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Chloe Pells


Vital Statistics Before Current
Weight >6st 7st+

An under-eating teenager whose weight plummeted to under six stone turned to weightlifting to battle the eating disorder which almost left her in hospital.

At her lowest, Chloe Pells - 19, from Dagenham - weighed just five stone ten pounds and was surviving on tiny amounts of food.

She survived on roughly 900 calories daily. Made up of a bowl of cereal with no milk, snacking on apples and the tiniest dinner she could face. Chloe's weight loss was so extreme that when a 23-inch waist prom dress was too small, she starved herself even further to make it fit.

Chloe Pells - Before & After

Two years ago, however, Chloe reached a turning point and decided enough was enough.

She was introduced to YouTube and the idea of IIFYM and began following inspirational fitness models and professionals like Heidi Somers and Nikki Blakketter.

Watching them, Chloe knew she wanted a body like theirs, so she began researching weightlifting and how to eat healthily.

Now Chloe works out using weights five times a week and weighs in at a much healthier seven stone.

She’s also following a high protein diet from yours truly, and credits that and her weightlifting to helping her overcome the eating disorder.

Here is her moving story...

Chloe Pells

Training Plan

Monday
Lower Body + Cardio
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Upper Body + Cardio Lower Body + Abs
Rest
Friday Saturday Sunday
Rest Upper Body + Cardio Full Body

Meal Plan

A typical day would look like this;

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast

  • Lunch

    Lunch

  • Pre workout

    Pre workout

    • Cracker breads with Muscle Food Prutella.
  • Post workout

    Post workout

  • Dinner

    Dinner

    • All my dinners I make from scratch. Some of my favourites are chicken chow mien, carbonara, chicken breast burgers or chicken sausages with swede mash and peas.
  • Dessert

    Dessert

    • Quark with an cereal bar broken up into it
    • Eton Mess (low fat Greek yoghurt, meringue and strawberries with muscle food syrup)
    • Chocolate & blueberry muffins.
  • Drinks

    Drinks

    • Light Skinny late with sugar free ginger bread syrup, iced coffee with My Protein Flavour drops.

Interview with Chloe Pells

Hi Chloe, thank you for taking the time to chat with us - let's start off with an easy one, where do you come from, what's your age and what's your day job?

I am 19 years old (20 in Feb), I come from Dagenham and I am currently a second year university undergraduate.

To set the scene for our readers, you got in touch earlier in 2015 and told us briefly about your personal journey towards health and fitness - in your own words please could you share your story...

I was called fat once when I was 13 years old. Like most mums my mum said to me that I was perfect and that it was just puppy fat. I started to just cut out the junk food. So only one bar of chocolate a day or I would have smaller portions.

Chloe Pells before

Then I got introduced to slimming world and the idea of sins and allowances. Eventually I got the idea that if I had no sins all week then I could have one cheat meal – but I never did. Then I decided to only eat ‘clean’ and ‘healthy’. No processed food, no fizzy drinks and low fat.

As I was going through all these diets, I was slowly losing more and more weight. At the time I didn’t think much of it and thought that it was great what I was doing. But then eventually my ‘allowance list’ got shorter and shorter.

I didn’t tell anyone what was going on except my mum and boyfriend.

I didn’t want anyone knowing because I didn’t want the attention to be on me. Every time I went to tell someone something would happen e.g. I lost my cousin Jack and then I lost another cousin and then my granddad.

I thought that I had to keep quiet and deal with it on my own because there was much more important things happening. I used food as a coping mechanism. When I was stressed then my obsessive ways got worse.

During sixth form I felt alone and as a result I got worse. I stopped going out for birthday meals or going out in general because I just wanted to hide. Eventually after 6 years I started to change.

I was introduced to YouTube and the idea of IIFYM and weight lifting. I loved how perfect these girls looked and how happy they were with themselves. I already knew that I wanted to change but it was seeing this lifestyle that made me decided how I was going to change.

What was your turning point?

Chloe Pells Tatoo

When I was 8 years old I lost my cousin Jack to a brain tumour. I was all very sudden and it of course was hard on everyone but to me he was my best friend. When I was going through this everyone always kept saying that the only person I would ever listen to would have been Jack.

One day about 18 months ago I had a dream with him in it. It was all so vivid and life like. I can still hear his voice now thinking about it. I remember him saying to me ‘you have to snap out of it’ and since that day I have.

I now have a tattoo on my foot with his name. I used one of his old school books so that it is his actual writing.

Now I have him with me literally every step of the way.

How did your journey to recovery begin?

I got introduced to fitness you tubers like Heidi Somers, Nikki Blakketter etc. and I really liked the idea of IIFYM. I loved how they looked so perfect and was going against the social norm of being cardio bunnies and never going near the weights section.

What was the toughest challenge you faced during these early days of your transformation?

I think the hardest part for me is breaking out of the routine. You are so used to following the same routine over and over and always thinking of food in a certain way so to then change it to something else took a lot of getting used to.

What role did Muscle Food play in helping you through this time?

A lot of the foods that I was seeing the Youtubers eating weren’t available in the UK like Quest, Joseph’s breads etc. and I also found the Diet Kitchen on YouTube who mentioned the company a lot.

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I decided to have a look on there and noticed that they had all the things that I have been looking for. I loved the fact that muscle food had all these foods that are considered ‘bad’ but are actually good for you.

Plus, as a student you have to save any penny you have so to be able to find somewhere that has deals all the time and is actually affordable was a blessing.

It's well known that there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding amongst the public when it comes to eating disorders - if you could, what rumour would you like to dispel?

A lot of people when they hear of an eating disorder they automatically picture a stick thin person who survives on just polo’s or an apple a day.

They think that they are doing it on purpose and that they are willingly putting themselves and their families through it all but in reality some people don’t even know that what they are doing is wrong.

They get so used to restricting and eating ‘clean’ they then see this lifestyle as the normal thing.

Since you made that first step towards recovery - how has your outlook on exercise and food changed?

Chloe pells Transformation

I used to think that when you go to the gym that you should only do cardio and that you could only eat ‘clean’ foods.

I used to feel guilty if I didn’t do a full hour on the cross trainer or if I ate something that wasn’t considered healthy but now since starting weights and following IIFYM I enjoyed things so much more.

If I’m honest, I absolutely hate cardio! When I see that my trainer has got me doing 25 minutes on the cross trainer I dread it. As for food, that has probably got to be the biggest change for me. Now I eat whatever I want – in moderation.

I get sent a set of macros that my coach wants me to hit each week and I love the variety now. When I see that I have a high carb day I am over the moon whereas before, I would have freaked out.

Now that you've made a positive change, how has your transformation affected those around you?

It has been for the better. My mum always says that she has her little girl back and that she can do more stuff with me. We now go out for more meal and afternoon tea more often. It’s great because we can do more stuff together.

My relationship with my boyfriend is a lot better now because now I can also go out more with him and not make excuses for not going out for dinner. Now I can do the normal things that people take for granted.

Don’t listen to other people’s negative comments.

If you could go back in time and give yourself just one piece of advice - what would it be?

Dont listen to other peoples negative comments. Just because one person says you’re not perfect doesn’t mean that they are right. As long as you think you’re happy with yourself and you are happy – screw what anyone else thinks. As my mum says ‘when my Dont listen to other people's negative comments bum gets as big as your mouth ill worry’.

What have you learned about yourself during this transformation?

I have learned that I am stronger than I thought I was. I used to be very down on myself and think that I wasn’t capable of doing anything but now I know that I can. I am a big worrier. I am always stressing about something to my mum or boyfriend because I think that I haven’t done good enough.

But now I think that if I can come this far then everything else is a piece of cake.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

Chloe Pells After Transformation

My mum without even thinking about it. She has been there with me from the start and always stuck by me. My mum is such a strong women and I admire her every day. She has always been there for me and has always put me first.

Even when I was little and we didn’t have a lot of money, she would make sure that I had dinner even if she went without. She isn’t just my mum, she is my best friend and I just hope I can be half the person she is.

You've since decided to train as a dietician - Why?

I originally wanted to go into medicine but then when I got into sixth form I realised that I had more of an interest in the food aspect of health. I loved the idea of food being your medicine. Being able to combine food and clinical work was just the best thing for me.

You mentioned to us before about your desire to teach people how to turn cheat foods into healthy eats - what's your personal favourite recipe to do just that?

That is a tough one. It all depends on what I am craving. If do want something sweet, I will make my chocolate and blueberry muffins. If I am craving a Chinese then I will make my chicken chow mien or if I want something cheesy then I will make my carbonara.

We know you're a fan of Muscle Food, so tell us, what are your three must munch Muscle Food goodies?

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Three top tips for anyone wanting to make a change to their lifestyle...

    1. Only change if you want to change. Whether that’s to gain weight or lose weight. If you think you are perfect the way you are then who cares what anyone else says.
    2. Don’t take anyone or anything for granted. You never know how long you have with someone so don’t make gym your priority – friends and family first. Don’t miss out on family meals or parties because you need to go to the gym or you don’t want to eat out.
    3. Don’t see food or working out as a punishment / chore. Your body and mind is a machine and so it needs the right things to function properly. You can’t put water in a car and expect it to work. Just as you can’t never take it for an MOT and expect nothing to go wrong on it.

    Favourite motivational movie?

    I am a sucker for anything with Melissa McCarthy in it. I love the fact that she goes against the normal media perfection. She inspires me because you show that you don’t have to follow society’s idea of perfection to be successful and have a happy life.

    What's next for you?

    I plan to get my degree so that I am a fully qualified Dietician and can then go on to work in a hospital with patients. I hope to maybe eventually get the chance to work for Great Ormond street as that was where my cousin spent his last few months and the staff were amazing.

    Chloe Pells After Transformation

    I have an integral account where I share motivation pictures, recipes, and food ideas and every day I show what national food day it is. You would be surprised what holidays there are. It only has a small following at the moment but I’m hoping that it will grow and I can inspire others.

    Is there anything else you'd like to share?

    You only live once. It’s down to you whether you want to live your life trying to make yourself what everyone else wants you to be or whether you’re going to be who you want to be. Don’t keep thinking oh I will do that tomorrow because sometimes you’re not going to get that tomorrow.

    I don’t want to sound depressing or anything but you never know when you time is up so you have to live in the moment all the time. We have to live in our bodies and we only get one body so why wouldn’t you want it to be the best one you can get.

    Everyone works for years and years to pay for their ideal home that they want to live in so why can’t the same go for your body? You can replace a broken window but you can’t replace yourself.

Muscle Food Final Thoughts

Every transformation story featured on Muscle Food outlines that a good diet and a good workout plan are essential to achieving the results you desire. All transformation stories, exercise routines and diet plans are provided by the customer and have not been checked by a nutritionist or doctor. Results may vary for different individuals.