The Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Judge doesn't listen to the body shaming comments she gets now that she's a bodybuilder
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Tamra Judge is stronger than ever – physically AND mentally!

The Real Housewives of Orange County star constantly hears from viewers criticizing her new bodybuilder shape, but Judge says it doesn’t bother her.

“Oh [they say] that I look like a man, that I went on steroids,” she says, shrugging, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “People say whatever they want. I don’t care. I’m doing what I can do.”

The mom of four, who won her first bodybuilding competition in May, credits her new workout routine to staying young.

“I truly believe that working out, eating well, taking your supplements, is really the key to staying young,” Judge says.

“I’m 48 years old. I started to see just a layer of fat developing around my midsection and I was like, ‘Oh hell, no. This is not happening.’ I wish I could teach everyone going through menopause, ‘Trust me, you don’t have to accept it, you can reverse it.’ ”

Because she took home the top trophy at the Muscle Mania competition in Orange County, California, she’s already qualified to go up to the next level.

“I’m excited and scared at the same time,” Judge says. “My workouts have been consistent. I get up, 4:30, 5 o’clock in the morning and eat a little bit, and then I go workout for about two hours, and then I do an hour of cardio. Five to six days a week.”

Judge said that before, she thought she was skinny, but really she was "skinny fat," and lacking in muscle tone.

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“When I started, I thought my diet was great,” she says. “I lost like 16 percent body fat [she’s now down to 14 percent body fat]. It just works.”

And she says that she’s proof positive that anyone can change their fitness.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can do it.”