25-year-old Aubrey Johansen, at her heaviest, once weighed 350 pounds and was warned by doctors that she only had 15 years left to live if she didn’t adopt a drastic lifestyle change. Coupled with being told by four separate prestigious music schools that she needed to lose 200 pounds before anyone would cast her in their productions, Aubrey had a gastric bypass and within just one year she lost 159 pounds.
That doesn’t mean, however, that Aubrey’s body is in the same shape it once was prior to her weight gain – as many obese people have sadly found out, the stretched excess skin does not shrink back with your body as you lose weight. Aubrey was no exception:
Aubrey, who is hoping to have the excess skin removed in the future, said:
‘You have the vision in your mind of how you will look. You think you’re going to be fit and gorgeous, not like a melted stick of butter.
‘It’s terrible because you don’t feel attractive. Some days I feel I was more beautiful before, so it’s a real mental battle.
‘It affects going to the beach in a bikini, even taking my clothes off in front of my girlfriend. I just don’t feel proud.’(via)
Aubrey has since been able to boost her confidence by taking up running and admits that “I feel like a completely different person to who I was before.”
Posting to her Instagram, where she’s amassed over 40,000 followers, Aubrey shows the harsh realities of what drastic weight loss actually looks like:
[H/T Daily Mail]