- Emily Strohm
- Maria Pasquini People
Mama June Shannon has a few weight loss secrets up her size 4 sleeve.
“It’s all about portion control for me,” Shannon, 38, told People. The reality star dropped 300 pounds earlier this year from her one-time high of 460 pounds.
“It’s not easy to eat like you’re ‘supposed to’ and hit the gym all the time, but I’m just trying to maintain it the best I can,” she said.
In addition to making better food choices and working out whenever she can, Shannon admitted one of her secrets is to sleeps in until 1 p.m. and skip breakfast.
“This sounds bad,” she said, “but I’m more of a snacker.”
A typical snack for Shannon consists of grapes and cheese, and then for dinner she’ll make a healthy meal like “baked chicken and quinoa” or “baked pork chops, corn and beans,” which she described as her go-to dish.
And the reality star isn’t afraid to indulge her sweet tooth from time to time. “If I’m craving something sweet, Little Debbie jelly cakes are my favorite cheat snack,” she said.
The reality TV star documented her drastic transformation on WE TV’s “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” in which she spent upward of $75,000 to have gastric sleeve surgery, breast augmentation and skin removal surgery on her “turkey neck,” “bat wings” and stomach — where a combined of 9 pounds of skin was removed. The reality series returns for season 2 on Jan. 12.
“I get on the scale religiously,” Shannon said. “I fluctuate, but the most I’ve gained back is 5 pounds.”
“My legs are still a little bit fat and I have a jiggle-o and some cottage cheese, but I feel like I got what I wanted,” she continued, adding that “when I look in the mirror, I’m happy.”View full experience