She has been despised by many for her ruthless roles on television and the movies, but in real life, Bing Loyzaga is just as vulnerable as the protagonists her onscreen characters have trampled on. Besides being emotional, one of the ’80s freshest faces in showbiz has lately suffered from a common woe in women known as “body shaming.”
Due to stress and misinformed lifestyle choices, the 45-year-old actress lost control of her eating habits hitting the 180-pound mark at her heaviest. This was the same time she was depressed over her father’s worsening condition—basketball legend Caloy Loyzaga who eventually succumbed to complications of a stroke—and, while her weight gain helped her take care of him, her career suffered when producers refused to cast a heavy Bing Loyzaga.
To make things worse, the actress also acquired hypothyroidism, a condition where the body is unable to produce enough thyroid hormones, slowing down her metabolism all the more.
Her initial solution to curb her weight gain, as everyone does, was minimize her calorie intake.
“I would count my calories per day and eat whatever I wanted, even if they were unhealthy. I thought to myself, as long as they are within my calorie limit for the day, I was OK,” Loyzaga shared with The Manila Times.
When she failed to see the results as quickly as she expected, she decided to go under the knife and underwent liposuction—but only to experience the worst side effects.
“I’m not kidding! Yung fats, literal na tumutulo from the wound,” she recalled of her post-op shock. She also found that all the weight from the invasive procedure all came back just as quickly as she lost them.
According to Loyzaga, she was at her most desperate when she approached well known slimming center Marie France for help. As she consulted with in-house doctors, nutritionists, and therapists, Loyzaga began to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and made a vow to change her entire lifestyle to complement the recommended machine treatments for her problem areas.
She believes the main factor in her successful weight loss relied on healthier choices.
“Unlike before, I no longer starved myself,” Loyzaga recalled. “I learned how to prepare healthy food and in a way give my daughters a good example.”
With her nutritionist by her side, Loyzaga presented a sample of her healthy meal plan for a day.
Breakfast: Two pieces of toasted wheat bread; one scrambled egg cooked with half a cup of mashed avocado, tomatoes and basil; half a cup of mixed fruit; half a cup of low fat yogurt; and black coffee.
Lunch: Two palm-sized (equivalent to 60 grams) of baked chicken with half a cup of marble or mashed potatoes, and one cup mixed asparagus, carrots and broccoli.
Snack: A slice of wheat bread, two teaspoons peanut butter, and one medium-sized banana.
Dinner: Two palm-sized pan-seared steak fillet; two cups mixed salad greens with 2 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette; and 10 pieces of grapes.
Adding the calories from each meal, Loyzaga would meet her 1,300 daily-calorie requirement.
This diet is a “less fat, less salt, and more fiber diet,” which when combined with exercise (at least 30 minutes cardio) and non-invasive procedures, led Loyzaga to lose 37 pounds since she went on a healthy lifestyle change in December 2015.
“I also gave up drinking and partying,” Loyzaga proudly added.
Asked how she now feels, the mom-of-two happily said she never felt healthier in her entire life.
“It’s so important to me because I still want to see my grandchildren someday. I still want to be able to play with them. I’m more conscious of my health now not just for me, but also for my family.”
She shared that her new body gave back her confidence and the happy disposition she is known for by friends and family.
“Didn’t you notice I haven’t stopped smiling since our interview?” Loyzaga beamed.