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'Eat more, lose fat': Incredible eight month transformation photo proves that lifting weights and a high calorie diet really are the key to the perfect bikini body

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 9/21/2018 Emilia Mazza and Matilda Rudd For Daily Mail Australia

A Sydney-based personal trainer who regularly flaunts her rock-hard abs on Instagram says eating more is the key to a better body.

Sophie Allen, 29, is one of Australia's leading fitness bloggers and recently she shared a side-by-side snap of herself taken a year apart.

While there is only .9 of a kilogram (1.98 pounds) difference between the two photos, Sophie explained the photo of herself eating less revealed not only was there virtually no difference in her weight, she was also far from healthy.

"On the left I was over-training, my recovery was poor, I had low NEAT, my hormones were messed up and I was weak and skinny," she wrote.

a woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Sophie Allen (pictured left and right) said while she was eating nearly 500 calories less in the image on the left there was only .9 of a kilogram difference in her body weight © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sophie Allen (pictured left and right) said while she was eating nearly 500 calories less in the image on the left there was only .9 of a kilogram difference in her body weight a woman wearing a dress: The Sydney-based fitness star regularly shares snaps of her enviable physique to Instagram © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Sydney-based fitness star regularly shares snaps of her enviable physique to Instagram

To make a point, the fitness star captioned her post 'Eat more. Lose fat' before explaining how eating more food put the body 'better position for compliant fat loss'.

What is N.E.A.T? 

The simple four-letter word is also an acronym for non-exercise activity thermogenesis.

This means extra opportunities to exercise – in addition to regular workouts – through incidental activities

N.E.A.T activities would be walking to work, doing the dishes, taking the stairs

In order to illustrate this, she said the photo taken a year ago showed how she looked from eating a lot of calories for an extended period of time.

In comparison, the photo on the right revealed her physique after increasing her calorie intake and pushing her metabolism to work harder.

The health advocate said this allowed her to "drop into a small deficit, to reduce body fat and build lean muscle at the same time."

a woman sitting in front of a mirror posing for the camera: The 29-year-old believes eating more food, not less, is the key to a better body © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 29-year-old believes eating more food, not less, is the key to a better body

"Today, I'm the strongest I've ever been, the leanest I've ever been, eating the most I've ever eaten," she said.

Tackling the issue of diet head-on, Sophie said 'people are scared to eat more' but if done the right way it is possible to eat more and lose weight.

"I know which I'd prefer, which ultimately means which plan I'm more likely to stick to," she concluded the post. 

a woman talking on a cell phone: 'Today, I'm the strongest I've ever been, the leanest I've ever been, eating the most I've ever eaten,' she said © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Today, I'm the strongest I've ever been, the leanest I've ever been, eating the most I've ever eaten,' she said a woman sitting at a beach: While Sophie flaunts a physique that's clearly the result of dedicated training, she's not one to stick to the same formula day in and day out © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited While Sophie flaunts a physique that's clearly the result of dedicated training, she's not one to stick to the same formula day in and day out

While Sophie flaunts a physique that's clearly the result of dedicated training, she's not one to stick to the same formula day in and day out.

To keep things interesting, she's currently following a 6-12-25 workout plan. 

This means she does six reps of an exercise, then 12 reps of another and 25 of another again.

"Basically, it's a lactate inducing 'giant set' workout, which is designed for the maximum release of growth hormone available."

For example, she'll do six reps of a lunge squat, 12 reps of a leg extension followed by 25 pendulum squats. 

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Although Sophie radiates good health, she has had to overcome significant challenges in the past. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Although Sophie radiates good health, she has had to overcome significant challenges in the past.

Although Sophie radiates good health, she has had to overcome significant challenges in the past.

At 21, she went in for day surgery to treat her endometriosis but a complication during the procedure left her with a perforated bowel.

The condition was life-threatening, and she spent a month bedridden in hospital in intense pain.

"If my surgery had of been left any longer I would have died," Sophie said previously.

Following the experience, she was able to recover and transform her body, and today she is passionate about health and fitness, and continues to share her story as a way to connect with others.  

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