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Adrienne Bailon's Weight Loss Journey Was Driven by Her Desire to Get Pregnant — inside the 'Real' Co-host's Experience

Aby Rivas
Mar 19, 2020
09:00 A.M.
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Last year, “The Real” co-host Adrienne Bailon embarked on a weight loss journey with two clear goals in mind. One of them was to get her body ready to start a family with her husband, Israel Houghton.

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Adrienne Bailon Houghton has never looked better. Last year she lost 20 lbs with hard work and dedication.

What started as a vow to embrace a healthier lifestyle, became a mission that would help Adrienne both in her personal and professional life.

Adrienne Bailon visits "Extra" at Burbank Studios on November 05, 2019 in Burbank, California | Photo: GettyImages

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ADRIENNE ON PLANNING A FAMILY

Adrienne, who married gospel singer Israel Houghton in 2016, has been candid with her fans on “The Real” about wanting to start a family.

In summer 2019, Adrienne decided it was time to make some changes in her life.

Adrienne Houghton and Israel Houghton visit Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 5, 2018 | Photo: GettyImages

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Although she is the stepmother—or as they call her, “lit-mother”—of Israel’s four kids, Adrienne wants to have her own children too. But the journey to becoming pregnant hasn’t been easy.

Talking on “The Real” in September 2018, Adrienne addressed rumors of pregnancy, saying that some people thought she was expecting because she looked fuller.

The former “Cheetah Girl” said that she just had a naturally chubby face and called out people for being “insensitive with their comments.”

Adrienne Houghton visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 5, 2018 in Universal City, California | Photo: GettyImages

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“I think we should be sensitive to the fact that not everybody can get pregnant right away,” she added.

Adrienne also revealed that sometimes it was frustrating watching other people getting pregnant when they weren’t trying to, or when they weren’t ready, especially teenagers.

However, she recognizes that at 36, her body is not the same biologically as it was ten years ago.

Still, Adrienne said she “believes in God’s timing” and she and Israel are enjoying themselves and the process of trying to conceive a child.

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HELPING THE PROCESS

In summer 2019, Adrienne decided it was time to make some changes in her life if she really wanted to help along the process of getting pregnant.

As she explained to Hola! Magazine:

“I knew that wanting to have a baby, I want to be in the best shape of my life. I really buckled down this summer and just made it happen.”

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And continued:

“I got into a routine of working out, so that the day I’m pregnant, I can continue to be consistent with working out.”

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TRAINING TO PERFORM

Adrienne talked in-depth about her weight-loss journey on her YouTube channel, “All Things Adrienne,” last December.

She revealed that another reason why she wanted to get in shape was enhancing her stamina to give her best performances on Fox’s reality singing competition “The Masked Singer.”

“I knew that I was going to be singing and dancing at the same time, and doing all of that with like a 20-pound suit on top of me,” she said.

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DISCIPLINE IS EVERYTHING

Adrienne revealed that when she started her journey, she set down some realistic goals for herself and then worked on ways to achieve them.

She cut alcohol, bread, and other white refined carbs, and started following a meal plan based mostly on veggies and healthy snacks that helped her with her cravings.

The 4-foot-11 beauty also mentioned drinking a gallon of water a day, and of course, pairing all that with a fitness plan that included 45 minutes on her elliptical machine twice a day.

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Adrienne also started a mourning routine called “First 15,” where she took five minutes after waking up to pray, five minutes to write down her goals, and five minutes to read the bible.

Israel was of great help during the process, sticking to Adrienne’s rule of not eating out and encouraging her to keep going despite the comments of some friends that mocked her discipline.

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“Anyone that is a distraction or someone that is getting in the way of you reaching your ultimate goal or doesn’t support you or encourage you, you might want to cut those people off,” Adrienne stated.

In the end, Adrienne said that it takes a lot of self-discipline to achieve any goal: “If you don’t want to give up something, then you don’t want it badly enough. It’s just the facts,” she concluded.

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