Here’s to a new type of body transformation. On Instagram yesterday, fitness influencer Anna Victoria shared a?follower’s photos that document her inspiring recovery from a serious exercise habit.?
In the “before” pic, @barbellkell_fbg is flexing her biceps in a bikini that showcases her chiseled six-pack. But what it took to have that sculpted bod was not healthy.
This is not your typical transformation, and no, the photos are not reversed. Left is before and right is after ?? Please read what @barbellkell_fbg has to say: ??? "Not the typical transformation pic. Left is really a year and a half ago – strict macro counting (right down to gum, vitamins, cough drops, etc.) Both cardio and strength training 5x per week including two-a-days, strict coaching to the point we were shamed, zero balance, zero living, zero sustainability – I’d my full-time job and this, that was another full-time job basically. By the a week ago of the 10 week plan, I possibly could barely lift my feet to operate on the treadmill since i had zero energy. I had my check-up blood work done and my white blood cells were so low the doctor desired to test me for cancer. CANCER. I promised him it had been from my extreme eating routine and carb cycling and begged him to simply do another blood test in a single month. Instead of reverse dieting like I was designed to, I needed to just eat to survive. I did, my white count returned to normal, and that i gained fat. While I was never overweight, I was now depressed and unmotivated. This left pic version of me wasn’t healthy whatsoever but hey, I’d abs. I lost my cellulite. I’d a flat stomach. However with my health suffering, I had to return to "normal." The best is today. I eat what I want moderately but nonetheless stay as healthy as I can. I actually do FBG workouts, having a supportive coach @annavictoria and community. I live. I eat. I drink. I like holidays, parties, outings. I’m strong. Here's the biggest thing – I deleted this pic around the left forever, or so I figured. Irrrve never desired to see it again because I've thought about it everyday since I took that pic. It helped me sad, depressed, feel below par about myself which i no more look this way. I found that pic today, hidden within an email to myself from way back. Today may be the first day in a year . 5 that I can look at that pic and say, "Damn, I really like myself NOW." I feel good. I’m strong. I am happy. And that’s something I NEVER thought I'd say while looking back at this pic." . This. This is what FBG is all about. Living a proper life while still LIVING life. ?? #fbggirls www.annavictoria.com/guides
The photo around the left was taken a year . 5 ago, when @barbellkell_fbg was committed to a 10-week plan that involved exercising?five times a week, sometimes twice daily, and counting macros (right down to chewing gum, vitamins, and cough drops), she explains within the caption. “[Z]ero balance, zero living, zero sustainability,” she wrote. “I had my full time job which, that was another full time job basically.”
The strict dieting and intense workouts?took a significant toll. After the program, @barbellkell_fbg were built with a flat belly, with no trace of cellulite-but her levels of energy had plummeted. “I could barely lift my feet to run around the treadmill,” she wrote. A blood test showed her white blood cell count was severely depressed. It was so low her doctor wanted to test her for cancer, she says.
After convincing him to complete another blood test in a month, @barbellkell_fbg?committed to returning to “normal.” She ate “to survive,” she said;?as well as in time, she gained fat and her white blood cell count recovered.
OD’ing on exercise?is indeed a thing, also it can?cause from fatigue to chronic achiness-even a heightened heart rate, which puts more demand in your ticker. “Overexercising?often contributes to pain,?dehydration, or electrolyte imbalances, all of which can result in a rise in heartbeat,” Kathryn Berlacher, MD, a cardiologist in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, told?Health inside a prior interview.?
For more signs that you are overdoing it at the gym-and tips about how to scale back-check out our help guide to the symptoms of overtraining.
As for?@barbellkell_fbg, she’s?come a long way in the last 1 . 5 years.?She now follows Anna Victoria’s Fit Body Guides, and eats what she would like moderately. “I feel great. I am strong. I am happy,” she says-and?she loves the body she has now.?