A woman who once weighed over 350 pounds and consumed around 10,000 calories daily has revealed how she completely transformed her lifestyle and her physique to become a trim and toned fitness influencer.
Kristen Bobo, 30, from Tomah, Wisconsin, was a size 28 back in 2016, when she was suffering with a binge-eating disorder that saw her spend most of the day gorging on junk foods. She would even avoid fruit-flavored candy like Starburst and Skittles because she thought they were too ‘healthy’.
But five years later, Kristen has lost a whopping 200 pounds, is in the best shape of her life, and has found a new purpose sharing her fitness tips and tricks with tens of thousands of Instagram followers.
Transformation: A Wisconsin woman who once tipped the scales at more than 350lbs has revealed how she transformed her body to become a fitness influencer
Before: Kristen Bobo, 30, spent years struggling with a binge-eating disorder that saw her consuming a staggering 10,000 calories a day
After: In 2016, Kristen’s weight had reached 354lbs, and she knew that it was time to make a change – so she began eating healthily and working out, and in the past few years lost 200lbs
Speaking about her health and fitness transformation, Kristen admitted that there was a time not too long ago when she was regularly feasting on five times the recommended daily calorie intake, gorging herself on huge meals and multiple snacks throughout the day.
‘I could have easily been eating 10,000 calories per day, no problem,’ the utility worker recalled. ‘On top of my huge meals, I’d eat whole bags of potato chips and boxes of Oreo cookies each day.’
She avoided healthy foods like the plague.
‘I would not eat anything that was remotely healthy,’ Kristen shared. ‘I wouldn’t even eat Starburst and Skittles because I associated them with fruit.
‘Breakfast was always about half a box of cereal and four pieces of toast with peanut butter and jelly.
‘I’d eat sugary cereals like Fruity Pebbles or Fruit Loops.
‘Lunch would be either a foot-long sub from Subway with chips and cookies or, if I was off from work, an entire DiGiorno’s stuffed crust pizza.
‘For dinner, I’d eat a lot of takeout. I’d eat whole pizzas from Pizza Hut or huge Chinese takeout orders.’
Kristen explained that her binge-eating disorder meant she was able to consume an astronomical amount of food every day, and she focused all of her meals on quantity over quality or nutrients.
‘I had a binge-eating disorder, so I had an incredible capacity for food. The bigger the meal, the better,’ she said. ‘I was always about quantity. I’d also drink a jug of apple juice every day.’
To make matters worse, during this period, Kristen led a completely sedentary lifestyle.
In 2016, Kristen had reached her heaviest weight, and finally decided that enough was enough, so took steps to try and transform her body – and her mental health.
‘My highest recorded weight was 354 pounds, but this was a month after I started trying to lose weight,’ she explained. ‘My scale couldn’t read my weight before that.’
Kristen started following a low-calorie diet and began using an elliptical machine every single day.
Then and now: When Kristen was at her heaviest, she says she was obsessed with eating huge amounts of food, however she now follows a very balanced diet plan
Mental struggle: ‘I had a binge-eating disorder, so I had an incredible capacity for food. The bigger the meal, the better,’ Kristen admitted
Mindset: Now, Kristen weighs 160lbs, and follows a very balanced diet and workout plan that sees her eating between 1,800 and 2,000 calories a day, while working out every day
How Kristen’s daily diet went from 10,000 calories to just 1,800
KRISTEN’S DIET BEFORE HER WEIGHT LOSS
Breakfast: Half a box of sugary cereal and four pieces of toast with peanut butter and jelly
Lunch: A foot-long sub from Subway with chips and cookies or an entire DiGiorno’s stuffed crust pizza
Dinner: Whole pizzas from Pizza Hut or huge Chinese takeout orders
KRISTEN’S DIET AFTER HER WEIGHT LOSS
Breakfast: An egg with avocado and a few turkey sausage links or a protein shake
Lunch: A pre-made salad
Dinner: A low-calorie dish from meal kit delivery service Hello Fresh. Kristen will also indulge in the occasional cheat meal
‘I began eating low low calorie foods and counting my calories,’ she said. ‘I ate a ton of veggies, fruits, and proteins. I was also doing a ton of cardio on the elliptical machine.’
However, having battled a binge-eating disorder for years, Kristen actually found herself following unhealthy habits that saw her restricting her food intake too much. The toll that this took on her wellbeing saw her fall back into her old, unhealthy ways, and caused her weight to yo-yo.
‘By 2018 I hit my goal weight of 155 pounds, but I wasn’t healthy,’ she explained. ‘I was eating too little and working out too much.
‘I was 100 per cent dialed in all the time which wore on me, and eventually my weight bounced back up to about 190 pounds.’
Kristen worked hard to ‘get herself in check’ and find a more balanced diet and workout plan that saw her losing weight at a much healthier rate.
‘At this point, I started lifting and eating more and got myself in check,’ she said. ‘The weight came back down and I had added muscle mass. I currently weigh about 160.’
These days Kristen lifts four to five times per week and does yoga three times a week. She also walks about 10 miles per day as part of her job. Meanwhile her diet consists of balanced meals, and she consumes between 1,800 and 2,000 calories a day.
‘If I lift that day, I’ll eat about 2,000 calories. If not, I keep it around 1,800,’ Kristen explained.
‘Breakfast is usually an egg with avocado and a few turkey sausage links or a protein shake. For lunch, I always have a pre-made salad and dinner is usually a low-calorie meal from Hello Fresh.
‘Every now and then I’ll do pizza or Chinese food. I know it’s just a cheat meal and I jump back into my meal plan the next day. I’ve learned to stop getting so upset about what I eat.’
Kristen says that her love life has significantly improved since she’s lost weight and that she plans on getting her excess skin removed in the future.
‘I’m in a relationship; it’s a lot easier to date when you’re not 350 pounds,’ she shared. ‘As for the surgery, I want to get it. I just can’t afford it yet.
‘I lucked out with my arms. I don’t have much loose skin there, but I have loose skin on my stomach and legs. I don’t want the surgery before I have kids though.’