Mother sheds 126lbs after being fat-shamed in a wedding dress shop

Mother, 29, who consumed 6,000 calories a DAY sheds 126lbs by following a strict diet after being fat-shamed in a wedding dress shop

  • Ali Stutz Buch, 29, was fat-shamed when shopping for her dream wedding dress 
  • The hairstylist from Milwaukee, Winconsin, became determined to lose weight 
  • She shed an impressive 84lbs before her big day and continued to lose weight

A mother who was fat-shamed in a wedding dress shop has lost 126lbs after ditching her 6,000 calories-a-day diet and cutting down on sugar and carbohydrates.

Ali Stutz Buch, 29, says a sales assistant told her ‘this won’t fit you’ before having the item snatched out her hand and being redirected to the plus size section when shopping for a gown for her big day.

After leaving the store feeling distraught, the hairstylist from Milwaukee, Winconsin, became determined to lose weight and shed an impressive 84lbs before her wedding.

Ali continued to drop dress sizes – going from a size 22 to size 10 and losing a total of 126lbs. She was so proud of her achievement that she splashed out $16,000 on cosmetic surgery for her new figure, including tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation.


Ali Stutz Buch (pictured left, before her weight loss, and right, after), 29, says a sales assistant told her ‘this won’t fit you’ before having the item snatched out her hand and being redirected to the plus size section when shopping for a gown for her big day

After leaving the store feeling distraught, the hairstylist from Milwaukee, Winconsin, became determined to lose weight and shed an impressive 84lbs before her wedding (pictured)


Ali continued to drop dress sizes – going from a size 22 (pictured left) to size 10 (pictured right) and losing a total of 126lbs

The mother-of-two recalled: ‘I went dress shopping and I was already self-conscious but was looking forward to a nice day. 

”When we arrived at the shop, my eyes fell on one dress and I excitedly picked it up. The sales assistant took it off me and abruptly said “this won’t fit you, you need the plus size dresses in that corner.”

‘Of course I was aware of my size but when a stranger says something so blunt to your face it hurts. It really shattered my confidence and her comments stuck with me. It made me so sad.

‘I realised I needed to change. I have tough skin but this dress was for my special day and I didn’t want people to be looking at me and only noticing my weight.’

At her heaviest, Ali weighed 266lbs when she was 23 and a single mother of one. She admits to always being overweight, even in school and when she had her daughter, now six, she struggled even more with her weight.

Ali (pictured before surgery) was so proud of her achievement that she splashed out $16,000 on cosmetic surgery for her new figure, including tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation

At her heaviest (pictured), Ali weighed 266lbs when she was 23 and a single mother of one


Ali (pictured left, before her transformation, and right, after) admits to always being overweight, even in school and when she had her daughter, now six, she struggled even more with her weight

She met her now husband, Jacob, in 2015 when she was at her heaviest. But after getting engaged a year later, Ali decided enough was enough.

She said: ‘I saw a Keto diet plan on Instagram but didn’t really know what it was. I saw how good everyone looked and something just clicked and I knew was ready to start. I had tried and failed so many diet plans in the past.’

Ali cut out sugar and carbohydrates and wrote down everything she ate.

She said: ‘I was a binge eater. People judged me for eating 6,000 calories a day but they don’t realise how quickly calories add up unless you write down every snack. If you don’t track what you are putting in your body it is so easy to over do it.’

‘For me my brain doesn’t let me have just a small bite of something. I would eat the whole cake, then feel guilty and then eat another. It was a cycle. I needed a plan where I cut it out completely.’ 

Ali’s diet before her weight loss 

BREAKFAST: Chocolate waffles / muffins

LUNCH: Pizza and breadsticks

DINNER: Pizza, hamburger and fries

SNACKS: Crisps, sweets

Ali’s diet after her weight loss 

BREAKFAST: No breakfast only coffee

LUNCH: Chicken and salad

DINNER: Bun-less hamburger and sprouts

SNACKS: Peppers, nuts, eggs, berries

Ali (pictured recently) met her now husband, Jacob, in 2015 when she was at her heaviest. But after getting engaged a year later, Ali decided enough was enough

Ali (pictured in the sea) cut out sugar and carbohydrates and wrote down everything she ate

Ali lost six stone ahead of her wedding and her seamstress was unable to make the drastic changes to her dress. 

‘I had ordered a size 22 dress but now I was a size 10,’ said Ali. ‘I tried to have it altered, taking a whopping 16 inches out of the waist but it just didn’t work.

‘So I went back to a shop and picked something I didn’t dare to look at before. My dress was tightly fitted and I felt amazing. It was the most beautiful dress.

‘I had so much confidence on the day. For the first time I wanted people to look at me. Looking back at pictures I am so proud of how far I’ve come and I’m so happy I bought that new wedding dress to show off my new body.’

Ali’s transformation didn’t stop once she was married in 2017 and she is now 42lbs smaller than her wedding day. 


Ali (pictured left, before her weight loss, and right, after) lost six stone ahead of her wedding and her seamstress was unable to make the drastic changes to her dress

Ali’s transformation didn’t stop once she was married in 2017 and she is now 42lbs smaller than her wedding day (pictured)


After maintaining her weight for a year, Ali (pictured right, recently) booked for tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation. Pictured left: Ali before her transformation 

Ali added: ‘I am where I want to be. My mental transformation is what I am most proud of, how I feel about myself now is what counts. It’s mind blowing to me what I have achieved. I hated having photos taken, I was so critical of my body.

‘My life changed when I had my kids and I was desperate to be healthy for them. I was very close to my gran who was extremely overweight and she died aged 68 because of complications with her weight.

‘She never saw me graduate or got to meet my kids because she died due to something avoidable and I could see I was on that same path. 

‘I want to see my kids grow up, I love to play with them on the beach and race around after them.’

After maintaining her weight for a year, Ali booked for tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation.

She added: ‘I had so much excess skin that the surgery was necessary but I decided on a boob job because I decided I deserved a confidence boost.’ 

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