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Katy Hamilton was overweight from the beginning of her teens, despite living a sporty life during her school years.
But when the 27-year-old started university she dropped out of all her extra-curricular activities and increased her calorie intake due to gorging on campus food, fizzy drinks and alcohol.
Katy steadily ballooned to 17st 7lbs and UK dress size 22-24 and felt sick, chronically tired, stressed and suffered from terrible skin problems.
The youngster from Washington DC, US, decided to make a change by signing herself up to Crossfit.
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In a bid to overhaul her lifestyle, Katy ditched the unhealthy food and drink and committed to working out three time a week. She also squeezed in a 45-minute or hour-long walk every day.
The super slimmer managed to drop 5st 10lbs and now she fits into slinky size 10-12 gowns.
“Feeling horrible most of the time made me want to lose weight”
Katy said: “My weight was always something I wished I could change, I just never could quite make it work.
“I felt really bad physically more than I did emotionally about my body.
“I got sick often, had horrible digestive and hormonal issues with terrible skin.
“Feeling horrible most of the time made me want to lose weight.
“I hated feeling sick after most meals due to my digestive issues and was sick of feeling chronically tired and stressed.”
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She continued: “I lost a majority of the weight in the first year by just changing my lifestyle and daily habits.
“I stopped eating campus food and ready meals for lunches and dinners on Sundays.
“I started working out about three times a week doing a combination of strength and cardio. My diet and exercise are the opposite of what they were before.
“I eat mostly vegetables and meat, drink plenty of water and exercise almost every day of the week; whether it’s just a long walk or an intense Crossfit workout.”
Now the determined dieter feels much more open to doing new things.
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Katy said: “I am so much more comfortable in my skin.
“I lead a much more positive life and I am able to do so many things I never thought I’d do; like join Crossfit, run half-marathons and shop at any store I want.
“I’m a very confident person despite all the flaws I still have. I feel proud of myself regularly and I’m driven to keep making and reaching goals.
“I feel strong and empowered by what my body is able to do. Most people don’t believe I was overweight if I’ve met them after my weight loss.
“I show many of them my Instagram to give them a better idea. Many are inspired. Most ask how they can be healthier and for any advice.”
Despite her miraculous body transformation, Katy admits that she found the process very difficult.
She added: “The hardest thing about losing weight is being patient. I never lost more than two to three pounds a week. It was slow, but steady.
“I had to learn to be proud of each little pound that added up instead of thinking: ‘Ugh, I’m still 2st 2lbs away from my goal.’
“Start by looking at your small, daily habits that are making you unhealthy. For me, I started with kicking the bad diet soda habit.
“When that felt good, I’d pick another, then another, until slowly I had many healthy habits. Start small, go slow.”