Actress Gabourey Sidibe is perhaps best known for her title role in the 2009 movie Precious. Like Precious, Sidibe has also struggled for most of her life with obesity and weight gain. In 2017, the actress underwent a true celebrity weight loss transformation. How did Gabourey Sidibe lose weight? What diet or weight loss method did she use? Did “Precious” have secret weight loss surgery?
Most people know actress Gabourey Sidibe from her breakout role in the Oscar-winning movie Precious (2009). In fact, the actress is so associated with the film Precious that she herself is often warmly referred to by her fans as “Precious” too. While Sidibe is unlike the character of Precious in many important ways, she and her character have battled poor body image as a result of weight gain. Like singer Susan Boyle, Sidibe also was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, most likely caused by her heavy weight and poor eating habits. Gabourey Sidibe decided to change that in 2017 by undergoing a dramatic weight loss. What method or diet did Precious use to achieve this stunning weight loss?
How much weight has Gabourey Sidibe lost? Sidibe wants to keep the exact numbers personal, but estimates suggest she has lost between 100-150 pounds! What’s her weight loss secret? While many celebrities won’t admit to any type of cosmetic or weight loss surgery, Precious admitted in a 2017 People magazine interview to having laproscopic bariatric surgery in 2016 after her many attempts to lose weight naturally failed. She discusses her bariatric surgery and her weight struggles more in her memoir, This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare:
As Precious and anyone who has had bariatric weight loss surgery knows, undergoing bariatric weight loss surgery is just the first step. Sidibe has embarked on a post-surgery weight loss journey working with both a nutritionist and a personal trainer to help her learn healthy but livable eating habits and exercise routines. Sidibe is excited about her weight loss, but is most relieved to not worry about the health complications associated with morbid obesity. “I’m stronger, and I’m able to move more, and I’m not worried about losing my f—ing toes anymore,” Sidibe states candidly. “That’s my life now.”
While losing weight naturally comes with less risks than undergoing bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery can jump-start not only weight loss, but also overall body positivity. We hope Precious can continue her weight loss transformation and achieve a healthy body image in 2018 and beyond!
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