A carer who drank 10 cans of Irn-Bru a day to cope with ­losing her home and job has shed 6st 4lb – after switching to sugar-free.

Shannon Palmer, 26, had her life turned “upside down” after her childhood home was burned down, and she was made redundant the next day.

The fizzy pop addict fell into a “deep depression”, turning to ­takeaways and Irn-Bru for comfort.

She ballooned from a size 12 to a size 24, tipping the scales at 17st by the summer of 2017.

Shannon felt “afraid” to wear a bikini on a 2018 holiday in Spain – and vowed to transform her life.

Her Instagram page detailing her weight loss, @thelittlelifeofshazzap, has almost 30,000 followers.

Recalling the 2017 house fire, ­triggered by a tumble dryer ­explosion, she said: “I was heartbroken, we lost everything. All of my childhood disappeared.

Shannon felt “afraid” to wear a bikini on a 2018 holiday in Spain

"My mum nearly died and I was made redundant the next day – after working there for four years."

Bullied at school, fast food and fizzy drinks became a “refuge”. “I’m addicted to Irn-Bru,” she said.

"Mum wouldn’t let me drink it. I’d buy it on the way home from school and the obsession continued."

Up to six takeaways a week came with depression.

“Some people have drugs, drink, gambling – I had food,” she said.

She would use two spandex to “suck” her fat in.

Shannon Palmer from Bradford
Shannon said: 'Some people have drugs, drink, gambling – I had food'

Introduced to Slimming World by her boyfriend’s sister, Shannon has dropped from 17st 4lb to 11st.

The secret was not to give up Irn-Bru. “If I don’t have one I’ll start feeling funny and get a little angry,” she said. “It’s about moderation.”

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Shannon, of Bradford, West Yorks, now feels the “best version of myself”.

And she felt “fantastic” in her bikini, again in Salou, Spain – a year after feeling ashamed.

“I get messages from people who want to know how I turned it around,” she said.

“There’s a healthy, realistic way for any girl to feel confident, they don’t need to starve.”