Weight loss is a tricky beast.
Its not just about the physical transition: The mental journey is just as important.
Raina Trindade, a 29 -year-old technological safety officer from Rio, Brazil, has clearly learned this firsthand.
Shes dropped 100 pounds after gastric surgery. But she still supposes shes obese.
Even though shes reached her aim weight, she says she opposes every daytokeep a healthy, positive mindset.
I look slim and I appear healthy and fit but in my intellect I am still fat and still greedy for the all the bad food that will kill me.I still have the mind of a fat person.
Her hard work after surgery has seriously paid off.
Raina is thrilled with the results from both her tummy tuck and breast augmentation, which she felt was necessary after shedding so much weight.
But just because shes happy with what she sees in the mirror, thatdoesnt mean shes happy with how she feels inside.
Developing a healthy lifestyle doesnt happen overnight.
You cant surgically remove your bad habits. It takes time and consistent work to change them.
Before her weight loss, Raina was largely feeing huge dinners loaded with unhealthy carbs and lots of sweets.She would eat chocolate at breakfast, and the main event of her day would be dessert.
Anyone who has made a weight loss transition knows you cant continue feeing the same way when you are reach your goal weight.
People erroneously believe that once you do gastric surgery thats it, you dont have to do anything more, the weight will simply drop off.
Thats not true it was very hard in the beginning, because you become like a child again and have to learn how to eat properly and sensibly.
Now, she sticks to dinners containing lean protein and lots of fruits and veggies.
On top of that, she works out six periods a week and watches a nutritionist.
But why did Raina want to go through all of this?
First of all, physicians had cautioned her that if she didnt make a change, she would be at the risk for a heart attack.
At a check-up before I decided to do the surgery, physicians cautioned me I would die because I was too overweight.
I had problems with my kidneys, I was constantly short of breath, I was suffering from heart palpitations because my heart was running so hard to keep me alive in my fat body.
Before get surgery, she tried diet pills. But eventually, her body stopped responding to them.
Raina was also bullied at school for her weight. It was hurting her self-esteem.
Her openness and honesty about her transition is refreshing.
Lifedoesnt instantly become perfect once “youre starting” slimming down. Its a process.
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