She’s speaking her truth! On Tuesday, April 9, Ariel Winter participated in an Instagram Q&A with fans. While the majority of the questions were lighthearted — i.e. what her favorite pizza topping is — one of Ariel’s followers asked the Modern Family, 21, actress why she was “so thin.”

Ariel’s response was incredibly brave. “For years I had been on antidepressants that caused me to gain weight that I couldn’t lose no matter what I did,” she began. “It was always frustrating for me because I wanted to be able to get fit and feel like the work I was doing was paying off, but it never felt that way.”

Ariel Winter, Instagram Q&A

The brunette beauty continued, “I had accepted it and moved on. I stayed on those medications for so long because the process is really long and difficult. I wasn’t ready to go through it again so I just accepted the feeling ‘eh’ instead of trying to find something to actually feel better.”

The Sofia the First alum went on to explain that eventually, she “was sick” of not feeling OK. Although, Ariel made it clear that her decision to switch medications had “nothing to do” with losing weight. “I started the process again and was able to find a great combination of medication that works for me,” she expressed.

“The change in medication instantly made me drop all of the weight I couldn’t lose before by just giving me back my metabolism. That was very unexpected.” Ariel concluded that while she feels “better mentally,” she still has a few fitness goals in mind. “It’s nice to work out and have your body actually respond, but I want to gain a few pounds of muscle and get healthier. Also … I want my butt back.”

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