Teenager’s incredible 11st weight loss in just 12 months after ditching takeaway habit

February 22, 2019  16:22

A teen who was addicted to eating piles of pasta, chocolate and sweets has managed to shed an astonishing 10 stone in a year.

Michelle Farraj, 19, weighed 20 stone before her doctors urged her to do something about her weight.

Now a size 8, she's unrecognisable from the morbidly obese student she was just 12 months ago.

Her weight had crippled her self-confidence so much that Michelle failed her exams after failing to turn up to class.

Since her dramatic weight loss, however, she's gone back to studying.

The college student, from Ohio, USA, said: "I rarely showed up during secondary school because I was too ashamed and fed up of all the nasty comments and stares.

“I would stay at home and eat anything in sight. If I wasn’t eating takeaways, it would be an overload of carbs like pasta and rice dishes, followed by chocolate and sweets.

“And anything with peanut butter - sometimes I would just scoop it out of the tub."

She says that one day, she woke up and realised that she needed to change and that she was tired of being overweight and angry.

“I hated looking in the mirror and I was failing all my exams because I didn’t attend class," she recalled.

“I went to the doctors for a nutritional appointment and I put my name down for a gastric sleeve.”

Now 9st, Michelle exercises six days a week and eats healthy, smaller portions.

"I have had my gastric sleeve since September 2018 and it is the best thing I have ever done, it reduced my hunger massively.

“Post-operation, I may have been thinner on the outside, but I still had the mind of a 20 stone girl, but thankfully the sleeve made me fill up faster.

“Rather than eating sugary cereal, breakfast and granola bars in the morning, I can now only manage one or two eggs."

She says she's now "super mindful" when she eats and doesn't even give herself cheat days.

The one thing she hasn't given up, however, is her love of peanut butter - although these days, she opts for the organic version and is better at exercising moderation in how much of it she eats.

“I was so unfit before and couldn’t even fit on to a chair, so I can’t risk being overweight again because I finally feel normal."

Source: thesun.co.uk

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