A Huge TRANS-FOR­MA­TION

THIS trans­gen­der come­di­enne lost 76kg.

People (South Africa) - - Real Life -

ALARGER-THAN-LIFE trans­gen­der come­di­enne is a shadow of her for­mer self af­ter los­ing nearly 76kg in less than a year.

Ar­gen­tinian star Gon­zalo Costa, 38, lost 75kg in 11 months af­ter un­der­go­ing gas­tric by­pass surgery.

“I was fed up of be­ing bad ev­ery­day,” says Gon­zalo, who works as an ac­tress and a ra­dio host as well as a come­di­enne. “Be­fore, I only wanted to get up and eat, eat and eat, and eat the whole day! Now I get up and I am look­ing for­ward to do­ing things for my­self, pam­per­ing my­self, mak­ing my­self look fine. Ev­ery­thing is new: I walk and en­joy the air.”

At one point Gon­zalo says she weighed 170kg but man­aged to lose 10 per­cent of that be­fore un­der­go­ing surgery.

She is now down to 95kg and says she is sat­is­fied with her weight and how she feels. “You’re never cured from obe­sity. It is an ad­dic­tion, like al­co­holism or gam­bling. And food ad­dic­tion is for­ever, but now phys­i­cally, I can­not eat that much,” she says. “Be­fore, I ate a dozen crois­sants; I didn’t even en­joy them, I just wanted to eat a lot. Now I eat only one and I en­joy it.”

She has not set a tar­get weight but just wants to feel happy in her own skin.

“There was some­thing in­side say­ing that I did not want to die. I was tired of be­ing bad, of never achiev­ing a goal. I was un­sat­is­fied,” she says, adding that one of her big­gest joys now is de­cid­ing what to wear when she gets up in the morn­ing or goes out for the evening.

“Be­fore, I wore what fit­ted me, now I de­cide what I want to wear. Fat peo­ple do not choose; we wear what there is.”

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