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The last few months haven’t been the easiest for TV personality Jeannie Mai. The 39-year-old’s 10-year marriage came to an end before 2017 came to an end, and late last month, it was reported that her ex, Freddy Harteis, had already found a new partner and was expecting a child. For anyone, that could be a lot. But for Mai, she is doing just fine because she’s focused not on getting back on the dating scene, and definitely not on what Harteis is doing, but rather, on herself.

In fact, The Real co-host is literally working on herself. Over the last three months, she’s been on a fitness journey to move away from a thin frame that she admits is not natural, and let go of the controlling ways that kept her at a strict weight of just 103 for more than a decade. The results have been a fuller figure that honestly looks amazing on her.

“On the left is the first time I tried on this dress, at a weight I’ve kept for 12 years, 103 lbs,” she wrote on Instagram. “Staying 103 came from my self control to lose ‘chubby’ teenage weight and a stressful idea that my body was built to look best ‘thin’. As I’m nearing my 40s, I realize that I’ve been thru so much sh-t mentally and emotionally, why the hell should my body be forced to suffer (from my over controlling ways) too? So 3 months ago I started a new eating plan and training program and gained 17 lbs. I don’t have a weight goal..just a promise to be as physically Strong as I am mentally Indestructable 🙌🏼 So far I’m 3 months of eating more, (clean protein and saying Yes to carbs!!), lifting heavy weights (best therapy ever!!) and truly loving all of Me. Not sure where I’m headed but I know I’m gonna look the best I’ve ever looked because Im spending quality time on ME.”

As Mai mentioned, a healthy way to go about putting on weight is to integrate more lean proteins into your diet and to try strength training. Experts also recommend eating more often with a number of small meals during the day as opposed to just a simple breakfast, lunch and dinner. And to opt for more nutrient-rich foods, including whole grains, nuts and seeds, and more fruits and vegetables.

Putting on weight mindfully, and not through just going crazy on junk food, will help you pack on the pounds in a way that will give you the curves Mai said she was missing, as opposed to the more unflattering, pesky pounds you’ll find yourself wanting to get rid of.

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