MY 600 LB LIFE Ashley Dunn Bratcher weight loss photos capture impressive transformation

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The My 600 Lb Life Ashley Dunn Bratcher episode chilled viewers with a simple, direct, and terrifying admission: “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t have pain.” A devastating combination of poor diet and deep emotional trauma stemming from sexual abuse she suffered as a girl left Ashley despondent and nearly at the end of her rope.

And, as is so often the case with My 600 Lb Life participants, Ashley’s inability to do the little things for herself was a constant irritant:

“It’s gotten so bad now that I’m afraid I’ll be completely immobile soon,” Ashley said. “I’m good to stand for maybe five minutes….I’m terrified to get into my own bathtub, because I almost feel like I’m gonna fall to the floor.”

Of course, it turned out that sticking to a diet and going through surgery with Dr. Now was actually one of the easier parts of the My 600 Lb Life Ashley Dunn Bratcher episode. Ashley, who weighed 725 pounds when she got on Dr. Now’s scale for the first time, also suffered a perforated ulcer *and* a car crash, and wound up spending a grand total of 50 days in the hospital.

But Ashley’s determination has resulted in a remarkable transformation. Her initial weight loss was actually too extreme: Ashley lost 17% of her body weight, or about 123 pounds, in just four weeks, where the healthier goal had been about half that much weight. So, since then, Ashley’s weight loss has been slow and steady, as these before-and-after pictures can attest.

Here’s an Ashley Dunn Bratcher weight loss update from one of 2016’s Transformation Tuesdays:

Transformation Tuesday #proud #unstoppable #gettingthere #goals? #thankful #blessed? #godworksinmysteriousways

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And here’s a noticeably lighter-looking Ashley in another Transformation update from earlier in 2017:

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Ashley recently revealed that the biggest secret to sustained weight loss–and, not coincidentally, the hardest part to maintain–is all mental. “This surgery is just a tool. It does not change your mindset,” she told People. “But what I’ve found that helps me is when I do get that craving, I try to think about that and think about what I’m feeling. If it’s true hunger, then, you know, I’ll eat something. But if I’m feeling angry, happy, sad, I try to revert my mind to something else. I go for a walk. I play with my dogs. I might journal. It’s a learning experience.”

Thus, the woman who once compared food to oxygen (“It’s like breathing, it’s something I’ve got to have,” she said, during the My 600 Lb Life Ashley Dunn Bratcher episode) now embraces seriously low-cal meals, as some of her updates can attest:

Lunch #healthyfood #carbfree #ham #mustard #pickles #cheese

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Dinner #steak #asparagus #healthyeating

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And Ashley’s husband Jacob, who gained 60 pounds over the course of the episode, looks healthier as well. Here’s a photo of Ashley and Jacob together at a friend’s wedding this past summer:

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Maybe the best thing of all? Ashley’s little boy Patrick, who so often had to do for his mother all the things she couldn’t do herself, is today a very happy and healthy second grader–who just last month turned eight! Now, when Ashley says “Without [Patrick], I’d be lost,” she means it in a completely different sense: that of a mother, whose love for her son knows no bounds:

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As for a follow-up to the My 600 Lb Life Ashley Dunn Bratcher episode, Ashley herself recently revealed on Facebook that she’ll be a part of the next season of Where Are They Now?. “Not really sure when [it will air],” Ashley explained, “but it should be on the next season. A new one for me should be on sometime after the 1st of the year.”

In the meantime, you can revisit Ashley’s episode of My 600 Lb Life on TLC’s site.

(Photo credits: My 600 Lb Life Ashley Dunn Bratcher via Facebook, TLC)

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  • melinehclassy

    So instead of 5 chins she has 3. Nothing to see here. Wasting Dr Nowzaradans time

    • twelfthnight

      She’s still obese but she’s lost a lot of weight. It looks like she’s doing great. It’s going to take her at least another year if not more to get down to a non-obese weight at the good pace she’s going, it can’t happen overnight!

      • melinehclassy

        It’s been years.

        • twelfthnight

          Yeah, and? She weighed SIX HUNDRED POUNDS. People that big usually experience a significant weight loss very quickly when put on a normal diet. But after that, she still weighed over 400 lbs, and would need to eat around 3000 calories a day for TDEE still to stop her body going into starvation mode and shock. You can’t eat 1200 calories at 400 lbs without serious repercussions on your health. That would be incredibly unhealthy and while she would lose weight faster, it would put strain on her organs when she is essentially not feeding them. She could get organ failure from trying to get healthier so she doesn’t have organ failure.

          Rome wasn’t built in a day and people this big usually do take a number of years to cut down their weight. She’s making progress, why crap on her for it? That’s the exact thing that makes people give up and gain weight back.

          You can live in starvation mode for a while. I did it, I went through a depressive episode and lost 20 lbs (I was at a healthy weight before and after) by not eating much of anything, and my hair ended up falling out, my skin went to hell, and I had chest pain. You just can’t do that, at any weight.

          So yeah it has been years for her, but she’s got a pretty big tree to cut down with a hacksaw. It’s going to take a long time, bit by bit.

  • cali

    Wow good for her, you can actually see her face now!

  • Jackie

    Wow! 123 lbs in 4 weeks??? Good for her! It’s very inspiring. Xoxo

  • miss mel

    She had one of the biggest heads and deformed faces ive ever seen in my life it literally looked like a big ass balloon with her entire face smashed in the middle..hence the term FAT HEAD LOL..when she looked in the mirror that alone should make her stop eating how big can you get your damn face and yes she did have 5 chins and 3 in the back of her head too…but hey ill take a triple cheeseburger with bacon and a large fry and large some narcotics on the side…….she was truly ugly….glad if shes still loosing weight but she needs a good plastic surgeon now one ugly woman (woman??)

  • gondodeb

    Wow looking so good. I hope she can keep going and keep up this success story. It might be rude to say but she is actually getting cute. I bet her husband likes that. He better lose weight too and watch out because his wife is going to be hot.