A woman who was once so obese that she couldn’t fit in normal chairs has dropped 150lb after being told she was pre-diabetic.
Danielle Hioshia, 26, from New Jersey, had been overweight since she was a child.
Sometimes she would spend two hours munching on bacon, eggs and toast for breakfast.
When she reached her heaviest weight – 294lb or 21st – she decided that she’d had enough.
Doctors told Danielle that she had pre-diabetes and was at risk of high cholesterol.
So, she made a New Year's resolution to get into shape.
Danielle started by downloading a calorie-tracking app and now weighs less than 135lb.
That’s 9st 6lb – impressive!
The tax accountant has even completed a half marathon.
Danielle went from a size 24 to a size US 4 (UK 8) in just 10 months.
She said: “I was obese my whole life from when I was a kid. In college, I gained a lot of weight in a short amount of time.
“If I went for breakfast I'd spend two hours there.
“I never cared about calories.
“The dining hall was buffet style.
“I’d wake up and eat bacon, eggs, and toast, but three times the normal portion.”
Danielle continued: “I didn't know how much I was eating.
“Once I started tracking what I ate, I realized what I was putting into my body.
“I was so overweight I couldn't sit in a chair.”
So, she downloaded MyFitnessPal to drop the pounds.
Danielle commented: “I pretty much ate the same things I was already eating, just much less.
“I’d wake up and eat oatmeal with a banana and go to the gym for a few hours.
“At lunch, I'd have this huge eight egg white omelette.
“Now, I limit myself to two high calorie meals and do intermittent fasting."
She added: “I like to eat a lot, so I have breakfast and dinner and fast from around 8am to 6pm.
“I also carb cycle, having one high carb day for every two low carb days.”
The fitness-fan has built up her routine as she got slimmer.
She said: “In the beginning, I physically couldn't do anything.
“I started out slow. I knew I'd have to be easy on myself.”
She downloaded the Couch to 5k app and completed it.
Within three months she could run a 5k in half an hour.
Once she got below 200lb she asked a friend to help her strength train.
Danielle added: “After I got into lifting, we started getting ready for races.
“First we did a 5k. Then we did an 8k, a 10k, before finally completing a half marathon.”
Now weighing under 135lb, Danielle is full of confidence.
She said: “I was super insecure prior to losing weight and really just kept to myself.
“But right now, I'm focusing on my career.”