“I love food,” Mystique McLaughlin (@mystique_914 on Instagram), who goes by Mysti, told POPSUGAR. “Food has always been a major crutch in my life. I would find solace in it at all occasions.” That, coupled with a car accident, caused emotional eating and weight gain.

Find out how Mysti, now 29, was able to lose 27 pounds counting macros and powerlifting. She transformed her body and gained a ton of knowledge about herself and nutrition.