On September 21, Angel Locsin posted a series of cute mirror selfies on Instagram with the caption, "Remember to love every inch of you." The post quickly made headlines with commenters pointing out and reacting to her weight loss.
The next day, September 22, Angel shared another post on Insta, this time of her holding her belly that had a smiley face drawn onto it. In her caption, she wrote a lengthy message addressing the viral post and shedding light on her current fitness journey. First off, she credited her "slimmer" figure to the way she posed in the pic. "I think everyone who posts ootd's or watched Top Model knows this," Angel wrote.
The 36-year-old actress and activist went on to tell her followers to not feel pressured to lose weight and stressed that our bodies and journeys are all different:
"So for those struggling to lose that extra weight, please don't feel pressured. I tell you that I understand that it's not easy, having been fighting weight gain for years. Pressure did not and will not help. Just take your time. Your body, your rules. Just don't forget to love every inch of you in the process, no matter what other people may say. You are more than your weight or how you look. What's important is how you feel and think of yourself. Shine. Don't let the perception of others dim your light. I know you are trying. I know it's hard. I understand."
She then revealed that she was slowly "able to slim down" but said she's currently "a work in progress." "Though I feel good now, I've been taking care of my health and trying out something new," she shared. Angel also said she'll be more open about her process and her journey when she finds more confidence in herself.
Angel ended her message with these inspiring words: "I will not let anyone dictate my pace. But I am looking forward to what I can achieve in the next 3 months or so. Love you, fats and all."
On the same day, Angel did a ~trainer reveal~ on her IG Stories and tagged her trainer, Coach Bond, who's been helping her these past few months:
In June, Angel shared that she went on an 800-calorie diet plan (which she did for two weeks) because she found out she had high blood pressure: "Yung sa akin, mataas. Mataas siya, kaya kailangan kong pagtuunan ng pansin talaga. It's not really for vanity, siguro bonus na lang din 'yon. Pero hinahabol natin, yung imporantante, maalagaan natin yung sarili natin."
Over the years, Angel had been subjected to ridicule from body shamers and addressed them by saying "I cannot control how other people think. Hindi 'yon sukatan kung mababawasan yung pagmamahal ko para sa sarili ko. Buti nalang mahal ko ang sarili ko at nirerespeto ko ang sarili ko, kasi alam ko yung katawan na ito ay madaming pinagdaanan, maraming na-achieve din naman, at marami pa akong maa-achieve."