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Jen Widerstrom Opens Up About Her Weight Loss Journey: 'It's Never About Fitting in a Dress'

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Jen Widerstrom focused on a mind and body approach when it came to transforming her figure.

However, The Biggest Loser trainer recently confessed on Instagram that it took her a while to get to where she is today.

“For a long time, I was completely unaware of how unhealthy my eating habits & routine were,” she wrote next to a before and after photo of herself. “Even though I was active, the sheer volume that I was consuming was out of control and I put no thought behind the foods I was eating.”

Widerstrom explained that her “weight shot up” after she stopped playing college sports.

#TransformationTuesday is NOT about changing who you are- instead it’s REVEALING the greatness that’s been in you all along ???? . #Repost @Dr_Oz ??? @JenWiderstrom, the trainer for @biggestlosernbc & her #transformation ???????? >> For a long time, I was completely unaware of how unhealthy my eating habits & routine were. Even though I was active, the sheer volume that I was consuming was out of control and I put no thought behind the foods I was eating. ???????????Ultimately, when college sports stopped and life started, my weight shot up! I was consuming the same amount of calories w/o the activity & ultimately I just felt detached & sad, getting through the days consuming food/alcohol to feel better and not participating in my life the way I FELT DEEP DOWN that I KNEW I could. I finally snapped out of it realizing I would never feel complete if I didn’t make myself responsible for my own health and happiness. I chose workouts that I enjoyed vs. ones that I felt were like punishment. There are foods that I knew were healthy that I hated so I just avoided those. But I did focus on eating more vegetables, higher quality proteins and less food on the go/eating out.???????? The biggest mental shift happened when I finally stopped working out just for my waistline and really began to make these decisions because I felt at my best when I did so. I own my #health now because I love who I am when I am connected to it. That’s what makes it stick for me, it’s never about fitting in a dress. >> Sample day Wake up water chug! (8-12oz) *try to hit over 75oz daily???? Meal 1: Algae (chlorella/spirulina), 1/3 cup blueberries, almond latte w/ collagen Meal 2: 3 eggs, avocado, roasted tomatoes, butter Meal 3: 1 serving cashews and 1-2oz jerky Meal 4: Shake (collagen protein powder, vanilla protein powder, spinach, cacao, unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds) Meal 5: 6-8oz roasted salmon, 2-3 cups roasted cauliflower, medium baked sweet potato >> By far my favorite is interval based weight training.???????????Moderate weight moved efficiently under shorter time caps. The work is hard, explosive and athletic, but there’s always rest waiting for you. ???? ALL my secret tips & Jen ju-ju is in my book #DietRight!

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“I was consuming the same amount of calories w/o the activity & ultimately I just felt detached & sad, getting through the days consuming food/alcohol to feel better and not participating in my life the way I FELT DEEP DOWN that I KNEW I could,” she said.

In an effort to take control of her “own health and happiness” Widerstrom “chose workouts that [she] enjoyed vs. ones that [she] felt were like punishment.” Her favorite? Interval based weight training. “The work is hard, explosive and athletic, but there’s always rest waiting for you,” said the fitness guru.

She also implemented a trick to help her eat better.

“There are foods that I knew were healthy that I hated so I just avoided those,” said Widerstrom, who in February showed off the results of her keptgenic diet. “But I did focus on eating more vegetables, higher quality proteins and less food on the go/eating out.”

In addition to food and fitness, Widerstrom also realized the importance of self-love.

“The biggest mental shift happened when I finally stopped working out just for my waistline and really began to make these decisions because I felt at my best when I did so. I own my #health now because I love who I am when I am connected to it,” she said. “That’s what makes it stick for me, it’s never about fitting in a dress.”

Need a little inspiration? Widerstrom shared a sample menu:

Wake up water chug! (8-12oz) *try to hit over 75oz daily💧

Meal 1: Algae (chlorella/spirulina), 1/3 cup blueberries, almond latte w/ collagen

Meal 2: 3 eggs, avocado, roasted tomatoes, butter

Meal 3: 1 serving cashews and 1-2 oz. jerky

Meal 4: Shake (collagen protein powder, vanilla protein powder, spinach, cacao, unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds)

Meal 5: 6-8oz roasted salmon, 2-3 cups roasted cauliflower, medium baked sweet potato

Slideshow: 8 fitness bloggers reveal tricks to those 'perfect body' pics (Courtesy: People) 

ANNA VICTORIA: The Body Love app founder got real with her followers when she posted a split image of herself standing and flexing, accompanied with another pic of herself sitting down and showing an unflexed belly. The photos, she says, were taken only minutes apart. “Picture on the left was taken one day before the wedding and the picture on the right was taken… 2 minutes after!” she shared on Instagram. “Someone recently said to me that we all have our good angles and we all have our bad angles, so why do we let our bad angles carry so much more weight than our good angles? If you focus on how bad you look in the bad angles, at least focus on how good you look in the good ones too!!” 8 Fitness Bloggers Who've Shared the Truth Behind Those 'Perfect Body' Photos on Instagram

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