But in January this year, Elise turned her life around after overcoming her sweet tooth and switching to an all-natural, chemical-free diet – which is completely free of any added sugar, salt, preservatives, stabilisers, flavourings, colourings and MSG.
This new clean eating regime has paid off after the inspirational young woman managed to lose an incredible 59kg and drop six dress sizes in just ten months – all naturally.
Now the business student feels more confident than ever flaunting her brand new 75kg, size 10 figure.
Elise said: “I would snack on chocolate, cake and ice-cream, sometimes more than twice a day. I could never eat just a few squares of chocolate either, it would have to be the entire block.
“Then because of the sweet stuff I’d consume, I would have no problem eating a whole packet of chips to counteract that sweetness. It was such a vicious cycle.
"I’d always been overweight as a child and throughout my teens. I managed to lose some weight during high school but ended up piling it all back on shortly after graduating.
“I was a huge emotional eater and I always turned to food for comfort. I had a real weakness for anything that was loaded with sugar."
Elise was also plagued by frightening health issues due to her weight, with doctors warning that she may never be able to have kids due to her dangerously high cholesterol levels.
And with an extensive history of diabetes in her family, Elise said it was ‘only a matter of time’ before she too would be struck down by the disease.
But it was not until seeing an unflattering photograph of herself with boyfriend William Wright, 25, from Christmas 2017 that Elise realised that she needed to lose weight.
“I couldn’t believe I’d gotten myself into such a state of bad health,” she said. “Seeing that massive girl in the photo flicked a switch inside my head.
“After that, I made the commitment to change my lifestyle and try to regain the happy and healthy life I should have been living at such a young age.”
After discussing her ongoing weight battle with her doctor, Elise was referred to a free health program called Diabetic Health Clinic run by Dr. Peter Pratt which focused on helping people manage their diabetes.
Although Elise did not have the disease, she was encouraged to take part in the program due to the fact she was deemed at high risk of becoming a diabetic if she continued her unhealthy eating habits.
Elise kick-started her weight loss by going on a radical juice cleanse which saw her replace all meals with juice for 30 days.
The concoctions needed to be strictly 80 percent vegetable and 20 percent fruit and Elise was not allowed to consume anything else besides water in order to instigate a proper detoxification.
Following this, Elise totally transformed her diet by eliminating all added sugars, salts, preservatives, stabilisers, flavorings, colourings and MSG from her meals – instead opting for a clean-eating based approach that focuses on completely natural and whole foods.
And it was only after losing 50kg that Elise began to incorporate any sort of exercise into her regime by working out five days week - which helped her shed an extra 9kg.
Now Elise said she is feeling better than ever after ditching her dangerous sugar addiction and turning her life around.
“I feel happy, healthy, positive and alive. I’ll never look back.”
ELISE'S TOP TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS ON A NATURAL DIET
Strictly no processed, manufactured or refined foods.
Anything that comes in a packet/tin, look at the ingredients rather than the nutritional table to make sure they are natural and there is no added nasties such as sugar, stabilisers, preservatives, flavours etc.
Be bold and daring! If you don’t love what you’re eating you will find it difficult to stick with it so look up new recipes and experiment with giving your food flavour using natural ingredients (ie. honey, gf soy sauce, pure maple syrup etc).
Control your portion sizes by using a smaller plate so that you don’t overload your plate at meal times.
Don’t see it as a ‘diet’ but rather a lifestyle change. Nobody likes to think they’re restricted and the term diet definitely does that.