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Singer Fantasia, told  Essence that she’s in better health after losing 50 pounds.

Fantasia said, “Working out for me, started as something mental. It was a way to release and let some things go.

She intentionally put on the pounds in 2011 when she was cast to play the lead role in the Mahalia Jackson biopic but the project was put on hold the same year.

Fantasia got pregnant when she started dating a married man, and her son, Dallas Xavier was born.

She wanted to shape up and get things back in order.

Fantasia said, “I workout every day, sometimes twice a day. I keep my trainer with me and she travels with me. I love Pilates, yoga, and spinning. I also attend boot-camp class and they have become my workout family. Doing it with them makes me feel good.”

Fantasia continued, “A lot of my cousins who are my age or are in their 30′s are on high blood pressure pills and it’s like, c’mon, you’re too young for that. I wanted to be the person in my family to stand up and say, okay we have to eat better and workout. I want to be around for a long time. I can’t travel like I do and not be healthy. You know how I move on stage. At any minute I could just pass out and that’s not good.”


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