Fitness Star Emily Skye Gained 28 Pounds and Has Never Been Happier

Emily Skye is known for her nutrition-, mindset- and exercise-centered F.I.T. programs. Her Instagram account (which no doubt contributed to Skye's title of Cosmopolitan's Social Media Star of the Year) showcases inspiring before and after photos, weight loss journeys, healthy cooking and all-around motivating content.

Before anyone whips out the "I like the before pic better" comments, read the following: - 1st pic: 2008 / 47kg This is before I started strength training. I was only doing cardio & I was obsessed with being as skinny as I could be. I was starving myself & was really unhealthy & unhappy. I suffered depression & had terrible body image. 2nd pic: 2016 / 60kg I now weigh 13kg more, I lift heavy weights & do a little bit of HIIT. I dont do ANY long cardio sessions & I eat more than I've ever eaten in my life. I'm also happier, healthier, stronger & fitter than I have ever been. I no longer obsess over the way I look. I eat & train to feel my best, for overall "health" & longevity. I LOVE having muscle & I feel more confident than ever. When I first started lifting weights 7 years ago, I was finally starting to become healthy & happy for the first time in my life. I had friends at the time telling me I wasn't healthy & was taking it "too far". - This devastated me & had me in tears! I couldn't believe that the people who were supposed to love me weren't happy for me even though I was obviously much happier & healthier than I'd ever been. Luckily I decided not to listen to their put downs and kept going with my new healthy lifestyle & here I am today the best I've ever been, and I no longer have those "so called" friends. I now surround myself with positive, supportive people who are true friends to me! I love my life & I'm so grateful I decided to make those changes several years ago & committed to my healthy lifestyle. Now I'm able to help others become their best too! - My F.I.T. Programs that I created are all based around strength training & HIIT - it's what's given me & thousands of other ladies amazing, healthy, lasting results. (Click the link in my profile to join!) ☺️ Exercise & eat nutritious food because you LOVE yourself & know that you deserve to be your best. Try not to focus on being "skinny" & just focus on your overall health - mental & physical. Don't listen to anyone who tries to bring you down. Surround yourself with positive, supportive, like-minded people & always do what makes you happy regardless of what anyone else thinks! .

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Recently, Skye shared two side-by-side photos of herself: one from eight years ago, when she weighed 28 pounds less, and one current photo. There is a visible difference in muscle tone between the two photos, and Skye says she's happier at the heavier weight.

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She explains that the photo on the left is from before she started strength training. "I was only doing cardio and I was obsessed with being as skinny as I could be," she shared in the caption. "I was starving myself and was really unhealthy and unhappy. I suffered depression and had terrible body image."

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She went on to say why the 28-pound weight gain increased her self-confidence and body image. "I lift heavy weights and do a little bit of HIIT," she said. "I don't do ANY long cardio sessions, and I eat more than I've ever eaten in my life."

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"I'm also happier, healthier, stronger, and fitter than I have ever been. I no longer obsess over the way I look. I eat and train to feel my best, for overall health and longevity. "

She encouraged her followers to focus on exercising and eating healthy not to lose weight, but for overall health. "Exercise and eat nutritious food because you LOVE yourself and know that you deserve to be your best. Try not to focus on being 'skinny' and just focus on your overall health — mental and physical. Don't listen to anyone who tries to bring you down."

"Surround yourself with positive, supportive, like-minded people and always do what makes you happy regardless of what anyone else thinks!"

Well said!

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