'Morbidly obese' woman drops 126 pounds and becomes fitness model

Photo credit: Instagram/mathildehbroberg
Photo credit: Instagram/mathildehbroberg

A woman from Aarhus, Denmark, who was once classified as “morbidly obese” after tipping the scales at 268 pounds, now works as a physical trainer and sportswear model after dropping more than half of the weight in a period of four years.

Mathilde Broberg, 22, lost the excess pounds partially by cutting out junk food, exercising avidly and following the “teaspoon diet,” where she measured out her food and ate with a teaspoon to ensure that the portion sizes weren’t larger than the size of a flat-out hand. This in effect helped “trick” her brain into thinking she was eating more than she really was.

In a candid interview, with the Daily Mail, the 5’9” beauty describes the painful experience of growing up as “the obese child.” She said she missed out on things that her friends participated in, such as swimming and running around. More than anything, she was afraid that she wouldn’t have been able to keep up with them.

Even going to amusement parks sometimes caused her grief.

“I feared going on rollercoasters as I didn’t think I’d fit into the seat,” she said in her interview. “One time I was close to being kicked off a ride as the latch was struggling to pull over me.”

It was only after seeing a photo of herself performing in a school production that Broberg became painfully aware that she needed to lose the weight. She said there was no way she could go to college looking how she did.

“I’ve never been skinny before in my entire life – I’ve always been obese and fat. But one day I had enough!” Broberg said. “I felt extremely trapped in that body and then I started hating myself, because it really felt like an unstoppable situation!”

It wasn’t easy, but Broberg began to completely overhaul her eating and exercise habits. A typical diet before her weight loss journey featured fattening foods, such as buns with butter and chocolate pieces for breakfast, huge pasta salads with fattening dressing and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and spaghetti Bolognese topped with cheese and a few glasses of milk for dinner. For snacks she loved to munch on massive bags of chips, chocolates and cake. Overall she estimates that she took in about 3,500 calories per day.

“My stomach must have been the size of a horse’s after all those years of overeating, I was always eating way more than I was supposed to,” she admitted.

I got my life back ???????????? The only thing that can stop your weightloss or fight towards your goal is yourself and your mindset! You really gotta stop saying you can't or it's not possible – because it IS possible! I've been obese my entire life, so I didn't even know how it feels to be thin/normal size! ???? But I can tell you guys… It's amazing ???????? I loooove my life after I've lost weight and after a loooong time finally feeling good in my own skin ❤️ My weightloss has been a long and super hard adventure, and I'm far from done ????????✨ This is a lifestyle, not a diet!! You can't just go back to your unhealthy and old eating/living habits after you've lost weight! And you'll never be able to do that again ☝????️ But what motivated me? Well… Honestly all I wanted was a boyfriend ???? I've always been a tomboy and I was "one of the dudes" when I was fat… But I just want some love ???? And through my life I've been told that I had such a pretty face, so I just wanted a body that matches my face ???????? And ofc I wanted to look good naked hahaha, this is really honest ???? And please keep in mind that I was 16 when I started loosing weight – i just wanna be young, free and happy and enjoy my youth ???? #healthychoices#healthyliving#sundlivsstil#træning#transformation#transformationtuesday#vægttab2016#vægttab#weightloss#weightlossstory#weightlosssucces#goals#bodygoals#bulk#lean#abs#gymgirl#gymmotivation#fitfam#fitness#fitnessworlddk#workoutmotivation#hardworkpaysoff#girls#life#inspiring#inspiration

A photo posted by Mathilde Høj Broberg ⬇️ 139lbs (@mathildehbroberg) on Mar 31, 2016 at 3:41am PDT

In 2012, Broberg had one last piece of cake and then began her incredible weight loss journey. She was 16-years-old, an ample size 20/22, weighed 268 pounds and had a BMI of 40.6 — a BMI of more than 40 is considered severely obese, a healthy BMI should be in the range of 18.5 – 24.9.

In addition to following the teaspoon diet and working out (from fall 2014 to summer 2015 she worked out six times per week, today she works out a minimum of three times per week), Broberg revamped her eating patterns.

For breakfast she’d consumed a small portion of low fat Greek yogurt, low sugar granola and a banana, for lunch homemade soup (hint: you’ll consume less sodium that way!) and for dinner she’d eat a small portion of salad or veggies. She ditched the chips and chocolate snacks for apples and protein bars.

By September 2015, at 20-years-old, she dropped to a svelte 125 pounds (size 2/4) – a number that has since increased to a fit 149 pounds (size 4/6) after Broberg embarked on a serious weight lifting schedule.

“After losing weight, my belly looked just as large as it did when I was heavily obese, it was a tummy of harsh old fat, I really hated it,” she said in her interview. Following her extreme weight loss, in 2015 Broberg opted for a government-paid tummy tuck to rid herself of the extra, saggy skin.

She continued to tone her body after the surgery and vamped up her weight lifting.

“Keep this note to yourself if you have to loose a lot of weight – You’re skin will not follow with the rest of the body! Start lifting heavy and build muscles AFTER you’ve lost a good amount of weight, in that way you’ll be able to tighten up your skin as much as possible because you’re gaining muscles,” she advised.

Today, Broberg works as a personal trainer and sportswear model — her body transformation is inspiring thousands of others to drop the unhealthy weight.

Measurements ???????? This is crazy! _ If I can do it so can you! Anything is possible it you want enough – never stop believing in yourself and stay strong. This is a journey that's been going on since summer, 2012. My weightloss journey ended 2,5 years ago and since that I've been working out in the gym minimum 3 times EVERY week. In a period from Fall, 2014 to Summer, 2015 I've been eating too healthy (and too little) + worked out 6 times pr week. At that time my measurements were lower than they are now – At 57 kg (125lbs) _ Bust: 79 cm Waist: 60 cm Hip: 80 cm _ I was really skinny at that time but I had loose skin/harsh fat .. I started to eat more (2200kcal) everyday and I've been following well organized workout schedules for 1 year now and this is where I am today. Hard work do pay off! _ If you really want to change your life you gotta decide to find the power within you. You are the only one to make it happen. You're the only one who controls what goes in to your mouth, how long you walk, how much you're being active. Get control over your brain, because that's the one you can blame: You're in control, not your inner-voice! Don't waist time on the right time to come – there is no perfect time, you just have to start and never look back. It will be tough and it will feel like an endless road, but you will make if you just don't quit! How much do you want it? _ … Ask yourself _ #determination

A photo posted by Mathilde Høj Broberg ⬇️ 139lbs (@mathildehbroberg) on Dec 7, 2016 at 9:40am PST

“If I can do it so can you! Anything is possible it you want enough – never stop believing in yourself and stay strong,” she said in a recent post. “Don’t waist time on the right time to come (to lose weight) – there is no perfect time, you just have to start and never look back. It will be tough and it will feel like an endless road, but you will make if you just don’t quit! How much do you want it?”

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