Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness is celebrating his weight loss journey.
The grooming guru from the hit Netflix show shared pre and post photos on Instagram Body of him at his heaviest weight, and another of himself now.
“After my step dad passed away I gained 70 lbs. in 3 months,” Van Ness, 31, wrote on Instagram. “I didn’t like how I felt or looked, it is so important for me to appear back and tell that man from five years ago he was lovely and gorge. I’m able to celebrate where I am now so long as I send love to the ‘me’s’ on the way.”
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After my step dad passed away I gained 70 pounds in 3 months. I did not like the way i felt or looked, it is so important for me to appear back and tell that man from 5 years ago he was lovely and gorge. I can celebrate where I’m now so long as I send love to the “me’s” on the way #transformationtuesday #selfacceptance #fitness
Van Ness told?InStyle he was a chubby kid until high school, when he dropped a few pounds. But after his stepdad died of bladder cancer in 2012, he gained 70 lbs. in only 3 months.
“I just could not give up eating, and that required, like, 2 yrs to lose that weight,” he explained. “My fitness journey presently has really been from that actually rapid weight gain. I was a chubby kid who got made fun of a lot, and that i got fit in senior high school and that i stayed easily fit in my 20s, until my father died. I went from being pretty fit to 230 lbs., which isn’t, like, the biggest for being 6-feet-tall, however i have been 165 lbs. just 3 months prior. That taught me a great deal about how exactly people treat you differently when you’re fit and when you’re bigger.”
Van Ness initially started exercising to get rid of those 70 lbs. for some individuals, but now he works out for himself.
“There would be a time when I was like, ‘Oh my god, I must lose this weight if I don’t, then who’s gonna date me?’ ” he said. “[Now], my exercising is about me. It wasn’t always like this, but that is where it’s landed. It’s something that I decide to share since i wish to help people feel good and that i discovered that for me personally, just sharing myself seems to be helping.”
And he adds that while unfair female body standards happen to be the red hot issue at this time, they’re just badly for males.
“I believe that the perfect of men’s physiques in general, gay or straight, is one of the most under-talked-about things ever,” he explained. “Ninety-five percent of those bodies that we’re seeing, that we’re striving so hard to look like, are genetically engineered, like, let’s be clear. It’s steroids. It’s just important for people who are trying to do the best with what they need to be honest about this.”
Van Ness said he accustomed to care much more about looking like the men he sees in ads, however he’s happy with his body.
“I?love?how I look right now,” he said. “If I were to do steroids, it might be to ensure that other people would see me the way that I already see myself. With no! F- that. No. No, thank you.”