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There is a hidden secret to weight loss that no one wants to speak about. Finally, someone was brave enough to share their story. On Dec. 6, 2013, Feministe did just that. They shared a powerful story of a woman that went from 332 pounds to 180 pounds. What she was left with was devastating to her. She had so much loose skin that she was not able to truly enjoy her weight loss.

Julia Kozerski lost weight the old fashioned way. She ate a nearly perfect diet and exercised daily. She was consistent each day, and the hard work paid off on the scale losing an amazing 160 pounds. The amount of extra skin on her is shocking. She lost so much weight, you’d think she would be able to enjoy her new figure; only she is still left feel fat, with extra skin. It is a constant reminder that she was once over 300 lbs.

Society does not want you to know that if you have to lose a lot of weight, you may not look like a model out a magazine, ever. They don’t want you to know that there is a stigma attached to being overweight, and you will experience it still when you have extra skin. This amazing woman posed nude for the whole world to see exactly the damage losing weight has done to her body. This is not to say people should not lose weight, because our health will improve. Bigger people, those needing to lose over 80 pounds, should be made aware that they may not be able to get rid of the skin.

Alexandra Symonds a journalist at New York Magazine had this to say:

After all that work, it can be a disappointing blow to discover that bodies that have lost 50-plus pounds simply don’t look like bodies that have maintained a steady weight since reaching adulthood. (While cosmetic surgeries like those detailed here can treat loose skin, stretch marks, and sagginess, they’re also expensive, invasive, and mostly absent from the fairy-tale weight loss success stories we see depicted so often.)

“It’s a fantasy, that when we lose weight, everything wrong in our lives is going to be right — that means our relationships are going to be right, we’re going to feel completely differently about ourselves,” says Geneen Roth, a New York Times bestselling author of books on eating who also leads retreats and workshops, and who herself lost between 60 and 70 pounds in her late twenties. “People are shocked to find out that this thing that they’ve been longing for and waiting for and working for is not what they thought it was.”

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