WATCH: Alden Richards bares wakeup call leading to weight loss
Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo ( - August 28, 2019 - 7:22pm

MANILA, Philippines —  Alden Richards is thankful to “Hello, Love, Goodbye” not only for its box office success, but also for helping him lose weight.

In a recent exclusive interview with for the launch of his first ever fashion collection with designer Avel Bacudio, Alden affirmed that it was the Star Cinema movie and its director, Cathy Garcia-Molina, that pushed him to become fitter.

“It’s because of the movie, the movie talaga… Direk Cathy, thank you so much!” Alden exclaimed.

According to him, it was difficult to be called “fat,” but instead of being insulted, he used this to be his motivation to get into the shape he is in.

“It’s really hard. From that point na sinabi n’ya sa’kin na ‘You’re fat’ and ‘Ang taba mo! You have to lose weight! Be fit for this movie, for this project!’,” Alden recalled. “I told Direk Cathy and whispered, Direk, the next time you see me, I’m not this person anymore. So a month after, nagulat sila.”

Although he also credits Dr. Vicki Belo for getting rid of his chubby cheeks, he stressed that going under the knife was not enough to sculpt his new physique.

“Lahat kasi ‘yan ensemble. It’s an ensemble – diet, ‘di pwedeng aasa ka lang sa workout, ‘di pwedeng aasa ka lang to anyone, to anyone who can help you achieve your goal. Kailangan sabay-sabay, kailangan pantay lahat and it’s really the dedication – how much do you really want it.”

After losing 25 pounds in three months, the actor confessed that not only does he feel better now. He also has high hopes for more opportunities to come his way.

“Parang ayaw ko na bumalik dun sa dati,” he professed. 

“Hopefully, yes, and right now, after the movie, with the success of ‘Hello, Love, Goodbye,’ a lot of doors are opening again para merry ang Christmas natin. Yes!” — Video by Kat Leandicho

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