Even though Anfisa Arkhipchenko Nava is not on 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? this season, fans are still following her life.
She has her first-ever bodybuilding competition coming up, and has totally transformed her body in preparation for it.
But what’s her secret?
In an interview with E! News, Anfisa Arkhipchenko Nava is opening up about her body transformation — and her secret to losing weight.
"First," the 90 Day Fiance alum reveals. "I lost about 15 pounds in about six months."
"And," Anfisa shares. "That’s when I started thinking about competing."
"So then I actually gained a little weight," she explains. "To increase my muscle."
Those increased muscles are hard to miss.
"But then I lost more," Anfisa continues.
Overall, her body transformation didn’t happen overnight.
"It took about a year and a half," she divulges, adding that "I wasn’t in a rush."
Sow hat kinds of numbers are we talking, here?
"In the beginning, I was 146 pounds," Anfisa shares. "And now I’m about 120."
A lot of total body transformation stories have to do with much more dramatic degrees of weight loss.
Anfisa’s is another story.
"I’ve actually been skinny my whole life," she acknowledges.
"But when I moved to the United States," Anfisa notes. "I gained about 15 to 20 pounds."
That’s not a lot of weight, but on her small frame, it gave her a curvier look.
Not that it matters, but why did she gain weight?
"The food here is different from the way I used to eat in Russia," Anfisa explains.
There are three things that the United States does better than any nation on earth: military size, entertainment industry, and food.
"In Russia," she shares. "I would eat home-cooked meals."
"But here," Anfisa continues. "I would go out to eat a lot."
It’s not just restaurant food (which, for many, can be healthier than what they can afford to make at home) or American food that made the difference.
"And I wasn’t really controlling it," Anfisa admits.
She characterizes: "I was eating everything."
There was a reason for which she was using food to keep herself happy.
"There was also more stress," Anfisa acknowledges.
Stress from moving, stress from her marriage, stress from her reality career, and of course stress from Jorge’s arrest (and eventual imprisonment).
So how did she trim down and get those insane abs?
"I just reduced my portion size," Anfisa reveals. "And started doing cardio too."
She gets specific about aspects of her workout routine.
Anfisa spells it out: "I was doing the elliptical or the treadmill five or six times a week for 30-40 minutes."
She has also shared details of her home-cooked meals.
Next weekend is the NPC West Coast Classic in Riverside, California. It will be Anfisa’s first ever bodybuilding competition.
Could this be the start of a whole new career for her?
"Possibly," Anfisa admits. "We’ll see how this first one goes."
"I don’t really have any expectations," she clarifies.
"I just want to get my feet wet," Anfisa explains. "And see what its like and go from there."
"Besides the competition," Anfisa reminds her fans. "I’m going to school,"
"I’m in community college," she notes. "But this August I want to apply to a four-year university."
"I want to go to one of the universities in California," Anfisa expresses.
"But," she admits. "I don’t know which one."
We hear that USC may have an opening or two.
As fans may recall, Anfisa and Jorge dropped out of Happily Ever After? after negotiations fell through.
They wanted more money than the notoriously cheap show was willing to pay.
Real talk: is Anfisa ever coming back to reality television?
"I don’t have plans for it right now," Anfisa replies. "But never say never!"