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This Woman's 169-Pound Weight Loss

This Woman's 169-Pound Weight Loss

This Woman's 169-Pound Weight Loss

At 5 feet 9 inches, Kaylee Bonnet, now 24, once weighed 481 pounds. "Kids and adults [would] say awful things to me in public and give me dirty looks like I was a circus animal," she says one reason why she stopped leaving her house alone. "I was constantly on the defense"
Kaylee was over weight for as long as she can remember: In high school, she weighed 300 pounds. She was made fun of and had fewer friends than her peers.

"Day to day, life was a constant struggle," she says. "From worrying about if I'll fit in this chair or if the chair will hold me, to trying to look nice and hoping for weight loss and that getting from point A to B doesn't make me sweat my hair and makeup off, I was constantly on the defense."

By the time she reached her mid-20s, Kaylee was pre-diabetic with high blood pressure. Her doctors had already warned her that she'd suffer a heart attack or stroke if she didn't do something about her over weight . "I didn't want to die," she says, but she knew she needed to make some weight loss to step over her over weight: "You don't get to go through life being over weight as 481 pounds," Kaylee explained.

So she decided to get gastric bypass surgery for some weight loss. Before the procedure, though, her surgeon gave her some homework: She'd have to lose 30 to 40 pounds to lose her over weight. Determined to succeed, Kaylee drastically cut back on calories, followed a high-protein, low-carb diet, and began walking every damn day in order to get her weight loss. By the time she walked into surgery in October of 2016, she'd done weight loss nearly 77 pounds in less than five months.

After the two weeks of pain that followed her procedure "It felt like tugging on my stomach, and it was hard to walk," she says Kay lee made some more major changes to her over weight and lifestyle: She cut out high-fat foods and eats only natural sugars, capping her daily intake at 800 calories, since she can literally stomach only small amounts of food. She also goes to Crossfit at least three times a week.

Already down 169 pounds down from her over weight, she's loving her new figure, even though, at 312 pounds, she knows she still has a ways to go to reach her goal weight loss of 225 pounds.

"The reactions of others is what surprises me, and it helps me see the change," she says of the transformation.

And if you think she looks happier in the photo on the right, you're right on the money and isn't that what matters most? "The over weight loss has truly changed my life," she says. "I'm actually living life, which I wasn't [doing] before." Here's to hoping Kaylee lives it up!

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