Chrissy Metz is currently feeling great in her skin, but the This Is Us star revealed to People that that wasn't always the case. The actress revealed that she suffered a major health scare several years ago that motivated her to take control of her weight, inspiring her to begin her journey toward self-acceptance and make an important shift in her mental well-being.
Metz shared that her then-husband had planned her an elaborate 30th birthday party, but hours before, she began feeling heart palpitations.
"I'm like, What is this? Am I dying? What's happening?" she said. "It was really scary — really, really, really scary."
Metz skipped the party and went to the doctor, where she learned her symptoms were from a panic attack. The doctor gave her a warning about her weight, and Metz says it was then that something clicked for her.
"I'm like, 'Oh, this is not just a physical thing. It's like a soul/spirit/mind/body collective thing. Not everything's connecting,'" she recalled.
After that, Metz says she experienced a mental shift that led to positive physical changes.
"I was so gung ho, I lost 100 pounds in less than five months," she explained. "All I did was eat a 2,000-calorie diet and walk 20 minutes a day."
Six years later, the actress says she's kept most of the weight off and has "never been more grounded and happy to be who I am."
She also shared that she is planning on losing weight along with her This Is Us character, Kate Pearson, although she doesn't have a specific goal to reach.
"I don't have a weight or a size [in mind]," she said. "It's really going to be about how I feel when I look at myself. I do want to lose weight. 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."