Leanne meets the YOU diet champ

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They’re like old friends reuniting after a long journey here at a hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town.

Leanne du Preez (22) of Uitenhage and Steven Viljoen (51) of Pretoria have been fellow slimmers and Facebook friends on YOU’s Beat the Bulge project for more than a year.

She was the inspiration for the initiative and now he’s the winner.

They’re in Cape Town for a makeover session and to celebrate the more than 100 kg they’ve shed between them this year.

They vow to stand by each other through thick and thin for the rest of their journey.

“I’ll post photos of what I eat every day on Facebook so you can keep an eye on me,” Steven says.

“By this time next year we’ll both have reached our goal weight,” Leanne adds. She’s lost almost 70 kg of her original weight of 191,5 kg.

Read more of Pieter van Zyl’s inspirational article and hear from others who’ve also lost a lot of weight in YOU 27 December 2012.

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