A pretty young student with a dazzling smile and flowing blonde
hair has revealed how food addiction saw her naturally slim
frame soar to nearly 225lbs (16st 12lbs) after she would have
‘insane’ food binges. 

Despite coming from an active family, Molly Smith, 24, from
Vancouver, Canada,
struggled to control her love of food and would binge on
high-calorie snacks and takeways.

Her relentless appetite pushed her weight ever higher… until
she fell for a cute boy and decided to take drastic action to
overhaul her life.

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Blonde beauty Molly Smith, 24, from Vancouver, is finally proud of her physique after she slimmed down and lost 85lbs (six stone)

Blonde beauty Molly Smith, 24, from Vancouver, is finally
proud of her physique after she slimmed down and lost 85lbs
(six stone)

The 24-year-old described her life before as 'extremely lazy' and says she was 'addicted' to food

Despite coming from an active family, she slipped into bad food habits

The 24-year-old described her life before as ‘extremely lazy’
and says she was ‘addicted’ to food. Despite coming from an
active family, she slipped into bad food habits and weight
began to rise, tipping her into depression

After embarking upon a regime of eating fresh food and taking
lots of exercise, Smith now has a killer body, tipping the
scales at just over 150lbs.

Smith explains how she fell into a cycle of food addiction: ‘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.

Her mental health began to suffer too, she says: ‘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.

It was the idea of falling for someone who ‘would never be
interested’ that finally pushed Smith to take her diet more
seriously. 

Molly says the idea that a boy she liked would never consider dating her proved to be the final straw in ditching her high-calorie diet

Molly says the idea that a boy she liked would never consider
dating her proved to be the final straw in ditching her
high-calorie diet

After initially starving herself, Molly realised that drastic action wouldn't sustain

She began consuming around 1,200 calories a day and exercising regularly

After initially starving herself, Molly realised that drastic
action wouldn’t be sustainable and she began consuming around
1,200 calories a day and exercising regularly

In fact, initially she took drastic action and was ‘essentially
starving myself’. She says: ‘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.

Losing weight has completely changed my life. I was an
extremely lazy person who thought the world owed me
something.

Her Instagram page is now awash with images of her amazing
physique and she says she focuses now on eating as little
processed food as she can.

‘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.

Killer body: Molly says she's now studying nutrition to learn more about what is and isn't good for the body

Killer body: Molly says she’s now studying nutrition to learn
more about what is and isn’t good for the body

Start small: Molly says patience has been key to her weight-loss journey, with an initial quick-fix starvation diet not working

Start small: Molly says patience has been key to her
weight-loss journey, with an initial quick-fix starvation
diet not working

‘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.’