Margaret Cho’s Fitness Plan
Margaret Cho is probably best known for her sense of humor. She is a popular comedian, actress, fashion designer, and recording artist. Margaret was once forty pounds heavier than her trim self now. Margaret tried the raw diet, the macrobiotic diet, the all fruit diet and an extreme diet that landed her in the hospital with kidney failure. Still, “I was always fat,” says Cho. So how did she do it? Well, I think that we can all find some common sense in her diet, she calls the “F**K It Diet.” Below are some highlights of a post Margaret wrote on her blog about her dramatic weight loss. Keep reading.
Margaret Cho’s F**k It Diet
“When I was on those crazy diets, I’d gain weight because I would binge on the diet food!” she admits. “I learned that any restriction on the kind of food I eat was going to be a problem.” “I eat ice cream, chips, everything.”
Margaret tries to eat only “when I’m hungry” and early in the day, when she is the most active, opting for “a big breakfast and a big lunch,” before a small dinner at around 4 p.m. “So there you go. Big secret diet. Love. Love and the audacity to actually waste food,” has been the most healing for me. To be willing to order Prime Rib because I want it and throw out nine of the twelve ounces is such a big step for me. I am now able to pay $2.50 for one of those Chantico drinking chocolates from Starbucks and only drink an inch off the top and throw the rest away.
In my mind, it was never about the money. It was always about the waste. “It took a lot of people time to grow, ship and cook this food and if I don’t eat it all, I’ve wasted it.” That concept was so powerful for so long that I struggled with weight loss until I was able to discard it. Before I was able to break free of that idea, I was only happy at a restaurant if I shared an entree with someone else. If I ordered an entire entree for myself and only ate part of it, I was unhappy because I “wasted” it.
If I ordered an entire entree for myself and ate it all, I was unhappy because it would literally make me sick. If I ordered an entire entree for myself and took the rest home, I was unhappy because I had some yucky thing sitting in my fridge for days that I didn’t want to eat and constantly chided me, “Wasteful…” whenever I opened the refrigerator door.There was no way for me to win if I didn’t share my food with someone else and it’s so rare to find someone who wants what you want at the same time.
Now, I can happily order whatever I want. If I want an appetizer, I get it and eat one or two. If I want an incredibly fattening dish, I order and eat only enough to feel satiated. If I want a dessert, I order it and eat a bite or two. It’s ok to throw it away.
It’s actually better for the economy if I order what I want and discard what I can’t eat. The restaurant gets paid for all that food. The waiter gets tipped a percentage of all that food. All of that money goes to the people who grew and prepared the food. I can’t send my leftover Prime Rib to the countries that are starving. All I can do is make sure that I don’t let it go to “waist.”
Margaret Cho’s Workout
Margaret used to take spinning classes every day, but now she just does belly dancing. “It’s not drudgery, like going to the gym.”
“You get to the understanding that not everybody’s a size 2,” she says. “Sometimes you’re a size 12 – and you’re still beautiful.”
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