Who: Katie Hutchinson
City: St. Catharines, Ont.
By The Numbers: 295 pounds at my heaviest, currently 255 pounds, for a total weight loss of 40 pounds.
The Weight Gain: I was always a heavier child and always the heaviest in my class. My ‘dieting’ started at about 11 — I struggled with starvation and I even tried puking [after meals].
Once I tried cutting out food completely by only drinking water — it was called a water fast. I got up to about seven days on pure water and no food. I passed out quite a bit and I was really lightheaded.
Through it all, I was going through depression and anxiety attacks. I could hardly push myself to strike up conversations with people, or go out in public. I hated posting pictures of myself below the shoulders.
Final Straw: I think the main thing that made me realize that I needed to change my life around was when I was at work, and I bent over and my pants split down the middle. I couldn’t believe how embarrassed I felt, and I knew I had to do something.
The Plan of Attack: I began eating healthier, cutting sugar right out of my diet and using portion control.
It has only been about seven months since I began my journey of weight loss, but I have lost about 40 pounds so far. I lost 20 pounds within my first two months, and gradually lost the next 20 pounds from dieting and exercise.
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