Lisa Lampanelli lost 107 pounds and changed her life in the process. The so-called Queen of Mean comedy has also become the princess of weight loss, and Lisa is eager to share all the details of just how she dropped the pounds, reported Yahoo.
Now, at 53, despite her weight loss success, Lampanelli is uncomfortable with the term “beautiful.” The Queen Of Mean isn’t always kind to herself when it comes to her appearance.
Busy with projects ranging from a play to her Lisa Lampanelli: Back to the Drawing Board special, the comedienne contends that self-confidence remains a challenge after having once topped the scales at 248 pounds.
Lisa tries to avoid comparisons.
“When it comes to confidence, I think the term is ‘compare and despair.’ If you compare yourself to someone who you think is better than you, you’re going to always feel like a loser. If you compare yourself to someone who you perceive is worse than you, you’re going to feel a false sense of one-upmanship,” explained Lisa.
Lampanelli offers a suggestion based on how she gained confidence after she lost the pounds.
“Stop it. Say, ‘I’m in the place I’m supposed to be.’ That builds confidence. That lack of comparison helps you succeed and feel good about yourself on your own terms.”
Lisa also revealed that she had weight loss surgery.
“I had gastric sleeve surgery in 2012, and it started this big chain reaction of me changing my whole life over. I turned back the clock. I’m reliving my life. I lost about 90 pounds in 9 months, and lost about 107 total. I just felt like I was 19 again and could do things over,” said Lampanelli.
Pounds vanished after that surgery, and Lisa decided that in addition to her weight loss, it was time to change every aspect of her life.
“I went back to school. I went to Yale drama summer school, and I just started doing things differently. I ended up getting a divorce, because the marriage just wasn’t working for either one of us. It resulted in this pretty major transformation spiritually, and emotionally too.”
But Lampanelli revealed that taking off the pounds has been a long process. She began gaining weight in college.
“I went away to college at 18, and I was lonely. I probably shouldn’t have gone away to college. I just didn’t feel ready. That’s when I started emotionally eating and using food as medication, just like other people use alcohol or drugs or pot or shopping or anything else. I gained weight, and that started a 32-year struggle with weight and exercise and body image problems,” admitted Lisa.
And now that she’s had gastric sleeve surgery and lost the weight, Lampanelli feels that with the pounds off, her future is unlimited.
It’s a sentiment echoed by Magic Johnson’s son, EJ, who also lost more than 100 pounds, as the Inquisitr reported.
“It’s definitely somewhere far over 100,” emphasized Magic Johnson’s son. “I mean like literally almost half my size.”
But the reality TV star wants people to know that he views weight loss surgery as one of many weapons required to win the battle of the bulge.
“It was a tool,” emphasized EJ, who had gastric bypass weight loss surgery. “And I think that it was something that really helped me jumpstart the life I definitely wanted to lead.”
All he wanted, adds the 22-year-old, is to be his best.
“I wanted to be the best me I can be and that’s always something I wanted to do. It’s something that I struggled with and I needed that push in the right direction. And now my mindset is completely changed.”
In recent years, weight loss surgery has become increasingly popular for obese patients who have tried conventional diet and exercise without success, reported U.S. News & World Report.
The most recent studies have indicated that those who are severely obese often can enhance their health as well as their lives, as Lisa and EJ experienced. And in addition to physicians recommending surgery for young adults such as EJ, some are advocating bariatric surgery for teenagers, as well.
However, experts emphasize that for every patient, regardless of age, it’s essential to be thoroughly assessed, undergo counseling prior to and after the surgery, and recognize that weight loss surgery requires significant dietary changes.
[Disclaimer: The Inquisitr strongly recommends you consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. The Inquisitr does not endorse any of the diets or diet techniques mentioned in this article.]
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