Most of us will get to the stage where we decide we want to lose weight. Now, this may be anything from a few pounds to a considerable chunk of our overall mass, but it’s almost inevitable that we will decide to shed the pounds at some point.
But only in the most extreme cases would someone be in the position where they would aim to lose as much as half of their body weight.
Well, one morbidly obese teenager did manage to lose half of her body weight, and guess what – she did it in just 11 months!
On her YouTube channel, NoLongerFatJosie, Josephine explains in detail how she managed to lose 132 lbs in less than a year:
Seventeen-year-old Josephine Desgrand from Queensland, Australia used to weigh a whopping 270 lbs and was a size 20.
She is now so slender that both she and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Morgan Pascoe, can fit into her old jeans at the same time.
Josephine holds the large portion sizes she had grown accustomed to eating, and her lack of exercise on her extremely unhealthy weight.
So what made the Aussie teen decide to embark on a colossal weight loss journey? Well, she had been on the receiving end of constant bullying, and it was starting to take its toll on her emotional and mental health.
So the high school graduate made the very ambitious decision to completely change her diet.
Josephine started by cutting out sugar from her diet and dramatically reducing her carbohydrate intake.
Her new lifestyle brought her down from 270 lbs to 134 lbs and to a size 8.
“I’m a huge foodie. My portions were huge, and I used to eat so fast,” Josephine admitted. “Mom always used to tell me to slow down with my eating as I’d always be the first finished. I was also never interested in sport and would avoid it at all costs.”
“I have an amazing family and we’ve had some wonderful experiences, but I was so unhappy with my weight,” she said.
“I would avoid clothes shopping as I would have to go into the older stores like Millers, which made me so depressed,” Josephine added.
“I remember finding skinny jeans that actually fit me. I tried them on and felt fantastic until I saw a photo of me in them. I wanted so badly to lose weight, I just didn’t do anything about it.”
Josephine says she “went through cycles” of trying to alter her appearance, saying: “Then one day, I stopped thinking about it and just did it. It sounds so easy. I googled so many transformations; I researched how I was going to do it.
“I was prepared, I wanted it so badly, and now I was waiting for the ‘lightbulb’ moment when I wake up and want to go for a run, or I wake up and don’t have any sugar cravings.”
“I would look at my friends and be so envious of what they were wearing and what they could do.”
“I used to worry about things like not fitting in seats and having to ask for seatbelt extenders.”
“I cut sugar completely and reduced my carb intake. Sugar was the main thing. I tried many diets beforehand, but I never stuck to them. I did some research into sugar and was shocked at the amount of sugar I used to consume; it seemed to be in everything. “
“Making the decision to cut it out of my diet was the best decision of my life. It was very difficult at first; the first two weeks were so hard, but pure determination saw me through. Then it became a habit.”
“I read an article the other day that said sugar is as addictive as drugs. That’s crazy, but I completely believe it.”
Josephine is a very inspirational young woman and deserves all the praise in the world for achieving something that, for many people, would be an unachievable feat. Hopefully, she will be able to continue her new lifestyle without reverting back to her old habits, because anyone who has lost weight will know just how easy that path can be.