TV personality Chaz Bono has lost 65 pounds since November 2012 and has never felt or looked better. “I’m feeling really good,” Chaz told People. “Physically, my body feels just so much better. I’m in a lot less discomfort when I exercise and am doing physical stuff.
“All of my numbers — my blood pressure, my cholesterol — are normal now, which is great. I just have a lot more confidence, and that feels really cool. I really like what I see in the mirror.”
The 5-foot-6 Bono, who tipped the scales at 250 pounds, is now just 15 pounds from his goal weight of 170 pounds. While Chaz works out almost daily, he says his low-carb, sugar-free, no-diary diet is largely responsible for his dramatic weight loss.
“I really avoid grains and starches, so meats and vegetables and fruits are my diet,” he tweeted. “I make them all different ways to keep it interesting. What’s worked for me is no sugar, no grains, no dairy except goat cheese, no white starches, portion control, and high intensity workouts.”
Low-carb diets like the Atkins, Paleo and ketogenic plans promote rapid weight loss by encouraging the body to burn body fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Chaz, the son of singer Cher, began his weight-loss journey in November 2012, and says he no longer has constant cravings for fatty, unhealthy foods.
“[I have no cravings] at all anymore,” he said. “I really feel very satisfied and comfortable with the way I eat now, which is amazing and for me, kind of a miracle. I never thought I’d be that kind of a person.”
While Bono looks fantastic, he says he was motivated to lose weight for health reasons, not vanity. “To me, it was never really about a number,” said Chaz, 44. “It was just about getting healthy and feeling and looking better, so I’m just kind of letting my body dictate. I’ve been eating the same way now for months and months and that hasn’t changed. I’m going to have to eat this way for the rest of my life. I’m feeling really good.”
Bono, who underwent female-to-male gender transition from 2008 to 2010, decided to overhaul his diet because he got sick of being fat and unhealthy.
“I’ve struggled with weight my whole life,” he said. “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 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 too old to [f**k] around with that. I need to keep my weight down, moving forward, in order to be healthy.”