Woman lost 65kg with ‘perfect plan’ for weight loss

MELISSA lost 65kg after stumbling across a winning  perfect plan formula for weight loss five years ago.

AN OBESE woman who was forced to wear maternity clothing due to her size has shed half her body weight in a jaw-dropping transformation.

At just 18, Melissa Mouawad was forced to wear size 24 maternity clothes as they were the only outfits that fit her dangerously obese 135 kilogram frame.

Melissa Mouawad lost 65kg.

Melissa Mouawad lost 65kg.Source:Caters News Agency

“They had the big elastic band in the waist. It was the only way I could be comfortable,” she said.

“It’s embarrassing to think about, but I had no other choice.”

But the 29-year-old from Sydney is now healthier than ever after overhauling her diet and shedding an incredible 65 kilograms and dropping six dress sizes.

At just 18 years old, Melissa Mouawad's wardrobe was overflowing with size 24 maternity clothes.

At just 18 years old, Melissa Mouawad’s wardrobe was overflowing with size 24 maternity clothes.Source:Caters News Agency

Ms Mouawad revealed her weight problems began in childhood and as a young girl she had been obsessed with food.

“As a child I would often sneak treats from the kitchen into my bedroom, so I could eat it later on,” she said.

“I’d binge on a dozen doughnuts, fast food, blocks of chocolate and soft drinks each night.”

Melissa was told she could die young if she didn’t do something about her weight.

Melissa was told she could die young if she didn’t do something about her weight.Source:Caters News Agency

Her weight slowly crept up and by the time she was 18, she tipped the scales at 135 kilograms.

She said doctors were concerned about her situation and urged her to change as her situation could prove fatal in not addressed.

Melissa Mouawad.

Melissa Mouawad.Source:Caters News Agency

“It wasn’t until doctors warned that I could have a heart attack any moment and was on the brink of developing diabetes that I realised I needed to change my ways,” she said.

“I was so frightened and from that moment I decided to change my lifestyle.”

Melissa Mouawad lost 65kg over the course of 5 years.

Melissa Mouawad lost 65kg over the course of 5 years.Source:Caters News Agency

She revealed although she was motivated to change, she had no guidance or knowledge on how to lose weight.

It took her years of trying different diets and exercise plans — some causing her weight to fluctuate — before hitting on the perfect health plan for weight loss five years ago.

This plan involves counting her calories and monitoring her carbohydrate, protein and fat intake.

Ms Mouawad now practices intermittent fasting along with a healthy high-protein diet full of healthy fats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Melissa now exercises six times a week.

Melissa now exercises six times a week.Source:Caters News Agency

She has also embraced a fitness regimen to tone her physique.

“I began working out in the gym and monitoring my diet, from there the weight began falling off,” she said.

“I went to fitness classes wearing my maternity gym clothes and just stayed in the back trying to keep up. I was ashamed of my body but was determined to try my best.”

Melissa, with her partner.

Melissa, with her partner.Source:Caters News Agency

“After a while, I gradually moved to the front of the class. Then I moved onto cardio, and eventually weight training.

“I’m fitter than I’ve ever been, and I can’t believe my body can move the way it does now”.

Melissa is now a size 10, and feels great in her newly toned body.

Melissa is now a size 10, and feels great in her newly toned body.Source:Caters News Agency

Ms Mouawad, who now weighs 70 kilograms, works out six days per week for an hour, using weightlifting to tone her physique along with some cardio to stay healthy.

She got married to the love of her life Edward Mouawad, 30, in June last year — tying the knot with her ‘dream body’ fitting into her size 10 wedding dress.

Melissa on her wedding day.

Melissa on her wedding day.Source:Caters News Agency

“Not only do I look so different, but my personality has changed so much for the better. I used to be really shy, timid and not want anyone to see me.

“But now I have more confidence, I’m outgoing and I’m just happy and loving life.

“It felt amazing to throw out all my old maternity clothes. Now I can shop wherever I want and I’m able to have a lot more style and fashion sense than I ever did before.”

Melissa, ready to hit the gym.

Melissa, ready to hit the gym.Source:Caters News Agency

Offering her advice to others who may be considering a similar journey, Ms Mouawad recommends taking a slow and gradual approach — one she says is “far more sustainable”.

“Losing the weight was the best decision I ever made and now I feel like I’m really living my life.”

Melissa, now 29, has embraced her new healthy regimen.

Melissa, now 29, has embraced her new healthy regimen.Source:Caters News Agency

“My life has completely changed. I feel like a totally different person now to who I was ten years ago.

“You have to want it really bad and just stay focused on your goals and happiness,” she concluded.

This article was originally posted at: www.news.com.au

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