Aiana Omipi suffered from a food addiction that caused her to weigh 277 pounds at the age of 19. So she went on a strict diet of keto and low carbs and dropped 149 pounds in just 11 months.
Soon after, she returned to her old eating habits until she hit 299 in 2018. “My portion sizes were large portion and I’d constantly feel hungry so go back for seconds, thirds or sometimes even just make another meal," she told The Daily Mail.
Omipi wanted to lose the weight again, but knew that she couldn't return to a rigid, calorie-restricted diet. “It consumed me in a way that I can’t even describe. It was an overwhelming hunger that I could not silence but only block out temporarily,” Omipi said.
“That wasn’t something that was sustainable for me as I had a constant feeling of hunger,” she said. “So, I found other solutions to eliminate the root cause and have a sustainable weight loss and healthy eating regime.”
Omipi decided to go through a gastric sleeve surgery that removed 90% of her stomach.
“This was me only 5 days ago - unposed, raw and vulnerable in my hospital bed moments after surgery,” she wrote on Facebook. “I lay unconscious and unresponsive like this for 4 hours before my eyes opened. My boyfriend took this photo of me in shock as he’d never seen me like this. I wanted to share this side of my journey because Gastric Sleeve Surgery IS NOT glamorous nor is it a decision that is made lightly.”
Nine months later, she lost 128 pounds.
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a before and after. With all the attention from the previous ones, I’ve found it difficult to share one again. It’s always hard when you’re constantly working on self love to have people critiquing your body, loose skin and sometimes even your happiness. But I know that there are those of you out there who are going through the same journey as me, who have had VSG or who are working on self love. I believe it’s so important to focus on your own individual journey but also to celebrate every single milestone you hit whether that’s a weight loss goal, fitting a goal outfit or even just recognising how far you’ve come mentally. 💕 For those of you who may be new, I had gastric sleeve surgery on March 14th 2018. This surgery has completely transformed my life and helped me to control my portion sizes. Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise I have seen incredible changes in the 9 months since surgery. ☺️ I’m 168cm tall and started with a weight of 126 kilos (278 pounds). I am currently 68 kilos (150 pounds). 68 kilos was my absolute goal weight but never something I thought I would achieve or be at and I feel so PROUD that I am at this milestone despite the fact that I haven’t had a big focus on watching my weight or the scales. 🙌🏼 I think I’ve seen the biggest change over the last couple of months with my body. Especially since working out with @h.feaver_er at the @theexerciseroomnz. When I first started my journey I was generally a size 24 with measurements of bust 110cm, waist 100cm, hips 145cm . I’m currently sitting at a size 10 with measurements of bust 87cm, waist 68cm, hips 105cm 💕
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"I believe a lot of that was hormonal as now with 90% of my stomach removed and a large part of that being the gland that produces the hunger hormone Ghrelin, I don't have that feeling of constant hunger anymore," she said.
"I feel like I have control over food. I can cook something without feeling the desire or need to eat it," she continued.
In March 2019, she shared what she looked like one year after surgery.
Her two massive weight losses have given her stretch marks, but Omipi isn't planning on having surgery because she sees them as part of her journey to self-acceptance.
“I have excess skin in lots of areas of my body and I have had stretch marks all over my stomach particularly,” she explained. “I think it’s important to embrace them and wear it with confidence but if you want to minimize their appearance that’s okay too.”