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Ex-bulimic Candace Cameron Bure: Dance workouts fueled weight loss

Candace Cameron is overcoming body insecurities: Her weight-loss and bulimia battle
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Candace Cameron Bure said training five to six hours a day for "Dancing With the Stars" has helped her body become even leaner and fitter, she blogged on

Bure, who has maintained an impressive 22-pound weight loss since 2010, said the grueling dance training has eliminated the need for gym workouts. "I've actually only hit the gym a handful of times since starting the show because dancing for five to six hours a day has got me covered!" wrote Candace.

"I came into the competition in really good shape, but the difference between doing cardio on a machine and lifting weights to dancing for so many hours has leaned out my body even more and toned up smaller muscles I don't typically hit with heavy weights."

Cameron Bure, who credited a combination of weight-training and cardio exercise for her fit physique, said her body has undergone some dramatic changes since she began competing on season 18 of "Dancing With the Stars" last month.

"I've noticed my larger muscles have decreased because I'm not lifting or doing as many lunges and squats with heavy weights that typically pick up my rear," said Candace. "It doesn't take much to make a difference; small changes all add up into big ones!"

Battled Bulimia, Anorexia and Diet-Pill Addiction

Bure, who at 38 looks years younger, is in the best shape of her life now after overcoming the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia during her teens and early twenties.

In 2010, the former child star lost 22 pounds, slimming down to 110 pounds through portion control and regular exercise. Cameron Bure has maintained her weight loss since then by eating well and working out regularly.

While the mom of three is healthy now, she began dieting obsessively as a teen, suffered from the eating disorder bulimia, and experimented with diet pills. Candace detailed her bulimia and body-image struggles in her 2011 memoir, Reshaping It All. "I felt chubby," she wrote. "I didn't fit into a lot of my wardrobe. I know it showed on TV."

Low-Carb Diet and Rigorous Workouts Keep Her Fit

At her heaviest, the 5-foot-2 Candace weighed 132 pounds, which isn't heavy, but not optimal for unforgiving TV cameras. Bure said she had a hard time adjusting to being a housewife and mom of three after "Full House" ended in 1995 and she began living in Canada with her husband, Russian-born NHL player Valeri Bure.

But marriage and motherhood inspired her to embrace a fitness-minded lifestyle. Bure slimmed down to 110 pounds by following a low-carb diet that emphasized protein and vegetables and eliminated bread, pasta and rice.

Bure typically works out first thing in the morning, right after she drops her kids off at school, and is disciplined about following a healthy diet. Looking and feeling good keeps her motivated to stay on course.

"I like the way I feel when I’m in shape and I like the way I look when I’m toned," she said. "When I feel good, it makes for a much better start to the day.”

Cameron Bure has been receiving high marks for slowly coming out of her shell on "Dancing With the Stars," a trend she hopes will continue. Bure also said competing on the popular reality TV competition has helped her grow and learn a lot more about herself.

"I’m finding that my journey on 'DWTS 'is so much more than I ever expected," she said. "I'm learning more about myself than I ever imagined. This has become way more than a dance show or a competition."

Candace, a self-professed devout Christian, revealed her weight-loss secrets and how she juggles motherhood, marriage, and career in her new book, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose.

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