By Lucy Notarantonio
A stunning teenager looks unrecognisable after dropping ten stone thanks to Instagram posts from strangers.
Josephine Desgrand, 19, weighed over 19 stone at her heaviest and despite reaching a dress size XX, she was addicted to chocolate, sweets and chocolate – something that tripled her weight in just two years.
The aspiring author, from Queensland, Aus, has since dropped ten stone and thanks Instagram for helping her reach her weightloss goal.
Now wearing a dress size 8, Josephine has completely transformed her diet, cutting out sugar completely.
Josephine said: “I was using Instagram daily in a bid to try and lose weight, I loved looking at the inspiring pictures from strangers around the world.
“I have always been chubby, my family and I love food so there was always crisps and chocolate in the cupboards.
“But one day I looked in the mirror and I had tripled in size, I tried to lose weight, but my sweet tooth would always get the better of me.
“I would eat anything sweet in between meals, such as cookies, chocolate and ice cream but now if I ever crave sweet things, I just chew on a mint and that does the trick.
“I wasn’t comfortable wearing summery outfits and I suddenly realised I needed to change, so I started following weight loss journeys on Instagram and YouTube.
“My mindset changed, normal people like me, post pictures of their transformation and it made me realise I can do it too.
“I could relate to their captions which helped motivate me, so I stopped snacking on junk and got tips from the accounts on what to replace it with.
“I stopped thinking of it as a diet and seen it as a lifestyle change which it absolutely was, I am so much happier and healthier now.
“If I ever thought about giving up, I would just look on Instagram and it would push me to keep going.”
Josephine has maintained her ten stone weight loss for the past three years and her Instagram now boasts over 130k followers.
She uses her platform to post meal plans and share her weight loss journey with others who seek advice from her.
She adds: “I can’t believe the girl in the photos is me, I would never go back as my life has completely changed.
“I live on the beach, yet I would avoid going or wear long sleeved dresses despite it being over 30 degrees.
“Now I am comfortable in my own skin and love wearing short dresses or crop tops with leggings.
“I will never forget the day I turned up to prom wearing a figure-hugging size 8 dress and people who had ignored me for years, congratulated me.
“I used to be so shy but now I have come out of my shell and I am doing my best to help others do the same.
“I receive messages daily asking for tips and it is an amazing feeling knowing I am helping others achieve their dream body.”
BREAKFAST – Four slices of toast with vegemite or jam.
LUNCH – Two wraps or a burger with chips and a chocolate milk.
DINNER – Pizza or lasagne with chips.
SNACKS – Family sized chocolate bar, cookies, ice cream or sweets.
BREAKFAST – Two poached eggs with salmon or avocado.
LUNCH – Chicken salad.
DINNER – Grilled salmon or steak with vegetables and sweet potato
SNACKS – Fruit or nuts