Issa Rae Weight Loss: The Insecure Star Credits It To Healthy Lifestyle

Date January 28, 2020

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Do you know Issa Rae? And have you ever watched her YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl? If your answer is no, you definitely should, as this super talented girl is worth your attention.

First of all, don’t let the Awkward Black Girl persona trick you: Issa Rae isn't awkward, she is confident! The young woman is not afraid to be herself saying what she really thinks and we love her for that.

However, many fans still want to know more about Issa Rae and her journey to success. Here are some interesting facts about the young but prominent actress.

Who is Issa Rae?

Issa Rae was born in 1985 as Jo-Issa Rae Diop. Her father is a pediatrician from Senegal, and her mother is a teacher from Louisiana. Issa has four siblings. Her parents met in France where both studied, but unfortunately, they divorced when Issa was in high school.

Issa was brought up in Potomac, Maryland, where she was a member of the swim team and played street hockey. When the girl was in sixth grade, her family moved to Los Angeles, where she attended a middle school. Issa graduated from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, where she developed her passion for acting.

Rae graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in African and African-American Studies in 2007. At Stanford, Issa found Tracy Oliver, who helped her launch Awkward Black Girl. This project was the first one that gathered a lot of attention from the public. Since 2011, she has continued to develop her channel, which features content created by people of color.

Several years later, Issa Rae rose to stardom after creating and starring in the HBO television series Insecure. It was a huge success and the actress has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress. Issa is also a writer: she wrote an autobiographical book, entitled The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.

Issa Rae weight loss story

During filming of the first season of Insecure, many people noticed that Issa Rae slimmed down. The TV star has been flaunting her amazing figure on red carpets and magazine covers, but this fact makes her fans curious about what happened to the actress. While she never was very heavy, her weight loss is noticeable. How did she manage to drop the pounds? And did she make it in a healthy way?

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Finally, Issa Rae revealed the secret that helped her stay in perfect shape. Here is what you need to know about Issa Rae's weight loss.

She needed to reload

Issa Rae said:

I thrive off fresh starts. I will do a cleanse or diet—I need a reset button. So seeing myself on TV for a season was an excuse to be like ‘I want to lose a couple of pounds.’ I want to look my best, be my best, and feel my best.

Healthy lifestyle is a key

She added:

I started just eating right. I stopped eating all of the things and started eating less of the things. I’ve been trying to lose weight since I was 12. For me, [Insecure] actually gave me a reason to do it and it’s really just about how I feel and how I want to look. And it’s all vanity. I want to look good in a bathing suit in the summer time. I want to look good to me naked and when December rolls around, I’m gonna be eating again and going to town.

Exercises are important

Like many of us, Issa doesn't like to exercise and she freely admits this fact. In the interview to Women's Health, she said:

I was a big excuse person when it came to exercising and eating right. I’d have spurts of trying to work out and being good. Then once I fell off, I’d be like, ‘Well, there’s always next year. Let me make it my New Year’s resolution.’ But even then, I would still be eating wrong while exercising vigorously.

However, today she exercises regularly and it takes her about one hour a day.

I exercise for, like, an hour each day. My neighborhood has a bunch of hills, so it’s walking up hills. Then I alternate between walking and jogging. I hate jogging—you’re going in circles, but I recognize that it helps.

This isn't the first time when Issa is losing weight. In her memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, the actress recalled that she lost many pounds years ago when traveling to Senegal. Issa spent several years in Senegal with her parents when she was a child. She also shed some weight at Stanford.

This time around though, by taking control of her ration first, she has been able not only to slim down but also to keep it off.

Check out Issa Rae's interview below to learn more about this wonderful actress:

Issa Rae radiates confidence and she is a great example for women all over the world. She loves what she does and helps other people to improve their self-esteem. What can be better?

With her stunning approach to healthy lifestyle and wellness, Issa’s future is looking bright, daring…and definitely, secure. Do you agree?