janet jackson (nutrisystem)*From recent photos it’s obvious that Janet Jackson is looking real good these days.

Thanks to a disciplined diet and exercise routine, the Nutrisystem spokeslady has dropped quite a few pounds.

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But it wasn’t that long ago that Miss Jackson’s lifestyle wasn’t as healthy and it took a toll on the singer’s health.

“Health was always a concern,” she admitted to Prevention magazine. “When I gained weight in 2005, my nutritionist was very worried. I was close to having diabetes. Even when I lost it and then gained quite a bit back, there was always the thought of heart disease.”

Jackson says people can relate to her story of yo-yo dieting which is not good for the body.

“I think people really connect with the idea of someone who’s gained and lost weight in this very public way, and also someone who’s an emotional eater. Chocolate, cake, caramel apples — there aren’t many things I don’t love.”

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On the other hand, Janet’s also cautious of going to the opposite extreme and losing too much weight, which creates its own health issues

“Knowing I have these problems with body image, I ask my friends and family to tell me when I’ve lost too much too,” Janet confessed. “Because I will continue to pick on myself, like all women do, and say, You need to [lose] more here, more there.”