Singer Demi Lovato, who entered rehab last year to seek treatment for anorexia, bulimia, bipolar disorder and self-mutilation, is fitter and happier now, thanks to a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.
The 5-foot-2 Lovato, who once starved herself down to a sickly 88 pounds, says she exercises for mental health, not to slim down.
“I work out five or six days a week for my peace of mind, not to lose weight,” Demi, 19, says in the August 2012 issue of Self. “I switch it up. I’ll run a few miles or bike from Santa Monica to Mariuna del Ray. I also love boxing or, when I’m sore, yoga.”
Lovato still struggles every day to not backslide into negative thinking and vomiting after meals, but is getting stronger by consciously adopting a positive attitude.
“I’m treating myself with love and doing good things for my mind and soul,” says Demi, who’s a judge on the reality TV competition, “The X-Factor,” which also stars Britney Spears.
“It’s so much fun!” Lovato gushes. “I root for everyone. I mean, it’s not the best feeling when you’re watching someone and cringing, but when a person’s confidence is magnetic, I don’t ever have to hear her to think, ‘Oh, this girl has got something.’ ”
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