Born Chaz Salvatore Bono, Chaz is an American writer, musician, and actor. He got famous as the son of entertainers Sonny Bono and Cher. During his childhood years, he appeared on their television show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. He publicly declares himself as a transsexual man. How did Chaz Bono achieve his weight loss goal?
In 2012, the former Dancing with the Stars contestant embarked on a weight loss journey. Chaz Bono wanted to lose weight and try different things.
After tipping the scale at 250 pounds, Bono vowed to lose weight in November 2012. He set his original goal of dropping 50 pounds, but he has since lost more than 80 pounds. He now sticks to a healthier lifestyle, following a diet rich in meat and vegetables.
Speaking about his diet, Chaz says: “I really feel very satisfied and comfortable with the way I eat now. It is amazing, and for me, it feels like kind of a miracle. I never thought I’d be that kind of a person”.
The LGBT activist also says he noticed a change in his personality. He has more confidence and feels happy with what he sees in the mirror.
How did he lose 60 pounds?
Chaz Bono started his weight loss journey in November 2012. In May the next year, he already dropped 60 pounds. And he immediately declared, “Diets do not work”. He has gone through many body transformations in his life.
But the son of Cher and Sonny love his new-look slimmer frame. He got to 190 pounds in May 2013, feeling really good about himself.
He even said that he would love to compete again in Dancing with the Stars. Mainly, he changed the way he eats. Bono says, “I cook a lot of different stuff. I still enjoy dancing. I still take classes”. But he also does martial arts training.
Speaking about his new way of life, he says, “I’ve just changed the way I eat. Diets do not work. You have to change what you eat, and I have”.
In his case, he started avoiding grains and starches. At the same time, he focused more on meat and vegetables, as well as fruits for between meals. He cooks meat and vegetables in different ways to keep things interested.
In the beginning, Bono followed the Freshology meal-plan to achieve his goal of shedding 50 pounds. But now, he finds new ways to cook and doesn’t need a meal-plan to do it.
What has worked for him? In his own words, “no sugar, no grains, no dairy except goat cheese, no white starches, portion control, and high-intensity workouts”. Nowadays, he finds it ironic that people ask him for diet advice. And he replies, “It is not about dieting. It is about changing habits forever”.
Chaz Bono knows one thing. If he can change his diet and give up grains and sugar, anyone can.
Lifelong struggle with obesity
Chaz Bono finally hit the breaks in November 2012. But he has had to endure a lifelong struggle with obesity and weight issues.
Bono has experienced struggles since childhood to achieve a healthy weight. He grew up in a thin family. There, being thin was prized above all else.
He was not an overweight child. But they still put him on diets all the time. Chaz grew up with constant pressure to look underweight growing up.
He grew up as Chastity, the daughter of the late Sonny Bono and Cher. In 2010, he completed his female-to-male gender transformation.
Now, he works on his weight transformation.