An obese fast food addict who would secretly binge on greasy takeaways has dropped an incredible 82kg and six dress sizes after switching to a vegan diet.
Back in 2016, Kirsty Young said her self-esteem was at an all-time low as she tipped the scales at 167kg while her wardrobe was full of frumpy size 26 clothes.
The now 34-year-old from Geelong, Victoria, had an addiction to fast food and would often have secret mammoth binges after stopping in at McDonald’s or KFC on the way home from work.
But after the public servant began facing a myriad of health issues, such as pre-diabetes, high blood pressure and aching joints – as well as no longer being able to fit comfortably into train seats on her morning commutes – she decided to turn her life around.
And since Kirsty ditched her greasy fast food binges and nightly chocolate habit in favour of a healthy vegan diet, rich in nutritious fresh fruits, vegetables and wholesome carbs, she hasn’t looked back.
Kirsty said: “I always felt overweight when I was in high school, but in reality I was maybe a size or two bigger than average. But in my head, it felt like more.
“I never really ate fast food and I was always active, but I assumed people thought I did nothing but sit around eating McDonald’s.
“I got so in my own head about it, that I eventually started making my imagination a reality and began binging on junk food.
“It got out of control when I graduated from university and got a desk job.
“I was sitting for eight or more hours a day, and I’d secretly binge on fast food when I wasn’t in a good headspace.
‘I had pre-diabetes, aching joints, and was on so many medications…’
“On my bad days I would go through several drive-throughs and order multiple takeaway meals. I was so ashamed of myself, I’d eat it all in secret.
“I gained about 40kg in my first year after graduating, which made me self-conscious and turned me to food even more out of comfort.
“The turning point came in my late 20s, things were just getting harder. I had pre-diabetes, aching joints, and was on so many medications.
“I couldn’t even comfortably fit into a train seat on my morning commute. I switched to part time work because I couldn’t keep up with life.
“My obesity was a constant reminder that I didn’t fit into the world. I carried a lot of self-shame and the constant unhappiness that comes with it.
“I knew to even have a future, I had to change.”
After trying to lose weight for years through different fad diets and exercise regimes with no success, Kirsty decided to seek help from her doctor who suggested she undergo gastric sleeve surgery
With her health on the line, she decided to go for it and went under the knife in August 2016, having 80% of her stomach removed.
She said: “The gastric sleeve was simply a tool to aid in…