26-year-old Lexi Reed weighed 34st 6lbs when she married husband Danny, 28, who at his heaviest weight 20st. The couple, from Indiana, USA, maintained their heavy weight by gorging on over 8,000 calories a day, dining every day on things like fried food and Chinese takeaways.
But last January, the couple knew they needed to change, and so, in a bid to become better versions of themselves, the pair ditched their fast food lifestyle, and stuck to their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight.
They have already lost an astounding 22st in just a year.
Lexi, a receptionist, says that her weight affected her in a variety of ways – often leaving her feeling anxious when eating out.
She said: ‘I was always terrified of breaking furniture when eating out, people would stare at us and it’s no real surprise as we weighed a combined 55 stone.
‘We never ate vegetables and never tried to be healthy, everything we ate would either be fried or from a fast food restaurant.
‘We were easily eating 4,000 calories a day each, we didn’t know where to stop.’
Lexi explained that their resolutions to lose weight were nothing new – but in January 2016, they finally decided to stick to them – though it was very hard, as it was all the pair knew in their relationship together.
Lexi said: ‘In January 2016 my best friend challenged me to not eat out for 30 days, I wasn’t allowed to eat any junk food and for once I stuck to it, and so did Danny.
‘From there it was so much easier to keep at it and I said to myself that I would be happy with losing seven stone in the first year.
‘Danny was really supportive and we started to make everything from scratch at home, we found alternatives ways of eating food that we loved, so we would still eat pizza but it would be a healthy option.’
According to Lexi, this health kick entailed a massive diet overhaul, both in what they were eating and the amounts they were eating it in.
Lexi said: ‘It’s what our relationship revolved around, most days we would go to a Chinese buffet and eat three-four plates each before getting home and ordering takeaway.’
But it wasn’t just the relationship their diet was controlling – it was their health, too.
‘My size controlled my life and it was also affecting my health, I had difficulty breathing and I’m pretty sure I was pre-diabetic, people don’t understand how hard it is to be over weight,’ admitted Lexi.
‘I was once turned away at a theme park because I was too big to fit on the rollercoasters, it was humiliating.
‘But once we put our mind to it the weight quickly started to fall off, I have since lost nearly 17st and Danny has lost 4st 6lbs.’