Reality TV star Mama June Shannon has been making headline after headline since revealing her nearly 300-pound weight loss earlier this week. And her transformation (which was documented on the WeTV reality show "Mama June: From Not to Hot") really was incredible: She dropped from a size 28 to a size 4, and even revealed that she's now able to wear some of the clothes that belong to her 11-year-old daughter, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.
But along with all the praise and recognition she's received for her transformation, Shannon has also received some hate — including criticism from people who question whether she took the "easy way out" by opting for surgery, instead of relying solely on changes to her diet and exercise routines to lose weight.
That's why, during an appearance on "The Dr. Oz Show" on Thursday, Shannon opened up about the misconceptions surrounding weight-loss surgery.
"I tell people it's a daily struggle," Shannon explained to Dr. Oz. "I've had the gastric sleeve. I've had the skin removal surgery. But people think, Oh, that's just a fix."
And Shannon's right! Yes, the gastric sleeve and skin removal surgeries Shannon underwent can help speed up the process of weight loss, and yes, they are pretty darn pricey, which means they're not readily available to everyone. But there are a number of health risks posed by the surgeries — and it takes some serious commitment for a bariatric surgery patient to maintain their new figure, according to Mayo Clinic.
Read: It's still necessary for a person who has undergone bariatric surgery to make some major lifestyle changes (including permanent healthy changes to their diet and exercise routine) if they want to maintain their weight loss long-term.
"Trust me, it's work," Shannon said to Dr. Oz. "You have to put the work into it, because if you don't, there's no sense in spending the money and having the stuff done."
Here's hoping Mama June can keep up the good work and maintain her dramatic weight loss — and maybe even pass along her new healthy habits to her kids.