Woman, 28, has shed 5st after deciding to become a bodybuilder

Woman, 28, has shed 5st after deciding to become a bodybuilder

Woman, 28, who would eat up to four takeaways in one day and wanted to be ‘invisible’ has shed 5st after deciding to become a bodybuilder

  • Faye Giles, 28, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, has gone from size 16 to 6 
  • Before weight loss felt horrendous about herself and wanted to be invisible
  • Set challenge of becoming bodybuilder and has just won first bikini competition

A young woman dropped over five stone after deciding to become a bodybuilder.

Faye Giles, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, has gone from a size 16 to a size six after deciding to take the plunge and become a bodybuilder.

The 28-year-old says that before she started her weightloss and fitness journey in 2018 that she felt horrendous about herself and wanted to be invisible.

After successfully losing weight through ditching her unhealthy habits, Faye wasn’t satisfied and wanted to take her progress to the next level so she set herself the challenge of becoming a bodybuilder and competing in bikini competitions.

Faye said: ‘I used to go to the gym but I had no idea what I was going and I had really bad eating habits.

Faye Giles, 28, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, has gone from a size 16 to a size six after deciding to take the plunge and become a bodybuilder. Pictured, before her weight loss

Faye says she has a lot more confidence now and fells like she has finally found her purpose. Pictured, now

After successfully losing weight through ditching her unhealthy habits, Faye wasn’t satisfied and wanted to take her progress to the next level so she set herself the challenge of becoming a bodybuilder and competing in bikini competitions (pictured, now)

‘Some days I wouldn’t eat anything at all and then other days I could eat about four takeaways in one day.

‘I would eat whatever was in front of me, baguettes, biscuits, crisps. I would over indulge in Nando’s and pub meals, and huge portions of hearty meals like lasagne and stir fry.

‘My diet is completely different now. On training days I have six meals a day that consist of eggs, chicken, salmon, rice and oat.

‘I have coco pops as a post workout meal and I eat plenty of fruit and vegetables now too.

Faye has coco pops as a post workout meal and eats plenty of fruit and vegetables now too. Pictured, now

The 28-year-old says that before she started her weight loss and fitness journey in 2018 that she felt horrendous about herself and wanted to be invisible. Pictured, before her weight loss 

‘I would avoid any pictures on nights out with my friends. I just would have preferred to be invisible. I didn’t even want to leave the house for work.

‘I was buying size 16 clothes and they were starting to get tight on me. I was just so uncomfortable. I knew something needed to change.’

Faye decided she was going to join a fitness challenge to get her motivated. As she started to see the results she became hungry for more. 

‘I lost the bulk of my weight doing the challenges,’ said Faye, a project coordinator. ‘By 2019 I was wearing size eight to ten. I fell in love with making progress. It worked having a regimented plan and knowing I had boxes to tick.

‘In the gym, I was constantly surrounded by people who were going to be competing in bodybuilding competitions.

Faye says she used to go to the gym but had no idea what she was doing and had really bad eating habits. Pictured, before her weight loss

Faye competed in her first show last month and came first place in her class, which gives her an invite to the British finals in October. Pictured, with her trophies

‘I was so inspired by them. I thought they were phenomenal. I was proud of my progress but I wasn’t satisfied. I was determined to push myself further.’

Competing in bodybuilding competitions was out of Faye’s comfort zone, but in 2020 she spoke to her coaches about giving it a shot.

Faye says she didn’t want to do it to win, she wanted to do it to say she had been on stage as the old version of herself would never have been able to do that.

Due to coronavirus things were put on hold as shows were cancelled.

Faye said: ‘I continued to work hard through the lockdowns. But when my 2021 show was booked, my whole life revolved around it.

‘I had total tunnel vision for the 16 week prep period before the show. I trained five days a week and my calories started off higher to begin with.

On training days, Faye has six meals a day that consist of eggs, chicken, salmon, rice and oat. Pictured, in the gym


The 28-year-old says before her weight loss, some days she wouldn’t eat anything at all and then other days she  could eat about four takeaways in one day. Pictured left and right: Faye before her weight loss

‘As time went on they gradually dropped and cardio was increased. Although my energy levels were low, I cruised it.

‘Although I knew it was an extreme sport, I don’t think you realise how intense it is until you actually do it.’

Faye competed in her first show last month and came first place in her class, which gives her an invite to the British finals in October.

She admits being so nervous before stepping on stage but gave it her all and she was ready to show off her hard work.

Faye added: ‘I had a couple of minutes to give it everything. I gave all my sass. When I look back at videos and pictures of myself on stage I didn’t even recognise myself.

‘It was such a special day, but the glam of the show day glow up doesn’t reflect all the extremely hard work that goes into reaching that point.

Faye says she had total tunnel vision for the 16 week prep period before her bodybuilding show and trained five days a week. Pictured, in the gym

In the gym, Faye  was constantly surrounded by people who were going to be competing in bodybuilding competitions – and so she decided to give it a go herself. Pictured, Faye now

‘I always wondered how it was humanly possible to do things like this, not many people can do it. I am so proud that I have.

‘I think post-show has been the hardest for me watching the lines on my body fade away. But I know it’s not realistic or healthy to stay in that shape.

‘I got down to 7st 8lbs for my show, and before I started my journey I was well over 13 stone.

‘I have a lot more confidence now. I feel like I have finally found my purpose. I couldn’t live without doing this now.

‘I start my prep for the finals in a few weeks and I am looking forward to seeing what package I’ll bring to the stage and where I go next.’

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