“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes said her 127-pound weight loss was due to simple diet and exercise. Rhimes said her jaw-dropping weight loss was motivated by a desire to get healthy for the sake of her three daughters.
“I just decided I was gonna get it together and get healthy,” Shonda told Extra (see video). “I have some little kids and I want to be around for them.”
Rhimes, who has struggled with weight for years, admitted she hates to exercise, but worked out regularly to slim down. Shonda’s diet secret was portion control.
“I changed everything I ate, and I hated all of that,” said Rhimes, 45. “I hate exercising and I did that, too. I hated it the whole time. Once I decided it wasn’t gonna be fun, I lowered my expectations, and it got kind of easier.”
While some have questioned whether Rhimes’ eye-popping 127-pound weight loss was due to bariatric surgery, Shonda claims she lost weight with simple diet and exercise, Celebrity Health Fitness reported.
Rhimes denied being vegan and said once you eat less, your cravings for junk foods subside. “I try to make it smaller portions, but you change what your palate wants,” she said. “I’m suddenly craving fish and salad.”
Shonda said being happy also made a huge difference in her weight loss, saying she stopped emotional overeating once she realized food cannot make her happy. “Part of it is that I got really happy,” Rhimes told Women’s Health. “I don’t know how to explain that except that I stopped eating my feelings because I got really happy.”
Despite having been obese for much of her adult life, the award-winning creator of Grey’s Anatomy and “Scandal” said a startling “a-ha” moment made her get serious.
I had this really amazing ‘a-ha’ moment. I realized that I could spend my life thinking, ‘I wish I could lose weight,’ or ‘I’m going to,’ or ‘I’m trying to.’ I couldn’t be the whiner anymore.”
Shonda jump-started her weight loss after resolving she would not spend the rest of her life wishing she were thinner or healthier or had a better body. “I couldn’t be that person who like, ‘I wish I could, I wish I could,'” she said.
Rhimes continued: “I’m always going to want to eat the fried chicken. I don’t like exercising and I don’t like eating white fish. But I was like, ‘This isn’t ever going to be any fun, but you’re just going to have to do it anyway.’ But you know what? I did it. Now I do like exercising and I do like eating white fish. But that’s the way it is.”