Tarek El Moussa Flaunts Physique with Shirtless Pic After 3-Year Health Journey: 'Can Anyone See My Ab?'

"I was an overweight, chain-smoking alcoholic, who was always stressed!" the HGTV star wrote in a post on Instagram

<p>Tarek El Moussa/Instagram</p> Tarek El Moussa.

Tarek El Moussa/Instagram

Tarek El Moussa.

Tarek El Moussa showed off a six-pack (and more!), in a recent Instagram post, sharing that he was "an overweight, chain-smoking alcoholic, who was always stressed!” before embarking on his fitness journey.

The Selling Sunset alum, 42, shared the shirtless beachside pic, writing, “Sooooo….it’s been a few years since I posted a knockoff male model photo but hey….I’m finally in shape🤣🤣🤣!”

The HGTV host continued, “No joke, 3 years ago I bought a scale and when I saw my health metrics I freaked out and went to the gym the next day! Over the last three years I’ve been in the gym almost every day with my buddy and fitness expert @seantorbati.”

This isn’t the first time El Moussa has been vocal about his fitness journey, previously sharing an older photo with wife Heather Rae El Moussa, 36, that showed how far he’d come.

<p>TheImageDirect.com</p> Heather Rae El Moussa (Right) and Tarek El Moussa in 2021


Heather Rae El Moussa (Right) and Tarek El Moussa in 2021

“The reason I’m sharing it is because it shows me coming out of a yoga class with my wife and is PROOF that sometimes you think you’re doing the right thing but what you actually need is redirection in order to see growth,” he wrote.

“In that photo I was doing some hot yoga, wasn’t really on any kind of schedule, wasn’t tracking my protein intake, and didn’t really have any guidance.”

Related: Heather Rae El Moussa Reveals Husband Tarek Was Secretly on Set to Support Her During First Solo HGTV Appearance

El Moussa has been opening up about his physical — and mental — health, sharing his journey in his new book, Flip Your Life: How to Find Opportunity in Distress—in Real Estate, Business, and Life.

In it, he shared that he had a painkiller addiction following a back injury. He added that after his 2016 split from ex-wife Christina Hall, “My mental health was as bad as it had ever been.”

Related: Tarek El Moussa Admits He 'Wasn't the Best Guy' to Ex-Wife Christina Hall, Says Divorce 'Really Broke Me'

These days, the HGTV star has a more optimistic outlook. As El Moussa previously shared in a 2023 Instagram post, “I’m taking the right supplements, I’m eating the right food & Hot yoga 1-2 times a week which is so good for my mental & physical state. It all comes down to motivation and perseverance.”

The Flipping 101 host then revealed his motivation for putting a more stringent health and fitness routine into practice.

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.“Once I

realized how BADLY I wanted to feel good and be healthy- for myself, my wife, my kids, and my longevity- was the second I put my head down and got to work!!” the dad of three wrote. (He and wife Heather Rae share son Tristan, 15 months, and he also shares daughter Taylor, 13, and son Brayden, 8, with ex-wife Hall.)

And as he said in his recent Instagram post, “It doesn’t matter how tired you are or how beat up you are or how drained you are. We can all come back to feeling like we are in the best shape of our life! All you have to do is get started! Also….can anyone see my ab?"

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