By Liana Jacob
MEET the blonde bombshell who conquered her food addiction and body image anxieties by shedding more than six-stone and now looks like a super-hot Barbie doll.
Student, Molly Smith (24), from Vancouver, Canada, always had an uncontrollable love of food, which she called an ‘addiction’. Despite coming from an active family, her never-ending appetite led her to reach 16st 12Ibs and a UK size 20 to 22, which left her feeling insecure and depressed.
It wasn’t until a boy caught her eye that Molly decided she needed to drastically change her regime. She is now a slender 10st 9Ibs and a UK size eight to 10.
“My family ate a relatively clean diet but due to my food addictions, I would always find a way to overeat or go insane when I did get hold of treats,” Molly said.
“I definitely had a food addiction, that paired with lack of motivation. At my heaviest weight, I was very much a pessimist and I felt like the world owed me something.
“I was very depressed and insecure to say the least. Being overweight is so much more than a physical challenge, but a mental one too.
“It’s so easy to get down on yourself and feel like there is no point in even trying anymore.
“Funnily enough, I was extremely interested in a boy and I knew he’d never be interested in me unless I lost weight. The boy faded quickly but once I realised I could do it, I just kept going.
“In the beginning, I started off just dieting; as I started to lose the weight, I cut more and more calories until I was essentially starving myself.
“At around halfway through my weight loss, I decided enough was enough and went back to eating 1,200 calories and working out regularly.
“That took me to where I am today. I go back and forth when I’m dieting and I’ll usually eat around 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day and get in as much exercise as possible. I try to avoid carbohydrates and eat tons of fresh food.
“At the start, I mainly focused on low-calorie foods and what was going to get me skinnier at any cost, these days I’m so concerned with the quality of food and nutrition.
“I eat a very clean diet with very minimal processed foods. I’m currently going to school for nutrition and at this point, I’m more concerned that the food I’m eating is good for me compared to whether it will help me lose weight.
“Losing weight has completely changed my life. Like I said, I was an extremely lazy person who thought the world owed me something.
“I was entitled and never took accountability for my actions. Losing weight has taught me to be accountable, helped me to be organised and determined.
“Although I sometimes still struggle with self-image, I currently find myself in a very healthy mindset about my physical appearance.”
While the hardest part about her weight loss process was trying not to give up at each hurdle, Molly insists that the most important thing is to approach it slow and steady.
“Everyone struggles to lose weight; it’s hard. If it was easy, everyone would have a perfect body,” she said.
“The hardest part about losing weight is not giving up when you have a set-back.
“Because of social media, most people are very aware that I’ve lost the weight but when I do happen to run into people that weren’t aware, it’s sometimes a bit awkward how shocked they are.
“Start small with walking and focus mostly on your diet. Don’t go insane with workout in the beginning because it can be very discouraging at times.
“Start small and work your way up. Most importantly, be patient and take lots of photos.”
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