Ariel Winter is opening up about her recent weight loss and her mental health.
The Modern Family star took to her Instagram story on Tuesday to address some questions her fans asked in a Q&A session. One user wrote, “Why so thin?”
Winter responded, “For years I had been on anti-depressants that caused me to gain weight that I couldn’t lose no matter what I did. It was always frustrating for me because I wanted to be able to get fit and feel like the work I was doing was paying off, but it never felt that way. I had accepted it and moved on. I stayed on those medications for so long because the process is really long and difficult. I wasn’t ready to go through it again so I just accepted feeling eh instead of trying to find something to actually feel better.”
“I started the process again and was able to find a great combination of medication that works for me,” she said. “The change in medication instantly made me drop all of the weight I couldn’t lose before by just giving me back a metabolism. That was very unexpected.”
“While I feel better mentally with the change, and it’s nice to work out and have your body actually respond, but I want to gain a few pounds of muscle and get healthier,” she said. “Also want my butt back…”
Another fan asked, “How is your mental health now? Thanks for speaking up it helped people like me.” Winter expressed how important mental health is and revealed how much she has grown as a person.
“Mental health is INCREDIBLY important to me,” she said. “Same amount of importance as physical health. Our mental health can influence our physical health!!! I’ve been in therapy every week for 6 years and I don’t know where I’d be without it. I’ve grown so much as a person and been able to learn how to deal with things from my past that affect my present. It’s a journey so I’m not all the way there, but I’m doing pretty good :).”
“There’s nothing shameful about seeing a therapist or being on medication,” she said. “… We don’t need to hide our struggles even though I know how hard it is to share. We are doing something to better our own lives. Always take care of yourself and don’t listen to anyone telling you it doesn’t exist or it’s something to keep to yourself.”
Winter expressed how happy she was with her decision to get a breast reduction. “10/10 recommend!!!! I am so happy I did mine,” she said. “I’m so much more comfortable now. My back doesn’t hurt…my shoulders no longer have indents…it’s a really nice feeling.”