A woman who hit rock bottom when she realised she was too heavy for her own scales has revealed how she lost 16 stone in just one year.
Noelle Dawson, 38, said she knew if she didn't make a change there would be "no more Noelle" and started the keto diet – a popular high fat, low carb regime.
The mother-of-five, from Nashville, Tennessee, now users her Instagram account Transforming Noelle to inspire others.
Before she started her weight loss journey, Noelle weighed more than 28 and a half stone (400lbs).
She wrote: "I tried just about every form of weight loss aside from surgery with little to no success!
"It wasn’t until I was too heavy for my scale that I realised I needed to make a change once and for all.
"I stepped on the scale and it read error, so I put in a new set of batteries assuming it was low — and it was error again.
"After realizing the weight limit on the scale was 408lbs, I ended up ordering a new scale and found out that I weighed 414lbs.
"I was devastated and couldn’t believe I’d gotten so out of control with my health. This was my rock bottom."
Noelle blames her weight gain on a troubled relationship with food, which she says stems from her childhood.
As a youngster she was a competitive gymnast and says her coaches enforced a strict diet of no junk food. But when Noelle ditched the sport she began indulging in all the foods she had been banned from eating.
She also faced other setbacks such as being unable to get pregnant and two failed adoptions with her husband Chris.
She told Barcroft TV: "I knew I wanted to become a mother, we struggled quite a bit and tried for years but still couldn't become pregnant."
This caused Noelle to put on more weight and it wasn't until after the successful adoption of her four children and a pregnancy of her own, that she realised she needed to kick start her weight loss journey.
Noelle then managed to shed a whopping 14 stone just by dieting and realised it was time to hit the gym.
She said: "I had all of this energy, becoming that active after years of sitting on the couch was incredible.
"I went from being very immobile to being mobile and now the sky’s the limit."
Following her dramatic transformation, Noelle was left with loose baggy skin on her arms and around her belly and has now had surgery to remove it.
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