Amber Rachdi gained attention from her appearance on Season 3 of My 600-lb Life. At that time she weighed 660 pounds and her life was in grave danger.
But five years later, she is an inspiration to all, and you wouldn’t recognize her!
A healthy diet can certainly be a hard task, especially if obesity is something you struggle with. Later in life, the metabolism slows down and it gets harder and harder to lose those extra pounds.
Also, cooking can be time consuming and it takes discipline to press down our emotions when we crave for empty nutritious foods. Amber was more than motivated to save her life and shed the extra pounds in the process.
Amber Rachdi – Weight Loss
There are many inspirational stories we can find online that can give us the extra push to do the seemingly impossible task, like losing few hundred pounds. One of those people is Amber Rachdi.
Five years ago, Amber was 660 pounds on the weigh-in and her life was in grave danger. She found the extra spark to push back physically and mentally to prove that she can do it. And if she can, everyone can!
Amber Rachdi is now 32 years old and looking beautiful!
Amber Rachdi – childhood
Amber always struggled with her weight. At five years old, she was over 160 pounds.
Later on in life, her weight problems didn’t get better. In her teenage years she suffered with anxiety which was triggered by her eating disorder. She fought but to no avail. At 16, she needed a wheelchair to get around.
For many people their 20s are the time of their life, but for Amber it wasn’t anything like that. Her weight made it impossible for her to party, or have a simple walk in the park.
“I have a lot of anxiety and I am at peace when I eat,” Amber admitted.
Amber was raised in Troutdale, Oregon, and she lived with her parents and her boyfriend, Rowdy. She sometimes went with her boyfriend to do the grocery shopping, but she needed a mobility scooter to get around.
They couldn’t even be intimate together, and it was so hard for both.
Rowdy said: “But what else do you do when you love someone?”
Amber Rachdi – weight loss
She just wouldn’t give up on her dream life. She was so determined to create a better life for herself and save her life. She wanted to be a mother and have children running around at home. In the position she was in, none of it was possible.
My 600-lb Life aired for 8 seasons. It’s important to note that throughout her weight loss journey she was under strict medical supervision. If you’re battling with obesity, contact a professional that can help you.
On her Facebook page, according to In Touch Weekly, Amber Rachdi described it as a “crummy experience”.
“They exert a certain kind of pressure and lack a human touch sometimes,” she wrote. “They assumed we would be difficult and were rather forceful with their demands? It didn’t feel good, respectful, or mutually beneficial working with the production. There are lovely individuals on their payroll, and I met some incredible people, but it definitely wasn’t an experience I want to repeat.”
It’s been more than five years since Amber Rachdi appeared on My-600-lb Life, and by the look of it, she’s undergone an amazing transformation!
Amber Rachdi – today
After nine months, she lost 145 pounds, and was able to go to shopping without any help! She was 2x size in comparison to 6X which she had been to begin with.
She lost a total of 267lbs from her 660-pound weight over the course of a year.
“I surprised myself.” Amber concludes. “I’m shopping for myself, I’m eating healthy and I’m working out. I’ve taken control of my life.”
The doctor responsible for her weight loss, Dr. Nowzaradan, performed surgery to remove the excess skin.
So what happened to Amber Rachdi after 5 years? Some of her dreams certainly came true. And how she looks now… WOW!
Amber inspired millions of people with her stunning work, dedication and discipline. Now she has over 240,000 followers on Instagram where she gives fans a glimpse of her life one picture at a time.
She split with her boyfriend Rowdy, but they remain great friends to this day.
In June later the same year she announced she was getting married.
“Who is getting hella married? I’m getting hella married,” Amber wrote.
Amber’s still working on her figure, but at one point, she said something that we would like to really point out from her journey.
A true role model
To be obese is not healthy… at all. But at the same time, being bigger doesn’t give anyone right to judge you. After all, unhealthy or not, it’s the choice we make for ourselves at the end of the day.
Amber is trying to show the world that it’s ok not to have a small, thin body like a supermodel, the ones we see on every second picture on Instagram nowadays, filled with plastic more than flesh and bones.
She described her journey as: “I was REAL fat. Now, I’m just normal fat. Life ain’t bad.”.
Amber Rachdi battled with obesity and unhealthy habits ever since she was little. Now she’s 32 and has proven everyone wrong. She is living proof that you can change your life if you rely on discipline, persistence and never EVER give up!