From struggling with bipolar disorder to overcoming bulimia, the "Confident" singer has completely redefined what being healthy means to her.
If you're looking for inspiration on how to become happier and healthier, look no further than Demi Lovato.
For starters, beyond having some serious singing pipes, she's made a name for herself by destigmatizing mental health. She previously opened up about living with bipolar disorder and what made her decide to tell the world about her illness. "They say it takes the average person 10 years to get the right diagnosis and treatment," she told Fitnessmagazine.com. "That statistic was very true for me, but I'm lucky to have the resources I need. Not everyone does. Sharing my story felt important if it meant that I'd be helping people get access to better care or showing that it's still possible to live a normal life." (Find out why she feels that extended time off can be good for your health)
She also recently celebrated six years of sobriety and took to Twitter to share the milestone with her millions of fans. She hopes that, by being open about her own issues with substance abuse, more people with similar struggles will be inspired to make a change in their lives and believe that being sober is possible.
Just officially turned 6 years sober. So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. It IS possible.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) March 15, 2018
Yet another thing Demi has been candid about: Her ongoing battle with an eating disorder. Last year, she posted a "then" and "now" photo on her Instagram story with the caption "Recovery is possible" to show how far she's come in her own recovery journey. The photo serves as a reminder to fans and followers that self-love and acceptance may not happen overnight, but that doesn't mean you should give up hope. (Related: Celebrities Who Opened Up About Their Eating Disorders)
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That said, recovery isn't necessarily linear, and it's not always easy to feel good about yourself. Body positivity is a journey with ups and downs, rather than a destination—and Demi has been totally transparent about that. "Feeling gross today at a photo shoot, but I'm choosing to accept what I see because I love myself for who I am, and your love and support gets me through moments like this," she wrote on Twitter in early January. (Related: Demi Lovato Will Offer Free Wellness Sessions at Her 2018 World Tour)
Feeling gross today at a photo shoot but I’m choosing to accept what I see because I love myself for who I am and your love and support gets me through moments like this. if you’re struggling as well, don’t forget.. if I can do it, you can too!
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) January 19, 2018
That's why she decided to quit dieting once and for all, even if that meant putting on a few pounds. "No longer depriving myself of treats (in moderation)," she said in a separate tweet. "I'm not gonna lie, I put on a couple lbs since I've given up dieting, BUT I've given up the chronic stress of what I eat because I don't want to set that example for my fans. No more food shaming myself!"
Her message reinforced that labeling foods as "good" or "bad" can be bad for your mental health. Instead, it's better to listen to your body and eat what you want in moderation.
Another crucial factor in helping her make all of these positive changes: fitness. As an important role model in the body-positive movement (you can always count on her to show off her "flaws" and share some much-needed self-confidence tricks), Lovato has always been vocal about how focusing on exercise has helped her become her healthiest—but that has nothing to do with aesthetics. The badass videos she posts on Instagram of her martial arts workouts make it clear that she's all about kicking ass and gaining skills, versus working toward a "standard" body goal.
To make sure she maintains a healthy relationship with fitness, the singer says she tries to have a goal-based routine. "I've found that it's exciting for me to have goals in my fitness routine, where it's not just about wanting to lose weight or wanting to get my stamina up," she told Insider in April 2018.
Her latest passion is mixed martial arts (MMA), and she trains at Unbreakable Performance in Los Angeles (a place she's called her "oasis" on Instagram). She's currently working on earning her black belt and learning how to fight.
"She's more coachable than most of our fighters," her trainer Jay Glazer tells People. "She doesn't put ego in; she does it right, and she is vicious!"
Watch her in action, and you'll see it for yourself. "I kick butt all the time," she previously told Shape. "I love boxing and MMA, especially jujitsu. I get really excited about being able to push myself farther than I ever have before. Those moments teach you to appreciate and be grateful for your body and what it can do." (She sometimes spends four hours a day at the gym to hone her skills).
And for Demi, training isn't a chore. It's something she genuinely loves—and it shows. "She glows,” Glazer tells People. “The happiness that she has, it's really from the inside out. Physically, she looks ridiculously amazing, but to get her to see herself as beautiful as she is—I can't tell you how proud we are of her. She's never been late, she shows up, she helps everybody. She's incredible." (Oh and her workout style is on point, too.)
If all that doesn't scream #goals, we're not sure what does.