We often associate body transformation with some form of drastic weight-loss, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, there are plenty of people achieving the opposite.
For Abby Pollock, a 23-year-old fitness lover living in Toronto, Canada her transformation was about overcoming an eating disorder and living a stronger, healthier lifestyle.
Abby Pollock hasn’t always been the strong, confident beauty with a booty that she is today.
According to Cosmo, in 2012 Abby was 20 pounds underweight and struggling with symptoms of anorexia and bulimia. She was in an unhappy relationship and feeling the pressure of her first year of engineering school weighing down on her when she found out that her father had cancer.
Abby was understandably overwhelmed and she felt as though the only part of her life she could control was her diet, so she became obsessed with losing weight.
“Food was my safe space, in some weird and twisted way.”
She cut down her food intake so drastically that she was only consuming the bare minimum to keep her brain functioning: 900 to 1,000 calories per day.
“I told myself I was following these diets for ethical reasons, when really I was using them as a means to further restrict and cover up my disordered habits,” she admitted.
In 2013, things took a turn for the worse when Abby suspected her boyfriend of cheating and her dad’s prognosis became terminal. She felt herself spiraling out of control and decided to reach out for help by hiring a holistic nutritionist and personal trainer.
“I decided I was done playing victim, done breaking myself down,” she said.
The first step was to increase Abby’s diet to 2,000 calories per day.
FB LIVE STREAM 8:00PM EST (join link in bio): The 4 BIGGEST Mistakes Made By Beginners. . One of the BIGGEST mistakes I see women make is that they’re not eating enough. Eating 1000 calories a day took constant willpower. I had to constantly plan and re-plan what I was eating so I didn’t accidentally go over or eat a food that was “off-limits”. Aside from the fact that I was physically drained from eating so little, I was mentally drained from obsessing over such a trivial part of my life. Eating 1700 calories a day (pic on the right) was how much I was eating on a HEALTHY DIET. On the right I was leaning out for a bodybuilding competition and was still losing weight + reaching a low body fat while eating this many calories a day 🍎👏. . What I want you to pay attention to here is: (1) how I’m carrying myself and (2) the difference between bone vs. muscle. (1) On the left, my shoulders are hunched, my back is to the camera and based on memory, I know I was NOT smiling. On the right, my shoulders are back, chest up, and I’m SMILING proud 🤗. (2) On the left, I have “shape” only because I’m so thin that you can see my bones. Had the lighting been different, you would have seen my full rib cage. On the right, I am lean but strong, shapely and sculpted 💪! . If you want shape / tone / or that tight sculpted bikini look, you will not get it by starving yourself. Nothing good will come from starving yourself. By not eating enough calories, you starving your body and mind, ultimately sabotaging your own progress. Sorry not sorry for the rant. Girl got passion 🔥💕. See you on the live stream!
“Eating 1,000 calories a day took constant willpower,” she wrote in the post. “I was physically drained from eating so little, I was mentally drained from obsessing over such a trivial part of my life.”
Abby has now adapted herself to a much more flexible diet plan, eating whatever she wants as long as it fits into her daily goals for protein, carbs, and healthy fats and hits 1,700 calories per day.
On a typical day, Abby eats 4 protein-packed meals.
How to Sneak More Protein Into Your Meals 👉 mix egg whites in with your ground turkey when you're pan cooking it. Here I mixed 4 oz ground turkey with 1/4 cup egg whites + seasoning salt. Hardly notice the egg whites, but these add a SERIOUS protein punch to your meal. – PS hopping on a Facebook live stream at 8:30PM EST. Tonight we're doing a back to school Q&A – pop by and say hi! 💫Facebook: Abby Pollock Fit or click link in bio💫
She shares a variety of her favorite recipes on Instagram for her followers to enjoy and we may just be tempted to try the one above. While she tends to stick to the same foods throughout the week, the only thing Abby adamantly restricts are her eating hours. She practices intermittent fasting which has been proven to help the body churn out more sustainable energy from the food it takes in.
“It has helped me repair my relationship with food, become more in touch with my natural hunger cues, and it has allowed me the lifestyle flexibility to eat larger (even restaurant-sized) meals while still making progress toward my goal,” Abby explains.
At least once a week, Abby will allow herself a favorite food like yogurt or sushi and may even indulge in a cocktail or two. With her new, healthier plan intact, Abby looks forward to each meal and takes it as an opportunity to become stronger.
With help from her trainer, Abby also developed an effective fitness routine to accompany her diet.
Before her new lifestyle, Abby would hit 2 hours of high-intensity cardio per day. Now, she’s cut back to two separate shorter cardio sessions per week and added on four weightlifting sessions during which she lifts as heavy as possible without compromising her form.
When Abby started using heavier weights she initially feared that she may bulk up too much. However, her butt began lifting while her waist started to shrink, giving her the desired hourglass effect.
Doing just squats will not build a booty. TAG A FRIEND who needs to read😊💖! – 1⃣Squats are a compound exercise – while these are great for building a muscular foundation, they are not ideal for increasing the size of your glutes relative to the rest of your body. 2⃣Squats may not be ideal for your body type – if you're like me and have long legs, then squats just won't be comfortable. 3⃣There are much better isolation exercises – my favorites are: barbell hip thrust, abduction machine, and banded leg press variations. – Comment if you have other questions on this!
Her routine includes four days a week at the gym with one hour sessions each time. She spends the majority of the time lifting weights, but sometimes she’ll allow herself 30 minutes of cardio after concentrating on her butt.
Of course, Abby’s weight was affected by this drastic lifestyle transformation.
The 23-year-old went from 125 pounds to 152 pounds of lean muscle and she looks and feels phenomenal.
Why Gaining Weight is a GOOD Thing👀 TAG A FRIEND who needs to see this! . 140ish lbs vs. 152 lbs. Pear shaped (at best) vs. Strong hourglass. No cardio vs. Sub-22:00min 5km run. Random food choices vs. Educated and enjoyable food choices. BAD acne and oily skin vs. Smooth and taut skin. I could go on. . Weight is NOT the only measure of progress. If you want to drastically transform your body, you MUST build muscle. And muscle has weight. Progress pictures and body part measurements are MUCH better indicators of whether you’re moving towards your goal shape or not. . PS Chicago Glute Camp is Oct 22. See my Snapchat: ampollo for early bird sign up!😊💕
Abby has made helping others accomplish their fitness goals a priority in her life
“Transformation does not come from finding the ‘perfect’ moment, training plan, or diet,” she says. “It comes from taking action and choosing to learn through your failures, rather than give up.”