It took a huge health scare for the This is Us star to make a lifestyle change.

By Faith Brar
Updated: February 09, 2017

Chrissy Metz might have a successful career in Hollywood today, but things weren't always easy for the This Is Us star. In an interview with People, the 36-year-old actress revealed that being rejected in Hollywood for over a decade caused her to steadily gain weight and fall into a deep, dark depression. (Related: Chrissy Metz Opens Up About Being a Plus-Size Actress in Hollywood)

She hadn't realized how bad things had gotten until she had a health scare right before her 30th birthday party a few years ago. She began to feel heart palpitations, and she feared for her life.

"I'm like, 'What is this? Am I dying? What's happening?'" she told People. "It was really scary-really, really, really scary." Rather than attending the party, Metz checked into a hospital where doctors told her: "You can't continue on this path."

This was a huge wake-up call for Metz. "I'm like, 'Oh, this is not just a physical thing. It's like a soul/spirit/mind/body collective thing. Not everything's connecting,'" she said in the same story.

Changing her mentality also made a difference in her life physically. From there, she says she lost 100 pounds in less than five months by eating 2,000 calories a day and making a commitment to walking just 20 minutes a day. She continues to work towards improving her lifestyle through diet and exercise as part of a weight loss contract she signed with This is Us producers.

"I don't have a weight or a size [in mind]," she told People. "It's really going to be about how I feel when I look at myself. I do want to lose weight. Physically, I really am interested in just feeling better and not having to be put in a box. I don't want to be limited by anything."

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