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Rebel Wilson talks about how she broke free from emotional eating

"I think what I mainly suffered from was emotional eating and dealing with the stress of becoming famous internationally," Wilson said.
/ Source: TODAY

After her "year of health," Rebel Wilson is feeling better than she has in a long time.

At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, the 42-year-old actor decided she was going to take control of her health, so when she stopped by TODAY on Thursday to promote her new movie, "Senior Year," she also discussed her progress.

"In 2020, when everything kind of shut down in the pandemic, I really focused on my health," she said.

"I'm not perfect, obviously. I still was eating ice cream in the bath last night. I was like, 'I've got to get up early for the TODAY show,'" she quipped.

"I struggle with emotional eating, and I worked really hard on that," she continued. "I've done diets or exercising and stuff, but I'd never worked on the mental side, so finally I did, and that was kind of the trick."

She later shared that turning 40 and embarking on her health journey has made her feel "more confident and powerful as a woman. ... You just feel more, 'OK, this is me and I know what's good for me, what's not, and now I can just be in my own power,' which is great."

The "Pitch Perfect" star previously opened up about her year of health on "The Drew Barrymore Show" in November 2020.

"I love my curves and stuff, I don't think I'll ever go too skinny, but I feel so much healthier," Wilson said. "And I don't know whether it's a thing with ladies when you turn 40, I feel like I really have come into my own now and not just with health but with my career."

The comedian also said she battled emotional eating and had to learn how to overcome it.

"I was going all around the world, jet setting everywhere and eating a ton of sugar that was kind of my vice. I have a very sweet tooth; I love desserts," she said. "I've tried, like so many women out there, fads and diets and things before and I'm like, ‘I need to do a really holistic approach this time.' I think what I mainly suffered from was emotional eating and dealing with the stress of becoming famous internationally. There is a lot of stress that comes with it, and I guess my way of dealing with it was just like eating donuts."

Breaking the pattern required Wilson to focus on why she was turning to food during times of stress. It also involved working on her self esteem.

"On the nutritional side my diet was mainly all carbs, which are delicious, but for my body type, I needed to eat more protein," she said.

"I feel more in control, and I get to produce movies now, which is amazing and kind of have more control of the content," she told Barrymore. "I just feel like everything seems to be coming together. Maybe I'm a late bloomer or something, but I'm slowly getting it together."