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WATCH: Forres woman Lisa Petrie set to star on BBC Scotland show Secret Body

By Lewis McBlane

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A FORRES woman will don a figure-hiding body suit for 12 weeks on the world’s first undercover weight loss TV show.

Lisa Petrie after her transformation. Picture: BBC Scotland
Lisa Petrie after her transformation. Picture: BBC Scotland

Mum Lisa Petrie (38) found the pounds piling on and signed up for Secret Body, a new BBC Scotland programme where people use a body suit to hide their weight loss from friends and family.

Lisa had to wear the suit, which was the exact same size and shape as her pre-transformation body, every time she left the house and only her partner Alisdair knew her secret. That is – until a big reveal.

Every Tuesday at 10pm, presenters Stephen Clarke and Rab Shields use their 15 years experience helping people lose weight to change a Scottish participant's life.

The six-part series uses covert body suits, built by theatrical costume designers, to ease the stress of family, friends and acquaintances remarking on weight loss.

Lisa said: “I think Secret Body, and working with Stephen, was the kick up the backside that I needed."

Weight loss became important to Lisa after she left Forres for Lochcarron in 2017.

Before the move she did two classes a day at her local gym, but her new area – where she runs a café – lacked the same facilities.

Without that support her exercise regime fell away. Lisa said: “Trying to work out on my own, just wasn’t the same and that is when the weight just started going on.”

Body suit worn by Lisa for 12 weeks. Picture: BBC Scotland
Body suit worn by Lisa for 12 weeks. Picture: BBC Scotland

The series follows contributors as they lose weight to help achieve a life goal.

Lisa's goal was taking on the full Loch Ness Beast race.

She had done parts of the race before, fundraising for local charities, but felt her weight stopped her tackling some obstacles.

She started well on Secret Body but fate intervened a few weeks in and she was rushed into hospital with a grumbling appendix.

Thankfully she avoided surgery, but it meant the full Beast was off the table.

Despite the setback of her appendix, Lisa still managed to lose two stones and completely transformed her shape.

With the café and with children aged 12 and 18, she is a busy woman but has recently taken on more.

The exercise, clever nutrition and mindset training Secret Body shared has made a massive difference to Lisa's life.

She said: "It has given me the boost that I needed and I'm now training to be a personal trainer myself to help others.

"That's how passionate I am about the whole thing."

Lisa will feature on the second episode of Secret Body on BBC Scotland at 10pm Tuesday, January 18.

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