An obese takeaway addict who ate McDonald’s twice a day – and was even too big to fit on an amusement park ride – has since turned her life around to drop 8st.
Talicia Lees, 24, from Sydney, New South Wales, who once tipped scales at 137kg while wearing size 22 clothes, revealed her self-esteem hit an all-time low four years ago.
The education student got so big that she was kicked off an amusement park ride because the safety harness could not fit over her body and latch into place.
A self-confessed takeaway addict, Talicia would often feast on McDonald’s twice a day, devouring two Sausage and Egg McMuffins, four hash browns and a large orange juice, while dinner was a large Double Quarter Pounder meal with a large chips and large Coke, 10 nuggets and extra medium chips.
Talicia, who also works as a teacher’s aide for special needs children, was recommended by her doctor to try a ketogenic diet, which focuses on high-fat, high-protein and low-carb meals.
Paired with regular weight-training, Talicia managed to lose 51kg and four dress sizes, and now feels healthier and more confident than ever at 86kg and a size 14.
Talicia Lees, 24, (pictured) from Sydney, who once weighed 137kg [21st 8lbs] revealed how she shed 8st by overhauling her diet
Talicia (pictured before her weight loss) would feast on McDonald’s twice a day, as her weight escalated and she became too big to fit on amusement park rides
Reflecting on how she felt at her biggest, Talicia said: ‘I’ll never forget that feeling of realising how heavy I’d gotten since high school.
‘I was at the dentist and had to get weighed before having anaesthesia. I looked down and saw 136.7kg flashing back at me.
‘I felt embarrassed and scared. I joined a gym, but lost weight very slowly because I was still eating quite badly.
‘I managed to lose 40kg, but then became lazy and put 20kg back on because I slipped into bad habits again.
The 24-year-old (pictured) was recommended by her doctor to follow a ketogenic diet, focusing on high-fat, high-protein and low-carb foods
Talicia’s diet before…
Breakfast: Two Sausage and Tgg McMuffins with four hash browns and a large orange juice
Mid-morning Snack: 6-8 crackers with cheese, tomato and onion
Lunch: Two Vietnamese bread rolls with double salami and double Swiss cheese, with a can of coke.
Afternoon snack: Hot chips and a 600ml Coke
Dinner: Large Double Quarter Pounder Meal with a Coke, 10 nuggets, two sweet and sour sauces and extra medium chips.
Dessert: Ice cream, sometimes up to three Magnums or Cornettos
…Talicia’s diet after
Breakfast: 2 slices of Aldi low carb bread with butter and Vegemite
Mid-morning Snack: NIL
Afternoon snack: Salami and cheese roll ups
Dinner: Pork chop with cauliflower mash and sautéd green beans
Dessert: Sugar free hot chocolate with full-fat whipped cream
‘I went to the doctor, and discovered I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and insulin resistance.
‘He suggested I give the keto diet a try, and I’ve never looked back. I feel amazing, and with the help of weight training I feel healthier than ever before.’
Talicia explained that although she was always a ‘big kid’ throughout school, thankfully she was never bullied because of her weight.
She revealed the most embarrassing moment that she experienced before her weight loss was at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney, when she was kicked off a ride for being too big.
Talicia (pictured left before her weight loss) who was a ‘big kid’ throughout school, said she was lucky that her weight never made her a target for bullies. The student has now lost 51kg on a low carb, high protein diet (right)
Talicia said when the ride attendant attempted to put a safety harness on her, it would not lock into place over her body, so she was forced to disembark the ride and watch from the sidelines.
She said: ‘It was a ride that went upside down. The ride attendant tried to pull the harness down and it wouldn’t click into place.
‘It would not buckle up no matter how hard he tried. I probably had bruises from how hard he was trying to lock me in.