Teen’s dramatic prom night makeover
Josephine Desgrand, 19, was addicted to chocolate and sweets, and her sugar addiction tripled her weight in only two years.
At her heaviest, she weighed more than 120kg and had to wear a size XXL.
The aspiring author from Hervey Bay in Queensland is now a healthy size 8 — after totally transforming her diet and cutting out sugar completely.
“I was using Instagram daily in a bid to try and lose weight. I loved looking at the inspiring pictures from strangers around the world,” she said.
“I have always been chubby. My family and I love food, so there was always crisps and chocolate in the cupboards.
“But one day I looked in the mirror and I had tripled in size. I tried to lose weight, but my sweet tooth would always get the better of me.
“I would eat anything sweet in between meals, such as cookies, chocolate and ice cream, but now if I ever crave sweet things, I just chew on a mint and that does the trick.”
She was uncomfortable wearing summer outfits and realised she needed to change so started following weight-loss journeys on Instagram and YouTube.
Seeing “normal people” transforming their bodies helped her realise she could do it, too.
“I could relate to their captions which helped motivate me, so I stopped snacking on junk and got tips from the accounts on what to replace it with,” she explained.
“I stopped thinking of it as a diet and saw it as a lifestyle change which it absolutely was. I am so much happier and healthier now.
“If I ever thought about giving up, I would just look on Instagram and it would push me to keep going.”
Having maintained her dramatic weight loss for three years, Josephine’s become an Instagram influencer herself with more than 130,000 followers, and she uses the platform to post meal plans and share her weight-loss journey with others looking for advice.
“I can’t believe the girl in the photos is me, I would never go back as my life has completely changed,” she said.
“I live on the beach, yet I would avoid going or wear long-sleeved dresses despite it being over 30 degrees.
“Now I am comfortable in my own skin and love wearing short dresses or crop tops with leggings.”
The turning point came for Josephine on the night of her formal.
“I will never forget the day I turned up wearing a figure-hugging size 8 dress, and people who had ignored me for years congratulated me.
“I used to be so shy, but now I have come out of my shell, and I am doing my best to help others do the same.
“I receive messages daily asking for tips, and it is an amazing feeling knowing I am helping others achieve their dream body.”
JOSEPHINE’S DIET BEFORE
Breakfast: four slices of toast with vegemite or jam.
Lunch: Two wraps or a burger with chips and a chocolate milk.
Dinner: Pizza or lasagne with chips.
Snacks: Family-size chocolate bar, cookies, ice cream or sweets.
JOSEPHINE’S DIET NOW
Breakfast: Two poached eggs with salmon or avocado.
Lunch: Chicken salad.
Dinner: Grilled chicken or steak with vegetables and sweet potato.
Snack: Fruit or nuts.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission