MaryKate Schmidt losses 1 st 11 lbs Just six weeks after beginning a weight loss programme
When MaryKate Schmidt was just 14-years-old, she contracted MRSA bacteria which can be fatal and resulted in her legs being covered in spots.
This led to her being bullied as a teen and so she turned to comfort eating to cope.
She would eat around 1,200 calories during the week – a woman’s daily recommended calories is 2,000 – and would binge on junk food on the weekend.
The now 26-year-old’s yo-yo dieting led her to gain 2st – something she couldn’t shake for years.
Of contracting the MRSA infection, MaryKate said: “I woke up with three spots on my legs that looked like bug bites, so I thought nothing of them.
“Then before I knew it, my leg was covered in almost blister-like lesions. I went straight to the dermatologist and they took cultures which identified that it was MRSA.
“I was put on medication to get rid of the infection. We didn’t catch it early enough, so the disease ate away at my legs leaving behind crazy scars.
“I was so embarrassed by them because no one wanted to sit next to me as they thought they would get the disease.”
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To get rid of the scarring, MaryKate had laser surgery once a month for a year.
When she was 21, MaryKate decided to give up her passion of volleyball – but she felt lost and again turned to alcohol and junk food for comfort.
MaryKate was depressed and looking for a way to feel better when she came across the BBG programme.
BBG (Bikini Body Guide) was developed by fitness superstar Kayla Itsine and consists of a 12-week programme where users do three to four 28-minute circuit workouts per week plus cardio.
MaryKate explained: “I began eating lean protein, healthy carbs and good fats every two to three hours to maintain my lean physique.
“I don’t weigh my food, track macros or do any insane diets. I make sure I shop the perimeter of the grocery shop and try to limit food out of a box.
“I am so much happier. I feel amazing in my own skin and I feel like I can accomplish anything that comes my way.”
Just six weeks after beginning the programme, MaryKate had lost 1st 11 lbs.
She said her best advice is to “just start”: “I know it’s scary. I know you’ll feel like you won’t see results, but don’t be scared to ask questions and do your research.”
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