Molly Smith, aka Molinspire on Instagram, saw her naturally, slender frame pile on the pounds as she developed a serious food addiction.
She struggled to contain her love for food and binging on snacks and even though the Canadian student came from an active family, her secret, high calorie splurges led her to weigh almost 236 pounds.
Molly says that it was an ex love interest that started her trying to lose weight, as she was worried she would fall for someone “who would never be interested in her“.
Molly’s insane appetite for unhealthy, high calorie snacks led her down a path to obesity and depression that took control of her life.
The 24 year old had fallen into a troubling spiral and found it hard to see a way out. Despite growing up slim and healthy, her addiction to binging had changed all that.
Molly described her old self as extremely lazy and a food addict.
“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”
“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.”
As well as causing the decline of her physical health, she also started to notice changes in her thoughts as well.
“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 wasn’t until Molly started falling for someone that she decided she needed to take action. She didn’t want to have feelings for someone who she felt “could never be interested” and decided to drastically change her eating habits and routine.
Initially, Molly fell into a common first time dieters trap of feeling that eating less is always better and to lose weight, you have to restrict yourself to the extreme.
“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.”
Eating more calories and providing her body with more energy, she was able to continue her weight loss at a much healthier pace and no longer felt like she was starving throughout the day.
“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 beginning, Molly ate foods that she thought would make her lose weight. Now, she focuses on foods that will keep her healthy and the weight loss comes naturally after.
“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’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.”
With a healthy eating mindset and a new love for exercise, Molly dropped an incredible 95 pounds (from 236, to around 142). Molly has one of the most famous transformations on Instagram and currently inspires almost a quarter of a million followers everyday!
“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.”
Even after completing such an amazing transformation, Molly still admits that she struggles from time to time with body image issues, but overall is in a much healthier place both physically and mentally.
“Although I sometimes still struggle with self-image, I currently find myself in a very healthy mindset about my physical appearance.”
Molly knows better than most that losing weight is a long, tough journey. The only way to get through it is to remain consistent and keep focused on your end goal, especially when you have bad days and feel like giving up.
“Everyone struggles to lose weight; it’s hard. If it was easy, everyone would have a perfect body.”
“The hardest part about losing weight is not giving up when you have a set-back.”
Molly’s advice to those starting their own weight loss journey is to not take on too much at once. You didn’t gain all the weight in a day, so don’t try and lose it all in a day.
“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.”
For Molly’s Diet You Can Check Out Her Weight Loss Meal Related Instagram Account Here: @molseats