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'My fat-shaming boyfriend deliberately fed me up so other people wouldn't look at me - but now I've transformed my body'; Despite being only 12st, 8lbs, and a UK size 16, Emily de Luzy, 24, says she was shamed for her weight - now, she's dropped five stone and is a bikini competitor.

Byline: Sophie Evans

A brave young woman has described how her 'fat-shaming' boyfriend deliberately 'fed her up' so other people wouldn't look at her.

Emily de Luzy, 24, claims the former partner used to 'shame' her for herweight, despite her being only 12st, 8lbs, and a UK dress size 16.

She says she would do everything she could to hide her body away from the world after years of comfort eating left her unhappy with her looks.

Known as the "chubby one", she says mirrors were her "worst nightmare", baggy clothes were her "best friend" and she would get called names.

But after coming to terms with the fact she was using food to "tackle" her emotions, she has now dropped more than three stone.

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Today, Emily worships and loves her body. She regularlytrainsin the gym, lifts heavy weights and has even become a bikini competitor.

"I had a boyfriend who shamed me for my weight and openly admitted to me that throughout our relationship he fed me up deliberately because the fatter I got the less people would look at me," she recalled.

"I got called names in the gym when I was running on the treadmill at the beginning of my weight loss journey - I was always known as the chubby one.

"When I went on holiday with my friends, to get into the pool I used to get them to pretend to push me clothed so I didn't have to undress down into just my swimsuit.

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"I didn't have a relationship with my body before, we didn't work as a team. I would hide my body from the world and even from myself, mirrors were my worst nightmare and baggy clothes my best friend."

Emily, from Horsham, West Sussex, started her fitness journey aged 19. She now weighs 9st, 2lbs, and has dropped from a size 16 to a size 8.

"I was out of shape before and I was so determined to prove the school bullies and people who had shamed me for my weight that I could get in great shape," she said.

"I started my journey at the age of 19 when I came to terms with the fact that I was overweight, unfit and was using food to tackle my emotions."

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She went on to describe what her aims were when she decided to start going to the gym - and how she made them a reality.

"I decided to lose weight then to push it even further to compete as a bikini competitor and then sustain the physique I've always wanted," she said.

"I've lost five-stone, gone down four dress sizes and have gone through every emotion possible through trial and error of many diets, dealing with breaking habits and genuinely sticking at it to get to where I wanted to be.

"Now that I worship, respect and love my body it allows me to run long distances, lift heavy weights and jump around in training classes.

"I am proud of the body I was born with now and I am no longer scared of mirrors nor fitted clothes.

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"I tend to train in the gym four times per week which includes one to two hours of weight training or a functional session including a mix of resistance-based exercises and high intensity cardio.

"My calories vary depending on my week and if I am dieting for shows. Right now, I am currently eating 2000 calories plus per day and I still get hungry.

"Calories and food are our friends and I see way too many diets going around which include such low calories, our bodies aren't designed to live off restricted calories especially if we want to build some muscle and have a toned, balanced physique.

"My calories come from good food sources and provide me with all the nutrients I need to fuel me for my week both mentally and physically.

"You hit some serious lows and some serious highs, you push your mind and body in ways it has not been pushed before.

"You have to put up with being hungry and over worked and you have to love your soul and your body before you begin to start dieting for any show."

For Emily, social media plays an important role in what she does.

"I started my Instagram account as it allowed me to communicate with like-minded people and it also spurred me on to keep going as I would write posts informing my followers of my plans," she said.

"For instance, I once announced that I was going booze free for three months and I swear to this day that because of that and promising others I didn't have a sip for a whole three months.

"Posting my journey via social media has definitely enhanced opportunities for me. I've managed to connect with people from all over the world and now have a great platform to speak to people in the same position I was before I started my weight loss journey.

"A lot of people ask me how I do it and I'm always honoured when people do ask and always try to encourage and advise others if they show an interest in my journey."

She added: "I've had some bad reactions too, mostly from people who don't understand nor want to understand why I go to the gym and why I eat clean and healthy. Normally this is from people that from the outside looking in aren't overly happy with themselves.

"In all honesty I only surround myself with positive and supportive people and this is one thing I'm incredibly strict on, no one needs bad eggs in their lives, so I make sure I have none in mine."

The young woman has some advice for anyone else just beginning or wanting to start on their own weight loss journey.

"Whatever goal you have in your mind I can tell you, you will achieve it. It may take time and you may experiencehiccupsalong the way because we're all human and anything worth having doesn't come easily," she said.

"If fitness is new to you and you feel a little lost as to where to start; invest your time, trust and money in a coach that can mentor you through your journey and eliminate potential hazards that can appear throughout transforming your body.

"Set some clear goals and go and smash them, try to remember where you started because every individual day you complete trying to better your lifestyle is another day ahead from where you began."

She added: "Most importantly do not forget to congratulate yourself for every small milestone you achieve throughout your journey."

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Emily de Luzy, 24, is pictured before and after her weight loss

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She says she used to be 'shamed' for her weight, despite being only 12st, 8lbs

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She has now dropped more than three stone after coming to terms with the fact she was "unfit" and "overweight"

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Emily, seen before and after her transformation, used to see mirrors as her "worst nightmare"

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Today, she worships and loves her body - and has even become a bikini competitor

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The young woman, from Horsham, West Sussex, started her fitness journey aged 19

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She is pictured at a size 14-16 before her transformation

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Emily now weighs 9st, 2lbs, and has dropped four dress sizes to an 8

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The young woman does occasionally stray from her eating plan and treats herself to an indulgent meal

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Emily says social media plays an important role in what she does

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"Posting my journey via social media has definitely enhanced opportunities for me," she says

Credit: Emily de Luzy/mediadrumworld

Emily has offered some advice for anyone else just beginning or wanting to start on their own weight loss journey
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