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Diet secret that led to fast food addict’s 44kg weightloss

Diet secret that led to fast food addict’s 44kg weightloss

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A 114kg McDonald’s lover has revealed how she dropped 44kg in nine months – while still enjoying Chicken McNuggets.

Jessica Dotson, from Alabama, claims she spent around $2500 a year on McDonald’s food, munching on 20-piece McNuggets and large fries at least five days a week.

Scroll down to see Jessica’s day on a plate

The mum-of-two claims she had always been big but decided to make a dramatic change after giving birth to her second child and realising she needed to be healthier to be there for her children.

Jessica Dotson before her transformation.
Jessica Dotson before her transformation. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

“It was basically gluttony and eating and eating and eating. I had McDonald’s nearly every day,” Jessica says.

“Food was my coping mechanism so whenever I got upset about something I would just eat.”

The 26-year-old weighed 114kg at her heaviest with rocketing blood pressure and cholesterol – and feared she may be heading towards a heart attack if she didn’t lose weight.

But, certain that if she cut out all her favourite food her diet would fail, the determined mum instead cut her portions in half, at first limited herself to 1,500 calories a day and tried to bring more vegetables into her diet.

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Then, in February, she began an intermittent diet plan which helped Jessica drop 44kg in just nine months.

“I did a lot of research on weight loss and saw a lot of people talking about intermittent fasting, which is where you eat but you have a 16-hour window where you don’t eat,” she says.

“It’s supposed to help lower your blood sugar. I just did research to find a plan which I thought would be the best one for me.”

While Jessica admits it was “hard work at the beginning”, soon her new regimen was bearing results.

Jessica Dotson is thrilled at the results.
Jessica Dotson is thrilled at the results. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

“I really try not to cut anything out. If I tried [other diets], they would fail because I would want something [and eat it],” she explains.

“So it has been all about moderation and self-control. Sure you can have a piece of candy but you have to eat that one piece and not the whole bag. It was a lot of self-control and self-determination.”

As well as cutting back on her calories and fasting for 16 hours a day, Jessica started dancing to YouTube fitness videos before getting the confidence to join the gym.

Her efforts mean Jessica has dropped eight dress sizes from a size 26 to a 10 and is now 65kg, meaning she’s lost 49kg in total.

The mum still allows herself a treat McDonald’s with her kids – although her 20-piece McNuggets and large fries have been swapped to a six-piece box and small fries.

Jessica Dotson after her transformation.
Jessica Dotson after her transformation. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

“I don’t go to McDonald’s as much as I did, and I’ve saved a lot of money,” the mum says.

“I’ve gone from going once a day to maybe twice a week, something like that.

“It’s mostly at the weekends with my kids. It’s now more of a treat. I’ve saved probably $35 a week. I didn’t necessarily go every day but I would go five days a week.

“Lately it’s been good to have the extra cash if I need it for something. I had to get completely new clothes and everything”

As for her new look, Jessica is thrilled but determined to keep going.

“I feel confident now. I’m not there yet because I was so big for so long.

“It’s still hard to see myself as smaller. Sometimes I still see myself as big. That’s something I have to work on because it’s a major, drastic change.

“I can do more stuff with my kids. I get more active with them walking to places. Buying clothes is a lot easier too.”

Jessica’s diet before

Breakfast: Pancakes with sausage, or pop tarts

Lunch: McDonald’s (usually a 20-piece McNugget box with large fries), noodles or macaroni

Dinner: The same, depending on what had been for lunch

Snacks: Pop-tarts, nachos, chocolate, chips

Jessica’s diet after

Breakfast: Bacon and eggs

Lunch: Chicken and vegetables, occasionally a McDonald’s (usually a six-piece McNugget box with small fries)

Dinner: Small portion of macaroni with green beans

Snacks: Small snack of around 100 calories, such as a Slim Jim jerky snack or packet of crackers








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