Losing weight comes with a certain level of discipline. While some persons are comfortable being big, others prefer to be in slimmer bodies, and entertainers are not left out of this wish. Saturday Beats takes a look at some entertainers who have undergone weight loss
Actress, Elvina Ibru, said she was inspired by elder sister, Gloria, to lose weight. She added that she felt trapped in her body at some point and could not do the things she always wanted to do.
In an interview with The Nation in 2014, Ibru said, “I think Gloria, my elder sister, started it. Initially, she was the biggest amongst us all (family). She started losing weight first. Then, I was getting bigger by the day. So two years ago, after Gloria inspired me with her gradual weight loss, I started telling myself that I could do it too.
“It got to a point when I was beginning to feel sluggish. I felt I was suddenly trapped in my own body. There were some things I had always loved to do, but my body was just not responding. At my biggest, I weighed 210 kg and I am 5 feet 11. That is a very large person. But, I did not have ailments such as diabetes, high cholesterol or hypertension; except for a small ache at my back. I didn’t want a situation where I would became unhealthy.”
Popular singer, Teni Apata, aka Teni, recently stated that she lost weight because of her health. On January 1, 2023, she posted a video that documented her weight loss journey with the caption, “Impossible is nothing! Happy New Year ‘23”.
In the video, the singer said, “At 260 pounds, I eat whatever I like. Then, I realised that I’ve got one life. Life is not in two (sic) and I don’t want to die. I am fresh and fine. I am never going back. If you need an inspiration, look at me.”
Recall that on November 21, 2022, she had slammed those who accused her of doing surgery to lose weight. She tweeted, “(I) lost 75 pounds, no surgery! Dumb a***s claiming I did can suck mine!”
Actress, Eniola Badmus’ weight loss journey has continued to stun many. According to her, the reason she decided to lose weight was because she was taunted for being on the big side.
In December 2021, Badmus told City People Magazine, “In terms of my look, a lot has changed due to a decision I made. With the pressure and stigma I have gone through, I want to change that. I want to surprise everyone, and also help myself.
“Things got to a point that I could not control what I ate anymore. I ate anything, so far it was edible. From there, I knew something fishy was going on. So far, I have lost 33kg.”
Comedian and actress, Bimbo Ogunboye, aka Lepacious Bose, often made people laugh by talking about her big size. However, she decided to shed the fat which caught the attention of many people.
In an interview with Premium Times in October 2017, Lepacious Bose, said her weight loss journey was a continuous one. She said, “I tell people that there is nothing miraculous about weight loss. I was actually losing weight right under their noses but they did not notice it. I began my weight loss journey about four years ago, and I have not stopped.”
Actress, Georgina Ibeh, said she lost weight for her career and health reasons. In an interview with Saturday Beats in July 2022, she had said, “Losing weight was a personal decision I took because of health reasons. It was not because I wanted to be getting movie roles. When I was bigger (in size), I had movie roles. But because I’m now slimmer, I can fit into more roles. It was for my own gain.”