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A mum who lost 14 stone says she has the "body of a 90-year-old woman" thanks to 25lb of loose skin - and finds it weird now men give her "attention". Kristina Murphy, 34, weighed 26st 7lb and was a US size 30 at her heaviest after a lifelong struggle with her weight.

The mother-of-two said her weight got out of hand during the pandemic leaving her unable to tie her shoelaces or walk up the stairs without difficulty. She said it affected every aspect of her life and decided in 2020 it was time for a drastic change.

She started her bariatric journey in January 2021, incorporating diet and exercise changes such as portion control and gym sessions before undergoing gastric bypass surgery on April, 28 2021. Now at 12st 7lbs, Kristina is still suffering with body dysmorphia - as the weight loss has left her with an estimated 20-25lb worth of sagging loose skin around her stomach.

She has been forced to buy clothes two sizes bigger because she has to "pack a massive stomach" in. But her self-confidence has still grown since shifting 14st 4lbs, and says guys offer to buy her drinks and give her attention which she finds "weird".

Kristina, a secretary, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, said: The skin is a massive problem and was something I worried about before the surgery. I struggle with finding clothes to fit me properly because I have to pack a massive stomach into clothes. Im a size eight in jeans but I have to buy a size 10 to 12 to fit the skin, which is frustrating.

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Im dealing with rashes on the skin regardless of how clean I am, in my bellybutton, thighs, armpits. It hurts when I run because it hits against itself and its taken a toll on me mentally. I feel good when I'm dressed, I can see the difference in myself and I feel beautiful, but when Im by myself and I take my clothes off it crushes me.

Ive got the body of a 90 year old woman. The skin all wrinkly and saggy and not where it should be.

"I havent fully got rid of myself - Im stuck with my old shell of my fat body. I cant move into the new me when I still have the old me hung around me. I was always the fat funny friend, and now guys buy me drinks and give me attention which is very weird for me."

Previously Kristina was stuck in a cycle of binges, diets, and restrictions. She said: I was your typical chronic dieter. I would try every diet, and restrict myself.

Ive now been diagnosed with binge eating disorder, but at the time I didnt know about this. I would go without eating much for a week but I would be craving food and as a result of depriving myself so much I would overindulge in the week.

"I would have protein shakes and salad in the week, then on the weekend I would eat a whole pizza by myself and chicken wings or soft drinks. One binge day would turn into four binge weeks. I would gain 10-15lb from that binge episode.

Before qualifying for the surgery Kristina had to spend three months trying to lose weight through diet and exercise, as well as attending sessions with a nutritionist and psychotherapist to understand her weight difficulties on a deeper level. Kristina said: My struggle with my weight has been something Ive dealt with on and off my whole life.

In 2020 during the pandemic everyone was stuck at home and my weight got out of hand. It took a toll on me physically. It had bothered me mentally but at this point I couldnt get up steps easily and every aspect of my life was affected. So I decided it was time for me to do a drastic change and I started looking into weight loss surgery.

Now Im in the phase of dealing with the aftermath and figuring out who I am as a person again after the weight loss. Through her weight loss journey Kristina said she has been able to reconnect with herself, and develop a new sense of self-worth.

She said: Im becoming who I always was on the inside, digging her out from under my weight which was burying who Ive always been. The person who I havent been able to explore. Its like the weight has muddled me. Its been a journey to try and explore that to find myself and my light again, from little things like figuring out how to dress the new body to big things, like how do I have a healthy new relationship with food again?"

Kristinas relationship with children Kamrem, eight, and Isaiah, 10, has been a big motivator to improve her health. She said: They are a big motivator because I want them to grow up and have a healthy relationship with food.

They never asked me to lose weight, but it killed me that I couldnt run around with them because my knees hurt . Seeing what I couldnt do with them is what bothered me. Now it feels amazing that I can go to the park and swing with them and be in those moments with them rather than watching those moments and creating those memories.

Working with a nutritionist and psychologist as part of the bariatric team, Kristina has adopted a new diet and approach to food. She manages portion control with small plates, uses scales to weigh her food, and balances her meals with vegetables making half, protein at least one third, and the rest carbohydrates.

Chewing her food slowly and giving her brain time to register she is full has also helped Kristina to achieve moderation with her diet. She no longer severely restricts her food and still eats carbs and small treats, because her nutritionist explained the restriction triggers binge episodes.

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A WOMAN who had 8lbs of skin cut off because of her dramatic weight loss now goes into cold shock whenever she feels a slight chill.

Drea Vazquez, 22, a content creator from Michigan, US, started her weight loss journey five years ago in 2018, weighing 246lbs.




She has since overhauled her health by eating in a calorie deficit, dropping seven stone and undergoing skin removal surgery, now weighing a healthy 140lbs.

Her wake-up call came when doctors told her she was pre-diabetic and if she didnt lose weight her health would suffer, leaving her terrified.

She has now taken to TikTok to share her story and transformation to help others.

Ms Vazquez said: It was terrifying being just a teenager and finding out how much my weight would eventually affect my life.

Ive been overweight for most of my life and I thought I was always going to be overweight.

Losing the weight has been a really hard and scary process. But life is short and I knew that if I didn't try I would be doing myself a disservice.

Although she is now feeling better than ever, she hadnt expected the shocking side effects that would follow.

While she has not been diagnosed with a medical condition, she claims her weight loss has left her extremely susceptible to the cold.

She said: My body now gets extremely cold in winter and I couldnt handle the freezing temperatures.

To compare, when I was bigger I could happily walk into a storm without a coat. It was crazy being completely smacked in the face by the cold.

My parents even got me electronic hand warmers because I am just an ice cube 24/7 now.

"It's not a medical condition, nor a side effect of skin removal but something that tends to happen after major weight loss.

"Fat keeps us warm, so when losing a significant amount of body fat, it shocks our bodies.

"This was stated by my doctor and over time, the cold won't be as shocking anymore, but since I was overweight for the majority of my life, I was never used to the winter coldness like this.

"I don't regret my weight loss because of this, as I'm glad I am healthy now and that's what matters to me the most."

How has Drea's diet changed?

Drea's dramatic weight loss came after overhauling her diet. Here is what she used to eat compared to what she has now:


Breakfast: Leftovers

Lunch: Two packs of ramen noodles

Dinner: Large home-cooked meal

Snacks: Candy, fizzy drinks or crisps


Breakfast: Yoghurt bowls with granola or banana on top

Lunch: Lean meat (turkey or chicken) and vegetables or avocado toast with a fried egg, feta and hot sauce

Dinner: Black bean burgers and sweet potato fries or grilled chicken with cheesy broccoli

Snacks: Rice cakes, chickpea puffs or chocolate hummus

She started her weight loss journey back in 2018 when she was 18 by adopting a calorie-deficit, healthier eating habits and a weekly workout routine.

Ms Vasquez began hitting the gym four to five days a week, with 30 minutes of cardio and one hour of weight training each time.

She said: I tried to lose weight for years but always ended up losing hope and falling back into unhealthy habits.

I was addicted to food and came to this realisation when my paediatrician told me that I was pre-diabetic.

So I decided to do a calorie deficit to finally drop some weight and it wasn't as scary and hard as I thought it would be.

I did different forms of cardio, walking, running, stair-steppers and the same with weight training for about six months.

Then I started practising long distance running, which has stuck with me to this day and is my main form of exercise currently.

"I had tried so many different diets thinking nothing would help, until I came across a video on YouTube about calorie deficits.

"I knew that what I ate was a major factor into losing weight, but working out just helped the process."

After losing the weight, she struggled with body dysmorphia due to the excess skin on her body and decided to get surgery to remove it.

She said: It was a really hard decision to get the surgery, I was going back and forth with myself.

Before going to the surgeon I decided on, I was able to have my doctor write a letter stating that Id kept my weight off for over a year and maintained good health in hopes this would help with insurance coverage.

I was able to get mostly all of the procedure covered and only paid $3,000 out of pocket for a tummy tuck, which is the removal of loose skin, muscle repair from muscle damage of my abdomen and belly button reconstruction.

Drea had the skin removal surgery done in June 2021, with 8lbs worth being removed.

She added: I was very nervous but excited, I wanted this so badly to finally see all that I worked for underneath the loose skin.

Its a very invasive surgery, I got eight pounds of skin cut off my body.

I healed physically from the pain, which took about two months.

Its been quite a journey but I wouldnt change my decision and I feel blessed that I was able to get this procedure done.

And to see all the hard work paid off.

I feel confident in my own body now, even if I do have to feel that little bit colder!

In a viral video, Drea shows herself shivering in the cold, with the video captioned: The coldness you feel after losing weight is painful.

Its been three years since I lost 100lbs and my body is still in shock when a cold breeze hits me.

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Mar 21st, 2023 | Filed under Loss Weight

Ozempic is one of the most talked about weight-loss drugs these days. While celebs and influencers rave about dropping pounds quickly with the medication, few have mentioned the downsides. Now that Ozempic has gone mainstream, at least one side effect has come to light: "Ozempic face."

The phrase refers to a gaunt appearance of the face in those who take Ozempic, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, an associate professor of dermatology and the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai. To be clear, though, the medication itself does not have a direct effect on your face, but rather it "leads to rapid weight loss that has an impact both on the body and the face," he says.

ICYMI, Ozempic is an FDA-approved prescription medication used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults, explains Natasha Bhuyan, MD, a family medicine physician with One Medical.

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Ozempic itself is not FDA-approved for weight loss. But the active ingredient in the drug, semaglutide, is and it's available at a higher dose in another medication, Wegovy, which is used to treat obesity related to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol. "Some clinicians do prescribe Ozempic off-label for weight loss. But doctors use careful criteria to determine if the medication is right for an individual," Dr. Bhuyan sayssuch as BMI or body-fat percentage.

Meet the experts:

Joshua Zeichner, MD, is an associate professor of dermatology and the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai.

Benjamin Bikman, PhD, is a professor of cell biology and physiology at Brigham Young University who studies metabolic function.

Natasha Bhuyan, MD, is a family medicine physician with One Medical.Amir Karam, MD, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in San Diego, California.

Here's what you need to know about "Ozempic face," other side effects you may experience while on the medication, and what you can do to reverse the changes to your skin.

Ozempic is a weekly injection designed to improve blood sugar control. Its active ingredient semaglutide mimics the action of a hormone naturally found in the body that stimulates insulin release after you eat called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). The extra insulin helps lower blood sugar and prevent spikes. GLP-1 also signals fullness, helping to suppress appetite and reduce food intake.

Basically, Ozempic works by slightly elevating metabolic rate and increasing fat burning from fat cells, says Benjamin Bikman, PhD, a professor of cell biology and physiology at Brigham Young University who studies metabolic function and co-founder of HLTH Code.

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The name may sound new and scary, but "Ozempic face" is simply skin sagging caused by rapid weight loss, not unlike what you'd see after bariatric surgery and extreme dieting. "Think of your face as an over-inflated balloon: If you let the air out, the stretched out balloon will sag as it shrinks down to its smaller size," explains Dr. Zeichner.

The sagging is the result of a loss of fat and muscle under the skin. "As people lose weight, they tend to lose muscle mass, which can result in skin laxity. Rapid weight loss will cause skin laxity and loss of elasticity, especially if people aren't exercising and getting appropriate nutrition," adds Dr. Bhuyan. "Genetics can also play a role."

Note that so-called Ozempic face does not happen to everybody who takes the medication. This is another reason why its important to have careful medical monitoring when taking Ozempic, Dr. Bhuyan notes.

The side effects associated with the use of this drug include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, headache, says Dr. Bhuyan.

The best way to avoid these effects is checking with your doctor to make sure Ozempic is a good fit for you. "Only people with a certain BMI or higher should be prescribed this," says Dr. Bhuyan. "And its important to understand their goals of taking this and their ability to make other lifestyle changes before prescribing this to anyone."

For those who dont meet the BMI threshold, there are alternative paths to lose weight. "Some people benefit from meal planning, using an app to track their activity, a nutrition consult, and more,"Dr. Bhuyan says.

People with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma, a cancer that forms in the inside of the thyroid gland, or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 syndrome, which causes tumors to form on the endocrine glands, should definitely stay away from this drug. "There are other conditions, like pancreatic disorders, where the medication might not be safe," Dr. Bhuyan adds. When in doubt, talk to your doctor first.

Please note: The facial impact of Ozempic does not truly need to be "fixed" since there is nothing technically wrong with it, Dr. Zeichner says. Still, if how your skin looks after starting Ozempic really bothers you, there are a number of dermatological treatments that can restore lost volume under the skin.

Note that these treatments are usually not covered by insurance and they can be pricey. "Generally speaking, fillers cost between $800 and $1,200 per syringe. In some cases, patients may require up to five or six syringes to see significant improvements," says Dr. Zeichner. "But the good news is that the effects are long-lasting and can remain for upwards of two years."

Ultimately, Ozempic may not be the safest (or healthiest) way to lose weight if you are not a legitimate candidate for the drug. "Ive had patients request Ozempic because they want to use it short-term to jumpstart weight loss," says Dr. Bhuyan. "However, studies show that when people stop using Ozempic, many regain some of the weight they have lost. This is why its important to truly understand different aspects of the medication before using it. It might be the right approach for some people, but others might not benefit."

Emily Shiffer is a former digital web producer for Mens Health and Prevention, and is currently a freelancer writer specializing in health, weight loss, and fitness. She is currently based in Pennsylvania and loves all things antiques, cilantro, and American history.

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Mar 21st, 2023 | Filed under Loss Weight

Weight Loss: A dedicated, regime is essential for maintaining a routine when trying to lose those extra kilos and extra fat. Subscribe to Notifications

Weight Loss Routine: Diet, exercise, lifestyle, everything needs changes when one embarks on a journey towards weight loss. It is important to maintain a healthy weight, shed the extra fat and kilos and have a fit body. Specially in these contemporary times when several of us are guilty of living a sedentary lifestyle with near to zero physical activity, too much access to unhealthy, processed and fried food and work life that require constantly sitting infront of the screen. Meanwhile, the weight loss regime not only helps to keep a fit body but also improves overall lifestyle too. From diet, exercising to lifestyle, everything needs a reset or minor tweaks when reducing fat. One needs to follow a proper routine as well to maintain it. So, how do you start your day is important too. There are few things that one can follow for a good morning routine.



High protein food: eggs, greek yogurt, almonds, chia seeds, green peas peanuts

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By Cassidy Morrison Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.Com Updated: 23:49 07 Mar 2023

A cheap diabetespill has become the latest craze among tech moguls who claim it can reverse aging and melt body fat - but it can cause explosive diarrhea.

Studies show the 20c pill promotesweight loss, while preliminary studies in mice models suggest the medication can improve life and health spans.

Metformin - the world's most common treatment for type 2 diabetes - has gained traction in recent years among people like Ariel Poler,a veteran angel investor in biotech, and Jim Mellon, a UKentrepreneur and co-founder of the biotech firmJuvenescence.

Metformin has in some ways been overshadowed in recent months by other, more effective weight-loss drugs likeWegovy and Ozempic.

But those drugs can cost more than $1,000 a month, need to be injected regularly and are currently facing a national shortage.

Metformin's low price, wide spread availability and has made it a go-to boost for slimming down and improving longevity.

It has also proven popular among high-profile figures in tech including venture capitalistRobert Nelsenand wealthy software entrepreneur Bryan Johnson.

Mr Johnson, a well-known biohacker, made headlines recently with news that he spends about $2million a year on a team of more than 30 doctors and medical experts seeking toengineer his body into that of an 18-year-old.

Its popularity has spiked recently for another promising feature - it might reduce your chances of getting long COVID by more than 40 percent.

Metformin has been touted as a weight loss tool for years with thousands of mentions and devotees on Instagram and TikTok, though it is not as effective as the landmark treatments for obesity, Wegovy.

For all its benefits to diabetics and people looking to lose some stubborn pounds, it comes with one side effect that has many users reeling explosive diarrhea.

Metformin is commonly used as a treatment for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.It's generally so effective and affordable that the World Health Organization considers it an 'essential' medication for pharmacies worldwide.

But it is often used off-label for weight loss.

Researchers in China believe the popular drugs Wegovy and Ozempic used for weight loss may cause a person's small intestine to become enlarged, putting them at high risk of a potentially deadly obstruction in their digestive system.

The mechanism by which metformin causes weight loss is unclear, but doctors have several theories.

Because it reduces how much glucose circulates in the blood, it may decrease how much excess glucose is stored as fat.

It has also been shown to reduce hunger cues, which could suppress appetite and thus lead to weight loss.

It reduces plasma glucose and has been shown to increase levels of glucagon-like peptide 1(GLP-1).

GLP-1 affects areas of the brain that regulate appetite and reward. A weaker appetite often translates to less caloric intake, which can lead to weight loss.

GLP-1 is also believed to increase the body's sensitivity to leptin, a hormone produced by fat cells that plays a role in regulating body weight.

While metformin can help shed pounds, scientific evidence shows that the pay off is marginal.

In fact, the average number of pounds lost is around five. An extensive study of prediabetics performed by the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)in 2012reported that those randomly assigned to take metformin lost an average of just 4.6 pounds.

Meanwhile, another study published in 2013 found that the drug could improve both the healthspan and lifespan of mice.

The main side effect of the drug is diarrhea. Many users reporting that their daily lives have been considerably impaired because of it.

Up to a quarter of all diabetic metformin users experience severe GI issues with approximately five percent unable to tolerate metformin at all.

While some patients will experience severe bouts of it when they initially start the medication, at which point they can try an extended-release formula or a lower-carb diet, many patients on the medication can go years without those side effects.

In 2016, an 80-year-old manwho had been treating his type 2 diabetes for five years went to his doctor complaining about an eight-month-long history of chronic painless diarrhea, with six to eight explosive loose bowel movements per day.

While metformin had helped him lose 10 pounds, the side effects were debilitating.

The man's medical team had recently increased his dose of metformin, and while he had tolerated that higher dose in the past, he now could not.

Doctors in Ontario, Canada who presented the case study said: 'In the absence of any other cause of diarrhea, he was asked to try discontinuing the metformin, and this resulted in an immediate complete resolution of diarrhea, he described it was as if 'a tap had been turned off'.

'Currently, he remains off the metformin, his weight loss has stabilized, and he has not had any recurrence of diarrhea.'

Metformin is an overwhelmingly safe medication. Still, it has a black box warning imposed by the FDA indicating that may contribute to a condition called lactic acidosis in which an excess of lactic acid builds up in the blood. The condition could prove fatal.

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Mar 13th, 2023 | Filed under Loss Weight

Modern people generally have excess belly fat due to the ready availability of convenience foods and overeating. The benefit of transportation also leads to people walking and exercising less.

Obesity is usually measured according to the body mass index (BMI): BMI = weight (kg) / height (m). Those with BMI greater than 28, are considered obese and those between 24 and 28 are considered overweight. If no obvious cause can be found for excess weight, it is called simple obesity, which accounts for about 95 percent of the obese population. Those with clear causes are called secondary obesity.

Many factors lead to obesity, including the following:

Consumption of high-calorie foods, high-sugar foods, and cold drinks.

Low physical activity.

Low birth weights.

Having obese parents.

Too much time spent on computers, phones, and television.

High mental stress.

Women in adolescence, pregnancy, postpartum, and pre-geriatric periods are also prone to obesity.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that obesity results from a lack of regularity or restraint in diet and a sedentary lifestyle. The definition of obesity in TCM is the excess tissues over the original leanest body weight, also called phlegm dampness, or phlegm turbidity.

Phlegm dampness is the excess waste accumulated from the dysfunction of the internal organs. It not only refers to fat cells, but also contains high blood lipids, high blood sugar, and other pathological products.

Therefore, TCM treats obesity by adjusting the internal organs first, so as to excrete toxic accumulation from the body to achieve the purpose of weight loss. With few side effects, TCM can also play the role of nourishment and health care.

However, not all obese people can use the same diet to lose weight. TCM divides different types of obesity according to different constitutions and symptoms, and provides different dietary therapies:

To reduce the problem of abdominal fat, acupressure is an effective method.

In the abdomen, you can massage the acupoints of Qihai (CV 6), Guanyuan (CV 4), Tianshu (ST 25), and Daju (ST 27) 10 to 20 times to promote metabolism, regulate endocrine secretion, improve bloating, edema, and prevent a protruding abdominal.

In addition, you can also massage the head acupuncture points, such as Xiaguan (ST 7) and Jiache (ST 6), to relax the tendons and promote blood circulation. At the same time, this will have the effect of beautifying the face.

Pressing on the acupoints Zusanli (ST 36) and Sanyinjiao (SP 6) accelerates blood circulation, increases gastrointestinal motility, and eliminates excess fat on the leg.

Except for the acupoint massage treatment mentioned, there are specific acupoints for obese people, such as Branch Ditch (TH 6), Inner Pass (PC 6), Broken Sequence (LU 7), and Water Divide (CV 9). Girdling Vessel (GB 26), Abdominal Bind (SP 14), Stone Gate (CV 5), and Yin Mound Spring (SP 9).

Exercising is an indispensable element to losing weight and having a slim bellyand persistence is the key to success. The following introduces two simple exercises specifically for reducing the fat on the belly:

PreparationLie on your back with your upper body relaxed, knees bent, eyes to the ceiling, and hands on either side of your head.

Raise the upper bodyUsing only the strength of the abdominal muscles, exhale while raising the upper body as high as possible. The upper body should be raised to a height where it can no longer be lifted, and then exhale all the air. (Note: When the upper body is up, use the stomach muscle and focus on the abdomen.)

Slowly lower your upper bodyInhale while slowly lowering your upper body until your head is almost at floor level (Note: Do not touch the floor with your head). Return to step 1 of the preparation. After repeating the above 20 times (1st round), rest for 30-45 seconds, do 20 times again (2nd round), rest for 30-45 seconds, do 20 more times (3rd round), for a total of 60 times.

Lift the feetLie on your back, exhale while lifting your feet upward, and let the muscles in your lower abdomen contract with force.

Lower the feetWhile inhaling, slowly lower the feet to relax the lower abdomen muscles. (Note: The feet should be slowly lowered to the floor, but remember not to touch the floor.)

Lift the feet againWhile exhaling, slowly lift the feet upward so that the lower abdominal muscles contract. Both feet back to the position of step 1, and finish the exhale. (Note: when the feet are up or down, use the stomach muscle rather than throwing the feet out.)

Repeat the above exercise at least 20 more times.

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Mar 13th, 2023 | Filed under Loss Weight

THE View host Ana Navarro has been flaunting her recent weight loss again, this time in a chic red suit.

Ana, 51, looked stunning as she enjoyed a night out with some of her female friends including Elsa Collins.

Elsa took to her Instagram Story and posted a picture of the group during their "post dinner hang" and Ana could be seen grinning on the left-hand side.

The political strategist and commentator wore a pair of bright red tailored pants with a matching blazer and a black lace-trimmed top underneath.

Ana wore her brunette hair down in loose curls and appeared happy and relaxed as she spent her evening with friends.

In a video posted on her Instagram page, Ana revealed she had enjoyed dinner with a very high-profile political figure.

"I'm so tired, I can't even take my eyelashes off," she began the video as she lay in bed.

"Tonight I'm in Washington DC, I went to dinner at Madame Vice President Kamala Harris's house," Ana continued.

"She had a small group of Latina leaders over for dinner to celebrate Women's History Month and it was so significant and so poignant and it reminds me of how much we have to work on alliances and being together and standing strong with each other."

The TV star finished the video by saying: "Anyways, good night, I love you," and captioned the clip: "Buenas noches, peeps," which means "good night" in Spanish.

Ana was noticeably absent from The View on Friday and explained her absence in a separate Instagram video.

"Buenos dias, my people! Good morning! It's 4:15 in the morning and I just came on here to let you know, I can't even believe I'm awake," she said.

"I'm en route to Dallas, heading to LA. I'm not going to be on The View today because I'm going to be in LA speaking to HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, at the LA Convention Center to celebrate their International Latina Women's Day."

Ana looked tired, but positive as she finished speaking to the camera.

"Can't wait to see you, LA! Coming your way! I promise you I will be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, put on my war paint, and be ready to go by the time we show up for lunch. See you soon, everyone!"

Ana blew a kiss to the camera before cutting off her recording.

It's certainly been a busy time for Ana recently, and last weekend she flaunted her weight loss some more when she attendedEmilio Estefan Jr.'s70th birthday partywith her husband Al Cardenas.

She shared several snaps toInstagram, where she could be seen hanging out with various partygoers as well as Al.

The Viewhost has been steadily losing weight over the past few months, and she revealed her newly trim figure in a tight top and a pair of bell-bottom pants.

Ana captioned her photo set: "@emilioestefanjr turned 70 and had a 70s themed birthday extravaganza. Al & I understood the assignment. Dear God. I hope we make it thru the night without my husband breaking his neck with those platforms.

"Thank you, @marlenesmakeup and @touchofclassbyjanet1970 for the 70s hair & makeup look."

Alongside her weight loss journey, the anchor recently admitted to undergoing cosmetic procedures.

Earlier this month, Ana posted a video of herself undergoing an intense facial treatment.

She captioned the post: "Yall have been asking why my face looking a little younger. Needless to say, I [heart emoiji] the question.

"Id never done s**t. Then I turned 50 and started obsessing. I baste myself like a Thanksgiving turkey with Vitamin C serum, hyaluronic acid, and retinol."

She also added: "I intrinsically trust @carloswolfmd and have told him, Ill try anything but surgery. So thats where I am."

Ana's fans and followers were excited to hear about her new routine, with one writing: "TY for being honest and sharing with others."

Another person said: "Thanks for sharing! I have noticed that you look refreshed lately as well."

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Mar 13th, 2023 | Filed under Loss Weight

A man in Mississippi is inspiring others with his near-400-pound weight loss transformation.

Nicholas Craft, 42, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, weighed 649 pounds in June 2019, and now hes down more than 365 pounds.

"Ive been dealing with my weight since childhood," Craft told Fox News Digital on Thursday, March 9. "I was 300 pounds in high school,"


Craft said depression led him to overeat, and overeating made him withdraw from society, which contributed to his sedentary lifestyle.

Nicholas Craft told Fox News Digital he sometimes had a hard time fitting in vehicles before his weight loss.

"My weight stopped me from going to family events and traveling," he recalled. "I couldnt get into regular vehicles. It was hard for me to get around. I had knee pain, body aches and shortness of breath."


In 2019, a doctor reportedly told Craft that his weight was "a ticking time bomb" for his 5-foot-9 frame.

Craft said that comment made him realize he had to change his ways.

"I wanted to live longer," he said.

Craft told Fox News Digital he didn't go on a specialized weight loss diet. He simply switched the way he ate and how he approached food, which includes calorie counting and giving up junk food.

"My calorie intake was 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day when I first started," he said.

Nicholas Craft, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, lost more than 365 pounds since starting his weight loss journey in June 2019.

Craft said he's cut out sodas, fried foods, bread, pasta, rice and other carbs, and now he incorporates a lot of fruits, vegetables and protein.

In terms of exercise, Craft said he strength trains with dumbbells and moves around a lot throughout the day.


Craft also credits his grandmother, Georgia Moody, for his weight loss success. He said he appreciates the encouragement and support she provided him before her death in 2019.

"My grandmother passed away before she was able to see my weight loss transformation," Craft said. "She wanted to see me more often. I promised her I would lose weight, so I could see her more."

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Craft only wishes she could see him now.

"She would be so proud of me," Craft said. "She was my source of motivation."

Since making that promise,Craft experiences less physical pain, his breathing has improved, he has more energy, more confidence and he no longer has trouble fitting in different vehicles for travel, he said.

He said he doesn't feel tempted by "bad food" anymore and has his cravings under control.

"I havent reached my weight loss goal just yet," Craft said. "But, it feels good knowing my story can help people who may be struggling with their weight."


The native Mississippian has documented his weight loss journey on Facebook with before and after photos that show his progress.

Social media users who have come across Crafts weight loss story on Facebook have commended him for his ambition and dedication.

Nicholas Craft, a lifelong Mississippian, told Fox News Digital he used to weigh 649 pounds.

"This goes WAY above a regular congratulations," one user wrote. "Outstanding work, young man, you are such an inspiration!!!"

"Keep up the good work and stay strong," another user commented.

Other Facebook users have praised Craft and his grandmother for making Crafts weight loss goal a reality.


"Congratulations young man, your grandmother just gave you a second birth," one user wrote. "Enjoy your healthy life."

"Bless you Nicholas youve shown such love and respect to your grandmother and yourself," another user shared.

Crafts drastic weight loss story comes at a time when some Americans are attempting to shed pounds with semaglutide injections such as Wegovy and Ozempic, which is manufactured by Danish pharmaceutical Novo Nordisk.

Wegovy is a weight loss prescription while Ozempic is a diabetes prescription. Both brands have been used as fast-acting weight loss treatments by the masses after receiving celebrity endorsements.

Reports of Ozempic shortages began in December 2022 and the diabetes drug appears to still be in short supply due to high demand, which has created challenges for overweight and obese patients with a diabetes diagnosis.

Semaglutide injections are being used to support weight loss and treat type 2 diabetes.


Other noninvasive weight loss and toning procedures that have gained popularity in recent years include fat melting injections, fat freezing (cryolipolysis), fat warming (laser lipolysis) and targeted radiofrequency treatments (radiofrequency lipolysis), as noted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Invasive body contouring options include various forms of liposuction the surgical removal of fat via suction device while surgical weight loss options include various bariatric operations, including adjustable gastric banding, gastric balloons and gastric bypasses, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Body contouring options for spot-reducing fat include cryopolis (left), liposuction (middle) and radiofrequency cryopolis (right).

Craft told Fox News Digital he lost weight naturally and he didn't use any weight loss medicines or enhancement supplements or seek surgical means.

"You have to make lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, instead of shortcuts," Craft said. "[Its also important to] stay active, even if its just a little bit, so long as youre moving."


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one-in-three American adults are overweight and more than two-in-five American adults are obese. About one-in-11 American adults are severely obese.

In terms of diet, the NIH recommends adults avoid foods with added sugar and high saturated fats and eat foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, which includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, lean meat, seafood, eggs and milk.

The National Institutes of Health says 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week is the minimum time it recommends for healthy adults. Lower intensity workouts will require at least 150 minutes per week.

The NIH also advises 75 to 300 minutes of physical activity for adults depending on the intensity level of their chosen activity. Recommended exercise times are determined by each persons age, health condition and desired result.


Craft told Fox News Digital he no longer sees the doctor who called his weight "a ticking time bomb," but his new doctor is impressed by his progress.

"My current doctor says its unbelievable how much Ive lost," Craft said.

After losing hundreds of pounds, the main challenge that Craft said he's facing now is loose skin and he's hoping he can find a doctor to surgically remove it because the excess tissue causes discomfort.

He said his health insurance has declined to cover the cost of skin removal surgery.

Nicholas Craft's four-year weight loss journey is ongoing. He told Fox News Digital he promised his late grandmother that he would lose weight.

Multiple plastic surgeons on RealSelf, a healthcare marketplace focused on consumer aesthetic treatments, have noted that most insurance companies reject covering skin removal surgeries because they deem them a cosmetic procedure. Some exceptions may exist if a patient can prove their excess skin causes adverse health effects, such as painful rashes, but terms vary with each health insurance provider.

Craft said he's planning to lose more weight.

"My family and friends tell me theyre proud of how far Ive come," Craft added. "My advice for anyone trying to lose weight, be consistent on your weight loss plan and trust the process."

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On the popular TLC show My 600lb Life viewers are taken on a year in the life of someone looking to lose weight and be approved for bariatric surgery. Shreveport's Latonya Pottain recently appeared in the series 11th season.

During the show, viewers get to know the patients and what brought them to this point in their lives, but there's more to a person than their weight and trauma.

Pottain was the youngest of three siblings. At the age of 12 her mother suddenly died. Soon after, her father moved away to be with another woman, and Pottain moved in with her older sister. When she was 15 her father agreed to co-sign on a place for her to live on her own.

It was this series of events that caused Pottain to turn to food for emotional comfort.

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Pottain signed up for the show with the hopes of getting help losing weight so she could walk down the aisle to marry her fianc, now husband, Daune. Shortly before filming began her brother died, and Pottain said her grief affected her ability to loose weight while on the show.

However, Pottain hasn't lost her drive.

"I'm back with my trainer, I'm dieting and my weight is going down," explained Pottain. "I'm also moving to be closer to my family so I can get my weight down and get my surgery."

Other than getting weight loss surgery, Pottain has dreams of opening a shelter for girls in Shreveport and is already making moves to do it.

Guiding Light Group Home will be a safe place for girls ages 13 - 17 to reside for a variety of reasons whether that be struggling with family problems, are at risk or have nowhere else to go.

According to the nonprofit's mission statement "the long-term goal is to encourage each girl and her family to re-establish positive communication, and wherever possible, to work toward reunification. When reunification cannot be achieved, the staff will work to create another desirable option, including, perhaps, residence with another family member."

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Pottain's own experience not having a stable environment during her teen years is a big reason why she felt called to help others out in the community. She's currently a foster parent but wants to be able to do more.

"All my life I have taken care of young girls and helped support them, getting them through school, helping them with their kids and just encourage them and be there for them," explained Pottain. "There's so many young girls that have lost both of their parents, going through what I went through as a teenager and not having anywhere to go. Some of them don't feel loved at home and my group home will offer them that love and support, help them go to school, when they graduate, help them find an apartment, help them with their college applications. You know, just like a family."

Over the years, Pottain has spent more time trying to take care of her loved ones and put herself on the backburner. She hoped signing up for the TLC show would push her to turn her life around and get the surgery she needs to improve her quality of life.

"Life can take a turn and you have to have to be positive and just remind yourself that you are special, you are somebody," Pottain said. "In 2023 I look forward to having my surgery, opening my girls group home and having it up and running. And I want to have a big, awesome wedding and everyone's invited."

For more information on how you can help with Guiding Light Group Home, email or visit the GoFundMe page.

Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her onFacebookas Meredith G. White, onInstagramandTwitteras @meredithgwhite, and email her at

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For years, 90 Day Fianc viewers have seen cast members transform their lives entirely after doing the series, and there are some who look dramatically different thanks to their makeovers. While 90DF is not a show about dramatic transformations, like My 600-lb Life, when 90DF cast members take a break from their relationship drama, they bring their glow-ups to the table. Before and after photos of these cast members show just how much they have changed, not just because of plastic surgery, but due to personality and lifestyle changes.

It could be heartbreak that leads to these startling 90 Day Fianc transformations, or simply the desire to get healthier. Some might start off by getting new hair colors, or spending time revamping their wardrobes. However, several stars have left the series behind, and dropped many pounds. They've used various strategies to boost their confidence, and get where they are now. It's time to look at the 10 most eye-popping makeovers of former 90DF cast members so far.

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90 Day Fianc season 6 celeb Kalani was pregnant with her first baby with Asuelu Pulaa during her series debut. Kalani had met Asuelu while on vacation in Samoa, where he worked as an activities director. It was love at first sight for the couple, but the romance withered away through the seasons. While 90 Day Fianc star Asuelu channeled his heartbreak into losing weight, Kalani followed suit. Back-to-back pregnancies may have not let Kalani focus on her health and fitness, but she slowly started to shed her extra pounds. Kalanis latest Instagram photos show how far shes come, as she proudly displays her trim figure in lingerie and swimwear.

The multitalented Ethiopian man Biniyam Shibre has made a lasting impression with his charm and personality. After all, Ariela had fallen for Biniyam when she was hailing a taxi, and soon decided to change countries for him. Through the last few years, Biniyam has tried to modify the way he looks and dresses, as he navigates his evolving career. Biniyam's a winning MMA competitor, a singer, and an Instagram influencer. At 32, Biniyam has started to look younger and trendier. He recently got a hair transplant to restore his crowning glory, and it will be exciting to see how his new hair adds to his style and exuberance.

Jenny from 90 Day Fianc: The Other Way is 30 years older than her partner, Sumit Singh. In season 1, Jenny decided to move to India, and learned that Sumit had a secret wife. For Sumit, Jenny decided to wear Indian kurtas and culottes, rather than her usual jeans and tops. Even at 65 years old, 90 Day Fianc star Jenny didnt give up on fitness, perhaps to look vibrant for her young partner. During the pandemic, Jenny walked with a mask on, and exercise helped her to lose five pounds. The weight loss had a fantastic effect on Jenny, who is not shy when it comes to dressing up in short dresses, or dying her hair darker colors.

Its been a long time since Paul was seen on TLC with his now ex-wife, Karine Martins. They're involved in a custody battle for their two kids, after becoming embroiled in an alleged physical altercation. Paul has seemingly relocated to Karines hometown, and keeps posting regular updates with a young woman who may be a girlfriend. He looks fitter now, as 90 Day Fianc's Paul seems to have been able to maintain the 15-pound weight loss he achieved back in 2018. Paul likes to keep fans guessing about what hes been up to. Overall, hes quite a supportive ex to Karine, who's been on her own makeover journey.

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Nicole from Florida was mocked by her former partner Azan Tefou when she initially met him in Morocco. He thought Nicole was, big a little bit, and was only, 55%. attracted to her. Azan took Nicole to the gym, and called her lazy when she was clearly trying her best. This pushed Nicole into starting a successful weight loss journey of her own. Back in her most active days, she was tracking her progress on Instagram. In 2018, she lost 14 pounds in 18 days. Lately, Nicole has been quieter on social media, but her recent photos do show her with a slimmer face and bright smile.

Ariela was pregnant with her and Biniyams baby when she debuted in TOW season 2. Ariela having a baby midway through the season meant that she looked different during season 2 of the spin-off. Breastfeeding helped Ariela to lose weight, and cosmetic procedures altered her image. Ariela started getting Botox injections in her jaw, so she would stop grinding her teeth. She got the shots in her forehead too, to prevent headaches and smooth out wrinkles. The Botox injected around her eye and lip areas make 90 Day Fianc cast member Ariela look like a whole new person on Instagram.

The little sister of Chantel Everett was a side cast member until Winter's breakup with boyfriend Jah King sparked major changes. Winter had always wanted to get weight loss surgery, and coming across a post by the Weight Loss Barbie on TikTok pushed her to go to Mexico. When she was over 300 pounds, Winter underwent a gastric balloon procedure. Since then, she has kept herself fit with a balanced diet and regular exercise. She has lost over 100 pounds, and her self-confidence has skyrocketed.

The Family Chantel celeb Chantel has often been rumored to have gotten plastic surgery to drastically alter her appearance. Considered one of the 90 Day Fianc franchises best-looking female cast members, Chantel has denied the accusations several times over. However, Chantel triggered breast augmentation gossip back in 2016, even though she says shes all-natural. Chantel did admit to getting Botox injections in her forehead. When asked if there was something more that she got done, Chantel refused to answer. When rhinoplasty rumors surfaced, Chantel assured fans that her look was due to contouring.

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Tiffany from 90 Day Fianc started taking her health seriously after welcoming her baby with South African man, Ronald Smith. Her former husband was against Tiffany getting weight loss surgery, but in June 2021, Tiffany took a step towards a happier and healthier life. She chose to go under the knife, and got a gastric sleeve procedure. 90 Day Fianc star Tiffanys self-care choices finally helped her get rid of her toxic better half, and shes now 18 pounds away from her goal weight. The single mom of two now weighs 80 pounds less, and is thinking of getting plastic surgery to tighten up any loose skin.

Undoubtedly, the biggest and most shocking transformation in the history of 90 Day Fianc is Darcey Silva's. In 2023, shes showing no signs of stopping. Darcey is not at all embarrassed to admit how many times shes been on a plastic surgeons table, for a mommy makeover or another procedure. Photos of Darceys zoomed-in face without makeup are often circulated online, and the criticism can be harsh. During her 2018 90 Day Fianc debut, Darcey looked different. Her latest look is courtesy of a fresh neck lift, chin liposuction, lateral blepharoplasty (a "fox eye" operation), cheek lift, and revision rhinoplasty procedures.

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