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‘I would always crave my next meal’: 360LB woman who used to eat until she couldn’t BREATHE looks almost unrecognizable after overhauling her diet and losing nearly 200LBS
A woman who use to gorge on food until she couldn’t breathe has completely transformed her body after losing nearly 200 pounds in just one year.
Adrianna Styer, a 23-year-old banking executive, from Orlando, Florida, overhauled her unhealthy diet in 2017 after stepping on a scale during a physical exam and learning she weighed 363 pounds.
“I was absolutely shocked and disgusted in myself. I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I weighed the same as two fully grown men and was there wearing old granny style clothing because nothing else would fit me.”
Adrianna said she struggled with obesity her entire life, admitting she weighed a staggering 100 pounds when she was just five years old.
“I was completely addicted to food and it was always in the back of my mind. I would always crave my next meal,” she recalled.
Although her father would try to limit what she ate, her mother was more lenient and would let her eat junk food.
“I remember waiting for my father to leave the house so I could binge on cookies,” she said. “Every night when we sat for dinner I would finish my food before anyone else and I’d sit there hoping and praying for someone to be unable to eat theirs so I could finish it for them.”
Adrianna said she was mercilessly teased at school, where her peers would mock her by calling her names. Some students would event snort at her.
“To get through those days I used to purposefully be the funny one,” she explained.
Her weight continued to spiral out of control after she left home and no longer had her parents monitoring what she ate.
“I was finally able to follow a strict meal plan which consisted of eating anything and everything I ever wanted. I would say I ate about 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day,” she admitted.
“I ate at every turn, constantly, in fact I ate until I couldn’t breathe. I even ate foods I didn’t like. You name it, I ate it.”
Adrianna said she used to start her mornings with two sandwiches and two hash browns from McDonald’s. For lunch, she would get an extra large meal from another fast food restaurant.
She always chose the biggest options on the menu for dinner, which was typically a meal from a steakhouse or Mexican food with chips and salsa.
“Although I was a little active at school doing basketball and playing the marching band, when I left school exercise was non-existent.”
It wasn’t until she needed to have a physical examination for her health insurance that she realized she needed to make some drastic changes in her life.
Adrianna said she broke down in tears when she stepped on the scale that day and learned she weighed more than 360 pounds. “I started by cutting out sugary drinks and limiting what I ate,” she explained. “I lost 50 pounds in the first month.”
ADRIANNA’S DIET MAKEOVER
Breakfast: Two sandwiches and two hash browns from McDonald’s
Lunch: An extra large value meal from a fast food restaurants
Dinner: Biggest option from a steakhouse or Mexican restaurant with chips and salsa
Lunch: Lean turkey bacon, with complex carbs and veggies
Dinner: Chicken and vegetables
She then started eating healthy, swapping her old fast food staples for eggs, lean turkey bacon, and vegetables to fill her up.
“I didn’t really go to the gym in those first six months and I truly believe that 90 percent of your success starts in the kitchen,” said Adrianna, who now eats about 1,200 calories a day.
To boost her weight loss, she started lifting weights and doing cardio four times. By April 2018, she was wearing a size 8 after losing more than half her body weight and getting down to 170 pounds.
Although most people were incredibly supportive of her amazing progress, she admitted there were those who refused to accept that she was losing weight just by watching her diet.
“It’s been a hard journey. One friend accused me of purging because I was losing so much weight,” she said, recalling how how she tried to explain to her that she was losing weight in a healthy way.
“When I was at my largest, I’d started dating this guy. He was worried about me losing weight and getting male attention,” she said. “He used to make me feel small and tell me I was skinny and frail looking to try and stop my progress. I guess I carried on seeing him because I’d never really had love before.”
Adrianna is now in a much healthier relationship with her boyfriend James, who has been nothing but supportive of her weight loss journey.
“Thankfully most people applaud me and praise my hard work,” she said. “Many people don’t even recognize me anymore. People come to me for advice and tips on how they can lose weight too.”
She said she’s lost so much weight that she can fit into normal size clothing, sit in a chair without worrying it might break, and go on amusement park rides.
“I am healthy, my blood pressure is down, I can walk upstairs,” she said. “Nothing is holding me back anymore. I am finally alive, and I have so much energy.”
Adrianna advises anyone who wants to lose weight to start small, explaining that “those small changes add up to big results.
“Start by cutting out something you know is bad for you. Then incorporate another change,” she said. “You can’t cut cold turkey, or it will never work. Remember that this is a journey and not a race. If those scales aren’t moving as fast as you’d like, please be patient.
“Make sure you take lots of progress pictures along the way so you can see your results. Make friends with like-minded people because having support is important too.
“Most importantly do this for yourself. Don’t lose weight for anyone else. You can do this and by the way, being healthy feels so amazing.”
The original story was from an article in the Daily Mail.
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