And the best part? She actually ate more to achieve her incredible results.
In a recent Instagram post, the 40-year-old busted some huge misconceptions many people have about nutrition and weight loss.
“Food is your friend not your enemy,” she captioned her impressive before and after image.
“I believe that if there is anything that people completely overlook, it is the nutrition aspect of living a healthy lifestyle. Most of us, when it comes to eating healthy, think about a bowl of salad with grilled chicken.”
“But is it enough to reach your goals? Definitely not. Unknown to most people, one of the biggest reasons they don't get results they aim for, is simply NOT eating enough. When people start their fitness journey, they add a lot of cardio to their daily routine and cut calories way too low to get results faster. But that is actually working against them.”
Nessa previously told Self that after starting a demanding job, she let her healthy habits slip. She started doing Kayla Itsines' BBG program but her progress plateaued after several months. Nessa says she really started to see results when her food routine changed, involving consistent meal prep, five to size well balanced meals each day, and a caloric intake of 2000-2200.
“I turned on my metabolism, I constantly progress, I look leaner although I gained weight, I am stronger and I feel great,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Building muscle, weight lose or body recomposition is a patience game. It takes time and consistency to make it work. Don’t skip meals, make food your friend not your enemy and remember, eating more is the key to losing more and looking better.”