An Australian teen is sharing her inspiring fitness transformation after losing half her body weight in just 11 months.
Josephine Desgrand began documenting her weight-loss journey on Instagram after deciding to change her health for the better. She blamed her expanding waistline on lack of exercise and large meal portions. Since changing her lifestyle, she has lost 132 pounds.
Tired of the bullying she experienced during high school, Desgrand decided to cut sugar from her diet and reduce her carbohydrate intake. Now, Desgrand and her boyfriend can fit together into her old jeans.
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Speaking to the Sun, Desgrand said: “I’m a huge foodie. My portions were huge, and I used to eat so fast. Mom always used to tell me to slow down with my eating as I’d always be the first finished. I was also never interested in sport and would avoid it at all costs.
“I have an amazing family, and we’ve had some wonderful experiences, but I was so unhappy with my weight,” she said. “I would avoid clothes shopping as I would have to go into the older stores like Millers, which made me so depressed.”
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“I remember finding skinny jeans that actually fit me. I tried them on and felt fantastic, until I saw a photo of me in them. I wanted so badly to lose weight, I just didn’t do anything about it.”
The 17-year-old “went through cycles” of eating excessively and aspiring to be fit, “then one day, I stopped thinking about it and just did it. It sounds so easy. I Googled so many transformations; I researched how I was going to do it.
“I cut sugar completely and reduced my carb intake. Sugar was the main thing. I tried many diets beforehand, but I never stuck to them,” she said. “I did some research into sugar and was shocked at the amount of sugar I used to consume; it seemed to be in everything.”
After finding Joe Wicks, aka the Body Coach, on Facebook, Desgrand started to incorporate a 20-minute workout routine into her day three times a week.
She keeps her food intake in check with controlled portions, eating food like eggs for breakfast, and chicken salad, quiche, sweet potato, and steak for lunch and dinner.
I have never shared this photo before. I’m pretty sure I never intended to! I have been so overwhelmed by all the support, encouragement and love from around the world and feel I no longer need to hide it! One of the main things that kept me motivated was my transformation photos. I would take them weekly and look for differences. In the last year I’ve made some huge lifestyle changes and I’m so thrilled that I can inspire others and contribute to their journeys in some way. Thank you so much for sharing my story, for your messages, and for sharing your own personal journeys with me. Be kind to yourself and don’t give up! #weightlossjourney #weightlossnaturally #weightlossinspiration #weightlosstransformation #courage #dontgiveup
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Through social media, Desgrand hopes to inspire other young people to work on their health before it’s too late.
“My advice is to just do it. Start. Stop putting it off. Imagine yourself months from now. It’s certainly not an easy journey, but it’s well worth it,” she said. “If I can do it, anyone can.”
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