While the headline might sound sensational, there are people in the world, although rare, who actually lose weight by eating more food. Although that’s usually provided they eat more of the right food.
One case in point is 23-year-old Emma Bowie from Glasgow in Scotland, who lost a remarkable 42 pounds in just four months following a sharp weight increase after the birth of her daughter, Olivia.
Bowie gained so much weight that her doctors warned her that the contraceptive patch she was using wouldn’t be effective at stopping her from getting pregnant again due to her weight.
Despite eating more food, making sure it was healthy and not too calorific, Bowie was able to show off her body for the first time in years and enjoyed once again wearing playsuits and miniskirts.
In speaking about her eating regime, Bowie told reporters, “I was so busy with Olivia that I barely had time to eat. I never had breakfast and I’d just snack throughout the day or grab a takeaway in the evening. I wasn’t eating a lot but I ate all the wrong things.“
She added, “Now, I make sure I have three meals a day. I eat a lot more but it is all healthy, so my body doesn’t store the fat. It’s strange to think I eat a lot more now than I ever did before, but it just goes to show that you don’t have to starve yourself.”
Bowie shared that push came to shove when her family doctor told her that her contraceptive patch may fail to work due to her heavy weight, “I didn’t want to use any other types of contraception as they’d given me awful side effects in the past, so I decided to join Slimming World. At my first meeting, I was scared to get on the scales and be told just how heavy I was.”
Turning her attention to how she felt after losing all the excess weight, Bowie said, “Seeing the difference in my body shape spurred me on. It was amazing to be able to go shopping and be able to buy pretty tops and skimpy dresses. I never realised how unhealthy I was until I looked back on pictures of myself at my heaviest.”
Regarding the contraceptive patch, Dr. Anita Sturnham who works at NURISS Skin Care & Wellness in London, said, “For most women the contraceptive patch is safe, but there are some medical conditions which may make this method potentially risky for your health. If you are overweight you have an increased risk of blood clots in your lungs or legs or even heart disease if you use this method of hormonal contraception.”
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