A mum has showed off her incredible weight loss transformation, after dropping nearly 43kg and five dress sizes.
Mum-of-one, Morgan Gossage, once tipped the scales at 113kg and her wardrobe was overflowing with size 18 clothes.
The 30-year-old, from Houston, Texas, USA, said she had always maintained a healthy weight and slender physique growing up, as her mother was a nutrition expert and her father owned a gym.
But after leaving home for college in her teens, Morgan’s weight spiralled out of control as she became addicted to junk food.
After Morgan gave birth to her daughter Presley, now four, in February 2015, she said the stresses of being a new mum meant she neglected her own health, which saw her rapidly gain more weight.
And with the convenience of multiple food delivery apps at her fingertips, Morgan’s food addiction intensified, sometimes ordering junk food twice a day.
“It became a daily routine for me to put on Netflix and order buffalo wings. It was such a rush knowing they were coming, I’d get so excited,” she said.
“It was such a shameful thing. I’d even hide all the packaging from my husband, Matt and then suggest we have buffalo wings for dinner, so I’d get to have them again.”
Morgan became so ashamed of her size that she took to editing pictures of herself in order look thinner – but was mortified when a close friend called her out on it after spotting some ‘weird Photoshopping’ on her chin, arms, breasts and collarbone.
“I taught myself to Photoshop images when my weight reached its worst in an attempt to make myself look better but I didn’t know what I was doing,” she said.
“I wanted to share some photos my husband Matt took some photos of me breastfeeding but I looked terrible.
“After poorly editing one of the images, I sent it to my friend who asked me straight away if I’d edited it because I looked ‘weird’.
“I tried to lie my way out of it, I was so embarrassed.
But after starting her weight loss journey just over a year ago, Morgan has no need for Photoshop anymore after losing an incredible 43kg and five dress sizes – and is now more confident than ever flaunting her brand new size eight figure.
Morgan said she never truly realised how ‘unhealthy’ she had become until seeing an ‘unflattering’ photograph of herself and her daughter while at the zoo in September 2017.
Frightened for her health. Morgan called her nutrition expert mum Carol for help, who selflessly jumped on the very next flight from Texas to Pennsylvania, where Morgan was living at the time.
The pair spent two weeks together preparing nutritious meals and working out at the gym everyday in order to kick-start Morgan’s weight loss.
The mum has not looked back since and now, just over a year later, has completely transformed herself after switching to a keto style low carb, high fat, high protein diet – while also working out five times a week, mainly focusing on weights with some light cardio.
“Now that I’m healthier, I’m so much happier, and I know I can be around for my daughter and teach her valuable health advice like my parents did for me,” she said.
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