Alexandra Cane revealed on Saturday that has decided to gain weight, after recently admitting that her ‘obsession’ with fitness and over-training left her in ’emotional pain’.
The former Love Islander, 29, celebrated the positives aspects of putting on weight, including ‘feeling sexier’, as she said she hopes to gain a ‘healthier body’ during the UK’s third lockdown.
In a cheeky Instagram snap, she lifted up her black top to reveal her skimpy thong and washboard stomach as she detailed her new health project.
Focus: Alexandra Cane revealed on Saturday that has decided to gain weight, after recently admitting that her ‘obsession’ with fitness and over-training left her in ’emotional pain’
Alexandra said: ‘POSITIVES OF WEIGHT GAIN:- feel sexier- more cushion for the pushin’ – get to eat more woo- more energised – more fun to be around – turns out I actually do have breasts – less stress/control – more freedom- more JOY & HAPPINESS.
‘What have I missed cause I know there’s more?!!!If you’re on a weight gain journey, please don’t be scared.
‘I feel so empowered where I’m currently at and getting back to a healthier body composition like what I was this time last year.’
She concluded: ‘There are soooo many benefits – keep going and don’t doubt yourself! I know it can be nerve wracking but I promise you, you will feel sooooo free. Be compassionate & kind to yourself. ✨.’ (sic)
Feeling empowered: In a cheeky Instagram snap, she lifted up her black top to reveal her skimpy thong and washboard stomach as she detailed her new health project
Alexandra added the hashtags on the post to her 1.4 million Instagram followers: ‘#youareenough #weightgain #weightgainjourney #youcandothis #trusttheprocess.’
Also on her Instagram story, she captured her svelte frame in a mirror selfie and penned: ‘Curves are coming back,’ alongside a series of celebratory emojis.
A few hours later, the reality star shared a screenshot message from a fan who wrote: ‘Don’t gain too much weight. You look so much better super skinny!!!’
Alexandra was quick to shutdown the rude comment as she responded; ‘People & comments like this can get in the bin’.
Documenting her progress: Also on her Instagram story, she captured her svelte frame in a mirror selfie and penned: ‘Curves are coming back,’ alongside a series of celebratory emojis
Earlier in January, she took to Instagram to share three side-by-side snaps showing herself in swimwear. The reality star discussed her ‘coping mechanisms’ at the point where each picture was taken and how it impacted the way she looked.
One photo showed her shortly after her stint on Love Island in 2018, while in another from 2019 saw her frolicking in the ocean at her most ‘balanced’ state, and the third, most recent, snap showed her very lean figure last year.
She wrote alongside the post: ‘Let’s talk about coping mechanisms… This is NOT a body transformation photo. I don’t want you to “pick which you prefer”.
‘I’m just hoping that by sharing my experience, I can help others in the process that might be experiencing something similar. This is tough for me to post because it’s so personal but hindsight is a beautiful thing and this is necessary…
Unimpressed: A few hours later, Alexandra shutdown a rude comment from a follower who told her not to gain weight because she looks ‘so much better skinny’
‘LEFT IMAGE: Coping mechanism. Unhealthy relationship with food, alcohol, self sabotage, unfit, toxic relationships, anxiety, panic attacks, low self esteem, resentment.
‘MIDDLE IMAGE: Balanced. A combination of exercise, improved nutrition. Love & respect for myself & what my body is capable of. Enjoying social life too!’
Going on to discuss how she felt when she was at her most lean, she went on: ‘RIGHT IMAGE: Coping mechanism. I continued to lose weight when lockdown began due to stress & overtraining.
‘Exercise became my therapy as I loved it so much but it became a bit of an obsession whilst trying to keep my head above water when I felt like everything else was crumbling around me.
Honest: Earlier in January, the Love Island star took to Instagram to share three side-by-side snaps as she discussed her ‘coping mechanisms’ at different stages in her fitness journey
‘It felt like I’d lost control in many aspects of my life but the one thing I could control was food & exercise.
‘I couldn’t see at the time how thin I was becoming, I would speak to myself so negatively, I was living in a trance. Now I just want to hug that girl & fill her with love.’
Alexandra explained to her fans that she has come to realise she was struggling with grief at the time of the most recent picture, and that being so lean is not healthy.
She went on: ‘Since then I’ve managed to see myself for what it truly was – grief. I’m now learning other coping mechanisms & tools to help with what I’m struggling with but I want you to know that the girl on the right might look like a “fitness guru” but it’s far from the truth.
‘Yes I was fit, but I was also in a lot of emotional pain & I couldn’t see it. Being super lean is not the epitome of health (particularly for females).
‘It’s not sustainable nor does it bring you true happiness. My aim now is to get back to full health – mind, body & soul.
‘Whatever that looks like or says on a scale, I couldn’t care less. Happiness comes from within, so if that means I gain a few more pounds, memories, fulfilment & joy… I’m all for it.
‘How we look really is the LEAST beautiful thing about us!!! So I hope you will join me on this journey of self love & appreciation.’
Feeling reflective: Alexandra explained to her fans that she has come to realise she was struggling with grief and that being so lean is not healthy