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Fantasia Barrino slims down after struggling with 'pressure of perfection'

The star has become a 'fitness junkie' after initially hitting the gym to help with her weight loss.

Singer Fantasia Barrino has overhauled her diet and exercise routine after succumbing to the "pressure of perfection".

The American Idol star recently realised she was a little heavier than usual and decided to take control of the situation by adopting a new low-calorie eating plan and fitness programme.

"In the industry I am in you have the pressure of perfection - and I definitely gained a few pounds," the 32-year-old tells People magazine.

She turned to the Urban Skin Solutions weight loss service for help, and dedicated herself to changing her lifestyle.

"Fantasia's programme (involved adhering to) a 1,200 to 1,400 calorie a day diet (that included eating) lots of protein and low carbs, drinking only water, and also eating every two to three hours to keep her metabolism boosted," company owner Rachel Roff explains.

Her efforts paid off and now Fantasia is 20 pounds (nine kilograms) lighter.

"Urban Skin Solutions helped me look better and feel better without taking shortcuts or going under the knife," she says. "I have lost the weight and I feel great!"

And the star, who wed businessman Kendall Taylor last year (15), has also become a "fitness junkie".

Roff shares, "She loves hot yoga and she has a trainer that she works out with on a regular basis that incorporates cardio and strength training."

Fantasia's renewed energy levels come in handy as a mother of two - when she's not onstage or working out, she's running after her daughter Zion, 15, and son Dallas, four, from previous relationships. She also recently became a grandmother to her stepson Treyshaun's new baby, who was born in August (16).

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