Woman lost 400 pounds due to 3 simple things she changed. Now she looks unrecognizable
Few people who have appeared on My 600-lb Life can match the progress made by this young woman.
Amber Rachdi from Troutdale, Oregon, appeared on season 3 of the TLC series in 2015. At age 23, she weighed 657 pounds and could not perform simple tasks like walking more than a few feet on her own.
As reported by InspireMore, Rachdi’s weight loss journey was documented by My 600-lb Life, which chronicles morbidly obese people as they attempt to save their own lives.
Despite her young age, she expressed great uncertainties about ever being able to change her health for the better. However, she proved to be brave enough to change a few habits and regain her self-esteem.
She even traveled to Houston, Texas to meet the show’s resident weight-loss surgeon, Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, in hopes of being able to undergo a gastric bypass surgery to help her lose the weight.
He told Rachdi that she would first have to lose 20lbs before he would even consider performing the surgery on her.
Realizing that her life was in serious danger, Amber took it upon herself to start eating healthier and incorporating light workouts into her daily routine.
She was able to lose 17lbs over three months, which persuaded Dr. Nowzaradan to perform the surgery.
But even Rachdi admitted that gastric bypass surgery isn’t a quick-fix solution for major weight loss, and that it is only an aid to get people on the right path.
With a new approach to her food, in addition to the surgery, Rachdi was able to shed the weight and finally keep it off.
These days, she works with a therapist to help her deal with the anxiety issues that caused her to gain so much weight in the first place.
She's also active on social media, and she seems ready and willing to help out other people with weight loss or confidence. The reality star has more than 25,000 followers on Facebook now.
Rachdi’s main recommendations to lose weight are as follows: change diet and food portions, exercise as much as possible, and find support. With these three things, it's much easier to live a happier, healthier life.