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'People couldn't understand why I hated being skinny' - Student reveals why she chose to gain two stone

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Credits: News Dog Media © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: News Dog Media A student who hated being skinny has revealed why she chose to put on two stone and transform her miniscule frame into a muscular body.

Bethany Tomlinson had been able to gorge on chocolate, chips and pizza every day – all whilst remaining a tiny UK size 4 to 6 - for as long as she could remember.

But inside, Bethany from Somerset, England, was miserable and hated her slender frame, and her intention to pile on the pounds wasn't working.

Her poor sugar-laden diet left her drained and her self-confidence was so low that she wouldn’t let boyfriends see her without a t-shirt.

Then in 2015, feeling helpless and hopeless after her father was tragically diagnosed with terminal cancer, Bethany decided to make a change to her life and bulk up her body.

Credits: News Dog Media © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: News Dog Media Bethany, 22, took up weight training and completely overhauled her sugar-laden diet by taking a healthy approach to nutrition.

The 5ft 2inches brunette has now bulked up from 6 stone to 8 stone 6 lbs and is a muscly size 8 to 10, and she says she feels mentally and physically empowered.

Bethany’s inspiring fitness story has won her an army of fans – almost 73,000 followers across social media.

Business and Marketing student, Bethany said: “I had always been naturally slim but I always felt so unhappy with my shape.

“People around me could never understand why I didn’t like being skinny and being able to eat bad fatty and sugary food all day without gaining a pound.

“But I felt so weak and small in my physique. I had zero confidence.

"I hated my body so much that I would never let boyfriends never see me without a t-shirt on as my ribs and spine would show.

“But after being inspired by women on Instagram, I decided to make healthy changes to my lifestyle – and get the beautiful, muscular curvy shape I had really wanted.

“Now, I have more confidence than ever before in all aspects of my life and the change isn’t physical – it’s mental too.

"I feel empowered and confident in so many areas of my life.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with striving to be ‘petite’. But I don’t think women should be confined to the media norm of being super small either. "

Credits: News Dog Media © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: News Dog Media She said there should be no issue with people wanting to be bigger and curvier, as long as they're healthy.

Bethany wanted to show how "gaining weight can be cool too."

All her life, Bethany had been naturally slim at six to seven stone but felt uncomfortable.

She would binge on fatty food all day in an attempt to gain weight but to no avail – her bad eating instead left her feeling miserable.

For breakfast, Bethany would eat two chocolate croissants in addition to a fried breakfast and toast.

Lunch would comprise of pizza whilst dinner would be a home cooked meal.

And she would snack on chocolate, biscuits and sweets all day.

Bethany explains: “I hated my body and had zero confidence. Naturally being very slender, I didn’t feel the need to exercise or eat vegetables as I though this would make me lose weight.

“I would eat tons of fatty and sugary food to help me put on the pounds but the calories seemed to go nowhere.

“I was so frustrated and I developed a very unhealthy relationship with the scales weighing myself sometimes twice per day.

“Furthermore, nothing I was eating was nutritious and I had terrible mood swings.

“My parents would try to encourage me to eat a healthier diet but I thought this would make me slimmer so I ignored their advice.”

Credits: News Dog Media © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: News Dog Media However, just as she started university in October 2015, Bethany’s life changed forever when she found out her father was suffering from terminal cancer.

The tragic turn of events led Stephanie to make positive improvements to her lifestyle.

She said: “When I started university, I was going through a tough period in my life. My dad was suffering from terminal cancer and I felt helpless.

“I felt so far away from him living three hours away at university but he wanted me to continue studying and succeed.

“I wanted some sort of escape from worrying about my father and thinking about him all day.

“I threw myself into my studies and I also discovered Instagram where I learned about women who had transformed their naturally petite bodies to muscular and curvy.

“They looked so empowered and strong – physically and mentally. I wanted that for myself and decided to transform my body.”

Credits: News Dog Media © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: News Dog Media Bethany started going to her university gym and began watching YouTube videos on weight training. She also began researching nutrition and changed her diet.

Bethany now eats five wholesome meals per day with plenty of fruit, vegetables and water.

“I was so intimidated when I first set foot in our campus gym as I had no idea what I was doing," she said. "But I started to watch YouTube tutorials and practice exercises in my university bedroom.

"My confidence began to build and I also made changes to my diet too. I learned about the importance of good nutrition and eating enough to build muscle.

“Slowly and surely, I started to put on weight and with my diet changes, my mood started to lift too.”

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