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My life before WLS

Before surgery I was 20.5 stone, I tried everything Slimming World, Cambridge diet, calorie counting. I was very much an emotional eater, I put on a front for being the big funny girl when really inside I was massively in denial about how big I was. I had extremely bad mental health problems, I could barely walk 10 minutes without everything aching, sweating and being out of breath. I tried couch to 5k numerous time but my whole body would be in agony in the end I thought what’s the point of trying to do anything anymore and had given up.

My Tonic experience 

I entered the #givingbacklives awards in 2021, from then on I haven’t looked back its been the best, its been so exciting. My surgeon Mr Alkhafaf was my saviour, he made me realise how I got was not my fault it was a whole factor of things and it wasn’t because I was greedy or lazy like people had said I was. He told me how it was genetics and it is a disorder, its so many different things that contribute to getting how you are, and it made me feel so much better about myself and confident going into the surgery. I wasn’t nervous at all it was just excitement. The aftercare is absolutely incredible, after my operation I had phone calls everyday (even on Christmas Day!) I still have so much support from my personal trainer, psychotherapist and dietitian.

Life after surgery

I am 8 months in from my operation now and so far 7 stone down. My whole quality of life has improved more than I could ever have imagined, my mental health has improved. I struggled beforehand with anxiety and anger issues, but the happiness I have now is indescribable. I just feel free to do anything there is no restrictions on my life now because of my weight, I can go on a theme park ride and I am going horse riding for the first time because I was always too heavy before and I no longer have the worry of people staring and thinking She’s big. I am living my life to the fullest and its just incredible. Being able to go into a shop and pick any clothes off the rack is something I have never done before in my entire life. You nominate yourself for an award called the #givingbacklives award and thats exactly what Tonic have done for me. They have given me my life back, a life I didn’t know I had, a brand new life. Thank you Tonic.


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Why Tonic?

We’ve been #GivingBackLives for over 40 years. 

We put you at the centre of everything we do. From your initial consultation with one of our specialist bariatric (weight loss) surgeons, through to your procedure and aftercare, we’ll only ever recommend what’s in your best interests. 

Following your surgery, you’ll have access to our industry-leading 5-year aftercare, and our growing Tonic support community. You’ll never be alone on your weight loss journey again.

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Chanelle Hayes Tonic journey with a gastric sleeve

“Before weight loss surgery, I couldn’t cope with doing anything strenuous and I couldn’t spend time with my children in the way I wanted to. My eating was out of control, and I had been yo-yoing. 

A year out from surgery, I’m a completely different person. Last year, my body fat percentage was in the morbidly obese category. Now, I’m in the healthy weight category.”

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