Kierra Sheard Shares How She Gained Weight After Losing Friend to Sickle Cell and What She’s Doing to Lose It Now

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Emotional eaters often sabotage their weight management goals in times of difficulty, which is precisely what happened to one of America’s favorite Christian vocalists.

Never judge a book by its cover. There’s always an untold story written on the pages of a person’s heart.

Gospel singer Kierra Sheard is sharing the reason for her recent weight gain: the loss of a close friend.

In a new blog post, the BET “Sunday Best” host says, during her days as a panel judge on the hit show, “I worked out before every show in my hotel room until I got a call that my best friend wasn’t doing well in the hospital.”

In the online journal entry titled, “Ridding Myself Of All The Crap!” the 28-year-old continues, “Sadly, I lost her to sickle cell and I noticed that I completely stopped working out and just started eating whatever I wanted.”

After the blood disorder ended the life of Tamika Juanita Halliburton, Sheard, who had dropped 80 pounds after formerly tipping the scales at 300 pounds, medicated her pain with unwholesome comfort foods.

In the vulnerable writing, the Eleven60 clothing designer whose new album LED debuted at No. 3 on Billboard this week, admits she tends to “binge eat” when stressed and not emotionally intact.

Previously motivated by The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier life by Daniel Amen, Mark Hyman and Pastor Rick Warren, Sheard said of the book, “I learned so much from it and this was what motivated me to make things better. I finally found a workout plan that was enjoyable. Zumba!”

She found the dance routines energizing and fun. But after falling off the health wagon, ditching workouts and packing on the pounds, Sheard says she felt tired and sluggish.

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SOURCE: EEW Magazine
Rebecca Johnson

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