My 600-lb Life Viewers Shocked At Amber Rachdi’s Incredible Weight Loss

At her heaviest, Amber Rachdi, then only 23 years old, weighed 657 pounds. Amber, who uses they/them pronouns, had their story featured on TLC‘s “My 600-lb Life.” The show revealed the terrifying health issues they were facing as well as their fear that they would die soon if they didn’t change their life.

  1. Amber Rachdi was seriously struggling. Despite being so young, they didn’t have much of a life. They couldn’t stand up for more than 30 minutes, had to use wheelchairs and mobility scooters to get around, and relied on their loved ones to perform basic tasks for them. It wasn’t much of an existence, and despite struggling with anxiety and depression, they didn’t want to live like that anymore.
  2. Amber went to meet Dr. Nowzaradan to ask for his help. They wanted to know if they were eligible for gastric bypass surgery, but as usual for Dr. Now, he wanted to see Amber’s dedication first. He asked them to lose a bit of weight, and they did. After dropping 17 pounds by eating well, Amber Rachdi got the operation and their life began to improve.
  3. The weight began dropping pretty quickly. TLC said that by the end of the same year, Amber had dropped more than 257 pounds. That was seven years ago, and they’ve not only maintained their weight loss but dropped even more pounds. Their life looks brighter, happier, and healthier than ever.
  4. They recently posted a selfie to their Instagram that wowed their followers. “I look so much like my grandma here and that brings me peace and satisfaction,” they captioned the shot, which showed them posing in a velvet gown in the mirror. Needless to say, their followers were gobsmacked. “You look absolutely stunning and I’m definitely getting Adele vibes,” one person wrote. “You look beyond beautiful. I’m so glad you’re enjoying life and living to the fullest! You are a huge inspiration,” another added. A third said: “I’m so excited to find you here. You are [an] awesome inspiration and what a survivor and warrior you have had to be to get here.”

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill