Bullied Teen Who Lost Half Her Body Weight Now Inspires Thousands Of Followers

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A Russian woman who was bullied for years, leaving her feeling horribly isolated, is inspiring thousands of people online after losing almost half her body weight.

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Tanya Rybakova, 25, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, tipped the scales at 238 pounds at her heaviest and says she had no friends, but after dropping nearly half her weight she released a video about her journey, which went viral.

The lifestyle blogger, who underwent surgery to remove her excess skin, now has more than 270,000 YouTube subscribers - and has even been contacted by the people who used to bully her to tell her she's 'beautiful.'

She lost the weight over three and a half years and is now 117 lbs, with 170,000 followers on Instagram where she posts shots of her glamorous life and television appearances.

She lost the weight over three and a half years and is now 117 lbs, with 170,000 followers on Instagram where she posts shots of her glamorous life and television appearances.
She lost the weight over three and a half years and is now 117 lbs, with 170,000 followers on Instagram where she posts shots of her glamorous life and television appearances.

'It was so bad I would come home from school crying and I didn't want to go back. Being overweight took my confidence.'

'It was so bad I would come home from school crying and I didn't want to go back. Being overweight took my confidence.'
'It was so bad I would come home from school crying and I didn't want to go back. Being overweight took my confidence.'

The turning point came at her prom night which Tanya describes as the worst night of her life.
She adds: 'Now it's cool to see myself on television and often I can't believe this is my life.'

Now looking back, Tanya blames her ballooning weight on a poor diet growing up.

She said: 'I didn't come from a rich family and we ate a lot of cheap food that wasn't healthy.'

'We didn't know it wasn't right, as it was tasty. My weight became big and I was having breathing problems and I couldn't walk.'

After trying a number of diets, Tanya contacted a nutritionist and trainer.

She added: 'I was trying a lot of things to lose weight. I would try one diet after another.'

'But there was a lot of crap diets that were popular but not healthy. When I was a student at university I was having health problems from not eating healthy like feeling weak and shaking. I researched healthy food and went to nutritionist and I wanted to learn everything about fitness training.'

As a teenager she cut out trans-fat, known as partially hydrogenated oil and found in many baked goods, and sugar and trained at home, she also swam in a local lake three times a week.

After shedding the weight, Tanya had surgery to remove the excess skin three years ago. But she's 'honest' about her surgery since becoming an online star.

'The surgery is not a secret and I am always honest about this. I was trying to accept the saggy skin and doing everything I can but it was too much skin.'

'I also hope it warns other people from getting fat. I never thought about that before when I was big.'

Now, she eats right and plans her meals for the day insisting it's not a diet but a lifestyle.

Now Tanya runs an online programme to pass on her knowledge to help others.

'I work with people losing weight to show them you have to change your mind first.'

'It's not just about losing weight, that's just the first step, it's about having confidence and being healthy physically and mentally. The biggest change is confidence as losing weight shows you can do it if you want.'

'You can change your life if you believe in yourself.'

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