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Overcoming Depression Led to 20 Pound Weight Loss for F/23/5'8" User

Read about a user's journey from depression to a healthier lifestyle, leading to a 20-pound weight loss over 17 months.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A before and after photo of a 5'8" female showing a weight reduction from 154 pounds to 134 pounds. A net loss of 20 pounds.
F/23/5'8" [154 > 134ish = 20 pounds] (17 months) Amazing what can happen when you find a way out of depression
Originally posted on /r/progresspics

Background on the user's journey

After years of struggling with depression, the user reached a low point in July 2014, with suicidal thoughts. Seeking help, the user began regular therapy and medication. Realizing that destructive habits were fuelling depression and damaging their body, the user cut back on alcohol and started to eat intuitively, only when hungry. Starting a new job, with more activity and structure, also contributed to a healthier lifestyle.

Enjoyment and Motivation Key Factors

One important factor in the user's weight loss journey was finding activities that they enjoyed and motivated them, such as taking classes and spending less time in bed on social media. Rather than feeling deprived or pressured to make specific food choices, the user allowed themselves to have the freedom to eat intuitively and enjoy eating foods they love.

Benefits of Intuitive Eating

By eating intuitively and listening to their body's hunger and fullness cues, the user was able to develop a healthier relationship with food, breaking free from the cycle of binge eating, alcohol, and depression. Eating a large lunch and skipping breakfast, when not hungry in the morning, helped to balance the user's energy throughout the day, without the need for constant snacking.

Emotional Transformation

The user's journey to weight loss may have started with a focus on physical health, but it eventually led to an emotional transformation that centered around self-care and love, resulting in mental health improvements from overcoming depression. This transformation not only brought enjoyment and meaning to their life, but also empowered them to believe in their own ability to change for the better.

Final Thoughts

The user's story shows that weight loss is not just about reaching a certain number on the scale, but about finding a way to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. By listening to their body and emotions, the user overcame depression and lost weight without feeling deprived. Everyone's journey to health is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. The key is to stay motivated and find what works for you, enjoying the journey along the way.

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Madeleine Smith

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Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.