Amazing Weight Loss
By Rebecca Drew
THIS WOMAN shed an astonishing five-and-a-half-stone in just 16-months after discovering undiagnosed food allergies lead to her piling on a whopping seven-stone.
Katrina Buening (30) from Springfield, Missouri, USA first started dieting at the age of just 13 without knowing that that her food allergies led to her weight gain.
Katrina, who is now an online health and fitness coach had been dieting in vain since the age of 13 until she finally discovered the secret to her body’s stubborn weight gain.
“I have a lot of health issues that are directly related to food allergies. I was eating things that I didn’t realise were hurting my body and this kept me in a constant state of inflammation and when we are inflamed it causes us to gain weight,” she said.
“I did that for a few years and that lead to a one-hundred-pound weight gain.
“Before that I was always on a diet, even from a young age I was overweight and started my first diet at thirteen.
“I believe I always struggled with my weight because of my food allergies but I didn’t start putting the pieces together until about two years ago and once I figured it out, I saw massive results.”
Katrina’s issues with food allergies and weight led to her suffering from a whole host of conditions.
“I developed a long list of health issues, fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, adult acne and arthritis that all led to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts,” said Katrina.
“I went to three different doctors and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.
“Two years ago, God led me to an online challenge group that helped me stay accountable long enough for me to start feeling good and see results.
“I did finally find a Doctor to help me figure out what was wrong and my health issues are now all controlled by eating healthy and exercise.”
Before her weight loss, Katrina loved to eat out and ate junk food but she now practices clean eating and exercises for 25-minutes a day.
“Losing weight has changed my life in every aspect, I went from barely being alive, to living.
“I was so sick and in so much pain, I was ready to die and thought about how I could take my life.
“I feel great now, I no longer struggle with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety or my other health issues.
“I believe I had to go through that horrible time in my life to appreciate the life I have now.
“I also know that God allowed me to go through that horrible time in my life so I could learn to help others overcome it too.”
“There are people that don’t even recognise me, even family! I had that happen recently actually at a holiday event,” she said.
The best advice Katrina can give to others wanting to lose weight is to start slowly and focus on the nutritional value of food.
“Just start with ten minutes of exercise a day and get your heart rate up, then build up from that if you can,” she said.
“People think you have to spend hours and hours in the gym, but you don’t, I did it in less than twenty-five minutes a day.
“The key is nutrition but you need to drop the diet mindset, that will just set you up for failure, eat clean and balanced and pay attention to what you are eating.
“If a food makes you feel lousy, stay away from it and find foods that give you energy.”
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