Bea Binene made headlines for her latest bikini photos taken during her short vacation in Coron, Palawan, last weekend.
Her fans were pleasantly surprised because she definitely looked slimmer compared to her summer bod.
But to achieve such body transformation was 10 months in the making, the 19-year-old actress said.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on Tuesday, June 27, the Mulawin VS Ravena star revealed that she started working out last August.
The former child star added that she now weighs 115 pounds, which used to be 137 pounds, which was her heaviest.
She recalled, "Unang-una, kasi that time, napapanood ko sa TV yung itsura ko. Ang laki-laki ko, ganyan, 'tapos ang bilis ko na mahingal.
"'Tapos ang bagal ng metabolism ko ayun."
The Kapuso actress said she was not spared from body-shaming comments.
Bea told PEP, "Yun yung nakakalungkot lalo na dito sa atin, yung tingin ng mga tao na kapag artista ka, dapat ganito ka kapayat.
"Nai-stereotype yung mga tao, so yun yung nakaka-sad.
"At the same time, wala ka magagawa kasi artista ka, public figure ka.
"So kahit naman papano, kailangan maging maayos yung itsura mo, di ba?"
DIET. Her weight-loss journey did not entail starving.
She could eat anything she wants, but in moderation.
The GMA Artist Center talent said, "I don't deprive myself. I love eating so much. I can't break up with chocolates and carbs."
But she had to let go of rice and fast food.
"I don't eat rice anymore, I just eat quinoa or adlai once in a while.
"No more fast food since August 2016, but I am desperately craving for it though."
She added, through Instagram's direct messaging, that her diet plan allows her to have a cheat week aftertwo weeks of dieting.
"I started eating just nilagang saba, kamote, greens [pechay and repolyo since I don't eat kale or spinach, hihi], and baked fish and chicken [no salt, no sugar] for two weeks, then a cheat week after, then back to 'eating clean' for two weeks again."
WORKOUT. With regard to her fitness routine, Bea returned to to her first love, Wushu—which is popularly called Kung Fu, a collection of fighting styles that range from qui (energy) manipulation to improving the physical body.
She told PEP, "I tried going back to Wushu training before MVR started but I stopped cause of my schedule."
Aside from this, she also visits the gym regularly at least two to three times in a week under the supervision of her fitness coach Francis Capati.
"It's up to him, depende kasi sa kanya. Minsan HIIT [High Intensity Interval Training] or circuit [training] or cardio or weights kung minsan.
"At saka kasi, siya alam niya like, 'Today ganito, anong kinain mo? Ganito yung workout mo,' yung ganun.
"Minsan isang mahabang list 'tapos ilang sets, minsan naman maiksi lang."
But the most important part is the motivation: do it for yourself.
"Para sa akin, kailangan gagawin mo siya because you want to be fit, you want to be healthy, and not to please people kasi magsasawa ka niyan, e.
"'Tapos kung magwo-work out ka man, dapat yung gagawin, pasok sa gusto mo."
She reminded everyone that what may work her or other celebs may not work for you.
Bea continued, "Kasi iba-iba tayo ng katawan e iba-iba yung reaction ng katawan natin sa iba't-ibang workout.
"So kailangan, yung gagawin mong workout is yung pinakagusto mo talaga.
"Hindi yung dahil ginagawa ni Bea, hindi dahil ginagawa ng ibang artista kaya sobrang payat nila. Kaya kailangan mo ring gawin, para maging ganun din yung body mo.
"Kailangan kung ano yung gusto mo talaga at kung ano yung pinaka-okay sa katawan mo."