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I was obsessed with counting calories – I thought I would die from it


An Atlanta woman who was so obsessed with counting calories and tracking her fitness that it hospitalized her is now speaking out to warn others about their downsides.

Dani Fernandez, now 25, had struggled with an eating disorder for years since she was a teenager.

It had reached a point where she felt “guilty” for not constantly moving and improving her fitness tracker’s readings, South West News Service reported.

“My identity was in how I worked out…I felt like I had to earn food by burning as many calories as possible,” said Fernandez, who first developed the condition after learning she had lost too much weight to play football at age. 15.

She forced herself to walk 45 minutes a day along with other exercises despite the pain.

“My feet hurt a lot because I walked a lot,” she said.

Fernandez even avoided going away with his family so as not to break the “calculated” aggressive routine.

“You isolate yourself…I would cancel plans with friends. Like road trips or going to the movies.

Dani Fernandez was hospitalized as her condition and eating disorders worsened. Dani Fernández / SWNS

Soon, her obsessive ways landed her in the hospital almost 10 years ago.

“My heart started to struggle. I had chest pains,” she recalls.

Fernandez suffered from bradycardia, a slower-than-normal heart rate that can cause sudden death, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Cardiovascular disease quickly served as a wake-up call for the young woman, currently a content creator.

“I wanted to change. I was unhappy,” she said. “I thought if I didn’t gain weight and recover and get better, you were going to die.”

In 2017, she traveled the East Coast to New York for a clinic that helped her “retrain” her mindset over a six-month period.

Fernandez returned to Atlanta with a much healthier and more positive mindset about her weight, training and eating.

Today, Fernandez has a much healthier relationship with training.
Fernandez now has a much healthier relationship with training. Dani Fernández / SWNS

“They saved my life,” she said. “Now I spend a few hours reading without feeling guilty or feeling the need to constantly move. »

In her “best place,” Fernandez uses fitness for herself instead of living in fear.

“I want to move to feel better rather than to lose calories,” Fernandez said. “I don’t do body checking. I don’t get fixated… I feel free.

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