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Laura Amy reveals eating disorder battle

Australian fitness model and personal trainer, Laura Amy, is known for her incredibly fit figure and inspiring workout programs. 

But the 25-year-old L.A Fitness founder’s journey to self-confidence and fitness has been a challenging one, with Laura revealing she battled an eating disorder in 2015.

Taking to her Instagram page, Laura shared a harrowing snap of her 39 kilogram frame from March, 2015, with her 404,000 followers.

‘It’s not a race, it’s a journey,’ she said. 

Australian fitness model and personal trainer, Laura Amy, is known for her incredibly fit figure and inspiring workout programs

Taking to her Instagram page, Laura shared a harrowing snap of her 39 kilogram frame (left) from March, 2015, with her 404,000 followers (pictured right this month)

Taking to her Instagram page, Laura shared a harrowing snap of her 39 kilogram frame (left) from March, 2015, with her 404,000 followers (pictured right this month)

'I only started training weights at the start of last year and since then it has become my passion and the one thing I can always turn to for happiness,' she said

‘I only started training weights at the start of last year and since then it has become my passion and the one thing I can always turn to for happiness,’ she said

‘Since a lot of people out there obviously don’t believe in hard work and dedication, on the left I weighed around 39kg and struggled with an eating disorder.

I was 23 years old, weighed around 40kg, had poor eating habits and my idea of a gym session was a 60 minute run.

‘On the right is me today weighing around 50kg. I only started training weights at the start of last year and since then it has become my passion and the one thing I can always turn to for happiness.’

The Sydney-based entrepreneur struggled with her weight throughout 2015 and revealed she was ‘shocked’ when she came across a bikini selfie she had taken from August that same year. 

Laura is pictured in February, 2015

Laura is pictured in February, 2015

The Sydney-based entrepreneur struggled with her weight throughout 2015 and revealed she was 'shocked' when she came across a bikini selfie she had taken from August that same year

The Sydney-based entrepreneur struggled with her weight throughout 2015 and revealed she was ‘shocked’ when she came across a bikini selfie she had taken from August that same year

'I can't stress enough how gaining weight doesn't necessarily have to be a bad or scary thing,' Laura said (pictured left in August, 2014, and right in August, 2017)

‘I can’t stress enough how gaining weight doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad or scary thing,’ Laura said (pictured left in August, 2014, and right in August, 2017)

‘I was 23 years old, weighed around 40kg, had poor eating habits and my idea of a gym session was a 60 minute run on the treadmill,’ she said. 

Laura said during that time her weight became an ‘obsession’ where she was weighing herself daily and taking on ‘unhealthy’ diet and exercise habits. 

Since, she has been educating herself on the right foods to nourish and fuel herself and the benefits of lifting weights and building her strength.  

‘I wish I could have told myself then what I know now. The numbers on the scales is just that…A NUMBER,’ she said.

'Fast forward just over two years and almost 10kg heavier and I'm the happiest and most confident in myself that I've ever been!' She said 

‘Fast forward just over two years and almost 10kg heavier and I’m the happiest and most confident in myself that I’ve ever been!’ She said 

'The photo on the left was taken a little over two years ago and photo on the right was taken a couple of days ago,' Laura said of the above image in May, 2017

‘The photo on the left was taken a little over two years ago and photo on the right was taken a couple of days ago,’ Laura said of the above image in May, 2017

‘Fast forward just over two years and almost 10kg heavier and I’m the happiest and most confident in myself that I’ve ever been!   

‘It all comes down to you, YOU have to want it and YOU have to be willing to make those changes. If you want something bad enough you’ll do whatever it takes.

‘Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone has their own journey, don’t compare yourself to others and be proud of what you have achieved!’

Laura is an advocate for weight training and regularly stresses that weight gain can be a positive and healthy thing. 

Laura is an advocate for weight training and regularly stresses that weight gain can be a positive and healthy thing

Laura is an advocate for weight training and regularly stresses that weight gain can be a positive and healthy thing

Describing herself as ‘naturally small’, she has always found it challenging to gain weight and size but managed to build muscle through hard work and determination. 

‘There is no magic supplement or pill, sure I use supplements to aid with my training but it simply comes down to hard work and dedication,’ she said. 

‘It’s rewarding to see your body grow and become stronger day by day.’ 

If you need help or support for an eating disorder or body image issue, please call Butterfly’s National Helpline on 1800 334 673 or e-mail support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au 



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