title iconChrissy Metz's motivation to lose more than 100 pounds

Chrissy Metz has always been candid about her weight loss journey, just like her character in the hit drama "This Is Us."Metz, a role model for body positivity, confessed that she did not always have a positive relationship with food and her appearance. According to the actor, weight gain has been a problem for her since she was a child. "I've been chubby all my life. I was born chubby, and as I got older I would become thinner or more active or play sports, but I was always chubbier," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

As a kid, I knew I would gain weight if I ate certain foods. I also shared with us that I joined a weight loss program at the age of 11, and that wasn't my favorite experience. It was awkward being the youngest person in the damn room, she admitted. Metz didn't start taking weight loss seriously until well into adulthood. She had been actively trying to lose weight for years, but an alarming incident on her 30th birthday triggered a permanent lifestyle change.

Chrissy Metz had always lost and gained weight in her younger years until she had a panic attack on her 30th birthday that pushed her to live healthier. She told People that she skipped the party because of heart palpitations. My mind was racing with questions about what was happening. I was wondering if I was dying. As she rushed to the hospital, doctors diagnosed her with a panic attack and reminded her that her weight played an important role in her overall health.

You can't continue on this path," they told her. "Well, it's not just a physical issue. It's a soul/spirit/mind/body thing that is not connected." After the health scare, she lost 100 pounds in just five months! Interestingly, her role in "This Is Us" also required her to lose weight, which she took as a challenge rather than a hurdle. "Our contract did state that losing weight was part of the trajectory of the character as she comes to find herself," she told TVLine in 2016. It was a win-win for me. Because it's one thing to try to do something on your own. But it's an ego thing: we're more likely to do something for others."

In addition, Metz says she steers clear of surgery and wishes people would stop asking her about it. She told Today in 2017 that "I wish people would stop asking me, 'Are you having weight-loss surgery? Are you doing a gastric bypass?'" Her answer is, "I'm good." She doesn't even want a certain look. She told People, "I don't have a weight or size in mind.". In her words, "It's really about me feeling good about myself.

I want to lose weight. Physically, I want to feel better and not be limited."Another thing Metz wants everyone to know is that what she does to her body is her prerogative. She told TVLine, "I just have to be very clear." Whether I lose weight or stay the same is purely a lifestyle choice, not because I find plus-size, curvy, voluptuous, big bodies unattractive - I think they're awesome and sexy."