This woman fought Anorexia and reshaped her body from a skeleton to a Body Building Champion
Anorexia is a killer disease but there have been quite a number of women who fought a winning battle with anorexia and lived to tell their tale as an inspiration to many. Among those who defeated anorexia, there is one who deserves merit of special mention, because she not only defeated anorexia, but went from being a virtual living skeleton to a body building champion. This is the story of Marta Chlanova, whose journey from an anorexic to bodybuilding champion is truly commendable.
Marta Chlanova’s fascinating transformation from a malnourished young woman, suffering severely from anorexia was truly remarkable. Her incredible journey took her from being the weight of a sickly child of just 31 kgs to a reputed and prize winning body builder.
1 At 17, Marta Looked Like a Skeleton
Marta Chlanova’s ordeal stared when she was 14. In a classic example of weight conscious young girls, Marta started dieting all because a friend remarked that she was fat. Anna dieted so vehemently that her diet consisted of only liquids and nothing more. This continued till she almost looked like a skeleton and was severely malnourished.
At 17 years old, Marta Chlanova’s anorexic condition became so severe that she weighed the same as a young child and that too, a malnourished one. She weighed just 31 kgs with a BMI of 12.6. She was almost on the verge of death, until she decided to put an end to her own suffering in one of the most positive ways possible. She decided to fight back.
2 Sickness and Frequent Hospital Visits Because Of a Deteriorating Condition
The first signs of danger came in 1999 when she entered hospital for the first time. Over a period of two years, her health plummeted with her weight going down to 31 kg. For a tall girl of 5ft. 6inches, she had a BMI of just 12.6 in comparison to a healthy BMI of 18.5 to 25. She was just a mass of skin and bones. Her immunity dropped and so did her health, when hospital visits became even more frequent. She suffered considerable hair loss and had developed brittle nails and dry skin; all signs of a deteriorating immunity which could have put her at risk of several diseases.
3 Marta Decides To Fight Back
Marta was subsequently hospitalized thrice in the same year. Her condition worsened and would not allow her to eat normal food because the moment she tried something solid she would puke. Marta then decided that she had, had enough. She had to do something to get her life back on track. When she was 24, she joined a local gym to work herself back into shape. Marta’s strong will and determination helped her to train on a liquid diet. In 2010 Marta migrated to Surrey, England and trained hard for a place in the natural physique association South east Championships. Marta’s resilience was rewarded with a third place, which was a remarkable and amazing feat, given the fact that she achieved this on a liquid diet. From an anorexic to bodybuilding champion, Marta pushed forward.
4 From Liquids, She Graduated To Solid Food Once Again
Marta then decided she would start eating solid food. As a training body builder, calories and proper nutrition were important. She started her diet from scratch which consisted of fruits and nuts. Marta ate mostly bananas till her stomach got used to wholesome food and she then began adding solids like vegetables, chicken and turkey. By now, Marta was consuming enough protein to sustain her training. She ate six meals daily which gave her the adequate quantity of proteins and carbohydrates. She actually began gaining muscle and her beautiful shape once again. Marta was well on her way to recovery.
5 An Inspiration to All Those Suffering from Anorexia
Marta Chlanova is now a certified physical trainer with an award winning body to match her mind. From an anorexic to bodybuilding champion, this woman’s determination truly paid off. Marta’s daily intake of food is now 2600 calorie a day, where she weighs a healthy 10 stone. ‘I’m now a personal trainer and I’m competing in another competition in July.
‘I’ve literally built my body back from scratch.’ Marta remarked that she is extremely happy and is happy to have fought such a challenge and bounced back with an amazing will to live again. Marta Chlanova, now 33 is an inspiration for all those women suffering from one of the most horrible of lifestyle diseases of the modern century.