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Woman who weighed 570lbs loses 350lbs in two years after having her stomach reduced to the size of an egg

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Woman who weighed 570lbs loses 350lbs in two years after having her stomach reduced to the size of an egg

Woman who weighed 570lbs loses 350lbs in two years after having her stomach reduced to the size of an egg

A teacher who ballooned to 570lbs after both her brother and mother committed suicide has lost more than half her body weight in two years. Teresa Marie, 41, consumed vast quantities of junk food to cope with the pain of losing her brother in 2001 and mother in 2003. But she sought medical advice after suffering a mild heart attack in 2016 - and was warned she could be dead in five years if she didn't lose weight.Teresa embarked on a diet and exercise regime and then had gastric surgery to reduce her stomach to the size of an egg.She has lost 350lbs and now weighs a healthy 220lbs, which has transformed her outlook on life.Teresa, of Long Beach, California, said: "I was consuming about 10,000 calories per day … I was eating a large pizza almost daily and stopping at fast food drive thru restaurants and hiding in my car while I ate. "Then I would go home and eat triple decker peanut butter sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, and tons of chips, cookies, and junk food on a daily basis."By 2016 Teresa, then 38, was so morbidly obese that she suffered a mild heart attack, which motivated her to seek medical advice. "My doctor said 'you need to have weight loss surgery - you're not going to live longer than five to 10 years if you don't'.""He said 'people your size usually have the greatest success with gastric bypasses, so that is the best option for you'." Before she could undergo surgery Teresa put herself on a strict diet, restricting her calorie intake dramatically and walking as much as she could. Between 2017 and 2018 she lost 140 pounds from diet and exercise alone and in 2018 she had gastric bypass surgery to reduce the size of her stomach. "My stomach is about the size of a medium egg," said Teresa, who now only consumes around 1,500 calories per day. After her surgery the weight dropped off and Teresa is now happy and healthy at 220 pounds. Her struggle with weight gain began in 2001 when her brother took his own life, after her was bullied for being gay. Three days prior to his suicide he had been beaten up in an unprovoked homophobic attack. "When he died I completed checked out," said Teresa. "It was the very first traumatic loss I experienced and I blamed myself for not being able to help my brother. "I stopped taking care of myself.

My mother killed herself a couple of years later and their deaths played a role in lack of self love and self care. "Eventually I had to realize I couldn't hold on to that guilt."After finally forgiving herself, Teresa worked on getting herself back on track physically and mentally."I started walking more and went on a ketogenic based diet that involved eating foods with a low carbohydrate and low sugar content," she said. "On the day of surgery I was 390 pounds and as a teacher, I could not stand for longer than two minutes without feeling like I was going to die.

Little by little I worked out."Reflecting on her life prior to her weight loss Teresa said: "Life was very hard and at times I felt it wasn't worth living."Today, at 220 pounds I feel much different about myself and my life."I now see a life full of love, happiness, good health, and most importantly I see a bright future ahead.

It's never too late to turn it all around," she continued.And those around her have also noticed her amazing transformation."I have students and staff tell me 'you're so inspiring' and that's a really cool thing."I've spent most of my adult life trying to be invincible and now I want to inspire people."

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Woman who weighed 570lbs loses 350lbs in two years after having her stomach reduced to the size of an egg

A teacher who ballooned to 570lbs after both her brother and mother committed suicide has lost more than half her body weight in two years.

Teresa Marie, 41, consumed vast quantities of junk food to cope with the pain of losing her brother in 2001 and mother in 2003.

But she sought medical advice after suffering a mild heart attack in 2016 - and was warned she could be dead in five years if she didn't lose weight.Teresa embarked on a diet and exercise regime and then had gastric surgery to reduce her stomach to the size of an egg.She has lost 350lbs and now weighs a healthy 220lbs, which has transformed her outlook on life.Teresa, of Long Beach, California, said: "I was consuming about 10,000 calories per day … I was eating a large pizza almost daily and stopping at fast food drive thru restaurants and hiding in my car while I ate.

"Then I would go home and eat triple decker peanut butter sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, and tons of chips, cookies, and junk food on a daily basis."By 2016 Teresa, then 38, was so morbidly obese that she suffered a mild heart attack, which motivated her to seek medical advice.

"My doctor said 'you need to have weight loss surgery - you're not going to live longer than five to 10 years if you don't'.""He said 'people your size usually have the greatest success with gastric bypasses, so that is the best option for you'." Before she could undergo surgery Teresa put herself on a strict diet, restricting her calorie intake dramatically and walking as much as she could.

Between 2017 and 2018 she lost 140 pounds from diet and exercise alone and in 2018 she had gastric bypass surgery to reduce the size of her stomach.

"My stomach is about the size of a medium egg," said Teresa, who now only consumes around 1,500 calories per day.

After her surgery the weight dropped off and Teresa is now happy and healthy at 220 pounds.

Her struggle with weight gain began in 2001 when her brother took his own life, after her was bullied for being gay.

Three days prior to his suicide he had been beaten up in an unprovoked homophobic attack.

"When he died I completed checked out," said Teresa.

"It was the very first traumatic loss I experienced and I blamed myself for not being able to help my brother.

"I stopped taking care of myself.

My mother killed herself a couple of years later and their deaths played a role in lack of self love and self care.

"Eventually I had to realize I couldn't hold on to that guilt."After finally forgiving herself, Teresa worked on getting herself back on track physically and mentally."I started walking more and went on a ketogenic based diet that involved eating foods with a low carbohydrate and low sugar content," she said.

"On the day of surgery I was 390 pounds and as a teacher, I could not stand for longer than two minutes without feeling like I was going to die.

Little by little I worked out."Reflecting on her life prior to her weight loss Teresa said: "Life was very hard and at times I felt it wasn't worth living."Today, at 220 pounds I feel much different about myself and my life."I now see a life full of love, happiness, good health, and most importantly I see a bright future ahead.

It's never too late to turn it all around," she continued.And those around her have also noticed her amazing transformation."I have students and staff tell me 'you're so inspiring' and that's a really cool thing."I've spent most of my adult life trying to be invincible and now I want to inspire people."




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