In this society which sets sexy as slim, losing weight can really get so stressful.
Some actually don't see any result even after months of dieting and exercising.
Age can be the reason because as people get older, their metabolism gets slower and slower.
Stress or anxiety can be another reason.
Whether it's because their jobs are full of stress or their bodies get so stressed out because of their weight goals, they end up getting "stress fat."
Prevention.com explained it this way:
"Your body responds to all stress in exactly the same way. So every time you have a stressful day, your brain instructs your cells to release potent hormones. You get a burst of adrenaline...
"At the same time, you get a surge of cortisol, which tells your body to replenish that energy even though you haven't used very many calories. This can make you hungry...
"But few of us reach for carrots in these situations. Instead, we crave sweet, salty, and high-fat foods because they stimulate the brain to release pleasure chemicals that reduce tension."
In the case of Regine Velasquez, she stopped stressing herself out over getting her old form back.
At the presscon of her TV series Poor Señorita, she said, “Hindi na ako naghu-hope na babalik pa ako sa size ko noon.
“Kaya noong ipinanganak ko si Nate, yung ibang mga damit ko ipinamigay ko na.
“Pero, may dalawa akong tinira."
"Yun na lang ang tinitingnan-tingnan ko. Para may remembrance ako na ganito ang katawan ko noon."
WEIGHT DIARY. PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) gathered eight of her photos showing her weight transformations.
Almost ten years ago
This was time time she starred in Paano Kita Iibigin, which paired her with Piolo Pascual; she hosted Celebrity Duets with Ogie Alcasid; she also graced the cover of Preview.
This was shot for her Fantasy album under Universal Records.
It was a busy year for Regine, who starred in three soaps and remained a regular in Party Pilipinas, which replaced S.O.P.
She also placed eight place in FHM Sexiest Woman.
She turned 40, and, by the end of the year, got married.
This was for I Heart U Pare series, which was released in February 2011.
Two months later, she and Ogie confirmed her pregnancy.
Yup, this was bod after giving birth!
She had a 37.2-inch waistline when she was pregnant, and wanted to lose weight after she gave birth in November 2011.
Sexy Solutions' Nadine Tengco helped her decrease the 165 lbs. in six weeks with the help of Anti-Plateau diet, which "encourages the use of anti-inflamatory ingredients, such as turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, basil, pineapple, and others that are rich in omega-3."
This was taken in December 2013 for GMA News' musical documentary Awit ng Pasko.
And in a PEP article dated October 29, 2014, she mentioned feeling more comfortable about how she looks whether she's skinny or voluptuous.
"It’s actually the people who put pressure on us, especially on women, kasi parang they’re not so keen...
“There are guys na cute naman sa kanila even if they are chubby.
'But with girls, they’re somehow very unforgiving.
“So, I used to be pressured.
'I still want to lose some weight but I don’t wanna put pressure on myself too much.
“I really try to lose weight, especially for the show.
“I wanna look decent in my gowns. Mahirap kasi ’pag medyo pretty and plump ka, medyo mahirap magdamit!”
By this time, Regine was already resigned to the fact, "Mahirap talaga pumayat lalo na when you're older."
This was her year for concerts, and StarStruck Batch 6, where she was a council member.
This year, she became resolute about not getting herself stressed out by her desired weight goal.
She told PEP, “Sabi naman ng iba na kaya ko pa naman pumayat pa.
Lastly, she told PEP contributor Ruel Mendoza, "Happy naman ako sa katawan ko kahit mashoba na ang lola niyo!”