Cheryl Burke is learning to ignore criticism about her weight loss and rumors that she's anorexic or had plastic surgery. Burke said she's very healthy, regardless of what others insinuate.
Separately, Cheryl said her former "Dancing With the Stars" partner, Rob Kardashian, politely rejected her offer to help him lose weight (details below).
"I'm completely healthy," Cheryl told People. "My curves are never going to go away. Have I lost weight? Absolutely. But not in an unhealthy way. I want everyone to know that."
Burke said she recently lost about 15 pounds, but some fitness experts estimate her weight loss at closer to 30 pounds. Cheryl, who was accused of getting lip injections and other plastic surgery, has denied rumors she's suffering from an eating disorder and is too thin.
Portion-Controlled Low-Carb Diet Spurred Weight Loss
Burke said the accusatory comments were especially hurtful because her fans have always been so supportive. Ironically, Cheryl was fat-shamed after gaining some weight in 2008.
Cheryl has credited a low-carb, high-protein diet and 90-minute circuit-training workouts for her 30-pound weight loss, and said she's doing great. "I’m thriving," Burke wrote on Facebook. "I’m putting healthy foods into my body and experiencing the benefits."
While Burke is now being criticized for being too thin, she was fat-shamed several years ago after gaining a few pounds. "Five years ago, I got criticized by the press, like Howard Stern, about being too fat," she recalled. "But it's another thing when your fans say to you, 'Oh my god, you look like you're dying.' It hurt."
Rob Kardashian Rejected Cheryl's Weight-Loss Help
Cheryl attributed her weight loss to a portion-controlled diet and an active lifestyle, not to an extreme starvation diet or excessive exercise.
"I'm taking care of my body," she said. "Eighty percent of it is what you eat and what you consume. It's all about portion control. I'm not on a diet. I'm not on Atkins or anything. It's just the fact that I'm eating right."
TV star Kim Kardashian lost 56 pounds in six months on a low-carb ketogenic-style Atkins diet, while Sharon Osbourne lost 30 pounds in six weeks on a similar Atkins plan.
Separately, Burke said she reached out to help Rob Kardashian lose weight, but was politely rebuffed. Burke became friends with Rob when they were partners on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2011. “We have talked about it in the past,” Cheryl told Life & Style. "I have talked about it with the family."
But Rob said he wants to work out with his trainer, Gunnar Peterson. Gunnar helped Khloe lose 30 pounds last year, and also helped Kim with her 56-pound weight loss.
Burke said she respects Rob's decision and has no hard feelings. “I wish Rob well," she said. "He was one of my closest friends on 'Dancing With the Stars' when it comes to partners. I hope he takes care of himself. I’m there for him.”