Silvia Fascians hasn’t always looked like the fit and healthy 22-year-old you see on her Instagram account. Days spent lifting weights at the gym and preparing healthy snacks in her kitchen used to be filled with obsessing over what she ate and the brutal examination of any tiny bit of fat on her body.
“I wanted to disappear from this world and my body portrayed those feelings – my body was empty, I lost any shape or form, and I was reduced to skin and bones,” Fascians tells the Daily Mail.
Between 2010 and 2013, Fascians body went through a dramatic change as she admits to binging and purging around five times a day. Up until age 18, she had been playing on a professional basketball team in her hometown of Padua, Italy, but with her departure from the team and the subsequent deaths of her grandparents, she became increasingly lonely, using food as a way to take control over her life. She was both anorexic and bulimic.
#transformationtuesday the best change On me? My smile. Even in those two pictures I look dead, today I look and I am happy, all the time everyday..especially because of that little monster at my feet ???? .. ???????? may 2013, ???? December 2014 ☺️ 8 kilos of gains ???????? It has been the hardest journey of my life, the longest struggle, the road has had its ups and downs, many times I fell but I always managed to pick myself up and dust myself down. I gained. I gained weight, but most of all I gained life, I gained happiness and energy. The only person I owe this is my brother and my boyfriend, I don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for them ❤️ I’m just grateful #girlgains #anorexia #fuckana #beated #fromsicknesstofitness #edrecovery #anarecovery #edsoldiers #trasformation
A photo posted by Silvia ???? (@building_muscles) on Dec 13, 2014 at 8:19am PST
But then something changed.
Scrolling through Instagram one day she came across a picture of a really fit girl and realized what her own body had become.
“Something clicked and I began to think that I could be that girl too,” she says.
With the help and encouragement of her brother, she began working out and lifting weights hoping to gain muscle mass.
“Instagram saved my life by making me see a real life story of what doctors or people were just telling me, I needed proof and Instagram gave it to me.”
???????? 1 yr back transformation..definetely more muscles and definetely more fat..definetely more human and most of all happy ???? I’m growing, slowly, steadily but definetely. Wings growing, I might be able to fly in a while ???????? #girlgains #fromsicknesstofitness
A photo posted by Silvia ???? (@building_muscles) on Jan 19, 2015 at 3:33am PST
3 anni. Nella prima foto ero nel pieno della mia malattia, mi vantavo di quella foto, ero felice che mi vedessero le ossa.. Ora la guardo con ribrezzo e paura. E guardo la seconda e vedo tanta vita, tanta gioia e spensieratezza. Parlo anche di questa spensieratezza acquisita nel mio ultimo video online domani! Non perdetevelo ci sarà una news incredibileeee!! ???????????? ????????#nuovovideo#allenamento#gym#palestra#dieta#diarioalimentare#fitness#bodybuilding#bbgitalia#trasformazione#iifymitalia#flexibledietingitalia#edrecovery#amichefitness#alimentazionesana#motivazione#anoressianervosa#mangiaresano#stiledivitasano#dimagriremangiando#disturboalimentare#sollevamentopesi#anoressiaitalia#alimentazioneequilibrata#addominali#fitnessitalia#motivazione#youtubeitalia#squats
A photo posted by Silvia ???? (@building_muscles) on Feb 4, 2016 at 12:43pm PST
She now has her own Instagram account called building_muscles where she keeps track of her journey and hope to inspire others.
“Anorexia completely changed my life for the worst,” she says. “I took it as a means to change my life for the best.”
Fascians is planning to start her MSc in Food Marketing and Business Strategy this fall.
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