A Minties addict who ate 4,000 calories of the chewy treat every day, is unrecognisable after losing 70kg along with her "flappy apron" of excess skin.
Judith Pallanza, 34, from Camden, NSW, was 150kg after gorging on sugary treats, including one kilogram of Minties every day and huge bowls of cereal.
“I loved the feeling of having food in my mouth. When it wasn’t there, I’d feel restless and upset" Judith said.
“Most days, I’d chew on a huge kilo bag of Minties between meals which had double the amount of calories I was supposed to eat in a day.
The mother-of-four said she saw photos of herself at the beach on her honeymoon in Fiji and it triggered her to kick her butt into gear and lose weight.
“When I saw a photo of me on the beach on honeymoon, I was horrified. I weighed 150kg and looked like a beach ball," Judith said.
In three months, she lost 40kg after a doctor prescribed her an appetite suppressant, Reductil.
However, the drug was banned for safety reasons and her weight shot back up to 120kg.
“Once I started taking the medication, I stopped eating all the crap I was usually putting in my mouth, 24/7," Judith said.
She said this made her realise it wasn't the way to beat the weight and instead knew she "needed to tackle it head on".
In 2015, the mother underwent a gastric sleeve operation and started making healthier food choices and slimmed down to a size 14.
“After having the gastric sleeve operation, I lost almost 70kg and changed the way I ate," Judith said.
But the rapid weight loss left Judith tortured by her "apron" of excess skin that she had to tuck into her knickers.
“The skin was awful. It would hang down like an apron and I’d have to tuck it into my knickers," she said.
“My once full DD cup breasts were like deflated balloons and I was desperately down and depressed.
Even though she know had the size 12 body of her dreams, her ex-husband splashed out $50,000 to give her a full body lift and breast implants, and cut off almost 5kg in excess skin.
“After surgeons cut off my ghastly apron, I had a body I was extremely proud of.”
The mother said she feels she can do anything now the excess skin is gone.
“Exercising is so much more enjoyable and I’ve been able to buy a pair of jeans for the first time in my life. Life suddenly seems so much more exciting.”
Along with the surgeries, she had to educate herself on the nutritional aspects of food for the sake of her and her children.
“My kids were growing up before my eyes and I wanted to make sure they didn’t inherit my terrible food habits," the mother said.
“After my operation, I completely changed what I was eating and instead had lean meats and veggies.
“Of course, my portions were much smaller too.
“Best of all, I’ve finally beaten my addiction to food. I don’t think I could ever eat another Mintie again.”