A woman who was once addicted to fast food has embraced a healthier lifestyle and lost over 150 pounds.
27-year-old Tori Scott is a high school English teacher from Houston, Texas, who was once ashamed of leaving her home because of her weight.
While the young fast-food addict weighed over 300 pounds back in 2017, she now looks unrecognizable after shedding as much as 155 pounds.
As the dedicated teacher admitted, she had always been “too ashamed” of going out with other people because she was worried they would judge her for her eating habits and her looks.
After realizing what obesity had done to her body, however, the 27-year-old decided to fly to Mexico and get a gastric sleeve.
Following the procedure, Tori embarked on a two-year weight loss journey and traded junk foods for a wholesome, plant-based diet.
“From a young age, I used food as a coping mechanism. Regardless of the emotions that I felt, food always helped. It was a never-ending cycle of being frustrated at the way I looked, eating to deal with that frustration, then setting goals to lose weight,” the English teacher admitted.
“It always ended up being the same result. I tried every fad diet under the sun and every time I’d stop a particular diet, I’d end up gaining all of my weight back and then some more on top. I would eat a lot in private because I didn’t want to be judged about what I was eating.”
After flying to Tijuana to get a gastric sleeve done, Tori started losing weight and eventually dropped from size 22 to 6. She also shed half of her maximum weight.
“After surgery, I learned how to eat a well-balanced diet. I don’t follow a strict diet but I did choose to become a vegetarian,” she added.
“Living my life eating a non-restrictive diet helps me mentally and physically. I don’t emotionally eat anymore.”
While she still allows herself to enjoy dark chocolate, pasta, and crisps on occasions, the young woman can now do much more to control her weight without resorting to strict diets.
“I don’t stay inside all day like I used to and I definitely don’t let others’ opinions control me. Physically I can do so much more. I can run, lift weights, keep up with others, etc. My quality of life has greatly improved,” she concluded.
“I also love trying out new exercises in the gym. Some people are ashamed of having weight loss surgery and keep it a secret but I’m proud of my choice.”
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