Mega celebrates her birthday with a new love: Marie France
Why is the Mega Star slimmer, healthier and more beautiful these days? Sharon Cuneta has found a new love – Marie France, the secret to her easy, effortless weight loss.
“I’m a happy person. I prefer to be positive and not think that there are struggles that cannot be solved. My faith in God is too big for that. But if there was one problem that I knew I could control but I just did banjing-banjing for a long time – it’s really been my weight!”
Straight from the Mega Star – her weight gain, slimming and the results.
Q: You were slim back in the days when you were much younger. But come early 2000, your weight started to fluctuate. What factors do you think contributed to your weight gain?
A: Yeah, I was slim talaga ‘di ba? And I’d like people to realize also that out of the 45 years of my life, I was slim for more than ¾ of my years on earth. But there were a lot of factors of my weight gain. One was I think I ruined my metabolism with all the crash diets I did. So parang the rebound way would be of course I would gain more than what I lost. I would go on a crash diet and lose a lot of weight. I did a couple of movies, tapos I got pregnant, doon lumabas. Plus I realized I was an emotional eater.
Q: How did emotional eating affect your weight?
A: Ang daming emotion ng pagpayat or pagtaba ko. Even before, hindi ma-predict ng mga tao na either I was in love or nag-break kami ng boyfriend ko that’s why I lost or gained weight. This time around, after giving birth to my daughter Miel, I lost weight. Tapos parang 10 pounds to go na lang to my target weight okay na biglang circumstances would change. I figured out that I was an emotional eater. So ‘pag sasabihin na hindi tuloy ang isang project ko, I got upset. So nawawalan ako ng gana. I started eating without the intention naman of gaining weight. Pero before you know it, nay! I gained na pala. Kasi I have a sweet tooth eh, so I like to comfort myself with anything ‘di ba, lovely and sweet! (laughs)
Aside from that I grew up in show business where I wasn’t really used to eating on time. Tapos ‘pag puyatan ‘yung body clock ko sira. So sira din ‘yung meal times ko, wala akong schedule na pina-follow like most people ‘di ba?
Q: Childbirth is also one of the main reasons why women put on so much weight? How was it for you?
A: I lost weight after I gave birth to my first daughter KC. I became thinner than when I was single. I breastfed her for six months. When I had Frankie, I became thinner than I was before having her also. Kaya lang afterwards, dahan-dahan nagki-creep in ‘yung weight, eksakto naman nag-di-diyeta ako nang nabuntis ako with my youngest daughter Miel. Kasi nakailang movies pa ako n’on. At saka I think it was harder with Miel kasi when my pregnancy with her started, medyo malake na ako. Palaki na ako n’on. After making a movie back then, AY naku! It was again emotional. I had to bring KC to Paris to leave her there for college, 2003 ‘yon. Tapos tuluy-tuloy na. Biglang I found out that I was pregnant naman noong January of 2004. Wala na, the weight gain dire-diretso na.
Q: You had projects even when you were at your heaviest. And people especially your fans continued to support you. So what is your main motivation for wanting to lose the excess pounds now?
A: My children and still my work. I have a new baby also. That’s the number one reason actually. When I spend time with my children I noticed I always say, “Stay here muna with me, let’s draw.” ‘Pag medyo active it’s with my husband Kiko ‘yon or the cousins. They run around. So let’s face it naman, before nung those days na 25 to 30 years old ako kaya ko naman makipaghabulan. Now that I’m in my 40s, it’s different. So it’s really my kids. I want to be active again for them.
Q: How important is health for you as a mother?
A: I had to be healthier if I wanted to be more active. I needed to shed unwanted pounds that I was lugging around. I’ve always wanted to have nice long walks with my children not naman marathon. It’s to keep up with them ‘pag naghahabulan dyan, when I tickle them, hindi ako hapung-hapo agad.
Q: What about losing weight for work?
I wanna do a lot of work. I couldn’t possibly finish a movie if I have no energy. I wanted to give my fans my best. On screen it’s really unfair, if I lose 10 pounds it doesn’t register agad. Because I’m still carrying 10 pounds on TV. If I’m malas I’m 10-15 pounds bigger on the screen.
Q: Among all the slimming centers, why did you choose Marie France?
A: The truth is in 1986 I tried Marie France already. That’s after my first daughter KC was born. It really jump-started my weight loss. Nakapagtangga pa nga ako nun eh. I just needed to go back to the whole system of Marie France. Besides, I was 44 years old when I underwent their treatments again. I must say I really needed help. If I can lose weight easier with the modern, non-invasive treatments why not do it ‘di ba? And it’s a fact that Marie France has built its reputation over the decades. So I mean if you go with something, go with something that has been for the record and on the record SUCCESSFUL.
Q: What were your expectations before starting the treatments at Marie France?
A: I’ve been very realistic. I mean I didn’t expect Marie France to be totally responsible for my weight loss, that it has to be very very rapid. No! I told myself, this time I’m gonna do it steadily, not as slow as if I am going to do it alone. No, because I know whatever treatments they have will help me speed it up. But not too quickly that my body will suffer because it’s not healthy to lose weight too quick also. Take it from me.
Q: So far, what results have you gotten from Marie France’s treatments?
A: Oh my golly! Just recently, the one who makes my clothes for one of my TV shows measured me again to make new outfits because almost all of my dresses are maluwag na. And it’s so parang my stomach area alone, I lost 7 inches na! That’s really huge. My God, it’s no joke. And I’m not bagsak. I’m not haggard-looking. With the Marie France treatments, my skin is not, you know, lawlaw.
Q: How did Marie France help you shape up?
A: Honestly, I had an invasive treatment before. I never denied that. But that’s such a quick fix and it gave me more headaches because of the problems it caused on my body. I think, there’s nothing wrong with that though. But I wish I could have gone to Marie France before going through the invasive procedure. I wish I could have lost weight much sooner, and I would be able to keep it off. Now I’m losing the weight that’s close to the natural way at Marie France. If I did what I’m doing now in terms of food intake and even sa diet without their treatments, it would have been next to impossible for me to lose the amount of weight I had in the same amount of time. The treatments have helped me speed up my metabolism and reduce my fat. It’s worth it. It really works. Take it from me.
Q: How do you feel about yourself now?
A: I’ve done something with my weight and I feel good! I’m happy with the results. When you feel good about yourself, you’re more ganado to work. That’s what I feel. I’m more ganado to work. And I’m more active with my kids and I play with them. I’m happier. My disposition just changed because when I was at my fattest parang feeling ko kahit na tinatawanan ko ang sarili ko, actually galit na galit ako sa sarili ko pati sa trabaho easy-easy lang ako. I didn’t care na kahit I was coming late kasi feeling ko ang pangit-pangit ko naman. Parang ano ba ‘tong gagawin ko eh ‘pag dating ko naman doon ganito pa rin naman ang itsura ko. Alam mo ‘yon? And nobody knew that. So ang ginagawa ko I made fun of myself bago ako pagtawanan kasi mahi-hurt ako. So parang why would I allow myself to keep feeling that way.
Q: Your almost six-year battle of the bulge has been quite a journey. What do you appreciate most with your weight loss?
A: My weight loss is so important to me. Oo, dati inuunahan ko lang, tatawa ako. ‘Pag may namimintas na, I learned more about self-preservation. You save your heart from pain. Sabihin ko or i-psych ko ang sarili ko na, “Oh, pipintasan ka kasi hindi naman ganyan ang itsura mo noon.” So when other people would comment, “Ang taba-taba niya,” ready na ako agad. Eh totoo naman eh. ‘Di ba? Tapos masaket. Inuunahan ko lang. And feeling ko whenever I look and this is so important especially to me … whenever I look in the mirror before, it wasn’t myself that I saw. And I missed myself so much. Because the image was malayo to what I used to have. Parang hindi ako ‘to. Sharon what did you do? Where are you? I would tell myself that. So halos kaya ako maiyak-iyak kasi hindi ako makapaniwala sa pictures pa lang, parang nakikita ko ako. I’m getting to the Sharon that I used to be. And now that I started losing weight … it’s just… it’s very encouraging. I’m so touched. I’m very happy. I’m getting there, really getting there.
Q: What is your message to women who are battling the bulge?
A: If you’re feeling hopeless, please don’t. I’ve been in that desperate stage. I asked myself many times, “Ako ba papayat pa?” But when I tried the Marie France treatments and I noticed that my weight loss was speeding up, I was encouraged to continue to lose more weight. Ngayon I don’t wanna let go. Kasi I’ve lost weight and inches already. Once you’ve lost this much you don’t wanna gain back even four pounds or three pounds. It’s scary. Ako parang I’m so inspired and I’m so encouraged. So for those who really know me, they know that I’m true to my word. I’m not gonna accept an endorsement and then tell you it works even if it doesn’t. I recommend Marie France – it really works!
So far the Megastar has lost more than 20 lbs
and 24 inches all over …
THIGHS 4. 75
…read my article on friday’s issue of the manila times