Obese mother loses 200 pounds after cutting peanut butter out of diet

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Amy LeRoy, from Kentucky, once weighed over 350 pounds. Dinner for the 29-year-old mother of two consisted of Taco Bell takeout, followed by a few slices of cake. She also had a very unhealthy peanut butter addiction.

Here she was at her heaviest.

In 2006, she had gastric bypass surgery. But she still wasn't able to lose the weight.

Amy downloaded a calorie-counting app to her phone. After learning she was eating more than 4,000 calories a day, she decided to make a change.

'Before I never took the time to realise what I was actually eating, since understanding the nutritional content of what's going into my body my diet's drastically changed," Amy explained.

She started exercising and eating well. That meant no more peanut butter by the spoonfuls and unhealthy snacks. "'I'd easily eat three large spoonfuls of peanut butter at a time, then I'd have snacks with lots of peanut butter in them too," she said.

In the end, she ended up dropping over 200 pounds. Amy has documented her whole journey on her Instagram.

"Now, since losing weight I feel really confident, I can hang out with my friends and feel like I can go to more places with my children,'" Amy said.

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