A grandma managed to drop four stone in a year after her daughter finally taught her how to work an iPhone.

That might seem like a strange weight-loss method, especially given the amount of time most of us spend sitting on our backsides staring at screens, but 73-year-old Joan McDonald put the apps on her device to good use and is now reaping the rewards.

Of course, she also had to put in the hours in the gym and eat well, but using technology can be really helpful when disciplining yourself to do that.

Well, that’s what Joan found out, anyway.

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Joan, from Ontario, Canada, was previously using food as a comfort during a tough time in her life. Before she turned things around she weighed more than 14 stone and was suffering from a few health complications as a result.

Eventually, her daughter Michelle, 48, became concerned and told her to join her annual transformation programme.

She began in January of 2017. After some intense work four days each week in the gym, and a revamped diet, she now tips the scales at a healthy 10st 11lb.

Joan said: “I had been pretty active my whole life, but I had also struggled with my weight, and for many decades I was more often overweight than at a healthy weight, unfortunately.”

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“I started out pretty overwhelmed as it was all online, and I had to get an iPhone and learn all about apps. I was in tears at times, ready to throw in the towel, but luckily, I was too darn stubborn.

“My daughter and son-in-law would coach me through again and again, how to use my phone. You could say it took a village.

“I was on a meal plan set up by Michelle with ‘X’ number of calories; primarily protein, carbs and good fats, and as the weight and inches came down my intake of food went up.

“I also went to the gym four or five days a week and followed her exercise programme which changed every four weeks and I did daily cardio.”

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Another benefit of being newly tech-savvy is that she’s got an Instagram to share her journey. On that, she shares her fitness journey.

Joan continued: “It has changed the way I feel about myself; people at my gym would approach me and compliment me on the changes they saw in me.

“I feel much better about myself now – getting compliments from younger men and women sure boosts the self-esteem. My husband started remarking about how good I looked, and my family was so proud of my efforts.

“People are very complimentary and somewhat surprised that I’ve kept it off this long and I’m still changing; I have more muscle definition now than when I first lost the weight.”

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“For those who truly feel at a loss, I’d say change one thing with your food intake and one exercise to do and each week add something new. Don’t expect miracles right away, take it slow and steady but keep building.

“For those who prefer a challenge, go to a gym and if possible get yourself a legitimate trainer, someone who can help with food as well and you will achieve results faster.”

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