"I want to look and feel my best each and every day," the 2017 Grammy nominee says of her recent body transformation

By Jeff Nelson
January 13, 2017 12:14 PM
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In recent months, Fantasia has begun documenting her intense fitness regimen (and sleek new physique!) on social media. But her transformation is much more than a cosmetic shift — it was inspired by personal loss.

“I lost my grandmother untimely from a massive heart attack, after which I began to take notice of my habits, such as what I was eating and allowing to enter my body, and monitoring stress — as well as the fact that I want to look and feel my best each and every day,” Fantasia, 32, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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So far, the American Idol alum — who’s up for the Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy next month for her hit song “Sleeping with the One I Love” — has lost 20 lbs., thanks to modifications to her diet and workout routine.

“I do consistent variations of cardio, performance training and yoga,” Fantasia says, adding of her diet: “I have turned toward leaner meats, seafood, more vegetables, and cutting back or eliminating salts and sugars.”
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For the past few months, Fantasia has shared her body transformation on social media, highlighting the ups and downs online.

“This Body is my Temple and I choose to take care of it so I choose LIFE,” she captioned an Instagram video of an intense workout late last year.