name is Carmen Garcia and I have been a successful International fitness
model for almost 3 years. Receiving countless e-mail requests on how
to gain/lose weight has prompted me to share my own true story on how
I gained weight, fought an eating disorder and became a successful working
fit model. Struggling with an eating disorder throughout my childhood
and teen years was emotionally painful. My desire to gain weight was
always prominent but I just couldn?t work up a normal appetite in my
growing years. Not to mention the fact that I?ve always had a fast metabolism
and I?ve always been the hyperactive type.
My peers would judge me based on my underweight body and dealing with
the name-calling was difficult enough as a teenager. I was very self-conscious
about my weight. My parents would try to bribe me to eat and I would
try to swallow my last bite with agony because I never felt hungry.
Our dinner hour was always a problem when it came down to finishing
my plate of food. Then I reached my late teen years and I began to notice
a changing pattern in my increased appetite. So I took advantage and
began to just eat whatever foods and whenever I wanted. I took every
?weight-gainer? in the market. I?d down 6 glasses of whole milk per
day and just eat a bundle of food not being properly educated on sticking
with lean healthy meals in order to gain lean muscle mass.
In high school, I began to eat a lot junk food and still no weight gain!
This was very frustrating for a person with a high metabolism and an
active lifestyle. The years rolled by and finally I began to see a little
gain but it was not muscle gain. It was flab! I ended up working at
a gym that summer and learned a lot from bodybuilders and trainers.
I even became a certified aerobics instructor and started to lift weights.
That?s how my body transformed itself. Weight lifting and eating healthy
is crucial to sculpt and build areas that need it.
Asking questions to the pros and reading up on informative articles
in books and magazines was also very helpful in understanding the process
to gain lean mass. Education and moderation is key.T oday I am a working
fitness and swimwear model traveling around the world making appearances
and helping others achieve their fitness goals. I?m also a personal
trainer and a motivational role model to both men and women. It took
me years to finally gain lean muscle in all the right places and getting
to know my body.
Finding the strength and motivation inside of me was all about discipline
as well as getting the right information by other role models in the
fitness industry. I believe that each and every one of us can achieve
whatever goals we set and focus on. If you have an eating disorder and
would like some personal advice from me, don’t hesitate to contact