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Woman whose weight ballooned following parents’s death loses 126lbs in just one year

A woman who ballooned to 273lb (19st 7lbs) on a diet of takeaways and eight cans of soda a day has done a wellness U-turn and lost nine stone – in just one year.

Venture capitalist Vivian McCall, 24, from Ruidoso, New Mexico, began extreme comfort eating following the death of both her parents.

But she decided to change after struggling to fit into an airplane seat and now weighs a healthy 147lbs (10st 7lbs).

She also never touches cola, drinks 100oz (2.9 litres) of water daily and exercises six days a week.

Vivian McCall, 24, from Ruidoso, New Mexico, ballooned to 273lb on a diet of takeaways and eight cans of Cola a day, but then lost 126lbs in just one year. Pictured, before her weight loss

The venture capitalist began extreme comfort eating following the death of both her parents, but she decided to change after struggling to fit into an airplane seat and now weighs a healthy 147lbs (10st 7lbs). Pictured, now

The venture capitalist began extreme comfort eating following the death of both her parents, but she decided to change after struggling to fit into an airplane seat and now weighs a healthy 147lbs (10st 7lbs). Pictured, now

Since her weight loss journey, Vivian never touches Cola, drinks 100oz (2.9 litres) of water daily and exercises six days a week

Since her weight loss journey, Vivian never touches Cola, drinks 100oz (2.9 litres) of water daily and exercises six days a week

‘I was grief-eating hardcore. I don’t even think I drank water,’ explained Vivian. ‘I would skip breakfast every day and by lunch I’d be starving.

‘For lunch I’d get fast food. At McDonald’s I’d order a Big ‘N Tasty with a large order of fries and a large Cola.

‘For dinner it’d be the same thing. I’d get the number two at Taco Bell, which was an extra large double stuffed burrito with an extra taco on the side and some cinnamon balls.

‘For snacks, it’d be barbecue chips. I could eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream very easily in one sitting.’

Vivian made the decision to change her lifestyle in September 2019, after she had difficulty fitting into her airplane seat during a trip to California.

After just one year of intense exercise and a dietary overhaul Vivian dropped to 148 pounds (10st 7lbs). Pictured, Vivian before her weight loss

After just one year of intense exercise and a dietary overhaul Vivian dropped to 148 pounds (10st 7lbs). Pictured, Vivian before her weight loss

Vivian told how before her weight loss (pictured), she would skip breakfast every day and would get fast food for lunch

Vivian told how before her weight loss (pictured), she would skip breakfast every day and would get fast food for lunch

Vivian made the decision to change her lifestyle in September 2019, after she had difficulty fitting into her airplane seat during a trip to California. Pictured, left, before

Vivian made the decision to change her lifestyle in September 2019, after she had difficulty fitting into her airplane seat during a trip to California. Pictured, left, before

She said: ‘I couldn’t fit in the seat…I knew I had to do something.’

But after just one year of intense exercise and a dietary overhaul Vivian dropped to 148lbs (10st 5lb).

‘Now, I go to the gym six days-a-week with a rest day on Sunday,’ she said. ‘I’m big into weightlifting and I do 30 minutes of cardio every day.

‘I also run three miles on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights outside the gym.’

Vivian’s diet has also changed dramatically – she only eats at set times and has cut out sugary drinks and gluten entirely. 

‘I have eight hours of eating, from 10 am to 6 pm, followed by 16 hours of fasting,’ she said. ‘I work out every morning at the end of my fast.’

‘After working out, I have a fruit smoothie around 10am with mixed berries, almond milk, and protein powder.

‘For lunch have a P3 pack with a protein bar. A snack might be a cheese stick or bit of summer sausage, and dinner is always chicken or steak with some veggies. I also stopped drinking fizzy drinks.’

Now Vivian is healthy, fit and hoping to run a half marathon after Covid. Pictured, after her impress weight loss

Now Vivian is healthy, fit and hoping to run a half marathon after Covid. Pictured, after her impress weight loss

Vivian only eats at set times and has cut out sugary drinks and gluten entirely. Pictured, before her weight loss

Vivian only eats at set times and has cut out sugary drinks and gluten entirely. Pictured, before her weight loss

Unlike many attempting extreme weight loss, Vivian had near-instant success with her program.

‘I lost about 40 pounds every three months for the first nine months,’ she said. 

Vivian momentarily faltered in her regime around the anniversary of her parent’s death, but still lost weight during that painful time.

‘I still ended up losing three pounds during that period,’ she said. 

Now Vivian is healthy, fit and hoping to run a half marathon after Covid.

‘I’m just trying to make myself better everyday,’ she explained. ‘I have a really tiny bit of extra skin around my stomach, but I’m using wheat germ oil and it helps a lot. My skin is tightening. I’ve seen stretch marks disappear.’

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