Tamela Mann of the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family was one of the acts who graced the stage during the recently concluded Essence Festival. Making sure to pay tribute to the epic event, the gospel singer shared photos on Instagram showing off her impressive weight loss.
In the images posted by Tamela, she was singing onstage while waving her arms in the air, sporting a long black maxi dress that showed off her curvy physique. In the fourth image of the slideshow, her supportive husband David could be seen posing for the camera while supporting his lovely wife. Her lovely beau looked fashionable sporting white pants, a multi-colored shirt, and a denim jacket for the event, and based on the other photos posted, the couple made sure to do some activities together during the festival when Mann wasn't performing.
The Essence Festival is a yearly event that people look forward to, and that's exactly how David and Tamela were feeling, as they made it clear that they had a good time yet again this year, and that they are already looking forward to next year's festival.
"Always a good time at #essencefestival. Until next year NOLA"
Fans can expect an even slimmer Tamela in next year's Essence Festival, as she has been following a strict fitness regimen for years. During an interview that the 52-year-old singer took part in with Diabetes Forecast in 2014, she shared that her secret to losing weight is to have the proper mindset in order to set her mind and body to fulfill her goals. Mann revealed that she has now lost more than 140 pounds, and aims to lose even more by continuing her strict workout and diet until she is satisfied with her weight.
She adds that it helped that she does not have diabetes or hypertension, and these can be avoided by taking care of one's weight. However, her husband David is not so lucky, as he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2007. Since his diagnosis, the couple has been working with the American Diabetes Association to try and help others live a healthier lifestyle, especially those diagnosed with the disease.
While Tamela shared numerous pieces of advice to her fans who are trying to shed some weight, her first reminder was for them to cut back on the juice and carbonated drinks as these are overloaded with sugar. Instead, drinking water would help them achieve their goals much faster.