In less than a year, Aiko Melendez has lost 50 pounds.
Even her waistline, which used to be 34 inches, is now 28 inches.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to interview her at the pictorial for her movie Tell Me About Your Dream last July 14.
Produced by Golden Tiger Films and directed by Anthony Hernandez, she will be paired with Raymond Cabral.
MOTIVATION. Back to her weight, Aiko related how this society can be so harsh to plus-size women.
“Dumating ako sa point na, lalabas ako at may magpapa-picture sa akin.
“Pagtalikod ko ang maririnig mo, ‘Ang taba naman niyan, nakakalokah.’
“So yun, I took it to heart.
“Sabi ko, ‘It’s my obligation to the viewers also that I look good and I feel good about myself.’
“Kasi if I don’t feel good about myself, magra-radiate yun sa aura ko.
“Hindi magiging positive yung outcome sa akin.
“Twenty-eight na ang baywang ko ngayon, e, from thirty-three, thirty-four… malaki talaga ang ipinayat ko.”
She used to be 195 pounds.
“Ngayon, I’m one hundred forty-eight pounds.
“Gusto kong habulin iyong dalaga pa ako, pero hindi ko alam kung posible pa.
“Sana kasi noong dalaga pa ako, twenty-six ang baywang ko.
“Pero siyempre yung buto ko, malalaki na, so hindi ko alam kung kaya.”
Her slimmer body is part of her note to self when she turned 40 last December 16.
“Noong fortieth birthday ko, ang wish ko talaga…kasi all my life I’ve been doing things sa ibang tao.
“Sabi ko at this point when I turn forty, I’d like to gift myself to look better.
“So when I started losing weight, that was when the project came in.
“Kaya thank you talaga, praise God!”
She also wants to be healthy.
“Kasi when you’re forty, your metabolism slows down, e.
“Now that I’m beginning to be healthy again, yung lifestyle ko changed.
“When I sweat, I feel good kasi endorphin mo iyan, e.."
DETERMINATION. How long has she been trying to lose weight?
“Almost a year. Gym, diet and then, iyong talagang determination.
“Kasi kapag na-attain mo na iyong sinasabing, ‘Uy, pumayat ka, pumayat ka,’ you shouldn’t stop.
“You should always treat your first day of exercise as if it’s not your first day.
“It’s an every-day development, progress...kapag tinamad ka, wala na.”
She's been watching her diet, too.
“Two years na akong hindi nagra-rice and no pork.
“One thousand five hundred calories ako a day, yun ang food intake ko.
“Pero kapag nagwo-work ako, like kanina, tumikim ako ng kaunting manok.”
Once in a while, she treats herself to dessert.
“Puwede naman, pero tikim lang, portion lang para hindi mo ma-deprive ang sarili mo.
“Ang pangit kasi diyan, kapag na-deprive mo ang sarili mo, magbi-binge ka, e.”
But her weight-loss journey is not yet over, hence, she still goes to the gym regularly.
She still monitors her calorie intake.
She's also getting some help from a machine called Slimline Pod, which, according to Aiko's Instagram post, can reduce the inches and water retention in just 30 minutes.
With nurse Hazel :) this is what i love most about @courbefacebody when you dont have much time to exercise all you need is to allot 30mins and lose inches and water retension in using this machine:) thank You Courbe my partner in my weight loss :) @reaganarcega @wencerom @chef_ann888 @tricialagumbay @joshkopie and @liannestar08 ?? #slimlinepod
WEIGHT GOAL. “They say na tama na, but I’m trying for another, for my last fifteen pounds.
“Kasi once you exercise, you keep on looking for it, e.
“So mas gusto kong mabawasan pa ng fifteen pounds.”
Another actress who's been losing weight is Sharon Cuneta.
Aiko remarked, “Happy ako para kay Ate Shawie, kasi ang dami nang nakaka-miss kay Ate Shawie, di ba?
“For her to be back in the industry again, I’m happy for her.
“Hopefully, when she attains the weight that she wants, it’s something na masarap, e.
“Ang sarap na makita yung ang laki nang ipinayat, iyon ang nakaka-proud talaga.”
When asked to give a message for the Megastar, she said, “Si Ate Shawie, kaya naman niya iyan, I mean, she lost a lot of pounds na, I’m sure she can do it.
“Ang ano ko lang is we miss her, we all miss her.
“Kaya sana ay makagawa siya ng mainstream movie ulit.
“I would really want to see her back at sure ako na maraming fans ang matutuwa.”