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"Great bodies are made in the kitchen, not the gym": ABC News' Mara Schiavocampo advice on weight loss

How many of you have ever started off a new year thinking “New Year, New You,” started a diet, and promptly fell off the wagon? Yep, us too. ABC News’ Mara Schiavocampo actually stuck with it — she lost 90 pounds and kept it off for three years. She wrote about her journey in her new book, “THINspired,” in stores now.

Mara’s journey isn’t one about fad diets, but about how she completely transformed her life. Losing 90 pounds may seem like the ultimate success story, but Mara wasn’t about to shy away from the struggles of getting there.

“I think it’s important to provide people with real information, and when I decided to do the book, that was the biggest thing for me — that I was going to be really honest about it. The good, the bad and the ugly,” Schiavocampo said. In particular, she wanted to level with readers about how exercise is such a small part of the weight loss equation: “You can work out all you want, but it’s never going to outweigh a bad diet. Great bodies are made in the kitchen, not the gym.”

Mara also spoke to Alicia Menendez about why the black community’s confidence when it comes to body image can sometimes be a disservice. She dedicates an entire chapter of her book to the subject — “To My Sistas.”

“Health is gift. It’s the single biggest gift that we can provide ourselves, so the message is just don’t deny yourself that single biggest gift because along with obesity comes much higher rates of a lot of associated illnesses,” Schiavocampo said.

Watch the full interview to see what Mara’s sister Pia, a size acceptance activist, had to say about Mara’s weight loss.