Kaylee Bonnett weighed 481 pounds. The bullying was ruthless from adults and children who called her a “circus animal.” She recalls being obese her entire life; during high school, she weighed 300 pounds.
I was constantly on the defense,” shetold Cosmopolitan.
However, doctors warned that her weight was making her susceptible to life-threatening medical conditions like a heart attack or stroke. Kaylee didn’t want to die. She decided to drastically change her lifestyle.
After dropping 169 pounds, not only does Kaylee’s body look different, her face now also looks unrecognizable. She has been sharing her journey and progress on Instagram. It’s amazing how small daily changes accumulate over time.
While Kaylee, regardless of her size, should have always been treated like a human being, I am sure those cruel bullies are eating crow now that she’s taken hold of her destiny.
See Kaylee’s incredible transformation below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Kids and adults [would] say awful things to me in public and give me dirty looks like I was a circus animal, Kaylee told Cosmopolitan.
She added: “From worrying about if I’ll fit in this chair or if the chair will hold me, to trying to look nice and hoping that getting from point A to B doesn’t make me sweat my hair and makeup off, I was constantly on the defense.”
In her mid-20s, Kaylee was diagnosed as pre-diabetic with high blood pressure. Doctors were worried that she would suffer a heart attack or stroke.
At 481 pounds, Kaylee didn’t want to die. She decided to get gastric bypass surgery.
While many are under the impression that gastric bypass surgery is “cheating,” the same amount of work must go into it or else the patient will not only regain the weight and medically harm themselves.
In order to qualify for the surgery, Kaylee had to lose 40 pounds. Instead, she lost 77. She cut calories and carbs to do so.
After the surgery, Kaylee cut out high-fat foods, eating 800 calories a day (all that could fit in her stomach) and doing Crossfit exercises three times a week.
She lost 169 pounds, and is down to 312. Kaylee is hoping to reach her goal of 225 pounds soon. Right now, she is enjoying her new figure and most of all, how drastically is has transformed her face.
“The reactions of others is what surprises me, and it helps me see the change,” she said. “The weight loss has truly changed my life. I’m actually living life, which I wasn’t [doing] before.”
Read more: https://www.littlethings.com/weight-loss-transformation-kaylee/