Bullied teen who became 'anorexic' to be popular reveals her new body

By YOU
01 May 2017

"Everyone kept telling me I looked ill and that I wasn't acting like myself anymore but I wouldn't listen to them."

A teen who was driven to anorexia because she thought being 'skinny' would make her more attractive has revealed her new body after turning her life around.

Gabrielle Paice became 'obsessed' with her weight after being teased throughout her childhood. She dropped to 38 kg because she thought this would make her more popular.

"I used to get picked on a lot for my long nose. It would make me cry a lot. I never wanted to go to school. I had such low confidence."

"I wasn't bullied because I was fat but it drove me to lose the weight. I thought being skinny would make me seem more attractive to everyone."

PIC FROM MERCURY PRESS (PICTURED: GABRIELLA PAICE ) A teen who was driven to anorexia as she thought being skinny would make her more attractive has revealed her new body after turning her life around to become a fitness instructor.Gabrielle Paice became obsessed with her weight after being teased through her childhood and dropped to six stone as she thought this would make her seem more attractive and popular.The 19-year-old was told she looked ill but despite surviving on a daily diet of 600 calories she continued to run on a treadmill an hour a day - and would force herself to do more if she ate a biscuit.However, after suffering from hair loss and doctors warning her that she was giving herself low blood pressure, Gabrielle decided it was time to make a change. SEE MERCURY COPY PHOTO: Magazine Features

Although the 19-year-old from Plymouth in Devon in the UK was told she looked ill, she only ate 600 calories a day, ran on the treadmill for an hour a day – and would force herself to do more if she ate a biscuit.

"I really wanted to be thin but every time I looked at myself I thought I was fat. I would weigh myself every day and look in the mirror all the time. I would class it as anorexia.

"I thought that it looked good to be that thin and I did find that I was getting more popular after my weight loss."

 

Ok so this picture actually makes me feel a bit sick and has made me emotional back to my birthday 19 months ago, I used to think this was how all girls should be.. I hardly ate anything, I ran on the treadmill everyday and I was miserable. Everyone would tell me how unhealthy I was everyday and I thought I looked amazing, I'm telling you now this is not healthy you can practically see my ribs!! Please girls I really hope none of you go through what I did to be like this, it's unattractive. I now have a good relationship with food and enjoy weight training and have a life where I don't mind missing a gym session and going out for meals, this is your year to make a healthy change ?? #healthylifestyle #fitfreak #fitnessjourney #fitfam #gymlife #gymjunkies #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #fitnessinspiration #gymrat #transformation #protein #bodybuilding #fitfood #fitness #fitjourney #gymaholic #workout #training #exercise

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However, Gabrielle decided it was time to make a change when she started losing her hair.

Now she has new friends, is maintain a healthy weight of 57 kg and it's all thanks to her new career as a personal trainer.

#tranformationtuesday ?? (July 2015 ? April 2017) My journey has been a long road never thought I would look the way I do now, I feel so much more body positive ? Everyone used to tell me I looked ill even doctors but I never listened I thought I looked great and wanted to keep loosing more and more. I used to be so scared of putting on weight, I can't believe I actually over came my fear and turned my life around ? On the left I was on a girls holiday with my best friend ? luckily we still had the best time ever but every part of that holiday I didn't eat one bad thing, I would be obsessed with researching every item of food and what it had in it whilst she was eating pizza ?. I exercised everyday and would really put myself down if my workout didn't go to plan or I hadn't 'burnt enough calories' for the day!! Now I actually have a social life, I enjoy going to the gym and don't make myself go if I don't want to, I eat things like pizza if I want it ?? it's not a 'chore' anymore as I'm not draining myself heavily and I'm not under eating I'm doing what's right for my body and for what I'm trying to achieve ?? I remember getting straight on the treadmill after eating one biscuit it used to be that pathetic, now I would happily get that biscuit down me ?? it will all go to the ? if eaten in proportion, I eat healthy but I also eat what I want when I want and don't deprive myself. This has taken a lot of hard work and determination, you have to work out your own body as everyone is different! It's really not easy but it's 100% worth it I promise you that ??? ..Just remember you've also got to live your life ? ???????????????? #transformationtuesday #fitness #fitnessjourney #fitnessblogger #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #fitnessinspiration #girlswholift #bodybuilding #bodypositive #fitfreak #gymflow #gymrat #gymtime #glutes #squat #gymlife #gymgirl #gymmotivation #gymshark #training #fitchick #fitlife #bpi #workout #exercise #fitfood #gymselfie A post shared by Gabrielle Louise Paice (@gabriellepaicex) on

Gabrielle hopes her new job can help her spot others who may be struggling with their weight and offer them first-hand advice.

Gabrielle began dramatically losing weight in 2014 and dropped down to a size four in 2015.

After suffering from hair loss, bad skin and being prone to pain and bruising, she visited a doctor who told her she was underweight with low blood pressure.

"Everyone kept telling me I looked ill and that I wasn't acting like myself anymore but I wouldn't listen to them. When my friends would ask me to go out for a meal, I never would because I would have to research every single item of food on the menu."

"I became completely drained and had no energy.This is when I knew I needed to make a change. I decided to start going to the gym and I got a personal trainer," she said.

 

It's times like this when you realise how far you've come, weight gain is cool ?? top being a year and 7 months ago and bottom being now. Nothing is impossible, when you set your mind to it you can do it ? cardio vs weights!! Weights do not make you manly, they create a shape for your body ?? I thought I was happy in the first pictures but now I really understand what happiness is, I'm strong and healthy and enjoy my food ?? ?????????????????? #fitness #fitnessmotivation #bodypostive #gymflow #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessblogger #fitnessjourney #fitnessinspiration #gymtime #gymlife #gymrat #gymselfie #gymgirl #fitfreak #gymjunkies #transformationtuesday #gymfreak #gymmotivation #bodybuilding #healthyeating #exercise #workout #gymshark #weightgain #strongnotskinny #bootyfordays #fitgirl #gymaddict #girlswholift

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In February 2016 Gabrielle joined a gym and swapped cardio exercise for weight lifting and began eating a healthier diet.

"I have had a complete transformation and I actually have a social life now. I eat what I want but in moderation. I don't deprive myself anymore.

"I think it's an ongoing process and sometimes I will still be cautious about eating some things but I'm a lot better now."

She says after her transformation she decided that she wanted to help others and that inspired her to become a personal trainer.

"I'm much more positive now. Being a personal trainer encouraged me to make a lot of friends. I feel a lot more confident in myself now.

"When I see someone struggling with their weight and I can tell that they're going in the direction I went in I try to talk to them about it.

"However, when you're in that frame of mind it's really hard to listen to what people are saying. I just want people to love themselves."

@ Magazine Features

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