A woman who once weighed more than 350 pounds and consumed about 10,000 calories daily has revealed how she completely transformed her lifestyle and physique into a slim and toned fitness influencer.
Kristen Bobo, 30, from Tomah, Wisconsin, was a size 28 in 2016 when she suffered from binge eating disorder that caused her to spend most of the day on junk food. She would even avoid fruit-flavored candies like Starburst and Skittles because she felt 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 of sharing her fitness tips and tricks with tens of thousands of Instagram followers.
Transformation: A Wisconsin woman who once dropped the scales at over 350 pounds has revealed how she transformed her body to become a fitness influencer
Previously: Kristen Bobo, 30, struggled for years with binge eating disorder that caused her to consume as much as 10,000 calories a day
After: In 2016, Kristen weighed 354 pounds, and she knew it was time to make a change – so she started eating healthy and exercising, and in recent years she lost 200 pounds
Speaking of her health and fitness transformation, Kristen admitted that there was a time not long ago when she regularly feasted on five times the recommended daily calorie intake, indulging herself in massive meals and multiple snacks over day.
“I could have easily eaten 10,000 calories a day, no problem,” the energy worker recalls. “In addition to my huge meals, I ate whole bags of chips and boxes of Oreo cookies every day.”
She avoided healthy foods such as the plague.
“I wouldn’t eat anything whatsoever healthy,” Kristen shared. ‘I wouldn’t even eat Starburst and Skittles because I associated them with fruit.
“Breakfast always consisted of about half a box of cereal and four peanut butter and jelly toasts.
‘I would eat sugary grains like Fruity Pebbles or Fruit Loops.
“Lunch would be either a two-foot Subway subway with fries and biscuits, or, if I wasn’t working, a whole DiGiorno stuffed-crust pizza.
‘I ate a lot of take-out meals for dinner. I ate whole pizza from Pizza Hut or large Chinese takeout orders. ‘
Kristen explained that her binge eating disorder meant she could consume an astronomical amount of food every day, and she focused all of her meals on quantity rather than quality or nutrients.
Then and now: When Kristen was heaviest, she said she was obsessed with eating massive amounts of food, but she’s now on a very balanced diet
How Kristen’s Daily Diet went from 10,000 calories to just 1,800
KRISTEN’S DIET FOR HER WEIGHT LOSS
Breakfast: Half a box of sugary cereal and four peanut butter and jelly toasts
Lunch: A foot-long subway from Subway with chips and cookies or a whole stuffed crust pizza from DiGiorno
Supper: 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 sausages or a protein shake
Lunch: A pre-made salad
Supper: A low-calorie dish from Hello Fresh. Kristen will also occasionally have a cheat meal
‘I had binge eating disorder, so I had an incredible capacity to eat. The bigger the meal the better, ”she said. ‘I was always about quantity. I would also drink a jug of apple juice every day. ‘
To make matters worse, Kristen led a fully sedentary lifestyle during this time.
In 2016, Kristen had reached her heaviest weight and finally decided enough was enough, so she took steps to try to transform her body – and her mental health.
“My highest weight recorded was 354 pounds, but this was a month after I started trying to lose weight,” she explained. “My scales couldn’t read my weight for that.”
Kristen began to eat a low-calorie diet and began using an elliptical machine every day.
“I started eating low-calorie foods and counting my calories,” she said. ‘I ate a lot of vegetables, fruits and proteins. I also did a lot of cardio on the elliptical machine. ‘
However, after battling binge eating disorder for years, Kristen found herself following unhealthy habits that caused her to restrict her food intake too much. The toll this took on her well-being saw her regress to her old, unhealthy ways, and her weight did yo-yo.
‘In 2018 I reached my goal weight of 155 pounds, but I was not healthy,’ she explained. ‘I ate too little and exercised too much.
“ I was 100 percent dialed in the whole time, which was carrying me, and eventually my weight bounced back to about 190 pounds. ”
Kristen worked hard to “keep herself in check” and find a more balanced diet and exercise schedule that helped her lose weight much healthier.
“At that point, I started lifting and eating more and got myself under control,” she said. ‘The weight fell back and I had added muscle mass. I currently weigh about 160. ‘
Today, Kristen lifts four to five times a week and does yoga three times a week. She also walks about 10 miles a day as part of her job. Meanwhile, her diet consists of balanced meals and consumes between 1,800 and 2,000 calories a day.
‘If I hitchhike that day, I’ll eat about 2,000 calories. If not, I’ll keep it around 1,800, ”Kristen explained.
Breakfast is usually an egg with avocado and a few turkey sausages or a protein shake. For lunch I always have a ready-made salad and dinner is usually a low-calorie meal from Hello Fresh.
‘Every now and then I do pizza or Chinese food. I know it’s just a cheat meal and I’ll jump back into my meal plan the next day. I’ve learned not to get so upset about what I eat. ‘
Kristen says her love life has improved significantly since she lost weight and plans to have her excess skin removed in the future.
‘I’m in a relationship; it’s much 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 was lucky with my arms. I don’t have a lot of loose skin there, but I do have loose skin on my stomach and legs. However, I don’t want the surgery until I have kids. ‘