09/11/2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
Chaz Bono is giving the skinny on his nearly year-long weight loss journey.
"I just feel much more comfortable in my skin now," the former Dancing with the Stars
contestant says on Wednesday's episode of The Doctors
. "Everything is easier, everything physically is easier, everything feels better and emotionally I just feel more comfortable, more confident."
Beginning at 250 lbs. at 5'5½", Bono has lost 70 lbs. so far and is down to 183 lbs.
When asked how his mother, Cher, feels about his transformation, Bono says, "She's pretty happy."
"My family was concerned about my health and now everyone is really happy," he adds. "They can also see how much better I feel and how much happier I am."
Bono has admitted that his issues from food may have stemmed from his family's attitude towards weight, however.
"There was a lot of pressure to be underweight growing up," Bono has said
. He explained that even though he "wasn't an overweight child," he was still "put on diets all the time."