Weight loss is one of the goals that is at least taken once by almost every human being in their lifetime as each one of us desires to look fit and fine and live an organised life full of energy and determination. Not just that, weight loss occupies a significant part of the resolutions we make with the onset of a new year or a new beginning. However, it is only a few who come out with flying colors.
Many of us don’t know how to prepare for the journey or where to look for motivation. As the saying goes, if you search for it, it will surely come for you eventually. So, here’s an account of Chaz Bono’s (son of Sonny Bono and Cher- iconic singing duo) weight loss journey, a famous personality of America who is an inspiration to each one of us.
Influence of Gender Transition Phase into Weight Loss Journey
His coming out as a transgender person in “The Advocate” has to say a lot about himself. Apart from the fact that he is talented as an actor, dancer, musician and writer, he completely accepts the way he is which many of us fail to do as we are all conditioned by others’ opinion of us. In other words, the “society” doesn’t bother him.
Apart from this, his confidence to traverse a path whose outcome is unknown is a step that must receive acclamation. This sketches a picture of his personality, which has a sure influence on his journey of weight loss. In simple words, the journey of gender transition propelled him for further action in taking hold of his life through the weight loss initiative.
The Journey Begins
The idea of weight loss germinated when he participated as a dancer in an American reality show, “Dancing with the Stars, season 13 in the year 2011 of September. Next, after going into a discussion with his ER physician and ‘The Doctors’ co-host, Dr. Travis Stork, he publicly announced that he intended to lose weight, and the recommended weight to lose was 80 lbs. He started with a weight loss plan of nearly 50 pounds in November 2012, but he exceeded his expectations by losing 85 pounds in November the subsequent year.
To elucidate the details, he lost 43 pounds in February 2013. The reason behind his weight loss plan involved dancing, exercising, and following Freshology delivered-meal plan. He claimed that the initial period of weight loss was comparatively easier than the other half of the journey.
It is often thought that losing weight comes with starvation plans, but that notion isn’t true. It doesn’t include skipping meals or following a strict dietary regime. According to him, it’s all about making the right choices. In other words, the quality of food, which we put in our stomach, is all that it matters, for example, like the vegetables, fruits containing fiber and protein intake which he consumed.
Another myth associated with it is that with dietary restrictions, the flavors of the food are reduced. This is a false conception. Chaz explains that experimenting with food is innovative and that your taste buds are amply satiated.
It is assumed that Chaz Bono underwent weight loss surgery. He went through cosmetic surgery to shed off that excess skin that hangs loose after one loses a substantiate amount of weight.
Workouts Adopted By Chaz Bono
1. High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT
This is curated especially for people for whom time is scarce. It involves intense bursts of activity followed by an interval of around 15-20 seconds. This not only burns calories but is also a choice for a person who dislikes coming out of their comfort zone. It is like more productivity in a limited period.
2. Jumping Rope
Jumping Rope is a great way to burn out calories. About 22 calories are burnt every minute. To begin, start with 5-8 jumps. Continue jumping for another 2 minutes. It should be followed by a period of rest for half a minute and then the process repeats itself. Likewise, complete another 4 sets of jumping rope.
Pushups aid in building strength in the upper body, with practice, you will notice a growth in muscle mass in your arms. Apart from that, it stabilizes your core. It is recommended that beginners start with 16 repetitions or as much as you can without pushing yourself harder. It would be best if you take a gap of a minute after doing the workout.
4. Low-Intensity Cardio
This involves workouts that are usually performed in our day-to-day lives like brisk walking and jogging. It also includes activities which we enjoy doing like cycling, swimming and dancing out with aerobics.
Lunges not only burn out extra calories but can also tone out your body. It targets the muscle groups of the lower body and helps in reducing body fat. The different types of lunges include stationary lunges, side lunges, reverse lunges, walking lunges, curtsy lunges and twist lunges.
If you aim of stabilizing your core and lower back muscles, then you should opt for step-ups. You can begin off with a step-up of 5 inches proceeding to a level of 28 inches with time.
Deadlifts are like a combination of pushups and step-ups as it is an exercise to boost muscle growth in both, upper and lower body.
8. Kettlebell Swings
It involves an overall building of strength and therefore, is a great way to burn out calories or to lose fat.
It is much similar to kettlebell swings in the fact that it’s a complete body workout. Besides, it also works individually on multiple muscle groups like the legs, core chest etc.
One should set his eyes on the prize, but at the same time, the journey should also be enriching. Every moment of it should be considered worthy of contributing to the main purpose. Thus, you can see how Chaz Bono set his aim clear, fulfilled it and made his mother Cher proud of him.