There comes a day when enough is enough. Perhaps your challenge is alcohol, others it is drugs, and for many, it is food and sugary sweets. When our bad habits get the best of us, we can get to a point in our life when “enough is enough.” At that pivotal moment of decision, we can choose the path of least resistance or the path of progress. When we choose right, we step on a path that takes us to the first day of the rest of our lives.
Amber Rachdi from Troutdale, Oregon had been spiraling out of control for years. But because she made three small changes, she was able to lose 400 pounds and become an inspiration to thousands across the country.
When she was just 23 years old, Rachdi topped the scales at a shocking 657 pounds. As a participant in the TLC reality show, My 600 Pound Life, she revealed how her obesity was ruining her life. She could not drive a car. She could not bathe herself. She could hardly leave the house let alone the couch. She used a motorized scooter to move. She couldn’t function. All because she weighed too much.
But as part of the show, Rachdi decided that enough was enough. She wanted to lose weight and decided to start the arduous journey to wellness.
She first enlisted the help of the fantastic Dr. Younan Nowzardian. Her family even relocated to Houston, Texas to help her have constant access to the medical professional.
Rachdi started by eating less. By consuming fewer calories each day, her body began to use up the fat she had stored on her. Then she increased her physical activity.
Before long, she lost 20 pounds and qualified for gastric bypass surgery. She decided to undertake the risky operation so she could further her weight loss journey. Rachdi knew the risk was worth it because obesity was killing her anyway. If she didn’t take drastic measures, she would not live much longer.
On her Facebook page, Rachdi admits that gastric bypass is not a “magic solution.” It is just a tool to help someone transform their life.
“I think mostly what it [gastric bypass] does is buy an overweight person time to learn new habits, get into therapy, and learn to make better choices on their own,” Amber said. “Tons of folks need revision if they don’t focus their energy on learning new skills while the surgery is super restrictive.”
In the years since she got the surgery and started eating less and exercising more, Rachdi has transformed her body. She has lost 400 pounds!
Now she uses her social media page to inspire other people on their weight loss journey. She wants them to know that if she could go from 657 pounds to just over 200, they can lose the weight that they need to lose too.
Fans love her, and she loves them. Amber Rachdi now knows that she is healthy and feels great about that.
What do you think about this young woman’s weight loss?