It was completely not so easy upbringing for North Carolina native Fantasia Barrino, who had her first baby at only 16 years old after dropping out of high school graduation. Barrino had dreams to become a singer, though, and auditioned for “American Idol” in 2004. Barrino tore through the level of competition, making it all the way to the end when she beat out co-finalist Diana DeGarmo by a lot more than 100 million votes. Barrino had been only 19 years old at the time, and she has since launched top songs like “When I See U”, “I Believe” and “Lose to Win”.
Barrino did not have any problem with her weight in most cases while getting grown up, and even leading into when she won on “American Idol”. Things would likely change in 2011 when Barrino was cast to participate in the lead role for a movie which is about singer Mahalia Jackson. Jackson was overweight, so she made a decision to gain a major amount of weight for the role she casts so that Fantasia Barrino would look the part. But, the movie project would result in being cancelled, causing her with the extra extra pounds without any of the payoff.
Fantasia Barrino couldn’t be able to lose the weight after the movie was cancelled, as surprisingly she found herself in a situation of expecting a baby. After gaining some movie weight and pregnancy weight, Barrino was left 50 pounds heavier than she was when she was on “American Idol”. That’s when Barrino decided to change her life around, getting into an intensive workout plan to get her body back.
To drop the weight she gained, she should start working out with a trainer and on her own, sometimes working out a few times a day, but at least once each single day of the week. her trainer would travel around, and they would do intense cardio workouts while also mixing in some pilates and yoga on the side. It was some form of stress relief for Barrino, who was going through a tough time. “Working out started as something mental, ” she said. “It was a way to release and let some things go. ”
It was very important for Fantasia Barrino to shed unwanted pounds as she already had a child born in 2001, and had her second child now to also be wary of. Barrino was also getting close to 30 years old, and her family had a history of high blood pressure at a young age. A lot of that had to do with how the family ate, with Barrino saying that fried chicken and collard greens were commonplace. Barrino said that “I wanted to be the person in my family to stand up and say ‘Okay we have to eat better and work out. I want to be around for a long time. ’”
Sorry to say, she couldn’t able to maintain her new healthy lifestyle for as long as she hoped for. Barrino started up a romance with businessman Kendall Taylor and fallen back into some of the bad habits she had before. With those bad habits came increased eating of junk food and a lack of exercise, resulting in a lot of the weight she lost come back quickly. After seeing the evidence of her weight gain during a photo of her honeymoon, Barrino decided to get back on the weight loss wagon.
Barrino joined a medical weight loss clinic, getting back in touch with her trainer and starting the regular workouts again. Because of her new routine, the weight started to come back off quickly once again, losing 30 pounds. Barrino said that “In the industry I am in, you have the pressure of perfection and I definitely gained a few pounds. ” Barrino showcased her weight loss in late 2016, so she seems to be in a good spot right now. Hopefully she is able to maintain her weight loss this time around as she looks to stay healthy with her family history of high blood pressure.