16-Year-Old Sydney Student Reveals 65kg Transformation
Being a teenager is hard, being a 135kg teenager is one hundred times harder.
For Mele Osai, enough was enough. At 14-years-old she weighed a whopping 135kg and would eat enough takeaway food to feed multiple adults.
Mele’s ‘a ha’ moment was the time she made the 20 minute walk home from school, which drove her to utter exhaustion.
Forced to sit down and rest, she quickly realised the extent of how badly her size was affecting her health.
“Being as young as I was ... when you’re that big, you feel of a bit of an outcast,” she told news.com.au.
Two years ago at 14 years old I had reached upwards of 140kg, it was hard for me to enjoy things in life as the simple task of walking would leave me tired and exhausted, I couldn't wear clothes I liked because I could never fit into them, and overall I was very insecure about my body. Today, I am 16 and down 65kg+ and have gained a completely new outlook on life. Staying consistent and having patience has paid off, and I am so proud of what I've achieved. I've come a long way and I still have so far to go, and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for me. 💪✊ #weightloss #transformation #fitnessmotivation #progress #strength #fitfam #instafit #change #transformationfitnation #weightlossmotivation #fitspo #fitspiration #beforeandafterweightloss #beforeandafter #gym
“I found it hard to fit in to social situations ... playing sport was hard because my weight held me back.
“I went to the doctor and they diagnosed me with insulin resistance, meaning I produce more insulin than normal people.
“The doctor said it can lead to diabetes, which scared me because I didn’t want problems like that when I was older.”
Being too shy to work out in public, Mele began working out in her backyard.
Used to laying around and being on the computer, Mele knew it would take more than just working out to shift her excess weight, as she was used to eating much larger than normal portions.
She said she could drink at least 2L of soft drink each day, and that her portion sizes weren’t that of a healthy teenager.
“When we had takeaway I’d order an amount that could feed multiple people,” she said.
“I also drank a lot of my calories through flavoured milks and milkshakes.
“I’d eat two or three sandwiches at a time and always going back for seconds at the dinner table.
“My choices a lot of the time weren’t necessarily bad food, but I ate a lot of it.” Mel is now 16-years-old and weighs just 65kg.
She completely changed her diet to include vegetables, protein and daily exercise and worked to avoid falling into fad diet traps.
Proud but never satisfied. I am slowly learning to put myself first and not live according to others - I'm doing things I love to do and working towards my own goals, both in and outside the gym and I encourage anyone to do the same. Take care of your body and stimulate your mind - self improvement is good for the soul 🤗
Mele now starts her day with a “big bowl of oatmeal with yoghurt and fruits”.
Admitting she doesn’t really get hungry during the day, she will snack on fruit and water until dinner — which is usually made up of a lean protein (chicken/beef/fish) with lots of vegetables, rice, potatoes and some sliced avocado.
She has no desire to lose any more weight, just strengthen and tone her body as it is now - and promote healthy body image.
“All the magazines make it complicated,” she said.
“I just want to help promote a healthy way to lose weight.
“Society is obsessed with weight, and I think that’s sad especially for young people ... because a lot of young people think they need to do extreme things to lose weight.”