Woman’s Dramatic 88-Pound Weight Loss Transformation Revealed in Shape-Shifting Time Lapse Video
ABC News’ Abbie Boudreau report below:
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A 26-year-old woman’s 88-pound weight loss has gone viral after a Reddit user created a time-lapse GIF that shows the woman’s body transformation in just five seconds.
Amanda, who asked that her last name not be used, began taking photos of herself in 2011 as a way to stay on track when she committed to losing weight.
“I knew that I had to start somewhere,” Amanda told ABC News. “I figured if I did it [took pictures] at least once a month, at the end of however long it took, I would have this really cool end product.”
Amanda started weighing 222 pounds. By eating a high-protein diet*, controlling her portions and doing moderate exercise, Amanda lost the 88 pounds in one year and has kept it off.
“I don’t think I was actually prepared for the amount of emotional investment,” Amanda said. “People bare their souls when they want to take back their health.”
Her gallery of weight-loss photos garnered nearly three million views online and inspired a fellow Reddit user to create the GIF that has everyone buzzing.
“The waist got smaller. The bustline got smaller. The neckline got smaller,” Dr. Jen Ashton, ABC News’ senior medical contributor, said of Amanda’s physical changes.
“But the more significant changes actually occur inside our bodies,” she said. “Changes to one’s sense of self, to one’s physiology [and] to one’s internal metabolism.”
Last year it was another woman, Julia Kozerski, who made headlines by photographing her dramatic weight loss.
Kozerski, a photographer in Milwaukee, documented each step of her weight-loss journey inside fitting rooms, starting with herself in her wedding gown.
She turned her photographs, taken using a smartphone, into an art project called ” Changing Room,” where she explored her changing identity as she lost 160 pounds in one year.
“It’s unbelievable for me to think about where I am right now and then think about who I was at that time,” Kozerski told ABC News last September.
*The above article and ABC’s Good Morning America news story contained one brazen error. Amanda did not accomplish her incredible transformation through a “high-protein” diet as stated but through a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet. In order to reach her goal weight, Amanda’s diet consisted of mostly of fat, eggs, bacon, fish, pork, beef, low-carb vegetables, nuts, and “low-lactose dairy” (i.e. cream and cheese). By sticking to this strict high-fat diet of 1,200 to 1,300 calories a day, the five foot, four inch Amanda managed to shed 88 pounds in less than a year, reaching her goal weight of 134 pounds.
Hi Internet! My name’s Amanda. You’ve probably seen some of my pictures floating around the intertubes recently, which is simultaneously cool and terrifying…As suspected, [the Good Morning America newscast was] edited a lot, but I’m a little disappointed in how my diet was portrayed. I was very clear during the interview that Keto is a high fat and moderate protein diet, but the voice over said I followed a “high protein” diet. Sigh. I guess the world isn’t quite ready for the glorious bacon-fueled truth.