When Amber Rachdi of Troutdale, Oregon was 23-years-old she weighed 657 pounds in 2015. She was only able to get around on a motorized scooter and was unable to perform simple tasks like bathing herself. This forced her to have to move back in with her parents.
In an effort to reclaim her life Rachdi, who appeared on TLC’s reality TV show My 600-lb Life, lost more than 400 pounds by changing her eating habits, engaging in physical activity, and having gastric bypass surgery.
Not only does Rachdi look like a completely different person but she is living a more fulfilling and active life.
She now has more than 66,000 followers on Instagram who look to Rachdi as an inspiration to make healthy changes in their own lives.
“It breaks my heart how many folks are coming to me with weight-related health concerns and stories of their struggles,” she wrote on Facebook.
“I resonate so deeply with the fears and feelings of shame people carry to me. But, I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or a health educator. My path isn’t made to be replicated or emulated. I can’t offer real advice about diet or exercise beyond this:
Talk to your doctor. Talk to a nutritionist. Measure and track what you eat HONESTLY for at least a week beforehand. Find an accountability buddy. Reach out. You deserve both personal and professional allies!
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