Chaz Bono opened up about how transitioning gave him motivation to lose weight on an episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” airing on OWN on Saturday.
In a clip previewed on People, Bono says body dysphoria kept him from focusing on his weight.
“I would have never been able to do it before [transitioning],” Bono says. “I was too disconnected from my body, and the dysphoria that I had with my body was too much to be able to have cared enough to anything like that.”
Bono, 45, has lost 75 pounds since his weight loss journey began in 2012. Winfrey also showed Bono photos of himself pre-transition. Bono says he doesn’t enjoy recalling that time in his life.
“For most transgender people, we don’t really like to see pictures of us before transitioning because life was really hard beforehand,” Bono, who transitioned in 2009, says. “They’re generally not happy memories.”
“It doesn’t, you know, bring back fun nostalgia. You just are reminded of the pain,” Bono says.