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Personal trainer who used to eat McDonald’s twice everyday reveals how she lost 44kg in 18 months

At the age of 18, Abby Williams weighed 98 kg by eating fast food every day and never exercising.

Abby, from Sydney, worked at McDonald’s for seven years during high school and ate the ‘easy’ fast food for breakfast and lunch.

The now 23-year-old told FEMAIL that she has managed to lose an astonishing 40kg in just 18 months.

Today she works as a personal trainer who “connects” with her clients and believes that losing weight is a lifestyle change, not just “a number on a scale or dress size.”

Abby Williams (pictured), from Sydney, revealed how she lost a whopping 44kg in 18 months

Abby Williams (pictured), from Sydney, revealed how she lost a whopping 44kg in 18 months

When she was 18 and working at McDonald's, Abby ate fast food every day and never exercised

When she was 18 and working at McDonald’s, Abby ate fast food every day and never exercised

“In Year 12, I was the biggest I’ve ever been — I ate too much, ate nothing nutritious, and ate many candies at a time,” she recalls.

In 2017, her diet consisted mainly of sugary foods and saturated fats, including pizza, pasta, burgers and lots of chocolate.

Abby said working at McDonald’s definitely impacted her weight gain because of the convenience — and she also got an employee discount on the already cheap food.

She developed an “unhealthy relationship with food,” but never got any negative comments from guys about her weight, although admittedly guys avoid her on nights out.

“My friends would wear great outfits when I never did, and I didn’t even think about wearing a bikini to the beach,” she said.

“I realized I wanted to do all those things and feel good in my body, so one day I just decided to start.”

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“In Year 12, I was the biggest I’ve ever been — I ate too much, didn’t eat anything nutritious, and ate many candies at a time,” Abby recalls. She managed to lose the first 20 kg by simply changing her diet and teaching herself about nutrition

Abby managed to lose the first 20 kg by simply changing her diet and teaching herself about nutrition – such as what she should eat in a day to fuel her body.

Walking also helped her lose weight quickly, which was her only form of exercise in the beginning.

“I started to focus on consuming less, exercising more and aiming for 10,000 steps a day,” she said, adding, “If I were doing 7,000 steps at work, I’d make sure to fit another 3,000. ‘

She then worked at a daycare and tracked her steps with a fitness watch.

It wasn’t long before she decided to go to a gym to participate in group classes, where she quickly lost the excess weight.

‘I wanted to take it to the next level; I started with cardio and then fell in love with weights,” she said.

At one point she lost another 10 kg, but she began to stabilize, but did not understand why.

“I was doing everything right by eating 1,700 calories a day, tracking my meals, and exercising — then I realized I needed to eat excess calories to lose more weight instead of staying in a deficit,” she said.

It wasn't long before she decided to go to a gym to participate in group classes, where she lost the excess weight

It wasn’t long before she decided to go to a gym to participate in group classes, where she lost the excess weight

Today she sits comfortably at 58kg and goes to the gym four to five times a week

Today she sits comfortably at 58kg and goes to the gym four to five times a week

Abby admitted that she became “obsessed” with the numbers at one point, although she clarified that she never developed an eating disorder.

“I kept track of everything and started to feel guilty when I ate something I shouldn’t have, and then I realized I made sure I jumped out,” she said.

“I sometimes felt overwhelmed by everything, I was afraid to fall back into my own habits and gain weight again.”

By eating 2200 calories of nutritious food daily, she managed to overcome the plateau and lose weight up to 54 kg.

Today, she sits comfortably at 58kg and goes to the gym four to five times a week.

Abby became a personal trainer in 2020 after being inundated on Instagram with posts from others wanting to know how she lost weight

Abby became a personal trainer in 2020 after being inundated on Instagram with posts from others wanting to know how she lost weight

Since losing weight, Abby has worked to maintain her new lifestyle and continues to focus on strength training.

She became a personal trainer in 2020 after being inundated on Instagram with posts from others wanting to know how she lost the weight.

“I remember personal trainers made me feel great when I was losing weight, so I wanted to help other people too,” she said.

“I feel like going through everything — physically, mentally and emotionally — helps me connect with the clients I work with even more now.”

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“Weight loss is thought of as a number on the scale or a clothing size, but it’s so much more than that — it’s a lifestyle change,” she said.

When asked what advice she would give to others who want to go down a similar path, Abby said, “Start and don’t stop.”

“Weight loss is thought of as a number on the scale or a clothing size, but it’s so much more than that — it’s a lifestyle change,” she said.

‘It’s a life-changing process; Don’t go after the end result because there is no finish line, you still have to work hard to live well.

Education is key to losing weight, and Abby recommends learning how to “find a balance” between enjoying life and achieving your goals.

Abby’s ‘day on a plate’ today:

Breakfast: oats with frozen berries, peanut butter and banana

Lunch: Coles or Woolworths protein pasta with vegetables – peas, corn and carrot

Dinner: chicken and rice fry with potatoes

Snacks: apple, bananas, crumpets with peanut butter or Vegemite, chocolate

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