Find out all the details on the weight loss journey of the famous television personality June Shannon.
June Shannon from 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' often makes headlines with her unusual activities of day-to-day life. She has been slammed several times for dating convicted sex offenders and being arrested for felony drug possession. Recently, she was arrested in June 2019 for cocaine possession. It seems like June's a subject of controversy all the time.
However, June is not always a bad example to her fans. In fact, she has also proved to be an inspiration for many and not just her fans. June Shannon successfully underwent a dramatic body transformation by losing an impressive 300 pounds weight. This way, June made others believe that weight loss is possible through a little bit of extra hard work and determination. Here's how June's weight transformation journey went.
June Shannon struggled with overweight most of her adult life. She used to weigh about 460 pounds at her maximum. It had reached the point when June really had to reduce the amount of fat in her body for health reasons.
June Shannon used to weight 460 pounds at her maximum weight.
Source: The Hollywood Gossip
In 2016, June went through gastric sleeve surgery. The procedure was an alternative to the more well-known gastric bypass, and in this type of operation, the stomach's size is reduced by about 75%. This helps a person feel full longer and forces him or her to reduce their caloric intake dramatically.
Afterward, June's weight began to decrease from 460 pounds down to somewhere in the mid-100s.
June did not just leave it at Gastric Sleeve Surgery. She started working with a professional trainer named Kenya Crooks to increases her physical lifestyle. June has documented the entire weight-loss procedure and fitness plan on her show 'Mama June: From Not to Hot.'
June began to get physically more active in her life.
Source: Daily Mail
As mentioned in an article by Eonline, she said, "I've worked my ass off, working out, getting healthy. And now I feel like becoming the person on the outside that I always felt like on the inside."
The main credit of Mama Shannon's weight loss also goes to her adaptation to a healthier diet plan, which included drastically reduced portion sizes. June admitted that she sleeps until 1 p.m., which helps her skip a meal in the morning. That way, she can maintain her food-intake level intact. "This sounds bad, but I'm more of a snacker," she says.
June also started to change her eating habits.
Source: Daily Mail
However, according to an article by Global News, Canadian nutritionists do not approve of her breakfast-skipping habit. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it provides your body with fuel and revs up your metabolism, setting the tone for your appetite and cravings for the rest of your day.
A Toronto-based registered dietitian and president of 80 Twenty Nutrition, Christy Brissette said, "Breakfast skippers are more likely to be overweight and miss out on important nutrients like calcium. Research shows that people who skip breakfast tend to eat more calories later in the day. Often these aren't healthy calories … they're from snack foods."
So, June Shannon had to be stricter in her eating habits, and thus, she made a significant change in her lifestyle.
June had to make significant changes in her eating habits, and it was not easy. She used to get frequent cravings for eating something sweet, so she loved to eat her 'Little Debbie' jelly cakes. She had to limit the snack for the sake of her body weight, allocating the food to eat only during her cheat snack.
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June cut out many food items from her eating list for her new healthier eating routine. She avoided potato chips and baked goods from her diet, supplementing her sweet tooth with fruit-infused water, watermelon, and apple chips. She cut out soda too and instead opted for cold turkey. Her daughter Pumpkin had suffered a brain injury in a car accident and was advised by a neurologist to avoid soda. That is also June's main reason for quitting the drink, to follow her daughter's soda restriction.
According to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, June Shannon's typical snack nowadays consists of grapes and cheese. And she mostly makes baked chicken with quinoa or baked pork chops with corn and beans for her dinner. This is a much healthier diet, and it has helped her maintain a good amount of body weight at current times.
After her gastric sleeve surgery, June Shannon has to go through other surgeries to improve the shape of her drastically transformed body. One main problem after the initial surgery was that she was left with flabby and loose excess skin, which was caused by elongation due to excess fat. She underwent skin removal surgery for that part of her problem.
June Shannon underwent skin removal surgery.
Source: US Weekly
June had to change her appearance too. She also went through breast augmentation after the skin-removal procedure. Plus, she went through some other cosmetic operations in order to complete her beautifying process.
June started showing good results early in her weight-loss journey by losing 84 pounds in just three months. And by the time 'Mama June: From Not to Hot' began airing, Shannon weighed 137 pounds, dropping 215 pounds from her start at 352. This was a dramatic transformation indeed, as she went from straight size 18 to a size 4 in the end.
But June has not slacked off from her weight-loss routine, even though she looks a completely different person now. Her weight drop from 460 to 137 by over 300 pounds still needed active maintenance. She said, "It's not easy to eat like you're 'supposed to' and hit the gym all the time, but I'm just trying to maintain it the best I can."
In recent times, Mama June undergoes slight weight fluctuations but not too extreme. Instead, she recently revealed that she felt a little "too skinny" at her lowest weight. According to an article by Page Six, she said, "I've gained 25 pounds, I told people that in the first season I felt like, even going through it, I felt like I was too small. Now that I'm 185, 190 due depending on what time of the month is, I feel confident."
She although made it clear that she was careful enough not to take it too far. "I know I don't want to go over 200 pounds, that's been my goal from the very beginning when I had surgery two years ago. And I feel good right now. If I lose more weight, that's fine. I don't want to be super skinny," she said.
The primary motivation for June Shannon was more than her health concerns. She wanted her body to go through dramatic transformation to make her ex feel jealous. She wanted him to regret that he left her by fitting into a long-sleeved, size 4 dress and wearing it during his marriage.
And June did it. According to an article by Showbiz Cheat Sheet, when her ex Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson first laid eyes on his ex following her transformation, supposedly, his reaction was to say, "Holy sh*t."
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