This Woman Shed An Incredible 105 Pounds In One Year – And She Swore By This Hack

Back in 2017, Maryn Teed reached a big milestone in her life. You see, over the course of the last 12 months, she’d been working hard to get into shape – and she’d had some stunning results, too. In just a year, in fact, Teed had lost more than 100 pounds in weight. But just how did the Pennsylvania woman manage to pull off such an incredible feat? Well, it was all thanks to a new routine – along with one simple trick.

At different times in your life, you may feel the need to make some big changes to your appearance – whether that’s by adopting a brand-new hairstyle or simply through revamping your wardrobe. In Teed’s case, though, she decided to shed some excess weight in the summer of 2016.

After experiencing a moment of heartbreak, you see, Teed realized that she needed to slim down. So, from there, she put a plan in place to help her drop the pounds over the course of around 12 months. And as we’ve previously mentioned, the end results were staggering.

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By the fall of 2017, Teed had lost 105 pounds and completely transformed her image. She had also built up a thousands-strong social media following during that time by posting regular updates on her journey on her Instagram page. When reflecting upon her hard work, however, Teed credited one thing in particular as being invaluable in helping her drop the weight.

When it comes to health and fitness, we all have different priorities regarding the targets we’d like to hit. But whether we achieve our goals by sweating it out in the gym or simply jogging around the block, most of us are striving towards the same end.

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Usually, we put in those hours of exercise because we want to improve the quality of our respective lives – to feel and perhaps even look better. Yet for some people, fitness isn’t that much of a day-to-day priority. And it could be argued that Teed was in that category a few years ago.

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A resident of Pennsylvania, Teed plies her trade as a hairdresser. Back in October 2018, in fact, she began work at a hair salon in the city of Doylestown. Around two years prior to starting that role, though, the veteran stylist made a bold decision about her physical appearance.

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During the summer of 2016, Teed weighed about 315 pounds – although that would soon all change. On one day in July of that year, you see, she had joined her relatives for a barbecue and had felt pretty happy in her own skin at the time. But following the family get-together, the Pennsylvania resident hopped on social media.

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Then, while online, Teed proceeded to look through the photographs that were taken on the day – and she didn’t like what she saw. Speaking to the website PopSugar in 2017, the hairdresser explained of that moment, “I just cried and cried. I was so disgusted by myself. I knew the next day when I woke up, I needed to do something about it.”

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So, Teed put her plan in motion at the beginning of August 2016. To kick things off, she decided to adopt a different diet, cutting down on the amount of food that she was taking in. She also looked to eat more healthily and change what she was drinking.

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Overall, then, Teed found herself consuming 1,500 calories each day instead of her usual 2,000, following the numbers using a special app called MyFitnessPal that kept her up to date on her progress. And during her conversation with PopSugar, the salon employee went on to reveal a bit more about the diet that she had adopted.

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“I cut out mainly pastas and stuff I could do without, like butter on things,” Teed explained. “I’d cut out cheese when I knew I didn’t need it. I eventually got to where I was eating so well that the bad foods lost their hold on me. I didn’t want them. Trust me – you eventually get there, and they make you feel awful.”

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However, Teed wasn’t just focused on changing her eating habits; she wanted to improve her fitness levels, too. And so to begin with, she launched into the 21-Day Fix workout program, going through different routines at her house in Pennsylvania. But that’s not all.

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A couple of months into the program, you see, Teed decided to spread her wings a bit further. At that time, she met a personal trainer, and she would go on to meet up with the fitness professional to take part in regular workout sessions.

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But the hairstylist’s hard work didn’t end there, either. She visited another gym during her spare time, where she developed her own routines to get her fitness levels up. And Teed focused on improving her cardio and strength in the exercise room – even hitting the weights from time to time.

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“I fell in love with working out again,” Teed admitted to PopSugar. “I do my own workouts based on what my trainer has me do with him, and I try and add major cardio.” Away from those intense sessions, she also looked to round things off by consuming some much-needed protein.

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Teed went on to explain, “[Protein] makes the biggest difference – at least, for me! I can feel it legitimately fueling my body, helping me recover after the workout I had.” Yet while the workouts and her diet no doubt played a big role in helping her slim down, she credited an additional trick, too. And this might just surprise you.

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Specifically, Teed decided to consume a lot more water over the course of that transformative 12 months – although the quantities she took in may seem alarming. She said, “I’d drink half my body weight in water every day. So when I weighed 300 pounds, I’d drink 150 fluid ounces of water a day.”

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To help maintain those incredible numbers, though, Teed would map out a plan of action for the day ahead. After all, that’s a lot of water to keep track of while you’re doing other things. But, in the end, her approach did pay dividends, as we’re about to find out.

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Looking back on the routine, Teed revealed, “I’d fill specific water bottles and keep them in my fridge or on me. And I would just make sure that, before I’d go to bed, I would have finished all of them off. I actually used my Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee cups and would just fill them up and drink two with every main meal.”

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So thanks in part to that trick, Teed lost 105 pounds by the fall of 2017. At that point, her weight was about 210 pounds – and, naturally, she had transformed her physical appearance completely as a result. However, the idea that drinking more water can help you shed weight isn’t an entirely novel one. In fact, it’s been around for a few years now.

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Back in 2012, U.K. newspapers such as the Daily Mail reported on a study – set to be included in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – that covered this very topic. And, interestingly, the research suggested that you can lose five pounds in six months simply through drinking more water.

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Over 300 people were selected for the study, with this cohort subsequently being split into three different groups. One of these factions maintained their normal drinking habits, while the other two consumed solely diet drinks or water, respectively. And some six months later, the researchers shared the results.

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Professor Deborah Tate, who led the project, told the Daily Mail, “Substituting non-caloric beverages – whether it’s water, diet soft drinks or something else – can be a clear and simple change for people who want to lose or maintain weight. If this were done on a large scale, it could significantly reduce the increasing public health problem of obesity.”

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What’s more, this particular study was actually the first of its kind. And Tate and her fellow researchers had looked to prove a point through the experiment: that you could lose weight simply through drinking water or diet sodas rather than more calorie-laden beverages.

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“We learned that both water and diet sodas have some benefits,” Tate continued to the Daily Mail. “People who really like the sweet flavor or carbonation or caffeine of sodas may be more likely to stick with the change if they are drinking diet sodas as opposed to water only. But drinking water was associated with some other important health improvements, like reduced blood sugar.”

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In their paper, Tate and her colleagues also raised an intriguing point about drinking habits. In particular, if someone wishes to shed excess weight, a change of beverage could be the easiest alteration that they could make. But the lead researcher added a caveat when speaking to the Daily Mail.

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Tate explained, “Substituting specific foods or beverages that provide a substantial portion of daily calories may be a useful strategy for modest weight loss or weight-gain prevention. Beverages may be ideal targets. But keep in mind: the strategy will only work if the person doesn’t make up for the lost calories some other way.”

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And Teed appeared to be a good example of the benefits of drinking more water. But if you’re wondering how glugging down more of the clear stuff could help you shed the pounds, there’s a very simple explanation. Most notably, the human body carries a lot of excess fluid that is often known as “water weight,” and the quantities that we drink have a direct impact on these levels.

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So, if you wanted to shed some of that water weight, an increase in water consumption could be the key. You see, while dehydration causes the body to retain fluid, drinking more helps eliminate that issue. Alongside that, water does a good job of keeping our bodies healthy by clearing away any waste.

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Meanwhile, Teed revealed to PopSugar that she was maintaining her routine after reaching her target weight. And the Pennsylvania resident was seemingly desperate to avoid any setbacks in her continuing journey; according to her, the thought of slipping back to her previous size was terrifying.

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“Honestly, I’m so scared to be the person I used to be,” Teed said. “I was such an unhappy person in so many aspects of my life that I am petrified to go back. My grandma always says, ‘If you’re going to do anything, do it the best you can. Or why even bother?’”

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And, as previously mentioned, Teed has been sharing her weight-loss and fitness progress via Instagram, with close to 18,000 users keeping tabs on her journey via her account. That’s not all, either; the hairdresser has also offered up some pointers to those who want to follow her lead.

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Teed said to PopSugar, “Any progress is positive. It’s not about how fast you do it; you just need to do it. Just move every day. Be active. Park farther away from a store so you have to walk. Take the stairs when you can. Remember how you feel at your lowest, and just know that you won’t feel that way as you go on this journey.”

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Teed added, “Remember you’re human – you’ll slip up, but just keep moving forward!” And if that wasn’t enough of an inspiration to get up and start on a new path, an Instagram post that the hair expert made in January 2019 may just do the job.

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On the social media site, Teed showed just how far she had come in just a matter of months. The post in question included two photos of her, with the left image showing her old, obese self. And as you may be able to guess, the second picture showcased the slimmed-down fitness enthusiast after she had dropped the 105 pounds.

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Yet Teed wanted to drop even more weight. “In this last year, I’ve been in the 205- to 210-pound range,” she wrote on Instagram. “That’s okay with me. Yes, I want to be lighter because dang! That number hurts my feelings! That number is just rude!”

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Teed continued, “But the difference in my body, the difference in my shape [and] my strength – that’s more than just a number on a stupid little box thing that you put batteries into that you step on! I can’t let a little battery-operated box control my life!”

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So although the Pennsylvania resident knew that her weight could’ve been lower, she didn’t allow that to get her down. And regardless of any lingering imperfections, she was more comfortable with herself now than she had been at over 300 pounds. Touchingly, she then gave her followers a final piece of advice.

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“I guess what I’m trying to say is: you’re more,” Teed added. “In every way, you’re more. You’re you, and that’s pretty incredible. You were handcrafted and specifically designed, so live this one special life in the best way you can!” Unsurprisingly, that heartwarming post went on to earn over 1,000 likes.

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