How Actress Lwazilubanzi Mthembu “Nomsa on House of Zwide ” lost 11kgs.
Actress Lwazilubanzi Mthembu discusses her weight loss journey and how she’s helping other ladies fight obesity. The founder of the Good Health Stokvel, which aims to combat obesity, is Lwazilubanzi Mthembu.
She represents the Spiral Aloe Medical Lifestyle clinic, which focuses on treating chronic ailments brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle.
Through counseling and educating the public, they are striving to eradicate obesity from South Africa within our lifetimes.
Actress Lwazilubanzi Mthembu from House of Zwide is on a mission to transform her relationship with food and fight obesity at the same time.
She made her television debut in 2015 in the SABC 1 drama Thandeka’s Diary as Sihle. Since then, she has been on television and in theaters.
She cherishes her roles as Ifalakhe on Mzansi Magic and as Nomsa right now on House of Zwide.
She struggled with confidence because of her weight because image is crucial for an actress.
She admits to Drum, “I have been trying to lose weight for a long time.”
This continued until her weight started to negatively impact both her health and her sense of self, forcing her to alter.
She explains that she first intended to start losing weight since “the industry was not friendly to fuller-figured ladies,” in the beginning.
How it all started?
Her motivations evolved as time passed. She was only 28 when her knees began to pain, she claims.
“Second, because of her lifestyle choices, my sister who was much bigger than me suffered a stroke. She is a young single mother of two children who really struggled from not moving around enough and was on the verge of becoming crippled, and that inspired me.”
Lwazi acquired Covid-19 but lost her father in 2021.
She continues, “Doctors say he could have survived if he wasn’t overweight.
“Because I was overweight, I also had to put up with a lot in the industry. I lost self-confidence as a result, and I realized that losing weight is necessary for my mental wellbeing.
According to Lwazi, the key is to alter our connection with food.
“Our eating habits are the key. How can we ensure that we still lead great lives despite our hectic schedules? It’s about preparing the daily cabbage you eat in a healthy way and making sure we consume wholesome but inexpensive meals.
Lwazi made an effort to lose weight three years ago.
“I was bad when I first started. I had no idea how to lead a fulfilling life. I didn’t have the motivation, consistency, or drive, and every piece of advise I received was wrong,” she claims.
She was born overweight and grew up thinking this would not change.
“I was 4 kgs at birth. The doctors had to break my shoulder to get me out of my mom. I always lived as the big girl, and I thought things would be that way all my life. I know I am always going to be of a bigger build, but I will always be healthy, “she says.
“My quantities were an issue. I was eating too much. Which is a big thing in our SA community. I was having too much pap and potatoes and little vegetables. I was also busy on the telenovela, and I started eating out a lot,” she says.
With work and balancing being a mom well, she hardly made time to cook a healthy meal.
“There’s also the soft life of drinking champagnes, gin and I wasn’t moving enough. I had to change.”
With a healthy eating plan and support, Lwazi has also included exercise.
“Working out is a new thing in my life,” she says.
“In March this year, I started grasping that this lifestyle is possible, and I have lost 11 kgs since March and joined the clinic which has given me a personal trainer, dietitian, and a support structure and my target is to lose a further 25kgs.”
Now, Lwazi wants to help women who struggle with weight and curb lifestyle illnesses like diabetes, heart attack, and high blood pressure. “I have a team of specialists, every two weeks we host social media live discussions,” she says.
“In January we will onboard women who want to lose weight as a new year’s resolution. We will coach them for six months. We will do walks, aerobics and a dietitian will help to sit down, “she says.
“We don’t want to take advice from people who have been skinny all their lives but having someone who has gone through the journey. I want to be a good example to these women to say it is possible, I did it.” (1)