A fast food addict who used to consume up to 2,000 calories in one sitting and was labelled a ‘whale’ by strangers has shed an incredible 164lbs with the help of a gastric sleeve.

Julie Garte, 35, from Miami, weighed a colossal 342lbs at her heaviest – but now, five years later, she flaunts her size six physique with pride after spending $17,500 on the weight loss surgery, as well as a tummy tuck and breast lift and enlargement.

Training to be a personal trainer, Julie revealed that her weight first started creeping up as a side effect of the medication she was taking to treat her bipolar disorder.

But by the time her tablets were changed, it was ‘too late’ because Julie’s binge eating had already spiralled out of control – with the ’emotional eater’ devouring McDonald’s near-daily.

After deciding ‘enough is enough’, Julie overhauled her diet – sticking to mainly vegetables and chicken instead – and said she’s ‘finally living after years of hiding away’.

Fast food addict Julie Garte (pictured before her weight loss) used to consume up to 2,000  calories in one sitting and was labelled a 'whale' by strangers

Fast food addict Julie Garte (pictured before her weight loss) used to consume up to 2,000  calories in one sitting and was labelled a 'whale' by strangers

Julie (pictured) has shed an incredible 164lbs with the help of a gastric sleeve

Julie (pictured) has shed an incredible 164lbs with the help of a gastric sleeve

Fast food addict Julie Garte (pictured left before her weight loss, and right, after), who used to consume up to 2,000 calories in one sitting and was labelled a ‘whale’ by strangers, has shed an incredible 164lbs with the help of a gastric sleeve

Julie (pictured recently) weighed a colossal 342lbs at her heaviest - but now, five years later, she flaunts her size six physique with pride after spending $17,500 on the weight loss surgery, as well as a tummy tuck and breast lift and enlargement

Julie (pictured recently) weighed a colossal 342lbs at her heaviest - but now, five years later, she flaunts her size six physique with pride after spending $17,500 on the weight loss surgery, as well as a tummy tuck and breast lift and enlargement

Julie (pictured recently) weighed a colossal 342lbs at her heaviest – but now, five years later, she flaunts her size six physique with pride after spending $17,500 on the weight loss surgery, as well as a tummy tuck and breast lift and enlargement

Training to be a personal trainer, Julie (pictured after her weight loss) revealed that her weight first started creeping up as a side effect of the medication she was taking to treat her bipolar disorder

Training to be a personal trainer, Julie (pictured after her weight loss) revealed that her weight first started creeping up as a side effect of the medication she was taking to treat her bipolar disorder

Julie seen recently, after her weight loss

Julie seen recently, after her weight loss

Training to be a personal trainer, Julie (pictured after her weight loss) revealed that her weight first started creeping up as a side effect of the medication she was taking to treat her bipolar disorder

Julie’s bad eating habits spiralled out of control because she used food as a coping mechanism to deal with depression. 

Julie said: ‘One day, I looked in the mirror and my reflection blew my mind. It was a real wake up call and I decided enough was enough.

‘I didn’t want to spend another decade sleeping and eating. I knew I needed surgery to keep the weight off after years of yo-yo dieting.

‘It was always easier to eat fast food washed down with two litres of cola followed by anything sweet. I was an emotional eater and used food to cheer myself up but would instantly feel sad again after consuming up to 2,000 calories in one sitting.’

But by the time her tablets were changed, it was 'too late' because Julie's (pictured before her weight loss) binge eating had already spiralled out of control

But by the time her tablets were changed, it was 'too late' because Julie's (pictured before her weight loss) binge eating had already spiralled out of control

The 'emotional eater' (pictured) would devour McDonald's near-daily

The 'emotional eater' (pictured) would devour McDonald's near-daily

But by the time her tablets were changed, it was ‘too late’ because Julie’s (pictured before her weight loss) binge eating had already spiralled out of control – with the ’emotional eater’ devouring McDonald’s near-daily

After deciding 'enough is enough', Julie (pictured recently) overhauled her diet - sticking to mainly vegetables and chicken instead - and said she's 'finally living after years of hiding away'

After deciding 'enough is enough', Julie (pictured recently) overhauled her diet - sticking to mainly vegetables and chicken instead - and said she's 'finally living after years of hiding away'

After deciding ‘enough is enough’, Julie (pictured recently) overhauled her diet – sticking to mainly vegetables and chicken instead – and said she’s ‘finally living after years of hiding away’

Julie's (pictured recently) bad eating habits spiralled out of control because she used food as a coping mechanism to deal with depression

Julie's (pictured recently) bad eating habits spiralled out of control because she used food as a coping mechanism to deal with depression

Julie pictured posing in gym gear after her weight loss

Julie pictured posing in gym gear after her weight loss

Julie’s (pictured recently) bad eating habits spiralled out of control because she used food as a coping mechanism to deal with depression

Julie (pictured recently) said: 'One day, I looked in the mirror and my reflection blew my mind. It was a real wake up call and I decided enough was enough'

Julie (pictured recently) said: 'One day, I looked in the mirror and my reflection blew my mind. It was a real wake up call and I decided enough was enough'

Julie (pictured recently) said: ‘One day, I looked in the mirror and my reflection blew my mind. It was a real wake up call and I decided enough was enough’

Julie’s diet before her weight loss 

Breakfast – Usually skipped.

Lunch – McDonald’s Big Mac, french fries and six chicken nuggets (all large)

Dinner – Pizza or spaghetti bolognese 

Snacks – Ice cream, cookies and crisps

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Julie’s diet after her weight loss 

Breakfast – Half a bagel with cream cheese and hard boiled egg

Snack – Piece of fruit

Lunch – Roast vegetables and chicken

Dinner – Fish and vegetables

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Julie was pre-diabetic and required physiotherapy three times per week. She started her journey by working out with the help of a personal trainer before having a large part of her stomach removed in 2015.

She then had a tummy tuck and breast lift and enlargement in 2017 which cost $12,000 and a revision in 2018 priced at $5,500.

Julie said: ‘I made small changes to my diet such as replacing cola for water and cooking rather than going to a drive through. Now, I love to cook home-made dishes and eat sweets in moderation! 

Julie pictured with some of the healthy meals she now eats

Julie pictured with some of the healthy meals she now eats

Julie (pictured) was pre-diabetic and required physiotherapy three times per week

Julie (pictured) was pre-diabetic and required physiotherapy three times per week

Julie (pictured left with some of the healthy meals she now eats) was pre-diabetic and required physiotherapy three times per week

Julie (pictured during her weight loss journey) started her transformation by working out with the help of a personal trainer before having a large part of her stomach removed in 2015

Julie (pictured during her weight loss journey) started her transformation by working out with the help of a personal trainer before having a large part of her stomach removed in 2015

Julie (pictured during her weight loss journey) started her transformation by working out with the help of a personal trainer before having a large part of her stomach removed in 2015

Julie (pictured before her weight loss) then had a tummy tuck and breast lift and enlargement in 2017 which cost $12,000 and a revision in 2018 priced at $5,500

Julie (pictured before her weight loss) then had a tummy tuck and breast lift and enlargement in 2017 which cost $12,000 and a revision in 2018 priced at $5,500

Julie's stomach pictured before her gastric sleeve

Julie's stomach pictured before her gastric sleeve

Julie (pictured before her weight loss) then had a tummy tuck and breast lift and enlargement in 2017 which cost $12,000 and a revision in 2018 priced at $5,500

‘I am so confident now – I smile at strangers and go out of a weekend! I spent years being taunted because of my weight – strangers would shout “whale” and “fatty” as I passed. 

‘It is so hurtful that people can be so cruel – they judged me without even knowing my story.’

Julie initially piled on the pounds as it was a side effect of the medication she was taking to treat bipolar disorder.

Julie (pictured) said: 'I made small changes to my diet such as replacing cola for water and cooking rather than going to a drive through'

Julie (pictured) said: 'I made small changes to my diet such as replacing cola for water and cooking rather than going to a drive through'

'I am so confident now - I smile at strangers and go out of a weekend,' Julie, pictured, said

'I am so confident now - I smile at strangers and go out of a weekend,' Julie, pictured, said

Julie (pictured) said: ‘I made small changes to my diet such as replacing cola for water and cooking rather than going to a drive through’

Julie (pictured recently) initially piled on the pounds as it was a side effect of the medication she was taking to treat bipolar disorder

Julie (pictured recently) initially piled on the pounds as it was a side effect of the medication she was taking to treat bipolar disorder

Julie (pictured recently) initially piled on the pounds as it was a side effect of the medication she was taking to treat bipolar disorder

By the time her tablets were changed, it was 'too late' because Julie's (pictured) binge eating had spiralled out of control

By the time her tablets were changed, it was 'too late' because Julie's (pictured) binge eating had spiralled out of control

Julie (pictured recently) said: 'I have never felt so happy and motivated in my entire life'

Julie (pictured recently) said: 'I have never felt so happy and motivated in my entire life'

By the time her tablets were changed, it was ‘too late’ because Julie’s (pictured recently) binge eating had spiralled out of control

By the time her tablets were changed, it was ‘too late’ because her binge eating had spiralled out of control.

She said: ‘I have never felt so happy and motivated in my entire life. I want to help overweight people experience these feelings too which is why I am training to be a personal trainer.

‘I am finally living after years of hiding away. I’ve been told I am an inspiration which definitely spurs me on to keep on going.’

What is a gastric sleeve? 

A gastric sleeve is where a large part of the stomach is removed during surgery so it’s much smaller than it was before. 

This means the patient cannot eat as much as they could before the operation and they’ll feel full sooner.

Source: NHS 

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