Chaz Bono had a plan back in November to drop 50 pounds, and he's alllllllmost there!!
Chaz, having started a new and strict diet, has dropped 43 of those 50 pounds — and he wants to lose 40 more!
"I've been sticking to a really strict diet. It's not any type of starvation thing. I'm just cutting out a lot of stuff and eating primarily protein and vegetables and fruit."
What spurred this weight loss, other than being 250 pounds and being worried about his own health, is that he went on an episode of The Doctors to publicly announce his issues… and his plan to change! Accountability!
He said this about it:
"That episode was the most uncomfortable I've ever been on television in my life. I had been wanting to lose weight. It was something I had been trying to do and failing at. This opportunity just kind of came in, and my initial reaction was 'absolutely not.' And after that, the more I thought about it, I realized I've been wanting to deal with this issue and somebody's willing to help me do it, so I decided to throw my pride away and get help."
As many people find, though, losing weight in the beginning is much easier than continuing to lose weight. Sometimes all it takes is a little extra exercise and cutting out some foods. But then you hit a wall, and you have to put even more effort in. Here's what Chaz says about that:
"It hasn't been that long, but when you're a guy and you've got a lot of weight to lose, the initial stuff comes off pretty easily. You start to see results and you want to keep going. It's not to say you don't have cravings sometimes, but I'm very happy with how I'm looking and feeling. Especially when I'm traveling or I have to go out to eat or whatever, it's actually kind of easier than I thought to [eat healthy], so that's been good.
"It's getting harder. I'm just kind of at a little plateau right now, which I think is pretty normal, according to my doctor. The weight was falling off at first, and now it's just coming off slower. The smaller you are, the harder it is to lose weight. The last 10 or 20 lbs. are really hard to get off. I would like to lose more than that. I'm still dropping, but I'm just not dropping like I was in the beginning, which was about 4 lbs. a week."
That's rough, and that's where most people turn back and don't power through. That's not the case for Chaz, though, as he's in it for the long haul. It's very important to him, so he must go on:
"There haven't really been any bad parts to this so far, except certain stuff that I miss eating. But ultimately, I would much rather look and feel better than eat those things. Everything else has been really great. I feel better and when I look in the mirror, I like what I see better.
"I don't want to ever be that guy [to give advice]. I've struggled with weight my whole life. I don't ever want to be the guy to say, 'Just do this.' For me, it was finally getting to a place where I was willing to do whatever it took to deal with this. When you get to that point, then whatever way you choose to do it, it's going to work. I'm willing to kind of never eat the things I like again. Never say never, and I know it happens a lot, but I really want to do everything I can to avoid gaining it back. I'm not going into it thinking I'm going to do that. I'm going into it thinking I'm too old to [expletive] around with that. I need to keep my weight down, moving forward, in order to be healthy."
This is so inspiring, and we LOVE it when healthy attitudes prevail!
Keep up the amazeballz work! You can do it!!
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