JOE Wicks has been credited with saving a woman's life in lockdown after his workouts helped her overcome anorexia.
Dad-of-two Joe launched The Body Coach brand in 2015 but his lockdown workouts sent his profile soaring.
Joe, 34, has since shared hundreds of success stories on his Instagram from fans who have lost weight.
But last night he posted the inspiring story of a mum-of-three who tried to take her own life before she discovered his fitness and cooking programme.
Joe revealed Tamsyn's remarkable before and after photos, and said: "I got sent this really inspiring email from Tamsyn @lilly_flo_and_albieroo and she has given me to permission to share ❤️ We both hope this could help someone out there who may be struggling 🙌🏽"
In the lengthy and emotional email Tamsyn told how she had been in a dark place before lockdown and was showing symptoms of bulimia.
She wrote: "Hi joe. It’s been a year. A year on a crazy journey that started with P.E with joe. Your an inspiration and such an amazing life coach. No matter what your goal or your fitness or dietary need I believe you can speak out to so much and have done.
"My story is not your typical one as I know you have read before. I never needed to loose weight. However I want to show you how far I’ve come and how much you have inspired me and in tern I have made the most amazing friends In just one year!
"A year ago I made myself sick after almost every meal I was lost & only months prior to lock down tried to end it. I would have left 3 small children! Then I tried your work outs followed you on social media and actually wow the difference you have made to my life is unreal it’s actually immense. I’m in the best shape ever I eat I train I work out but more so I’m ok with me! This is something I could never have done without your sessions.'
She went on to say Joe had changed her "mindset" and made her a better mum, who was now able to eat dinner with her family.
She added: "To anyone else this is simple but to a person with an eating disorder this is new, different and scary. Mental health is such an issue and this pandemic has just emphasised how cruel it is …
"I never though p.e with joe could save me from an illness that was over 20 years in the making"
Weight loss is not always a sign of anorexia or bulimia.
Rather excessive exercise, hoarding or hiding food, hair loss, constipation, fatigue and rapid mood changes, should act as alarm bells.
A spokesman for the charity Beat said in the early stages of anorexia or bulimia, many people won't even show signs of losing weight.
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Chief executive Andrew Radford said eating disorders are not about weight, they are "serious mental illnesses".
And he added, getting treatment as soon as possible can prove life-saving.
"When people are treated quickly after falling ill, they are much more likely to have a fast and sustained recovery," he said.
Joe's post comes after the grieving family of Big Brother star Nikki Grahame said they believed she was discharged from hospital too soon amid her anorexia battle and was not ready to start treatment at home.
Nikki, 38 — who starred on the Channel 4 reality show in 2006 — spent three weeks in Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, before leaving on April 9.
Her body was discovered the following day at her London home. She had been scheduled to start “more relaxed” private treatment.
Nikki — much loved for her appearance on Big Brother — had been open about her battle with the eating disorder. She had fought the illness since she was a child.
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