In an interview with People, This Is Us star Chrissy Metz revealed how a health scare on her 30th birthday led her down a healthier path.
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Metz told the magazine that just hours before her birthday bash, she started feeling heart palpitations and was diagnosed with a panic attack. After many years of depression, weight gain and Hollywood rejection, the doctors told her she couldn’t continue down the same path. “This is not just a physical thing. It’s like a soul/spirit/mind/body collective thing,” she told the magazine. “Not everything’s connecting.”
Metz decided to make a shift for the better and stop letting other people’s opinions about her affect how she saw herself. This positive mental shift also had a positive affect on her weight. “I was so gung ho, I lost 100 lbs. in less than five months,” she told People. “All I did was eat a 2,000-calorie diet and walk 20 minutes a day.” She’s been able to keep the weight off since, six years later.
Though Metz is “happy to be who I am,” she does keep her diet and health in mind. She doesn’t keep an ideal weight or size in mind. “Physically, I really am interested in just feeling better and not having to be put in a box. I don’t want to be limited by anything.”
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