A super skinny vegan completely changed her body by getting into weight training and putting on more than a stone-and-a-half of muscle in just two and a half years.
Personal trainer Izzi von Kohler became a vegan six years ago and discovered a new lease of life after ditching eggs, dairy and meat from her diet.
The Londoner decided to get into weights after not feeling like she was reaching her full potential during her regime at the time which involved only doing yoga for exercise.
Weighing 7st 1lb, she was working 40 hours a week in retail and ate mainly ready-made processed vegan foods.
Now she’s a super sculpted 8st 9lbs and eats a died packed full of whole foods, grains and vegetables.
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Ms von Kohler said: ‘I decided to get into weight training because I loved the idea of building muscle and being able to do things like pull ups and press ups.
‘Cardio is still great and I do incorporate it into my training but because gaining muscle is my goal, I don’t do it as much as weight training.
‘Weight training allows the body to get stronger, and helps with your posture and increasing core strength which I recommend everybody should be working on.
‘I feel so strong and empowered, I love inspiring others to get active and fit. I do love to train lower body as that’s my strongest area but shoulders are always fun too.’
Ms von Kohler hits the gym six days a week and can front squat 100kg, deadlift 100kg, bench 50kg and press 30kg.
When people see her incredible before and after pictures, Ms von Kohler says they don’t always recognise her.
She added: ‘People just can’t believe how skinny I was before, they are so positive and supportive about my transformation.
‘Lots of my clients have found me through seeing my transformation. My advice to others is to decide what your goal is and sign up to a gym that you feel you can train comfortably in.
‘Look for a personal trainer that you feel has the same values as you and understands what you want. Don’t give up and be patient with your mind and body.’