Rizza Jane Robles Paragas, a 21-year old Multimedia Arts graduate recently went viral after posting the results of her impressive “five years in the making” transformation.
She took on a viral Facebook challenge to post a photo each year to track the changes. Rizza decided to post photos of herself from 2012 to 2017, showing how much her weight has drastically changed over the years. The impressive five-year transformation earned her praise from netizens.
On what inspired her to lose the weight, Rizza said: “Naisip ko kung tatanda ba talaga akong mag-isa. No one really seemed interested in me. Walang nanliligaw sa ‘kin. Akala ko pangit lang talaga ako.”
It didn’t take long before she became a social media sweetheart.
“I was shocked and overwhelmed.
“I never expected it to go viral since I’ve been posting random weight loss pictures for almost four years.
“I’m really really happy as well because I got to inspire people.
“Sobrang hirap magapapayat talaga, and, here I am, proving it is possible!”
Rizza said it took her a lot of effort and commitment to start and stick to a healthier lifestyle.
“Walang secret, e. There’s no magic pill and no shortcuts either. All I did was diet and exercise. You have to do both.
“I don’t believe in diet alone, because if you really want to burn fat, you have to do it with exercise.
“It is definitely hard work, but in the end, it is all worth it!”
In 2013, Rizza decided to have a much more active lifestyle.
“My first three months were random activities lang, like walking and jogging.”
She would do this for one hour each day for days a week.
“Then I leveled it up by going to the gym.
“All I did was cardio [elliptical, bike, treadmill] for two hours. My main goal was to burn, BIGTIME.”
With regard to her diet, Rizza said, “My first three months, I started by gradually cutting portions and choosing healthier options.
“Then after the months, the ‘1200 calories diet.'”
Rizza left this advice to those who want to switch to a healthier lifestyle.
“Kaya niyo ‘yan, guys! Ako pinakatamad na kilala ko sa mundo. Gusto mo pumayat? Start now! Kung nag-try ka na dati, try harder!
“Third attempt ko na bago ako maging successful. Don’t give up.”