A woman refused to wear skirts or shorts for four years after her boyfriend destroyed her confidence with a nasty comment about her legs.
Scarlett Skinner, 23, was on a night out in a club with her other half when he told her people had been laughing at her.
He told her she "shouldn’t wear anything short because of the cellulite on the back of her legs".
Thankfully, she dumped him shortly after but his mean comment stayed with her and she only wore trousers for the next four years.
The music graduate, who lives in Surrey, said: "He told me that it was for my own benefit because people had been laughing at me behind my back in a club.
"Anyone who tells someone that they should be ashamed of their body is just disgusting, but it was someone close to me, so I followed what he’d said for years."
During their relationship Scarlett’s lifestyle became extremely unhealthy, and a bad diet and lack of exercise meant she soon weighed 10st.
She said: "I was eating fry-ups for breakfast all the time, as well as copious amounts of junk-food, crisps, sweets and chocolate, and my confidence was at rock bottom.
"I was hiding away completely and completely changed the way I dressed.
"I started to notice that every single outfit I wore was long sleeved and high-necked – it was loose, long trousers and a big jacket as well.
"I never felt sexy or attractive. I remember always feeling my fat roll over my trousers in my jeans and just never being able to be comfortable when eating a meal."
She found a new boyfriend and even though she was happy her unhealthy relationship with food continued.
She said: "I knew I was gaining weight at the start of my new relationship – it was just that comfort of sitting at home with your favourite person watching movies and eating all your favourite snacks.
"The whole time though, I just had no confidence in the way I looked.
"I would get physically sick about twice a week because I’d over indulged and never ever had a settled stomach.
"My housemate asked me to run with him one day and I couldn’t even make it to the end of the road – I was so unfit."
But it wasn’t until she saw some photos of her in new underwear that she decided enough was enough.
She said: "I honestly couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and I felt absolutely sick."
She decided to sign up for fitness company LDN’s Muscle Bikini Bible , a 12 week training and diet programme, and began to change her life.
Now she’s completely transformed her body and she’s a lot happier and healthier.
She said: "Something just clicked in my brain – I think it really just helped me to achieve the routine and structure that I was crying out for.
"I was under mega stress in my third year at university, but the feeling after the gym and seeing my progress made me so much happier.
"I’ll go to the gym roughly five times a week now and have made some simple lifestyle changes like walking instead of catching the bus.
"If I’m pushed for time, it’s great to be able to just do a HIIT workout or bodyweight circuit at home instead."
Scarlett’s diet before
Breakfast – Fry up or a chocolaty cereal.
Lunch – Cheesy chips, sausage rolls, pastries or ready meals.
Dinner – Pizza, chicken nuggets and chips or takeaways
Snacks – Chocolate bars, crisps, sweets
Scarlett’s diet now
Breakfast – Avocado on farmhouse seeded bread with fresh tomatoes and rocket or p orridge with fresh fruit and honey.
Lunch – Quorn chicken with wholemeal pasta or sweet potato wedges with kale, spinach, peas and onion.
Dinner – Vegetarian sausages with sweet potato mash, peas and spinach, or homemade vegetarian chilli packed with vegetables, beans and pulses.
Snacks – Popcorn, nuts or fruit.
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