She is a gay icon loved for her cheeky Ru Paul’s Drag Race critics rating.
And on Tuesday, Michelle Visage, 54, revealed she’s lost 45 pounds in a year thanks to following a strict The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet and lifting weights, after having the “worst experience of her life,” perimenopause.
Speaking of her BBC Sounds podcast Rule BreakersMichelle announced she’s shifted more than three stone in weight before taking to Instagram to celebrate her “health birthday,” insisting, “I never wanted to be skinny, I wanted muscle!”
According to health line. com: “The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet is an elimination diet designed to reduce inflammation or other symptoms caused by autoimmune diseases.”
Healthiversary: On Tuesday, Michelle Visage, 54, revealed she’s lost 45 pounds in a year thanks to following a strict Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet and lifting weights
On her podcast, Michelle admitted, “Menopause was a big wake-up call for me. It shocked me. I have nothing new. I went in without knowing anything. It was the worst thing I’ve experienced in my life.
“It is by far the worst thing I have experienced. I’m not a weak person and I was like ”I’ll give up soon if I don’t get help”.
‘When I had my breast plants removed last year, I had to remove them. Perimenopause, breast plant disease, all at once.
“Weightlifting has changed my life in the past year: I lost 100 pounds, that’s three stone, making her guest Carol Vorderman, 62, gasping at the figure.
Icons only: During a speech on her BBC Sounds podcast Rule Breakers, with guest Carol Vorderman, Michelle announced she’s shifted more than three stone in weight
For: Muscles! Carol then took to Instagram to celebrate her “health birthday” with throwback photos, insisting, “I never wanted to be skinny, I wanted muscle!”
Carol claimed, “But there’s none of you!” to which the DragRace star replied, “I’ll show you pictures from back in the day.”
Michelle continued, “I am so proud of my change. I did it with a commitment to heavy weightlifting – being a woman of a certain age will really fend off the doctors, because resistance training is key.
“People think it’s cardio and running — no! It enters that gym. You don’t care what people think of you. I do it with YouTube and I also do it from home with weights” before reminding people, “It’s all free online!”
Michelle then took to Instagram and posted a series of photos to document her weight loss journey, showing off the differences in her size and shape in just one year.
The star – who has Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid is gradually destroyed – also explained why she had to make a change.
Her journey: Explaining how she lost 45 pounds in weight, the podcast host rightly said, “I’m so proud,” and reminded her followers that she loved herself “bigger and smaller”
‘1 year ‘health anniversary’ update. This is not to brag, gloat, or trigger. This is me that part that many of you have been asking for.
“For those who know what I went through as an advocate for my own health, hoping to live a healthy centurion and try to reverse my Hashimotos, this is for you.
10 Jan. 2022 out of the blue my panic attacks started coming back after years of keeping them at bay.
“Because of my autoimmune system, my body gets bloated and I gain weight very easily when I eat poorly with high-inflammatory foods, and to be honest, that’s what I love and crave, but my endocrine system doesn’t.
“The food I had been consuming was now backfiring and my system was attacking itself. I needed a change and that change for me was the move to a very strict AIP regimen.
Before: Michelle started posting a picture of herself from behind that she took a year ago
Workout: ‘I started with 5 minutes of yoga watching @yoga_with_kassandra and her videos on YouTube with a small towel in a quarantined hotel room’ Michelle explained
“I had to make a change and incorporate some movement at the same time or my life would be difficult every day.
‘I started with 5 minutes of yoga watching @yoga_with_kassandra and her videos on YouTube with a small towel in a quarantined hotel room.
“I was so out of shape and not technically good at yoga at all, but that didn’t stop me. I was committed to healing.
“I then hired a virtual trainer who worked me through every situation. @soniajonesfitness knew I could do it and she pushed me through every workout.
‘I never wanted to be skinny, I WANT MUSCLE! Weights are so important to change your body, especially for us women of a certain age. It’s a game changer!
Muscles: ‘I never wanted to be slim, I WANT MUSCLES! Weights are so important to change your body, especially for us women of a certain age. It’s a game changer!” wrote the star
DON’T BE AFRAID OF LIFTING HEAVY WEIGHTS! Embrace it, it’s going to change your body composition!
“I now weight train six days a week and the days I don’t have Sonia I work out with @carolinegirvan on YouTube so I get it ALL IN!
“I’m very proud of my journey and for the record, I like myself bigger and smaller, but this was always about health and blood labs. Explant was the best decision leading up to this and my journey has only just begun!
“I hope this somehow inspires you to show you that it’s never too late to regain your health. It won’t be fast, but it’s worth the trip. HERE IS HEALTH!
“Photos are where it started to where I am now.
Fantastic: Michelle chatted with Carol about the changes she made in her life after entering the perimenopausal phase and suffering from breast disease ‘all at the same time’