A former junk food addict has revealed exactly how she dropped five dress sizes – to transform her body for good.
Mum-of-one Morgan Gossage once tipped the scales at a whopping 113kg - while her wardrobe was overflowing with size 18 clothes.
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The 30-year-old, from Texas, USA, said she had always maintained a healthy weight and slender physique growing up as her mother was a nutrition expert and her father owned a gym.
But after leaving home for college in her teens, Morgan's weight spiralled out of control as she became addicted to junk food.
Morgan became so ashamed of her size that she took to editing pictures of herself in order look thinner – but was mortified when a close friend called her out on it after spotting some ‘weird photoshopping’ on her chin, arms, breasts and collarbone.
But after starting her weight loss journey just over a year ago, Morgan has no need for photoshop any more after losing 43kg and five dress sizes – and is now more confident than ever flaunting her brand new 70kg size eight figure.
Stay-at-home mum Morgan said: “I’d developed that addiction to food during college and it just continued. For the first time I had a job, and I had this freedom of being able to eat whatever I wanted to whenever I wanted to.
"I grew up in such a healthy household, my parents were always focused on nutrition and exercise as they worked in that industry.
“Everyone comes back from college a little puffy, but people did not even recognise me.
“My parents were worried, as I’d gone from the shining athlete to having my health deteriorate quickly."
After Morgan gave birth to her daughter Presley, now four, in February 2015, she said the stresses of being a new mum meant she neglected her own health, which saw her rapidly gain more weight.
And with the convenience of multiple food delivery apps at her fingertips, Morgan’s junk food addiction intensive – with the mum revealing she would often ‘sneakily’ order a large calorie-laden serving of buffalo wings twice a day.
She said: “It’s so common for new moms to give everything to our babies. It’s easy to neglect ourselves.
“I was always at home, and with all the food delivery apps it’s so easy to get anything you want.
“It became a daily routine for me to put on Netflix and order buffalo wings. It was such a rush knowing they were coming, I’d get so excited.
“It was such a shameful thing. I’d even hide all the packaging from my husband, Matt, 33, and then suggest we have buffalo wings for dinner, so I’d get to have them again.”
Morgan said she never truly realised how ‘obese and unhealthy’ she had become until seeing an ‘unflattering’ photograph of herself and her daughter while at the zoo in September 2017.
Frightened for her health. Morgan called her nutrition expert mum Carol for help, who selflessly jumped on the very next flight from Texas to Pennsylvania, where Morgan was living at the time.
The pair spent two weeks together preparing nutritious meals and working out at the gym everyday in order to kick-start Morgan’s weight loss.
The mum has not looked back since and now, just over a year later, has completely transformed herself after switching to a keto style low carb, high fat, high protein diet - which also working out five times a week, mainly focusing on weights with some light cardio.
And one of Morgan’s secret weight loss ingredients is EGGS – which she now enjoys as an afternoon snack.
“Now that I’m healthier, I’m so much happier, and I know I can be around for my daughter and teach her valuable health advice like my parents did for me,” Morgan said.
Breakfast: pancakes and bacon
Mid-morning Snack: Mac and cheese
Lunch: Large sandwich and chips
Afternoon snack: buffalo wings
Dinner: fried chicken or more buffalo wings
Dessert: Ice cream
Breakfast: strawberry banana protein smoothie Mid-morning Snack: handful of almonds
Lunch: tuna salad with mustard, light mayo and cucumber
Afternoon snack: two egg whites or hard-boiled eggs
Dinner: chicken Breast or lean protein, with sweet potato and salad or veggies and olive oil
Dessert: Occasional keto treat