When former Real Housewives of Atlanta star DeShawn Snow endured a very public, bitter divorce from NBA player Eric Snow last summer, the mom of three didn't eat out of stress -- in fact, she did the very opposite: She dropped 30 pounds!
"I felt everything was out of my control," Snow, 37, tells UsMagazine.com exclusively of the time period in which she was prompted to slim down. "I had no control over anything that was happening in my life and the weight and working out was something I could control."
Snow credits her close friend and personal trainer, Trey Crump, with keeping her motivated through her relationship troubles.
"[When] Trey heard [of my divorce], he texted me and was like 'Meet me at the gym at 6 a.m.' He didn't ask me any questions, we just worked out. That was his way of getting me out of bed and then once I started, I just got consistent."
As for her diet, Snow -- who works out two hours a day and says she'd like to lose 10 more pounds -- is sure to eat in moderation.
"I supplement with protein shakes and I try to stay away from carbs," Snow tells Us. "Sometimes I'll have seafood or vegetables. Basically it's portion size, a maintenance thing."
Three years after her stint on Housewives, Snow is ready to impart her body confidence secrets to others through scripted TV dramas and yes, another reality series.
"All of my projects are basically to empower and encourage young women," Snow says. "The hardest thing in life is to believe that things happen for a reason. You can't be a victim, you have to be a victor -- press through it -- and know that success is the best revenge."