Akilah Monifa lost 222 pounds

June 9, 2014 | Updated: 8:25 p.m., June 9, 2014

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Akilah Monifa wasn’t a foodie until she lost 222 pounds. She started with small changes. She gave up diet soda first. At her heaviest, Monifa weighed over 400 pounds. She says there was no one moment when she realized she needed to lose weight. Monifa had thought about gastric bypass surgery but was afraid after learning a friend had died after getting the procedure. “It was not worth losing my life, even though my health was compromised.”