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My life before WLS

I decided to get gastric sleeve surgery because I felt like I had exhausted all other options. At 24, I just felt my weight was really deteriorating. I had hit 19 stone. It was more than just needing to lose a few pounds: this was a genuine addiction to food and a genuine mental issue, which needed medical intervention.

Before weight loss surgery, I had tried Weight Watchers, Slimming World and every juice diet and Instagram trend going. It was a food addiction and that’s what I needed to tackle.

I always used to say I’m a big girl but never let anything stop me. I thought I was able to do everything and I was, but now, I’m a different girl doing it mindfully. It’s a different experience.

My Tonic experience 

Tonic was recommended to me by a friend. What made it stand out was the aftercare – the fact that you’re given a nurse to look after you and a dietitian to give you food tips. It was clear that they supported you both physically and mentally post surgery.

I found the advice from the team really helpful. That is what I’m enjoying most about post surgery life. The fact I’m 9 months post surgery and still have a team to help me is amazing.

Life after surgery 

The thing that I am so grateful to the surgery for is allowing me to become the woman that I wanted to be before, who I didn’t feel I could be when I was 20 stone. Your weight does hinder you whether you know it or not, so to have found something that has taken that away and given me a sense of self-worth is just priceless.

I would 100% recommend Tonic. They have completely changed my life.

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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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