The Food Network’s Gina Neely Talks Slimming Down To Size 0: I Lost 34 Pounds, Not 100!

Gina Neely

The Food Network’s Gina Neely Talks Slimming Down To Size 0: I Lost 34 Pounds, Not 100!

Gina Neely is opening about her weight loss and how she slimmed down to a size 0. The former Down Home With The Neelys host dished on her new lifestyle and explained that while she noticeably lost weight, it’s not as much as many thought.

“Everybody thought I lost 100 pounds. I lost 34 pounds, not 100, just 34.”

She also added that her split with husband Pat Neely after 23 years isn’t the sole reason she slimmed down. In fact, she said she started her journey long before they filed their papers in 2014.

“I actually started this journey at 45. I said I was not going to take my weight into 50. My 50th birthday was June 10. I had already been in this lifestyle, but what really triggered it for me was that I just wanted to feel better, have more energy, and, actually, when I started going through all of these emotional endurances, working out was so good to sort of redirect that energy. When I work out, you know, you feel good. It puts you on top of the world. It takes you away from your world, and you kind of just zone out. You’re doing what you need to do, but you’re also doing something good for yourself and that’s good for your body, good for your mind, good for your soul. Working out really became the saving grace for me if you will, getting me through all of that. It kept me positive, it kept me moving.”

As for working on her fitness, she said she’s done it all from CrossFit to Zumba and pole dancing in 4-inch heels.

She says,

“…Anything that was fun and different because working out is hard, make no mistake. It’s hard work. It takes dedication. I put it on my calendar and treat it like a regular appointment. If someone were to call me and say, ‘Let’s go to dinner,’ and I’m on my way to the gym, I say, ‘No, I can’t go.’ You cannot get me off that path.”

“My high heels were 4 inches, but I used the booty because it’s easier to dance in boots with a platform than a flat high-heel shoe, so that’s the trick to that. As far as the pole, I didn’t go all the way up to the top because I had no idea how hard the work was, because you have to pull your whole body weight up the pole.”

She also said that she wasn’t as big as the TV made her appear.

 “The TV adds weight. I wasn’t as big as everybody thought I was. Working out is 20 percent of it. Eighty percent of it is what goes in your mouth. Once I started removing pork and beef from my diet – I do chicken, fish and turkey, more fish than anything because fish to me is lighter, it feels good, and you get those omega-3s, it’s good for the heart and you don’t feel so weighed down after you eat fish.”

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Authored by: Char Patterson