Transformation of the Day: Yaya lost 67 pounds. Over the years, she tried various plans, methods, and workouts to release the weight, but nothing worked. She shared with us how a mix of intermittent fasting methods, Keto, exercise, and listening to her body has allowed her to get results.  

Yaya before and after weight loss Yaya before and after weight loss

Social Media:
Instagram: @yayafit_86

Age: 35
Height 5’7″
Highest weight: 290 pounds
Current weight: 223 pounds
1st goal: 180 pounds
Ultimate goal: 135 pounds

I’ve struggled with weight ever since I could remember. Having family members calling me “fatty bully” didn’t help either, and at the time, I only weighed 135 lbs and was in middle school. 

However, I started seeing myself as this huge blob, and my mind’s image transformed into the physical world. 

When I was younger (in my late teens/earlier twenties), I tried working out, eating right, going vegan, going vegetarian, going to the gym every day after work, etc. However, nothing seemed to work long-term. Or maybe I just wasn’t consistent enough.

My highest weight was 290 pounds, and I started to lose weight after having my first child in 2016. I stayed between 270 and 260 lbs, hovering in that zone. After my third child in 2020, I got to 240 pounds. Then back and forth in the 250s. 

I had to get a medical abortion in May 2021 and lost my son due to Anencephaly. I was pretty depressed and down. That’s when I decided to distract myself and work on me. 

Yaya before and after weight loss

I started doing Trap Cardio on YouTube every day for an hour, broken up into two sessions. I would also walk 10,000 additional steps a day. I saw some progress, but it wasn’t enough for me. 

I stumbled upon IF( intermittent fasting) and started doing OMAD (one meal a day). I saw weight loss with that for a week, rapidly at that, but then my weight stalled. I was still in the 230s, so I decided to keep researching. Next, I found Keto. So my new plan was OMAD with Keto (eating about 6-10 net carbs a meal). I lost about a pound daily on the scale, but my body figured it out, and I was in the 230s again. 

My body just wanted to stay in the 230s, but that’s not a number I am happy with. So I decided to do ADF [alternate day fasting] again. This meant fasting for 36 + hours and then refueling after that with an eating window of 2-3 hours. However, after 36 hours, I just kept fasting and did an eight-day fast. It was amazing. I had All my energy and was not craving anything. At this point, I knew my body had become fat adapted and was using the excess fat in my body to sustain my normal activities. 

On this fast, I got down to 210 lbs! So I know My body is capable of getting out of the 230s! Today I do A mixture of ADF, OMAD, and 48-72 hour fasting alongside KETO. I noticed that carbs are not my friend at all. Carbs make me retain a lot of water and bloat. 

I also work out about five times a week, doing cardio and strength training at home. I recently started going to the gym again. With three children under six, I’m pretty busy, but I have decided to make this effort to take care of myself, so I will always be able to take care of them! 

Even though the scale says 223 pounds, my body composition has changed a lot. My mid-arm, hips, and thighs have been reduced significantly. At the moment, I’m not too focused on the number on the scale. Instead, I’m focused on how I look And feel. I’m in tune with my body and listening to what it is saying. I’m just glad I found something that works for me. 

Peace, health, and love to everyone figuring out their journey. 

I also have a place to document my progress on IG. If anyone is interested or has any questions, it’s called @yayafit_86.


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