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How did Chaz Bono lose weight?

Chaz Bono struggled with his weight for many years, having some success, but then gaining it back. It wasn’t until after he completed his female to male gender transition in 2010 that he felt comfortable in his body and able to focus on weight loss.

Chaz started his weight loss journey in 2012 with a goal of losing at least 50 lbs. Chaz started at 250 lbs, and 5ft 1.5 inches. He was able to lose 85 lbs. This took him approximately 6 months.

The weight loss has improved his confidence and made him feel happier, healthier and lighter.

Bono appeared on the show The Doctors where he received nutrition advice and an exercise plan.

"They hooked me up with nutritionists, a doctor and an exercise plan." he said of the support they provided.

Bono focused on his diet and exercise to lose the weight. He didn’t go on a diet but used a meal delivery service. He eliminated grains and starches, focusing on eating meats, vegetables and fruit.

Chaz had appeared on dancing with the stars and realized that he loved dancing so dancing became a focus for exercise. He also added martial arts training to his routine.

As of 2021 Bono had maintained his weight loss so he appears to have found what works for him.

How did eliminating grains and starches help with weight loss?

One of the changes that Chaz made to his diet was eliminating grains and starches.

"I cut out 99% percent of grains from my diet." he revealed.

This is one of the changes I suggest most people make when trying to lose weight. Here are some of the reasons:

  • Grains and starches contribute to blood sugar swings which cause cravings and hormone imbalances.

  • Many people are intolerant to gluten and other parts of grains. Food intolerances make losing weight difficult.

  • Grains and starches are often in the form of heavily processed foods. These foods are designed to be addictive, making it hard to eat just a small amount.

  • Other types of carbohydrates like vegetables and legumes are much higher in most nutrients so that means more energy and better overall health

Other big changes to Chaz's food choices

Chaz didn't go on a diet but worked hard to make better eating choices. He used a meal delivery service to help him with healthy meals. “Diets don’t work. You just have to change what you eat, and I have.”

Aside from eliminating grains and starches, Chaz also eliminated most dairy products and focused his diet on meat, vegetables and fruit.

Eliminating dairy

Dairy is another common food intolerance so eliminating it can help bring hormones back into balance and allow for weight loss. Dairy also shows up in many processed foods.

Using a meal delivery service

A meal delivery service can help with weight loss in the short term. It takes the guesswork out of making healthy eating choices. It also m

What did Chaz Bono Look Like before his weight loss?

Chaz is the son of Sony and Cher Bono. He is an American actor, author, and LGBTQ+ advocate. He was born in 1969 as Chastity and was thrust into the limelight and his parents pushed him towards an unrealistic body size from a young age. As a teenager he was often put on a diet, despite not being overweight. It’s not hard to imagine that he developed issues with his weight.

How much weight did Chaz Bono lose?

Chaz started his weight loss journey in 2012 with a goal of losing at least 50 lbs. Chaz started at 250 lbs, and 5ft 1.5 inches. He was able to lose 85 lbs. This took him approximately 6 months.

Why did Chaz decide to lose weight?

In an interview with Extra TV (below), Chaz revealed that he decided to lose weight when he did Dancing with the stars. "Before that I was kind of in denial about how heavy I was." He realized he would have better opportunities if he was thinner.

Was it easy for Chaz Bono to lose weight?

Bono credits the support he had in making it possible to lose weight. "I'm not going to say it was easy, but I've had so much support."

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How strict was Chaz with his diet plan?

The support that Chaz had helped him to stick with the plan and lose the weight he wanted. In the Extra TV interview, he said that he remains quite strict with his food choices and only allows himself to have cake on his birthday.

A weight loss success

Bono did many things right when he decided to lose weight. Despite often being put on a diet as a teenager, he avoided that and changed his eating habits instead.

As a transgender male, the extra testosterone would’ve made weight loss easier than it had been when he was in a female body. Since hormones are such a big part of the gender transition, the weight loss plan for a transgender individual needs to take hormones into consideration.

Eliminating grains and starches is an important part of weight loss for many people as it helps to balance hormones and reduce blood sugar swings. Bono should be careful with his fruit intake and try to stick to low sugar and starch fruits that don’t cause blood sugar swings.

The use of a meal planning and delivery service can help with weight loss in the short term because it takes the guesswork out of what to eat, but this is not likely something that works for most people long term. Most people without the means of a celebrity will need to learn how to properly plan, shop and prepare meals that work for them.

Exercise plays a small role in weight loss, but does help with weight maintenance. Chaz continues to dance after being on Dancing with the stars. It's important to find an exercise that you enjoy doing.

Chaz Bono was successful losing weight and maintaining it for several years. If you are inspired by this, but don't know where to start, book a free nutrition assessment to find out how my personalized weight loss plans can help you lose weight.

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Experience bountiful energy, restorative sleep, brightened mood, regular and smooth working bowels, balanced hormones, elimination of cravings and hunger, and much, much more.

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Health is priceless so keep in mind the huge benefits and what your life would look like when you feel amazing every single day! Life becomes easier, smoother, more joyful.

What is that worth to you? Don’t miss this opportunity to give yourself the greatest gift of all. You deserve not to suffer anymore!

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Finally, reach Bodytopia – sculpted for you and your uniqueness.

Warm wishes,

Vicki Witt Nutrition and Weight Loss

Vicki Witt | Clinical Nutritionist | Holistic Coach | Reiki Master | Certified LEAP allergy therapist Over 25 years of successfully helping you achieve optimal health and weight loss 🍏 |

About Vicki:

Vicki Witt is a Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Coach, and Reiki Master. She has been practicing over 25 years and specializes in holistically customizing diet and lifestyle plans to each individual for weight loss and hormonal control. Her clientele often report they feel the best they have ever felt and wish they had started sooner. One of the USA and Australia's top Nutritionists, she has won multiple awards for her services in the industry.

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