Toowoomba's biggest losers shed an amazing 118kg
TWO Toowoomba residents have bucked the trend of obesity in the region, shedding an enormous 118kg.
Jess Howlett went under the knife to lose the pounds while Tony Jones took more of a traditional approach.
Ms Howlett underwent gastric sleeve surgery at the end of July, 2011, and went from 136kg to 75kg.
She reached 75kg 12 months after surgery and has been maintaining that weight since then.
"I was feeling at a loss with how to get the weight off after struggling with weight my whole life," she said.
"I was depressed and very unhappy due to my weight after several failed attempts at losing weight.
"I made the decision to have surgery because not only my mental wellbeing was at a risk, but also my physical health as well.
"I was pre-diabetic and close to becoming a type 2 diabetic," Ms Howlett said.
She said the surgery process was scary.
"But when you consider the dangers of being overweight, the risk of serious illness or death is high either way," she said.
Ms Howlett recommended the surgery option to others, but encouraged people to get as much information before jumping in.
"You need a complete life change as the gastric sleeve is a tool and not a complete problem solver alone," she said.
Tony Jones said he lost his weight the old-fashioned way.
"I lost 57kg and have kept it off for over a year by changing my way of eating.
"Now I eat a low carb, moderate protein diet. I didn't use surgery, don't do a lot of exercise and didn't starve myself," Mr Jones said.
The two residents posted their inspiring stories on The Chronicle's Facebook page.