Mom, 29, sheds 26 pounds by following a strict diet after being badly shamed in a wedding dress store
A mother who was shameless at a wedding dress store lost 126 pounds after forgoing her 6,000-calorie-a-day diet and cutting back on sugar and carbohydrates.
Ali Stutz Buch, 29, says a sales associate told her ‘this doesn’t suit you’ before the item was snatched from her hand and diverted to the plus size section when shopping for a dress for her big day.
After she left the store distraught, the hairstylist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was determined to lose weight and shed an impressive 84 pounds for her wedding.
Ali kept dropping clothing sizes – from size 22 to size 10, losing a total of 126 pounds. She was so proud of her accomplishment that she shelled out $ 16,000 on cosmetic surgery for her new figure, including tummy tuck and breast augmentation.
Ali Stutz Buch (photo left, before her weight loss, and right, after), 29, says a sales assistant told her ‘this doesn’t suit you’ before the item was snatched her hand and forwarded to the plus size section at the shopping for a dress for her big day
After she left the store distraught, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin hairstylist was determined to lose weight and shed an impressive 84 pounds for her wedding (pictured)
Ali continued to drop clothing sizes – from size 22 (pictured left) to size 10 (pictured right) and lost a total of 126 pounds
The mother of two recalled, “I went to dress and I was already self-aware, but was looking forward to a fun day.
“ When we got to the store, a dress caught my eye and I excitedly picked it up. The salesperson took it from me and said abruptly, “This doesn’t suit you, you need the plus size dresses in that corner.”
‘Of course I was aware of my size, but when a stranger says something like that bluntly to your face, it hurts. It really shattered my confidence and her comments stuck with me. It made me so sad.
‘I realized I had to change. I have tough skin, but this dress was for my special day and I didn’t want people to look at me and just notice my weight. ‘
At her heaviest, Ali weighed 266 pounds when she was 23 and a single mother of one. She admits to always being overweight, even at school, and when she gave birth to her daughter, now six, she struggled even more with her weight.
Ali (pictured before surgery) was so proud of her accomplishment that she paid out $ 16,000 on cosmetic surgery for her new figure, including tummy tuck and breast augmentation
At her heaviest (pictured), Ali weighed 266 pounds when she was 23 and a single mother of one
Ali (photo left, before her transformation and right after) admits to always being overweight, even at school and when she gave birth to her daughter, now six, she struggled even more with her weight
She met her now husband, Jacob, in 2015 when she was at her heaviest. But after getting engaged a year later, Ali decided it was enough.
She said, ‘I saw a Keto diet plan on Instagram but wasn’t really sure what it was. I saw how great everyone looked and something just clicked and I knew it was ready to go. I had tried and failed so many diet plans in the past. ‘
Ali cut out sugar and carbohydrates and wrote down everything she ate.
She said: ‘I was binge eating. People rated me for eating 6,000 calories a day, but they don’t realize how quickly calories add up unless you write down every snack. If you don’t keep track of what you put into your body, it’s so easy to overdo it. ‘
‘For me, my brain doesn’t just let me have a bite to eat. I ate the whole cake, then felt guilty and ate another one. It was a cycle. I needed a plan that would take it all out. ‘
Ali’s Diet for Her Weight Loss
BREAKFAST: Chocolate wafers / muffins
LUNCH: Pizza and breadsticks
SUPPER: Pizza, hamburger and fries
SNACKS: Chips, candy
Ali’s Diet After Her Weight Loss
BREAKFAST: No breakfast, just coffee
LUNCH: Chicken and salad
SUPPER: Bunless burger and Brussels sprouts
SNACKS: Peppers, nuts, eggs, berries
Ali (pictured recently) met her now husband, Jacob, in 2015 when she was the heaviest. But after getting engaged a year later, Ali decided it was enough
Ali (pictured in the sea) cut out sugar and carbohydrates and wrote down everything she ate
Ali lost six stones leading up to her wedding and her seamstress was unable to make the drastic changes to her dress.
“I ordered a size 22 dress, but now I was a size 10,” said Ali. ‘I tried to get it changed as much as 6 inches from the waist, but it just didn’t work.
So I went back to a store and picked something I didn’t dare look at before. My dress was tight and I felt great. It was the prettiest dress.
‘I was so confident in the day. For the first time ever, I wanted people to look at me. Looking back at the photos, I am so proud of how far I have come and I am so glad I bought that new wedding dress to show off my new body. ‘
Ali’s transformation didn’t stop when she got married in 2017 and she is now 42 pounds shorter than her wedding day.
Ali (photo left, before her weight loss, and right, after) lost six stones before her wedding and her seamstress was unable to make the drastic changes to her dress
Ali’s transformation didn’t stop when she got married in 2017 and she is now 42 pounds shorter than her wedding day (pictured)
After a year of weight maintenance, Ali (pictured right, recently) booked a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation. Pictured left: Ali before her transformation
Ali added: ‘I am where I want to be. My mental transformation is what I’m most proud of, how I feel about myself now is what counts. It is amazing what I have achieved. I hated having pictures taken, I was so critical of my body.
‘My life changed when I had my children and I was desperate to be healthy for them. I was very close to my grandmother who was extremely overweight and she died at the age of 68 due to complications with her weight.
She never saw me graduate or get to know my kids because she died from something that was avoidable and I could tell I was on the same path.
“I want to watch my kids grow up, I like to play with them on the beach and run after them.”
After a year of weight maintenance, Ali booked a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation.
She added, ‘I had so much excess skin that the surgery was necessary, but I chose a boob job because I decided I deserved a confidence boost.’