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Anna Gunn showcases 40-pound weight loss: I'm no longer crippled by anxiety

Anna Gunn is thinner than ever after her 40-pound weight loss, and is no longer a prisoner to her intense anxiety.

Anna Gunn's weight loss was reportedly caused by steroid injections for lupus-slide0
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Anna Gunn's shocking weight loss occurred after she stopped taking cortisone.
Anna Gunn's shocking weight loss occurred after she stopped taking cortisone.
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"When I was in my twenties and thirties, I spent so much time worrying: the next job, the next review, the next blog," Gunn, told More. "It really was wasted time.

I haven't stopped worrying, but now I have the ability to say, 'I'm going to enjoy the time I have working and I have with my kids and my family and my friends.' And I'm not going to spend it going, 'Oh no, what comes next in 20 minutes or two hours or tomorrow?' I'll wake up and deal with it."

In November 2013, Gunn made headlines for her jaw-dropping weight loss, but insisted she was perfectly healthy after coming off the drug cortisone. Anna's rapid weight loss fueled rumors the 5-foot-10 blonde was suffering from the eating disorder anorexia, but she dismissed such talk.

Gunn said she had gained weight while filming season six of "Breaking Bad" after taking the drug cortisone for an undisclosed illness. She said she lost the weight after she stopped taking the medication.

"I was actually ill while I was filming the show and it affected my weight," said Anna. "They gave me cortisone and I puffed up and gained weight. Now I'm better, thank God."

Cortisone (or hydrocortisone) is a steroid hormone typically used to treat gland and hormone disorders, arthritis, lupus, skin diseases, allergies, and asthma. Weight gain is a known side effect of cortisone.

While Anna declined to elaborate on her illness, she said she is well and stays in shape by doing Pilates workouts and following a sensible diet. Since then, several reports claimed Gunn's weight gain (and subsequent weight loss) was caused by steroid injections for the autoimmune disease lupus, but she has never confirmed those rumors.

Gunn said goodbye to Breaking Bad after the hit series completed its final season last fall. As she looks ahead, she's optimistic about her career and life, saying she still feels anxious, but isn't imprisoned by it.

"I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me," said Anna. "I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says, 'Turn back. You'll die if you venture too far.' Being afraid means you care and want to do your best, so forge ahead."