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A popular YouTube star has spoken out against the body positivity movement after revealing she lost 30lbs (13.6kg) without exercising.
The 41-year-old was candid about her own slim-down, admitting she initially restricted herself to just 800 calories a day and also used the prescription drug Ozempic to help with her blood sugar.
‘I don’t enjoy being fat’: Influencer Shallon Lester, 41, has slammed the body positivity movement after losing 14kg by calorie counting. (Pictured before and after her weight loss)
Ozempic is used primarily for people dealing with diabetes, but one of the side effects is that it reduces appetite.
Shallon, who is hypoglycaemic, was prescribed the drug after seeing an endocrinologist, who diagnosed her as ‘pre-diabetic’.
‘I don’t enjoy being fat,’ she said bluntly in a YouTube video. ‘And if you have a problem with it, grow up.’
She added: ‘I’ve wasted years of my life trying to love myself fat, and I’m not happy fat. I’m happy when I’m thin.
‘Be whatever size you feel comfortable at. But you need to be healthy. I don’t mean healthy as Lizzo decides, healthy as in a doctor decides. What’s your BMI?’
Shallon now feels ‘incredible’ after losing weight, and isn’t ashamed to say it.
Methods: Shallon was candid about her slim down, admitting that she initially restricted herself to just 800 calories a day and also used the prescription drug Ozempic
‘I feel like my old self again and I really enjoy the compliment that I look skinny,’ she said.
She then took aim at body positivity advocates for how they treated Adele’s weight loss after the British singer shed about 99lbs (45kg).
‘The body positivity lunatics just shredded her. F**k you. It just goes to show how ridiculous that whole movement is. It’s not body positive, it’s fat positive,’ she said.
‘It’s “I don’t want to do anything to change my body so screw anybody who wants to change theirs!” It’s not love yourself.’
Shallon emphasised it was important to focus on health instead of size, and urged people to get a blood test from their doctor and to find out their medical weight.
Results: ‘I’ve wasted years of my life trying to love myself fat, and I’m not happy fat. I’m happy when I’m thin,’ she said as she revealed photos of her slender frame after losing weight
‘Get those metrics, get that wake-up call, because your body is going to give you that wake-up call,’ she said.
‘And no, not when you’re 80. When you’re 36, and your blood sugar bottoms out and suddenly you’re diabetic and you have to start injecting yourself with insulin.
‘It’s awful. Why? Cos Lizzo tells you you should? F**k her. F**k that b***h. I have a lot of issues with her. She’s yea-saying very unhealthy behaviour and it’s hurting people.
‘I don’t think many of us are happy when we’re fat. I don’t. If we know and have experienced our bodies being thinner, how could we be?’
Yea-saying is a term often used in psychology that means to affirm things positively, regardless of whether they are good or bad.
Confident: Shallon now feels ‘incredible’ after losing weight, and isn’t ashamed to say it
Shallon then admitted she was eating just 800 calories a day when she started her diet, but has now upped it to 1,200.
Women in Shallon’s age range are recommended to eat between 1,800 and 2,200 calories daily, meaning that Shallon is currently undereating.
She said meal prepping snacks like turkey had helped her to stay on track, and that she tries to brush her teeth if she’s craving unhealthy foods.
Fiery: She also slammed plus-size singer Lizzo for promoting ‘unhealthy behaviour’ and said her attitude is ‘hurting people’
The YouTuber admitted she doesn’t exercise much outside of doing Pilates, but hopes to add more exercise to her routine in the future to build some muscle.
Lizzo has become an outspoken voice in the body positivity movement, and recently launched her own reality series, Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, to find plus-size dancers to go on tour with her.
‘There’s a bias about people who look like me,’ the Truth Hurts singer said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph last November.
‘Body positive lunatics!’ Shallon took aim at body positivity advocates for how they treated Adele’s weight loss after the British singer shed about 45kg. (Adele is pictured in February)
‘God forbid, I think highly of myself or I become famous and successful and sexy and I love myself publicly,’ Lizzo added.
In January, she boasted of gaining weight while flaunting her curves in a leotard.
‘I gained weight. I look TF [the f**k] good!’ she captioned the video on Instagram.
In a previous interview with Vogue, Lizzo revealed she would prefer to be known for being ‘body-normative’ rather than ‘body positive’.
Curves: In January, Lizzo boasted about gaining weight while flaunting her curves in a leotard
She said: ‘I think it’s lazy for me to just say I’m body positive at this point… I would like to be body-normative. I want to normalise my body.’
Lizzo added that she wants to continue paving the way for ‘girls with back fat’ and ‘bellies that hang’, saying: ‘I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here.
‘We have to make people uncomfortable again, so that we can continue to change. Change is always uncomfortable, right?’
Normal: Lizzo previously revealed she would prefer to be known for being ‘body-normative’ rather than ‘body positive’. (Pictured here on April 18)