A woman who spent COVID losing a whopping 10 stone in just eight months is convinced that her stunning weight loss helped her recover when she caught the virus.
Angelina Toppi, 24, had gone from 22st 12lbs to 12st12lbs when she tested positive with coronavirus in October.
She said: “If I was as big as I had been, I think my symptoms and the length of them would have been far worse.”
Luckily Angelina, from Harper County, Maryland, did not have to go to hospital and recovered at home.
She said: “My symptoms weren’t that severe and I think it was because I am healthy and not obese anymore.
“I lost my sense of smell, I had headaches and I was really tired but it only lasted three or four days.
“I think if I was as heavy as I had been before, I would have had issues with my breathing.”
Angelina, who works in accounting at a car dealership, started losing weight in February, just three weeks before the US went into lockdown, after the breakdown of a relationship.
“I went through a bad breakup and I realized how heavy and unhealthy I was.
“The best way to get back at someone is to make yourself look better.
“Most people are gaining weight during COVID but I’m losing it.”
She tried the Keto diet which is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate eating plan beloved by celebrities including Kourtney Kardashian and Katie Couric.
“I have about 20g of carbs a day.
“I have no sugar, no bread and no pasta.
“I just eat meat, salad and vegetables.”
Angelina used to begin each day with four Dunkin Donuts egg and cheese wraps washed down with a large coffee with extra cream and caramel before gorging on chips, candy and garlic bread throughout the day.
But she swapped the fast food for lean salads or cooked vegetables with grilled tuna or chicken and she now snacks on whole almonds.
She said: “At first it was very difficult but after about two months, it really just became a lifestyle.
“I could know how many carbs were in something just by looking at it.
“It became second nature.
“I did miss pasta – I’m Italian so my family eats a lot of spaghetti.”
Lockdown did make it more difficult to work out but she is now back in the gym five days a week.
“When I first started my diet, I was working out every day for three weeks.
“But then the shutdown happened so I started doing other things like intermittent fasting.
“And obviously when I got COVID, I couldn’t go to the gym.”
Angelina added that she is thrilled with her weight loss and has swapped her size 24 clothes for a size 12.
But she still wants to shed more pounds.
“I want to get to 140lbs.
“And then I’ll slowly start adding healthy carbs again like fruit and maybe potatoes.
“I feel so much better about myself.
“I find walking easier and I don’t hear myself breathing all the time.
“I can fit into clothes at regular stores now, I’m not going to plus size stores all the time.”