Dropping down from a size 24 to a size 4 was perhaps a near-impossible task for Mama June, but she persevered and achieved her goal with help from her family. Here’s how she transformed herself.
June Shannon, better known as Mama June, has her claim to fame after her daughter Alana (also known as Honey Boo Boo) starred in “Toddlers & Tiaras.” Weighing 460 pounds (approx. 209 kg), she decided to lose weight after her husband, Mike Thompson, known as Sugar Bear, left her for another woman.
It all started from revenge. Mama June wanted to fit into a slim, red dress and wear it to her ex-husband’s wedding, and thus decided to document her weight loss journey on her reality series, Mama June: From Not to Hot.
She weighed 132 pounds (approx. 60 kg) when the series ended. An impressive figure!
The path to shedding pounds was not an easy one. According to PEOPLE, she told her trainer, Kenya Crooks, she was “trying to lose weight for Sugar Bear’s wedding because my ex is getting married,” and “trying to rebrand myself as like the skinnier Mama June.”
“At some point you have to make a conscientious decision to start putting yourself first,” was the response from Crooks.
How did she achieve this?
“I just watch my portions and cut back on a lot of the carbs,” she told Life & Style. “The one thing that I cannot live without is my grapes and cheese.”
Her daughters also played their part in helping her lose weight.
“At first, we didn’t want to participate in the fact that she was eating healthy and things like that,” one of her daughters, Lauryn, told E! News. “But as I went along, we could tell that she really needed the support so me and her both decided that it was just something that we needed to do what support her. So we did the meal plans with her.”
After undergoing surgeries, and with her children’s help, Mama June said, “[I] feel like [I’m] becoming the person on the outside that I always felt like [I was] on the inside.”
The surgeries had also changed her reason for losing weight.
“My goal when I first started this weight loss journey was to make Sugar Bear kind of jealous. But it’s no longer about revenge. Doing all the surgeries really took a toll on me—not just physically, but emotionally,” she said.
Being able to drop from a size 24 to a size 4, Mama June said, “I never thought this weight loss would be possible.”