Raven is an American multi-talented lady. She is an actress, singer, and songwriter. Since her childhood, Raven faced the problem of being overweight. There was a dilemma, her work did not allow her time to do something about it and her work was demanding that she must do something about her weight.
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Weight Loss Journey
As mentioned earlier that Raven did not have a lot of time to focus on her personal life. She was into acting since she was 3 years old.
Raven complained about it in an interview as “Normal 15-years-olds had to worry about who is going to invite them to prom. While I grew up memorizing my lines so my show would not get canceled”.
Though we should not only blame her work. Raven is also a food lover. She did not control herself and continued eating unhealthy stuff.
She explained her confusion that why eating a lot is a problem as follows “I did not understand that all I could have was 12 almonds when there was a plate of doughnuts.” I bet now she completely understands it.
In 2007, Raven took a break from her busy life. She wanted to take charge of her life. Well, she took charge and she only did what she always loved to do, eating and cooking.
As you can tell the holidays did not turn out well, instead, it left Raven more weighted than she was before. Though when she returned to her busy life, Raven was criticized very badly for it.
As it is customary in Hollywood, probably in every film industry that actress should be slim. So Raven finally decided to do something about it. She started her journey. The journey of weight loss.
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How Raven Lost Her Weight?
Raven lost her weight by following a diet and workout plan advised by Philip Goglia. However, there is one thing that made her weight loss journey difficult and nearly failed her.
Her stress. As soon as Raven disappeared from the industry some people started talking and giving their theories that why Raven left the industry.
Some said that she was no longer able to perform as an actress. Some said that she is pregnant. With that stress, Raven gained more weight. However, She overcomes that problem very soon thanks to her trainer, Philip.
Later, in an interview, Raven described her experience as “When I was at my heaviest, like 185 or 190 pounds, people would be like ‘Are you Pregnant? And I was like, ‘No, I’m fat, get away from me.”
She said “They gave me a tough time, I know they talked behind my back. Because of them I almost failed in accomplishing my goal. But I just did not give up. Some people just cannot see you achieve success. However, you got to do it for your sake or at least for the ones you love.”
Raven’s commitment give us motivation. It was certainly the commitment that Raven succeeded for. It teaches us to think positively no matter how much circumstances change around us.
As mentioned earlier that Raven was a food lover before starting her journey and that was one of the reasons she was struggling with her weight in the first place.
So it was really a hard job for her to control her weight. She said, “Well if you knew me how much I loved food like heavy food, fast food, and yummy food, you would have given me a prize for my performance”.
As Raven was finding it hard to overcome her love for food, she contacted her nutritionist, Philip Goglia. Philip helped her in limiting the consumption of heavy food.
Before starting her journey, Raven would take three heavy meals every day. But with Philip’s help, Raven transitioned her way to six smaller portions.
However, Raven did not lose full love for food as she enjoyed fast food a day per week. Although she was in there for some fast food Raven would follow her diet plan there as well.
She mentioned, “Whenever I would go to enjoy one free day for fast food, I would go and order a veggie burger and throw away half a carton of French Fries when I get.” Indeed, this is the commitment that is needed if you want to achieve something.
As Raven limited her eating habits she also burned some calories in the gym. She would visit the gym four days per week. She also started playing soccer and training in boxing.
Raven would also do cycling, running, and swimming. Raven knew that if she wants to accomplish a goal she would have to do more.
Therefore, she also started doing 30 minutes of elliptical workout sessions. Of course when you do that much hard work then you get what you deserve. Raven is an inspiration for anyone who is looking forward to losing weight and is a food lover.
How Much weight did Raven loss?
Raven lost 70 pounds in her journey of weight loss. She accomplished with constant discipline and hard work.
She changed her daily schedule and eliminated the things that were not healthy or were stopping her in any way from accomplishing her goal.
It is really an example for us, if we want to achieve any positive thing in our life then we will have to let go of negative things. No matter we love them or want them.
Where is Raven now in her weight loss journey?
After losing unhealthy weight Raven started to help others by a blog. She shares her experiences and also advises readers. Raven is now living a healthy life and has changed her lifestyle totally. She is still focused on her diet and workout.
Before and After
By seeing the difference between photos, one can tell that how much hard work Raven performed. She went from 185 pounds to 115 pounds.
Raven was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father is Christopher Pearman and her mother is Lydia Pearman. She was born an actress.
Raven has started acting since she was an infant. When she was an infant, she worked for Atlanta’s Young faces Inc. which is a modeling agency.
She was featured in local advertisements. When Raven reached the age of two, she worked with Ford Models.
In her childhood, Raven was mainly worked in advertisements for different brands. When she was three, her family took the decision to move to Ossining, New York.
After appearing in numerous ads, Raven was cast by Cosby for The Cosby Show. Her age was four years when Raven played the role of Cosby’s step-granddaughter, Olivia. Where Raven remained until the end of the show in 1992.
In the same year of 1992. Raven turned to her music career. She started her career. At the age of seven, Raven signed her first music contract with MCA records. She took lessons from Missy Elliot. Next year, in 1993 Raven’s first album, Here’s to New Dreams, was released.
What Raven Said About Her Weight Loss?
Raven is happy with her life, however, she is not happy with the stereotypes of the industry. Raven complained that “I don’t like that people cannot tell difference between fat and Obesity.
There are many problems for people who have even slightly more weight than others.” Her opinion makes sense if we see it without any biases.
An actress has to be more alert about her appearance. We hope that the journey of Raven would help you in your journey of weight loss. Thank you