A woman lost more than half her body weight after being told she was ‘too big to qualify’ for health insurance.
Afterwards, Brittany Horton, from Nashville, Tennessee, burst into tears and when she went home and stepped on the scales found she weighed 386lbs.
The 30-year-old told Today that the ‘heartbreaking’ experience was the motivation she needed to change her lifestyle immediately. Over the next three years she went on to lose 208lbs.
Diminished: Brittany Horton, from Nashville, Tennessee, pictured left during her weight loss journey and right recently, lost over half her body weight in three years
Rejected: She lost more than 200lbs after she was left distraught by a health insurance agent who said she was ‘too big to qualify’
Turning point: After she discovered that she weighed 386lbs, Horton, pictured recently, embarked on a strict weight loss plan
‘I can just look at you and tell you are too big to qualify,’ the health insurance agent told her. ‘You shouldn’t even apply.’
When the woman asked Brittany how much she weighed she could not answer because it had been months since she last checked.
She said: ‘That was the turning point for me. When I got on that scale and saw 386: I put on 40 pounds in a matter of months.’
Houghton, who is five-foot-11, and now weighs 178lbs, stopped her three fast food meal-a-day habit. Instead she bought fruit, vegetables and a scale and embarked on a strict regime of healthy eating and exercise.
She maintained a food journal, consumed 1,500 calories a day and stuck to a diet of lean meats, fruit and vegetables. Nine months later she had shed 80lbs.
‘It fell off. But, when you are 386 and you lose 80 pounds, you are still in the 300s,’ she said.
Distraught: She said it was ‘heartbreaking’ being told that she could not get health insurance because of her size
All change: She started going to the gym up to six times a week and overhauled her diet from three fast food meals a day to fruit, vegetables and lean meat
When her progress plateaued she started going to the gym and working out five to six times per week.
Since her dramatic weight loss she has managed to maintain her new weight for the last two years.
‘I’m very determined, I am very strong minded. I work to maintain it,’ she said.
As well as changing her own life, she has managed to improve that of her brother Quinton after he was diagnosed with type two diabetes.
Using his sister’s instructions and meal plan he lost 80lbs and in six months reversed his diabetes.
She advised people who want to lose weight not to be ‘hard on yourself’ and warned that sometimes they will need to put themselves first by choosing the gym over a party.