Candace Cameron Bure is happier with her body now at 37 than she was during her 20s, thanks to a low-carb diet and regular exercise.
Cameron Bure, a mom of three who once battled the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia, said embracing a fitness-minded lifestyle has helped her become fitter, healthier and more confident.
"I've grown to love my body and I'm very happy with it," Candace told Us. "I'm confident with my body. And at my age — not that I'm super old — I feel like I look better now than I ever did in my 20s. I love my body."
Low-Carb, High-Protein Diet
Bure, who's competing on season 18 of "Dancing With the Stars," has maintained her 22-pound weight loss since 2010 with cardio exercise, weight-lifting and a low-carb diet. For breakfast, Candace usually has cottage cheese with blueberries or a protein shake with frozen berries mixed on.
For lunch, she has a leafy green salad with vegetables with chicken, salmon or tuna. For dinner, she has a lean protein and low-starch grilled vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, or kale. For snacks, Bure enjoys nuts or Greek yogurt.
Interestingly, Candace said she has gotten fitter since becoming a mom because she put more effort in eating well and working out.
"It's self-confidence, but I've also gotten more in shape than in the past even 10 years since I had my kids," said Candace, who now dances five to six hours a day with her "DWTS" partner Mark Ballas.
"I love running on the beach and in the winter, I’m in the gym doing 30 minutes of cardio, usually the elliptical machine and I started weight training about 30 minutes a day, which I love. I’m seeing definition in my arms I’ve never seen before! I love Pilates."
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.
Battled Bulimia, Anorexia and Diet Pill Addiction
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."
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.
Cameron Bure typically works out first thing in the morning, right after she drops her kids off at school, and is disciplined about her diet. She allows herself to indulge her sweet tooth, but doesn't go overboard. Looking and feeling good keeps her motivated to stay on course.
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.
"This book is a culmination of years being asked by many women how I’ve done it," she said. "How have I managed to have three kids and be in better shape now than I was at 18? Ultimately, this book is about putting your faith into the forefront of your relationship with food. I’ve included recipes, personal stories, photos and most importantly lots of practical information and advice to motivate you to get healthy and stay on track from a biblical perspective."