By Mark McConville
MEET the woman who halved her dress size in a successful bid to battle depression.
Health Care professional Suzanna Wilson (32), from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, finally decided to do something once she realised her weight had gotten out of control and hit rock bottom after the birth of her son.
Suzanna began a 1200 calorie diet and started working out five days a week as she dropped her weight from 14st 4lb to 10st 10lb.
“I have struggled with my weight since I was a child,” she said.
“However, my weight hit rock bottom after I had my son. I had low self-esteem and I was not comfortable in my own skin. I also suffered from depression due to my weight and the way I felt about myself.
“I knew that I needed to make changes for my health. My weight had gotten out of control. The only way I was going to look better and feel better about myself was to lose the weight.
“I stayed within a 1200 calorie diet. I do clean eating, little to no sugar, and watch my sodium intake. I worked out five days a week and my favourite thing to do was take long walks.”
Suzanne’s dress size dropped from size 16 to size eight and she’s never been happier. She wanted to encourage other people to push themselves and feel happy with themselves.
“Losing weight definitely hanged my life,” she said.
“I have learned a healthier lifestyle – what to eat and what not to eat. I have learned how to portion control and meal prep.
“I am happy in my own skin. I’m not depressed about my weight anymore. I can wear clothes that I haven’t been able to wear in years, I feel good.
“I still stay within the 1200 calorie diet and workout in order to maintain my body. The hardest thing is finding motivation at times. You have to push yourself everyday if you’re going to see those results.
“People say I look amazing and that I’m an inspiration to others which makes me so happy. Push yourself. It’s worth every minute of it. It’s not easy but it gets easier.
“Remember when you quit you are only quitting on yourself. Join a program or a weight loss group if you need support. Do you research and see what best fits your lifestyle.”