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Sharon Cuneta reveals secret to dramatic weight loss: ‘I don’t exercise regularly’

Sharon Cuneta finally shares how she managed to go from a size XXL to a size medium.

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Leah Bueno

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11/10/2021 02:57 PM
Sharon Cuneta reveals secret to dramatic weight loss: ‘I don’t exercise regularly’
Photo credit to @reallysharoncuneta Instagram

Sharon Cuneta recently wowed her fans with the result of her weight loss journey. 

And on Tuesday, November 9, showbiz veteran finally shared how she managed to go from a size XXL to a size medium.

In a virtual conference, the actress, who is dubbed local showbiz's "Megastar", revealed that it wasn't regular exercise that dramatically changed her physique, but rather, a low-carb diet.


 

 

"I wish I could say that I work out regularly. But I'm not going to lie and make up a story. I don't, eh," she said.

"I wish I could. But if I can, I'll just go on the treadmill. It's healthier," she continued. "And you know what, I rediscovered my love for swimming. I was in love with swimming when I was a little girl, that's why I'm darker now. I'm very, very pale eh, maputi. So now if you see my tan lines, there's a big difference."

For her diet, Sharon stressed that she did not avoid carbohydrates completely. 

"But I just kind of lessened," she said. "Nasanay na. You have to train your tummy eh. 'Di ba kasi sabi nila, when you stretch it, it will stay there 'pag kain ka nang kain. Kapag lumiit na ng konti, madali kang mabubusog. Tsaka sanay kasi ako kasi over the years, since I was in my 20s, sanay ako ginagawa kong kanin 'yung gulay. Thank God hindi ako mahilig sa kanin.

"Tsaka hindi ako mahilig sa sweets. 'Yung bread tinantanan ko na rin kasi bread 'yung weakness ko eh. 'Yung sweets medyo nauumay na ako. Pati 'yung mga sweet drinks hindi ako ngayon [mahilig]. So ano lang, everything in moderation," she added.

According to the actress, she has been through all kinds of diets, including unhealthy crash diets, but a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein was simply what worked for her.

"Kasi I've done so many crash diets in the past, they all just rebound. 'Yung rebound weight, grabe. Pagbalik mas malaki sa ni-lose mo so I stopped it. And harder to remove," she said. "I've been through all the diets, believe me. So more protein and less carbo. Not no carbs, just less."

In the interview, Sharon also opened up her weight loss journey, saying it has been six years since she took the plunge and went on a journey to a healthier life. 

"It comes to a point na five years na akong naglo-lose ng weight slowly but steadily. But you reach a point that when you hit that number—there's a certain number, you don't know what it is—when you hit that number sa scale, tapos parang magda-drop, doon mano-notice na pumayat ka. Pero hindi nila alam, ang tagal. I'm almost half of my body," she said.

"It's been five years. Almost six actually because I started exactly January 2016. I remember making a commitment to myself finally," she added. "It's more for my health actually. I really made a commitment. Sabi ko, I want to play with my grandkids, my future grandkids, and I want to be able to play with Miguel. He's 12 now. Miel, 17, I want to be able to enjoy K-pop with her and all. Parang I don't want to miss out on anything so I had to commit to myself."

Miguel is her only son, while Miel is her youngest daughter. Both are Sharon's kids with her husband, Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan.

The actress went on: "When you do it for other people or someone else or something, it's not going to last, eh. So I had to talk to myself. Kaya mo 'to. Has anyone questioned your self-discipline before? No. So why has it been going on this long? So I challenged myself and thank God naman."

READ: Sharon Cuneta, ibinida ang pagbubunga ng limang taong pagpapapayat: ‘From XXL to medium’

Meanwhile, the veteran actress, who is no stranger to "bashers" of her weight, also gave her advice on how to deal with body-shaming netizens.

"Alam niyo hindi mawawala 'yun ngayon in the age of social media, when everyone's anonymous. They just have nothing better to do. So just try not to take them to heart. I think listen to the people who you really know and know you, who can tell you face to face, in a loving way, na, 'Take care of your health because it's not healthy to be this big,' or ganyan. But don't na lang pay attention to those na just want to ruin your day. Why will you let them?" she said.

"Sanay na tayo dapat. I'm more sanay na now, eh. I've made that mistake in, my God, my early days on Twitter nine years ago. Kasi nagugulat ako 'yung dati papatulan mo halos. Sabi ko, 'Teka nga muna, what are you doing?' It's a long time ago, and I learned. Don't let them ruin your day. You're giving them power. Ngayon I just block eh. If I even read them. Kasi usually when I post something, if I don't have the time, hindi ako nakakabasa ng comments. Tsaka may admin ako, [sila na bahala]," she added.

Sharon, 55, is set to appear in one of the country's longest-running primetime series FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, which marks her first-ever teleserye since she began her acting career 40 years ago.

Catch her on the show weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, CineMo, Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, iWantTFC, WeTV, and iflix.