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How Mo'Nique Slimmed Down

How Mo' Nique Lost the Weight and Why Some Don't Like It

Everywhere I look lately I'm seeing comedienne Mo'Nique. She's got a new late-night talk show on BET, is making the talk show rounds, and is creating some serious Oscar buzz for her standout performance as an abusive mother in Precious. Oh, and also, she's about 50 lbs. lighter.

The stand-up comic has spent a career embracing her big girl status, often telling fans: bigger is better. But on a recent appearance on the Oprah show Mo'Nique shared that slimming down was a matter of life and death.

In 2006, at 262 lbs, she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and doctors warned that she was on a fast track to a short life. In late 2007, Mo'Nique made the decision to lose the weight. A decision, she says, that has alienated some of her fans who looked to her as a symbol that being big is OK. She still thinks that being big is beautiful, but says that being healthy and alive is even better.


To hear how Mo'Nique lost the weight,


Mo'Nique shared with People that her plan is to lose a total of 65 lbs. and is about 20 lbs. away from reaching her goal. The main focus was to change her eating habits — she's cut out junk food like cake, cookies, and chips, and instead of red meat and fried foods, she eats fresh fish and drinks a gallon of water each day. She also hired trainer Erica Sammy to whip her into shape. They hit the gym together on weekday mornings doing a combination workout of cardio, stretching, and weight training.

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Curlock-Holmes Curlock-Holmes 6 years
The people who decided she was a hypocrite looked at her as validation that eating what you want, when you want was cool, and that you don't have to be skinny to be beautiful. Unfortunately, her needing to lose weight for her health was a unwelcome dose of reality for those people. She is still plus-sized, and still beautiful! So hopefully those people will come around.
HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 6 years
The issue with her fans is Monique made it part of her image to glamorize plus size women (see the movie Phat girls) and now fans who look to her for that won't have that. I understand why people are saying she is a hypocrite because she use to go on and on about how to be thin was to be unhappy and not natural, etc.Frankly, I think she sort of was a skinny hater, but... I mean, she is really funny and I have enjoyed her shows, but I think it is a bit of WTF when people who go on and on about loving their bodies for what they are start on a weight loss program. It's not that she is loosing weight that is the issue. The issue is that she scrutinized those who wanted to loose weight before, and while she is doing it for "health reasons," she needs to do damage control. She should start talking about getting healthy and admit that she was wrong before. Also, fans may fear she will become like a Jennifer Hudson, who said she loved her curves but then shrank down to a size 4. Neither of these women bother me and I like them, but I do understand why fans get miffed. It can be transparent. When they are larger, they say they love their curves and have high self esteem and don't want to be a twig. Then one day for some reason they start loosing weight and it sort of feels as if everything they said before was a lie.
BJ-Saby BJ-Saby 7 years
"A healthier me, inside out" I am so proud of Mo'Nique. I, like her, have always love me some me---but the heavier I got, the more withdrawn I became. Completely healthy (thank God), I made up my mind, prayed and found comfort in the scripture "I shall live and not die..." followed by husband telling me that he wanted me healthy----his support and a change in my lifestyle, I am 61 pounds lighter since Feb. 2, 2009!!!!!! I can't imagine being six 10 pound bags of potato's lighter---that's a lot of weight; but once you've got your mind made up to do it, you can achieve it. Eating healthy and exercising has become a part of me. I'm taking one day at a time to get to my ultimate goal of "getting rid" of 150 pounds----So to all my sisters, keep this in mind---start saying "I'm getting rid of weight", instead of "I'm losing weight", we all know that anything we lose, we try to find--speak life and live.----Butterfly Blessings, BJ
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
good for her..
vanillabean vanillabean 7 years
Fans/people are fickle. As they say on Project Runway, "one day you're in, and the next day you're out." Or something like that! I also think many of Mo'Nique's fans with a similar weight struggle were looking to her and other celebrities with that problem to justify themselves. It doesn't work though. Everyone has to take responsibility for their own health and life. Thank goodness Mo'Nique is now taking hers and would rather live than die too young.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 7 years
I am so happy that she is living a healthier lifstyle. I think the reason she is receiving backlash from some of her fans is because her career was basically made out of "fat and beautiful" and/or "why I hate skinny *itches". So now here she is losing weight and some are calling her out on but. But I hope those fans understand that shes not losing the weight to fit in to a pair of skinny jeans. She doing it so she can live longer and be there for her family.
deanna024 deanna024 7 years
Go Mo'Nique. She's not saying you have to be a size 0 -- but that you need to get healthy at whatever size/weight it needs to be for that to happen. It's like what was on this site yesterday about the Tyra show about focusing on "shaping your shape." Getting into the best, healthy shape for you and not comparing yourself to others.
laellavita laellavita 7 years
i agree 100% with 2muchtv -- i like the "big is beautiful" campaigns because i think there's a lot of prejudice and flack that comes along with not being a size 2, and a lot of people forget that girls who are bigger can be every bit as beautiful as a model, and sometimes even more so. but to get all noble about it and use it as an excuse to be unhealthy and put your health and life on the line is too much. i'd much rather have the emphasis be on something like, "big is not any less beautiful than being thin" as opposed to the be all end all. good for mo'nique for taking her life into her own hands to be healthy. i think if fans are really upset, it's because she's shining an ugly light on their own insecurities and bad habits and they don't want to face the music of their choices and unhealthiness.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I think it's great that she decided to heed the doctor's warning and make some lifestyle changes. She should be proud of what she has accomplished so far and if she loses a few fans along the way, well they weren't fans for the right reasons then.
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 7 years
I like that she did it to be healthy - being at a certain weight/size and having certain diseases/disorders in your family can risk your life! She lost weight not to be thin and not to be small, but so she didn't kill herself by being unhealthy...if anything her fans should be happy for her and want to be healthy, big or small. Shes not being a hypocrite, shes making positive life changes, any fans that didn't like that probably are too lazy and want to justify being unhealthy. I myself am no size 0, and I like my shape a lot, but I did lose about 50 pounds in order to lessen the risk of diabetes - 3/4 of my grandparents have it so I am at a high risk. I feel better not just about the way I look but the way it feels to not huff and puff up 4 flights of stairs anymore...and that feeling can be had by anyone not in shape, no matter the size. Good for her for waking up and making good life changes! She didn't go get surgery and lose half her body weight, she started making good choices.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I agree with Anonymous #1. Also, I agree that she's still plus-size, so I don't understand why her fans were upset with her.
natasha1970 natasha1970 7 years
I've always loved Mo'nique - fat or slim it doesn't matter to me! I enjoy her character and I think that she has made the right decision to lose the weight and get healthy. She won't ever be pencil thin but who cares? She's lovely any way she looks...
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
This may get me flack, but I don't like "Big and Beautiful" campaigns, I view them just as damaging as "Thin is In" that everyone also has to fight. Where the heck are the "Eat Right, Exercise Daily, be happy with the Results" people? If this type of thinking were more prevalent, then Mo 'Nique's weight loss would be a complete non-issue. Mo 'Nique's new lifestyle is to be commended. Because that's what it is, LIFESTYLE, not weight loss. The weight loss was secondary to becoming a healthy person, and any "fan" that has the gall to criticize her for trying to be healthier is a fan that she should proudly lose, in favor of winning people like me over (um, yea, THAT sounds conceited, :-P ) and Living Longer with a better Quality of Life. She's still plus-sized, so it's not like she's abandoning those she used to represent (because I suspect that's a HUGE part of those who are criticizing her), and is in fact a role model for those same people, since they too can adopt a healthier lifestyle and look like her. *sigh* I still don't understand why it's anyone's biz if a celeb decides to lose weight in a healthy fashion *thinks about the Mad Men actress*
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
She's still very firmly in the plus-sized column, so I'm not even really sure what the big deal is.
sunsophia sunsophia 7 years
I was reading some gossip blogs that were calling her a hypocrite, I'm not sure why. She didn't turn around and go ana. I think people just want to hate. Shame!
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 7 years
She is certainly still a bigger women so I'm not sure why her fan base would feel alienated. Would they rather her stay extra big and die? Good for her for making a decision to improve her health and hopefully she can inspire others to do the same.
KrisB KrisB 7 years
I'm glad Monique is focusing on being healthy. Being skinny doesn't make you healthy and being a bit heavy doesn't automatically mean you aren't. Good for you Mo :)
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