‘I lost 60kg in less than a year and then I put it all back on’


This article originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.

Ariana Omipi, 24, from Auckland, New Zealand, desperately wanted to be healthy, but found her toxic relationship with food made weight loss a challenge.

Through extreme dedication, she managed to go from 126kg to 68kg in just 11 months, but gained it all back due to her food addiction.

The digital marketing director shed the weight back in 2014 when she was 19 years old by following a keto and low carb diet.

Her incredible 58kg weight loss achievement saw her gain an army of loyal followers on Instagram, who were inspired by her methods.

However, unknown to her fans, by the beginning of 2018, she had put all the weight back on, plus an extra 10kg.

Speaking of how her food craving consumed her, she said to Femail: “It consumed me in a way that I can’t even describe. It was an overwhelming hunger that I could not silence but only block out temporarily.”

As her weight crept back up to what it had been at her peak, she stopped documenting her story to her 75,000 fans.

She admitted: “My portion sizes were large portions and I’d constantly feel hungry so go back for seconds, thirds or sometimes even just make another meal.”

Ariana decided that enough was enough and she decided to have gastric sleeve surgery last March to shed the weight once more.

The surgery involves permanently removing 90 per cent of the stomach through keyhole surgery – and has been a resounding success.

Ariana has managed to lose all of the weight she gained, which she claims is mainly down to the removal of the hunger hormone Ghrelin, and is now 68kg.

She also revealed that she no longer has a constant feeling of hunger and there have been numerous other health benefits too.

Before the surgery, she had issues with her knee and would rash every time she sweat, which led to her despising exercise.

Now she works out twice a week for 45 minutes with a personal trainer and switches between cardio and weights.

She added: “I feel like I have control over food. I can cook something without feeling the desire or need to eat it.”

Ariana said she has found it challenging being in the public for the duration of her weight loss journey and she often feels pressured to look a certain way.

The influencer said: “I have transformed far beyond physical appearance and weight loss this year and I am so immensely happy that I am excited about my life and what is to come for my future again.”