely definitely got much better. It's crazy how much how you are feeling has to do with it. I really believe that losing weight has brought us back together again."

Amber said: "Losing weight has 120 per cent improved our relationship. It gave us common ground again.

"We both knew the other was miserable but losing weight together gave us something to bond over and we reconnected. The fear of breaking up spurred us on."

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