Stars Who Have Undergone Significant Weight Transformations
If you’ve been trying to diet for months now, but nothing seems to work, don’t fret. Carbs, sweets and fried foods are incredibly hard to resist — even for those celebrities you worship for their incredible bodies. Take a look at how some of the most admired people in the world have gained and lost a few pounds through the years. And we still love them.
We were all drooling over Britney’s body back in 2001. So, naturally, we were totally bummed as to what happened to this attractive blonde eight years later. Of course, after a while, we got used to her saggy stomach during performances. However, having two kids was no excuse for Britney. Celebrity personal trainer Tony Martinez helped Britney regain her toned tummy in preparation for her hugely successful residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Martinez guided Britney through intense workouts three to four times a week for 40 minutes to get back in pre-baby shape.
The gorgeous actress, like most mothers, gained a few pounds after her pregnancy. The mother of 2-year-old Luca has said it was especially tough for her to lose the baby weight in our culture, which is so obsessed with being thin. While the former Lizzie McGuire star has admitted she struggled with body image and worries about her weight for most of her life, she’s now put those days behind her. “I feel like there was way too much time spent thinking about [my weight],” she said. “This is the body that I have. I have a very athletic build, and I am so proud of what my body has done for me.
This American actor, filmmaker, writer, producer and comedian has a long portfolio of successful movies and awards. His weight has fluctuated over the years. Back in 2011, he lost 40 pounds before starring in Moneyball, which he said was entirely due to clean eating. However, he later regained those 40 pounds in preparation for his role in the 2016 movie War Dogs. At the beginning of this year, he’s been spotted sporting a new, more athletic physique, thanks to the help of a trainer.
Keanu, famous for his role as Neo in the Matrix movies, slipped out of the spotlight for a while around 2013, during which time he gained quite a bit of weight. When he was spotted on a boat in Cannes, France, that year, tabloids scorned the 48-year-old actor for looking “bloated,” “old” and “tired,” with a “noticeable paunch.” Some unfortunate events in his life, such as the death of his girlfriend, led him to become depressed and gain a few pounds. Who can blame him? Not us.
Jennifer Hudson lost 80 pounds and successfully kept it off for years. “I don’t have time to do much [exercise],” Hudson admitted. “I just watch what I eat.” Hudson — who became a rep for Weight Watchers in 2010 — insists, “I’m very conscious of what I put in my body.” The Oscar winner lost 10 dress sizes, going from a size 16 to a size 6, but told Oprah Winfrey during a 2011 interview that she’s not interested in getting any smaller. “I like meat on my bones,” Hudson shared. “A [size] 2 and a 0, that’s not for me.”
Award-winning movie director Peter Jackson has executed plenty of epic on-screen battles, but he’s also been engaged in his own battle of the bulge. We’ve seen this New Zealander see-saw between obesity, dramatic weight loss and everything in between. It just goes to show how challenging it can truly be to maintain a healthy weight — especially when you’re as overworked as Jackson typically is.
Forest Whitaker reportedly put on 70 pounds for his role as brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, which won him the Best Actor Oscar in 2007. After filming wrapped for that movie, he said he “got serious about diet and exercising,” including hiking and martial arts. He has credited his vegetarian diet as a good way to lose weight, while avoiding long-term health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and several types of cancer.
Pop star Robbie Williams was so deeply affected by body-shaming during his time in the boy band Take That he’s been on a diet ever since, according to his wife. In his teens, the media dubbed him “Blobbie Williams” and “the fat one” among the band. Now, the musician follows a strict workout and diet program that relies heavily on fresh fruit juice and protein shakes. His wife says he’s so determined not to get out of shape, he always refuses sweet treats – even on his birthday and Christmas.
Chaz Bono has lost 85 pounds thanks to a healthy diet and regular exercise, and has revealed that having a positive body image thanks to his gender transition helped him to get there. “I would have never been able to do it before [transitioning],” Bono told Oprah Winfrey. “I was too disconnected from my body, and the dysphoria that I had with my body was too much to be able to have cared enough to anything like that.” The transgender pioneer added that his body dysphoria made it hard for him to treat his body well.
The former governor of Arkansas said he gained weight by eating too much and working out too little — “and I was really good at both.” At age 47, he weighed 280 pounds and had developed type-2 diabetes. After doctors warned Huckabee he could be dead in a decade, he turned to the University of Arkansas Medical Science Center for a supervised weight-loss program. Despite the fact he now carefully monitors and plans every meal, he has said he never feels deprived: “The only things I’m depriving myself of now are a heart attack and the inability to get out of a chair.” He has lost nearly 100 pounds and finished a marathon in less than five hours. He also authored a book, Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.
After his impressive weight loss of more than 70 pounds — with the help of an intense 7-day-a-week fitness regimen and a meal delivery service — the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media” has managed to maintain his slimmed-down physique for almost a decade. “Like so many people, I have struggled with my weight throughout my entire life. Thankfully, though, at the beginning of 2008, I made a commitment to my health and I have stuck to it,” Perez has said. “I’ve lost more than 70 pounds and I’ve worked for it. I’ve done it the old-fashioned way, slow and steady, by eating healthily and exercising regularly. And I feel wonderful!” Perez continued.
After losing more than 40 pounds on the Jenny Craig program, the actress and TV personality took criticism for gaining some of the weight back. But Bertinelli, who now has her own Food Network show called Valerie’s Home Cooking, has decided to stop obsessing over the numbers on her scale, and is instead paying more attention to how she feels on the inside.
The Emmy Award-winning actress, who played Walter White’s wife Skyler on the hit show Breaking Bad, had several weight changes throughout the show’s many seasons. In an interview with People magazine, the mother of two explained that she had been sick during filming of the show’s final season: “They gave me cortisone and I puffed up and gained weight. Now I’m better, thank God.”
The American dancer, rapper, fashion model and actor, most notably known for his public 2-year marriage to Britney Spears and their custody battle, seems to have gained a few pounds over the years, just like his very famous ex-wife. Federline said the weight gain was a direct result of falling into severe depression after his divorce from Britney Spears. “Once you get depressed, you don’t really feel like doing anything,” he said in a candid interview with Us Weekly. “You’re kind of discouraged about yourself, and then the weight gain too, or that makes me more depressed… I mean, it’s a combination of all of those things.” However, Federline says his relationship with Spears improved to the point where he was able to beat the blues and start taking good care of himself again.
The popular American-Canadian actor and writer, recognized worldwide for his role as Chandler Bing on the long-running NBC television sitcom Friends, has battled not only the scale, but see-sawing weight due to addiction. He did his first rehab stint in 1997 for a Vicodin addiction, after which his weight dropped to 145 pounds. He checked himself into rehab again in 2001 for Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines and alcohol treatment. At 48, Perry has struggled to land acting roles, and has grown a bit of a double chin during his time out of the spotlight.
It’s hard to imagine that a professional athlete could ever end up looking like Mike, who holds the record for the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at the age of 20. “I am a fat kid. If I don’t continue to watch my diet and exercise and take care [of] myself, I balloon to a lot of weight,” he said in an interview with ABC News. After turning over a new leaf in 2012, the former heavyweight champ lost 140 pounds due to going vegan. He told The Today Show that he adopted the diet after “too many prison cells, too many jails, too many lawsuits, too many bankruptcies, too many women, too many venereal diseases, too many everything. I’m going to live a different life.”
A self-proclaimed “emotional eater,” Janet Jackson has struggled with her weight — and her self-confidence — all her life. She became famous for yo-yo dieting before becoming a spokeswoman for Nutrisystem in 2011. “People can relate to me because I have lived it,” she told Us Weekly that year. “I truly understand what it’s like to have a problem with weight loss, losing too much weight or gaining more than you desire to and becoming unhealthy.”
Remember the sexy star of Top Gun and Batman? There is no way fans of those classic movies would have ever imagined what Val Kilmer looks like today. Since his lead role in Batman Forever more than 20 years ago, Kilmer has gone through a dramatic change in appearance. As it turns out, the actor was suffering from throat cancer, which eventually required an emergency tracheotomy to have it removed. That tumor and the procedure took a lot of weight off. Kilmer’s acting career is now back on track, and he’s announced plans to reprise his role as Iceman in Top Gun 2.
This famous American actress, comedian and writer, known as the creator of the Fox and Hulu sitcom The Mindy Project, is one of the most accomplished women in comedy today. However, that hasn’t stopped people from criticizing her for her looks. “There’s a whole list of things I would probably change about myself,” Kaling said in an interview with Vogue. “For example, I’m always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don’t want to be skinny. I’m constantly in a state of self-improvement, but I don’t beat myself up over it.”
Former child actress Raven-Symone has said it was very difficult for her to maintain a healthy body image while growing up involved in the entertainment industry. “I remember people were like, ‘”You can’t eat that. You’re getting fat,'” she said about being in the cast of the Disney show That’s So Raven. “I’m like, ‘I’m seven! I’m hungry!'”
Raven said she definitely felt “depressed” about not living up to certain societal standards of beauty. Once That’s So Raven ended its run in 2007, she took a break from Hollywood — during which time she re-focused her priorities and lost 70 pounds.
Getting diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2001 was the final straw for American Idol host Randy Jackson. In 2003, Jackson opted to undergo gastric bypass surgery. However, like many people who opt for weight-loss surgery, Jackson eventually started gaining the weight back. “I grew up in the South,” he says, “where food and good times were king.” He eventually kept the weight off successfully by committing to regular workouts and a healthy, balanced diet.
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The former Jersey Shore star lost 42 pounds after giving birth to her first child, son Lorenzo. The new mom says after initially losing weight from breastfeeding two months after Lorenzo was born, she began a 1,300-calorie-a-day diet and worked out four days a week with a personal trainer.
John Goodman has always been on the larger side, but he recently dropped nearly 100 pounds for the movie 10 Cloverfield Lane. How did he do it? “I just stopped eating all the time,” Goodman, 63, told film critic Peter Travers. “I’d have a handful of food and it’d go to my mouth. I was just eating all the time. I was just eating alcoholically. In the old days, I would take three months out, lose 60 or 70 pounds, and then reward myself with a 6-pack of Bud or whatever and just go back to my old habits. Then this time I wanted to do it slowly, move, exercise. I’m getting to the age where I can’t afford to sit still anymore. And it gives me the energy to work, ‘cause work is very draining.”
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Back in 2003, Star Jones Reynolds decided she had to take control of her weight once and for all. She’d been heavy all her life, but by that point, she weighed in at more than 300 pounds. “I wasn’t ‘full-figured,’” she said. “I wasn’t ‘plus-sized.’ I was morbidly obese. I never thought I would be in front of a camera and say those words. I was morbidly obese.” As a last-ditch effort, she had gastric bypass surgery. “I do remember having to be weighed that day,” she said. “The scale they used was one of those industrial ones. And I swore I would never get on one of those again.” Following her surgery, Jones Reynolds lost 160 pounds and has successfully kept it off.
The Best Supporting Actress winner once tipped the scales at 300 pounds, but lost more than 80 pounds through vigorous exercise with a trainer. She has been very up-front about her weight-loss journey, posting pictures of her fitness routine on Twitter to inspire others. “I had to do it for husband and my children and get out of my own way,” she told TV One. “Those moments when you feel like you can’t go any further and you can!”
Rex Ryan told the New York Post in 2012 that he had lost more than 100 pounds after having a lap band surgically inserted in 2010. Before opting for the surgery, Ryan weighed 348 pounds. However, he has since had the band removed in solidarity with his twin brother Rob, who almost died due to complications from his own lap band.
Christian Bale is another actor known for such dedication to his craft that he will happily gain or lose dramatic amounts of weight to play certain characters. In 2004’s The Machinist, Bale portrayed Trevor Reznik, a character with severe insomnia. The lack of sleep leads to rapid weight loss, so Reznik becomes extremely thin. To play this role, Bale slimmed down from 173 pounds to 110 pounds. For almost four months, he ate an extremely low-calorie diet consisting of only one can of tuna and/or one apple per day.
Kirstie Alley is the the ultimate example of a celeb who’s been a victim to the yo-yo effect. The actress lost 50 lbs. with Jenny Craig and has kept off the weight for the past two years. When she wants to indulge, Alley just makes sure she carefully keeps track of her calorie intake. “I can have anything I want, I’m just counting the calories,” she says. “I know how many calories 6 oz. of tenderloin is. I know that pasta is 200 calories in a cup. So as long as I keep steady that way, and count it up, it’s easy to count because I know how many calories those foods that I really love are.”
Steven Seagal, a seventh-degree black belt in aikido, became one of Hollywood’s top-paid action stars in the ’90s. At the height of his career, he was in peak physical condition. However, since then, he has basically become a walking fat joke.
Marilyn Monroe called Marlon Brando “the sexiest man” she had ever seen. If you watch his incredible performances in classic movies such as On the Waterfront (1954), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), The Wild Ones (1953), The Men (1950), and Guys and Dolls (1955), you can see not only a brilliant actor, but a gorgeous specimen of manhood. But even in these very early days of his movie career, the great Marlon liked to eat — a lot. Actor Richard Erdman, a fellow actor in The Men (Brando’s first film), says Marlon’s diet at the time consisted of “junk food, takeout and peanut butter,” which he consumed by the jarful. By the mid-’50s, Marlon had become renowned for eating boxes of Mallomars and cinnamon buns, and washing it all down with a quart of milk.
Remember how smoking hot John Travolta looked in Saturday Night Fever? Remember it well, because the years have not been particularly kind to this piece of man hunk. Travolta has had to put on weight for five movies. With his high-calorie diet of choice — gourmet cheeseburgers and caviar — “it’s been fun gaining it,” Travolta said. And while he admires his former physique, Travolta said he has no desire to look that way again. “I’m not nostalgic for my old body.”
In an Instagram post three months after giving birth to her son, Jameson, P!nk admitted she still had a way to go to reach her target post-baby weight, but she wasn’t sweating it. “Would you believe I’m 160 pounds and 5’3”? By ‘regular standards’ that makes me obese,” she captioned a photo of herself working out in the gym. “I know I’m not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don’t feel obese. The only thing I’m feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies!”
Back in the ’90s, the Genie in a Bottle singer was famous as one of the hottest women on the planet. However, Christina Aguilera’s weight has definitely fluctuated over the years. She went from being almost too skinny to gaining weight, and then losing that weight. “I’ve been through my highs, I’ve been through my lows,” she told Marie Claire. “Being too thin. Being bigger. I’ve been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It’s noise I block out automatically. My son is healthy and happy, so that’s all that matters to me.”
If you remember Jodie Sweetin as a child actress from the classic TV sitcom Full House, you may have been surprised to see what she looks like in its recent Netflix spinoff series, Fuller House. Sweetin said she struggled to lose the baby weight after her first child was born. “I’m still working very hard and dressing strategically. I’m doing NutriSystem, and they have been phenomenal. I’m working with them,” she said in an interview with People. “It’s so hard, especially being in this business – you feel like you have to look like you’ve never had a child, like, the next day.”
Being part of a famous family and constantly appearing on camera can really take its toll on some people. Rob Kardashian’s weight has ballooned to around 300 pounds due to depression and other mental-health issues, and he has even been hospitalized for a diabetes scare. However, he has vowed to slim down, lose the weight and get his life back on track.
Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu is a French actor, filmmaker, businessman and vineyard owner. He is one of the most prolific character actors in film history, having completed approximately 170 movies since 1967. Unsurprisingly, Depardieu is a lover of food and drink. He owns a restaurant and has written a popular cookbook. He claims he sometimes drinks up to 14 bottles of wine a day. Even a quintuple heart bypass operation 14 years ago does not seem to have slowed down his drinking, nor has a serious motorcycle crash while over the legal limit.
Brendan Fraser has come a long way from the heartthrob days of his early acting career. The actor had to pack on poundage for his role in 2010’s Furry Vengeance, but you won’t hear him complaining. He said at the time, “I don’t know the number of pounds I gained because, in my real life, I don’t step on scales. I don’t believe them. I’m like, ‘You’re a liar.'” “Even though I did it for comedy, that’s not an excuse for the fact that I love to jam pizza down my throat just as much as the next guy. I’m gonna be 42 in December, and I can’t just stop living.”
Jessica Simpson is yet another celeb who does not look as slim after popping out two kids. Simpson joined Weight Watchers after the birth of her first child in 2012 and lost 60 pounds. To hers and everyone’s disbelief, she proceeded to gain all that weight back during her second pregnancy. She has said it was important to her to include a wide range of sizes in her branded clothing line, because she herself has been “every size.”
Matt Damon is so committed to his acting roles that he has repeatedly gained and lost huge amounts of weight to portray different characters. For 1996’s Courage Under Fire, he dropped 40 pounds to give a realistic look to the drug-addicted soldier he played. In 2009, he famously packed on 30 for The Informant! “I just basically ate everything I could see for a few months,” said Damon. He completed the body-transformation hat trick for 2013’s Elysium, where he displayed an impressively chiseled physique.
Clarkson’s career really took off after she won American Idol in 2002. One major success followed another, but somewhere along the way she managed to lose her slim body. Public criticism hit her full force, but her true fans didn’t mind this transformation at all, and gave her their unconditional support. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” has become many people’s motto with good reason.
After a difficult pregnancy with twins, Mariah Carey became obese almost beyond recognition. However, thanks to a strict diet and exercise program, the diva has now lost a full 70 pounds – 40 pounds of which she says was water weight. She is now a spokesperson for the Jenny Craig diet program, which she credits with helping her lose the weight and keep it off. Because she delivered her babies via C-section, Carey said exercise wasn’t an option at first. “The diet is 90 percent of it,” she said.
Being a model, television personality, talk show host, producer, author, actress, singer and businesswoman can really take a toll on a person. Tyra Banks, who started her modeling career at the age of 15 and was the first African-American woman to appear on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, has said she thinks she looks better after gaining a few pounds.
“I look like a different person now because I have more weight on my body and face,” she told TV host Kelly Ripa. When asked why she thinks the fashion industry insists on keeping models looking so skinny, Banks said, “I really think that designers just think clothes look better on somebody smaller. I disagree.”
Rapper 50 Cent went through a dramatic weight loss to play an American football player diagnosed with cancer in Things Fall Apart, a movie he also wrote. “I lost 54 pounds for it,” 50 said of his role, inspired by a friend of his who died of cancer. “The weight started coming off and my manager told me, ‘You better get yourself to a doctor!’ I was so into what I was doing that I wasn’t really concerned with that. I just kept looking at myself in the mirror feeling like I have to be smaller. I had to match.” “Towards the end it was really difficult. It was like, if I don’t get close enough to what my best friend looked like to me at that point before he passed, then I’m not doing the story any justice.”
Vince is a famous American actor, screenwriter, producer and activist who has been known to us through our screens since the ’80s — way back before he landed his first major movie role in 1996’s hit comedy Swingers. However, aging has not been kind to him, and he put on some weight over the years, like many of his colleagues.
Oprah Winfrey is known as a yo-yo dieter, but she’s committed to keeping the weight off this time around. She recently lost more than 40 pounds by following the Weight Watchers program.
Winfrey said she loves the Weight Watchers system because it allows her to still eat the foods she loves without feeling deprived.
“Weight Watchers is easier than any other program I’ve ever been on. It’s a lifestyle, a way of eating and a way of living that’s so freeing. You never feel like you are on a diet and it works,” the TV host said in a release about a new Weight Watchers ad campaign.
“When I was doing [The Drew Carey Show], I was eating a lot of garbage, I was drinking a lot, so I had a lot of mood swings. I had diabetes,” said comedian and Price is Right host Drew Carey. Carey’s epiphany came when he realized he wanted to be around for 11-year-old Connor, the son of his former fiancée, Nicole Jaracz. Even though the couple broke up in 2012, Carey still considers Connor his son and is looking forward to remaining a big part of the boy’s life. “I had to change my whole belief system [around dieting],” Carey told Success magazine, adding that he has lost nearly 100 pounds and is now able to control his diabetes without relying on medication. “It wasn’t like, ‘Eat this for 90 days and lose 20 pounds.’ It was: ‘Eat like this for the rest of your life.’”
Back in the day, Alec Baldwin was everybody’s idol. You must remember watching Miami Blues and having a crush on the guy. However, a history of failing to watch what he eats began to take a heavy toll, and finally, a trip to the doctor revealed that Alec’s blood sugar was at pre-diabetic levels. He credits his wife Hilaria with putting him on a strict diet regime. He cut out all pastas, bread, refined carbohydrates, sauces and even fruits, and started a daily workout plan.
Like many actors, Russell Crowe has been known to change his physique to suit various film roles. After rapidly gaining weight for his role in the movie The Nice Guys, the Oscar winner dropped 52 pounds through exercising and dieting. His legions of female (and male) fans love this actor no matter how much he weighs.
In 2007, director Peter Jackson signed Gosling to play the lead role in The Lovely Bones, but Jackson changed his mind after the actor put on too much weight. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor said: “I was 150 pounds when he hired me and I showed up on set 210 pounds.” Gosling said he intentionally bulked up, because he envisioned the character as being overweight: “I really believed he should be 210 lbs.” He says he succeeded in gaining weight by eating ice cream. “I was melting Haagen Dazs and drinking it when I was thirsty. I really believed in it, I was excited about it and I showed up and they said, ‘You look terrible.'” The Oscar nominee has since slimmed down and returned to heartthrob form.
Jon Favreau had a huge breakout role in 1996’s Swingers. Today, he spends more time behind the camera as a producer of movies, including the hugely successful Iron Man series. In 2007, Jon was able to lose 85 pounds with the help of his wife Joya, a doctor of internal medicine. However, it seems Jon’s love for food, combined with a mostly sedentary lifestyle, has caught up with him.
Scott Oliver Hall, AKA “Razor Ramon,” is an American former professional wrestler best known for his work with the World Wrestling Federation under the ring name Razor Ramon, and with World Championship Wrestling under his real name. Unfortunately, he has faced many struggles with addiction problems that have had him in and out of hospitals. When ESPN covered him for a mini-documentary in 2011, a clip of him stumbling and falling went viral and alerted many fans to his condition. Following that stumble, he had to have a pacemaker and defibrillator implanted into his heart, in addition to a hip replacement. He was confined to a wheelchair, causing his weight to balloon.
Although Chaka Khan was a “Sweet Thing” from her stacked days with Rufus and into her heavier days, in the past three years Chaka Khan dropped more than 75 pounds. Khan credits a strict liquid diet and veganism for her weight loss. “My weight loss had to occur, because I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I also had high blood pressure,” Khan told Essence.com. “I have a new little daughter to raise [my granddaughter], I adopted her, so I have to be here .… [She] was really my first and major influence to lose weight and get healthy so I can be here for her.”
In 2006, Kelly LeBrock was one of Celebrity Fit Club’s weight-loss success stories, dropping 31 lbs. in 14 weeks. To do so, however, “I was starving myself,” LeBrock says. “Toward the end, I was exercising twice a day. That was very, very bad.” The mother of three has shifted to a much healthier, more body-positive mindset, and now acknowledgies that the size-2 figure she showed off in ’80s films like Weird Science and The Woman in Red “isn’t the end-all be-all,” she says. At 47, “I’ve got the kids and all the stuff that makes us a little larger as we get older,” said LeBrock. “As long as my husband’s looking at me, that’s all I care about!” Vowing “never to diet again,” LeBrock says she refuses to weigh herself. “I could be like everyone else [in Hollywood] and stop eating,” she said. “But that wouldn’t make me happy.”
If you remember how gorgeous Lela Rochon was in the movie Waiting to Exhale, you may be shocked to see what she looks like now. At age 52, the mother of two has settled into a curvier figure, but she still has the killer cheekbones that make it clear why People magazine named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1996.
Weight fluctuations happen to everyone — including the supremely slender pop princess Miley Cyrus. After struggling with eating disorders in her teens and early 20s, she gained 30 pounds and is now at a much more realistic weight.
Did someone say “Blob – James Blob”? We don’t know what happened here, but it’s not a pretty sight. Like many of us, he’s reached an age where you have to work a lot harder to keep the pounds from adding up — especially since he reportedly loves food and wine.
A history of drug and alcohol abuse left this once-gorgeous child of Hollywood royalty looking older than her years. She was well-known for being a yo-yo dieter, working hard to lose a few pounds before piling them back on. At her heaviest point, the actress, comedian and writer topped the scales at 180 pounds. She also revealed to Oprah that she had undergone electroshock therapy to help her battle chronic depression.
When professional athletes retire, they often struggle to maintain a healthy weight after being used to eating whatever they want. Even Sir Charles Barkley isn’t immune to this, it seems. He admitted to topping out at 350 lbs. since retiring from the NBA, but turned to Weight Watchers to help him lose the weight and keep it off.
Renee Zellweger is most famous for her role in Bridget Jones’ Diary and Bridget Jones’ Baby. For the roles she played in both those movies, she was told she’d have to put on an extra 30 pounds. Lucky for Zellweger, we could probably all agree that the extra weight does kind of look better on her.
“Mama June” Shannon, who rose to fame as a reality TV star, had a dramatic body transformation — but none of it was through good old-fashioned hard work. Instead, she underwent a series of extensive surgeries that included the insertion of a gastric sleeve, breast augmentation and skin removal on her “turkey neck,” “bat wings” and stomach — an area where doctors removed 9 lbs. of loose skin. All to the tune of $75,000.
Though comedian Ricky Gervais has revealed his past struggles to lose weight due to his love of wine and food, he slimmed down considerably after starting a workout regime. “I lost 20 [or] 22 lbs.,” Gervais told People magazine. “It wasn’t so much about the weight. It was more that I was a fat, lazy, out-of-shape slob, to be honest.” So, how’d he do it? Running around his London neighborhood rather than diving into late-night meals. “I stick to the paths,” he said about his jogs. “I didn’t eat differently. I probably just stopped having that second meal at 11:30 at night.”
Chris Pratt is fitter than ever after his 80-pound weight loss with a low-carb Paleo-style diet and CrossFit workouts. The 6-foot-2 Pratt, who once weighed 280 pounds, said weight loss dramatically improved his life in every way. He said when he was overweight, his bones ached and he had begun to have high blood pressure and other cardiovascular health worries. Pratt’s incredible transformation was the result of the rigorous training regimen he undertook to play Peter Quill in the 2014 film “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He said becoming ripped took a lot of dedication but was worth the effort. “You have to eat protein,” said Pratt. “You can’t have hash browns, or burgers, or anything fried. You can’t have carbs. You have to work out five times a week.”
Comedic writer and actor Seth Rogen rose to fame for being “cuddly,” but when he landed the title role in the movie The Green Hornet, he shed 30 pounds in less than three months. To shed weight quickly, Rogen followed a popular weight-loss diet advocated by both Hollywood royalty and pro athletes. Followers of this diet are allowed to eat five times a day, but the meals are extremely nutrient-dense. The entire goal of the diet is to fill up on high-fiber foods with a low glycemic load to increase your energy levels and keep you full all day long.
After undergoing gastric bypass surgery and slimming down to 190 pounds from a peak of about 340, Al Roker altered his diet permanently. Now, he eats only whole, unprocessed foods that are high in protein and low in carbs. He is also a devotee of a “slow-method” workout regime that involves three 30-minute exercise sessions each week.
The actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman dropped down to 116 pounds for a role in Dallas Buyers Club. “I got down to 116 or something. I just basically didn’t eat. I ate very little. I had done similar things with weight, but this was different, I think the role demanded that commitment …. It was about how does that effect how I walk, how I talked, who I am, how I feel. You know, you feel very fragile and delicate and unsafe.”
Charlize Theron gained more than 30 pounds for the movie Monster, in which she played the role of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Her work in the movie earned her an Academy Award. Amazingly, she was also able to lose all of the weight by the time of the film’s premiere.
Documentarian Michael Moore had a lifelong struggle with his weight, but has recently dropped 70 pounds through good old-fashioned diet and exercise. The secret of his weight loss is due to cutting out sugar, salt and white bread. He also takes daily walks for at least 30 minutes.
While healthy weight loss is a good thing, there’s definitely such a thing as going too far. Nicole Richie, daughter of musical legend Lionel Richie, has struggled with anorexia. At one point, she weighed only 88 pounds. Her diet reportedly consists only of sunflower seeds, celery and juices. The LA native also allegedly uses chewing gum to stave off hunger pains.
Ron Lester was most famous for his performance as Billy Bob in the 1999 football film Varsity Blues. Lester’s struggle with obesity began at just five years old. In 2001, he weighed 508 pounds, and decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery, after which he lost a total of 349 pounds in under two years. However, he sadly died of liver and kidney failure at the age of 45.
TV host and actress Ricki Lake has lost more than 130 pounds from her peak weight and has kept it off for 15 years. “I was sexually abused as a child, as a young child. And I think that is what contributed to my being overweight … and obese, in the later years,” Lake said. “I, even subconsciously, did not want to be attractive to men. And it was my way of, you know, protecting myself, I think … and maybe stuffing my feelings with food.”
After doing the Jenny Craig program, actress Sara Rue lost more than 50 pounds and four dress sizes. Her maintenance plan consists of cardio workouts four days a week and a 1,700-calorie-a-day diet. “It’s hard. It’s a struggle,” she said. “There are days where I’ll say, ‘I feel off the rails.’ But I don’t give myself excuses.”
Aretha Franklin has struggled with her weight throughout her life and underwent surgery in 2010 for an undisclosed ailment. After being hospitalized, she completely changed her lifestyle and lost 85 pounds in 2012. “I have diabetes, really, from years ago when I was really badly and grossly overweight. Now, I’m back to my natural size and thrilled about it,” she said. She has added that being overweight will never happen again.
Rapper and actress Queen Latifah said, “I was not born a size 2. I’m not skinny, period.” However, she has embraced a healthy body image and has not fallen into the trap of self-criticism for body flaws. “I think I got to that place by not being happy with the other side — hating your body and criticizing yourself all the time. When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.”
Comedian and TV host Rosie O’Donnell, who once weighed 237 pounds, estimates she’s lost 53 pounds since having vertical gastric sleeve surgery in July 2013, following a heart attack that threatened her life a year earlier. “There are many issues for why people gain weight. Some gain weight as a layer of protection. To keep people away from them. I never wanted someone to want to approach me in a sexual manner because of my physical body because of child abuse issues. So I think they are all interwoven and they don’t exist separately so they come up, and I’m having to put out fires and talk to my therapist and get through it and find a different way to cope with my anxiety and my feelings of PTSD rather than eating over them.”
Ruben Studdard weighed 462 pounds when he started on the reality show The Biggest Loser. The singer has a family history of various health conditions, and has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His key to keeping the weight off is good old-fashioned diet and exercise. He has said he will not resort to gastric bypass surgery to lose weight.
First making a name for herself in the music industry in the 1970s and 1980s as a member of the hip hop group The Sequence, Angie Stone has spent the last three decades working with some of the biggest names in music, like Lenny Kravitz. The singer-songwriter and actress had quite the wake-up call when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She has since lost more than 75 pounds and has also learned to manage her diabetes successfully.
Country singer and American Idol alumna Lauren Alaina battled bulimia in her teens, and started gaining weight after overcoming the disorder. She now works out with a trainer and follows a high-protein, high-carb diet using a meal delivery service. “This body is new to me, so I’m still trying to get used to it. I’m still learning to love myself,” Alaina said. “I want to be the girl who has a positive influence on people’s lifestyle. I don’t want to be the girl who has an eating disorder and that’s why she looks the way she does.”
Shonda Rhimes, the head writer and executive producer behind hit shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, struggled with obesity for years. She has blamed her weight problems on her packed work schedule and less-than-healthy stress coping mechanisms. When she realized she had become too big to fasten her airplane seatbelt across her lap, she decided it was time to tackle her weight issues head-on. After she decided to finally lose the weight, she made a commitment to herself that she would trim down the right way. Following a solid diet and exercise plan, she lost 117 pounds and now has a renewed dedication to her health.
The host of Food Network’s Man vs. Food had a job that literally required him to massively overeat, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise that he gained weight quickly. However, his weight-loss method may surprise fans of the show, who are used to him shoveling in giant burgers and piles of pork — he went vegan for several months.
Kevin Liles turned to gastric bypass surgery to help him achieve his weight-loss goals. After undergoing the surgery in 2007, he has worked hard to keep the weight off and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Andre Young, better known to his fans as Dr. Dre, has a history with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, and the rapper, producer and entrepreneur was starting to experience the effects of high blood pressure. In his late 40’s, Young decided to undertake a rigorous workout routine of weightlifting and cardio. He hired a personal trainer to teach him proper form and ensure his workouts were maximally effective. He’s since dropped 50 pounds. “I’ve actually had tests on my body, and the doctor said [I have the health of someone who’s] 31, so I’m riding with that. I’m definitely healthier now. That has a big part to do with it, just staying healthy. It definitely keeps your confidence up,” said Young.
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The 46-year-old star of movies such as The Hangover and Masterminds shed an estimated 50 pounds after he quit drinking in 2014. He also began a workout program that consists of him going on long walks.
“I stopped drinking and I just kind of put the weight off,” he joked with Conan O’Brien in 2014. “I was having a lot of vodka with sausage. Delicious, but bad for you.”
The 52-year-old talk show host revealed that she’d lost 50 pounds over the past three years. “I did it on my own and I love it because I no longer have to do that fight with clothing. ‘Wah, wah, wah, I don’t wanna wear sleeveless…does this make my butt look big?'” she said. “Those things get in the way of being a good host for the people.” “This is as good as it’s going to get,” she added. “I’m not gonna fight my body anymore, I’ve lost the weight, I feel fantastic.”
Actor and comedian Tom Arnold has had a very public struggle with his weight. But since the birth of his son, he has dropped a total of 100 pounds. “Once I had my baby — it’s my first child, he’s 21 months — I said, ‘You can’t be a super-old dad and a super-fat dad. You’ve got to kind of pick one.'”
Jill Scott has lost 63 pounds, and credits the variety in her workout routine for helping her keep the weight off. “We have fun!” she told Us Weekly about her workouts with her trainer. She said taking charge of her health became a priority when she became a mom. “There’s a world of discovery in [my son’s] eyes, and I want to be around to enjoy it!”
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The reality TV star of Dance Moms opted for gastric bypass surgery to help her lose weight.“There’s no diet, there’s no exercise, there’s no this, there’s no that,” she said of the procedure.
The MasterChef judge — who weighed nearly 400 pounds at his heaviest — underwent gastric sleeve surgery to help him lose weight. He has now said his typical dinner consists of salmon or chicken with salad or vegetables, and he’s cut out nearly all bread, pasta, soda and beer. “I now look at food as fuel and focus on my protein intake. I’m in love with ‘pure’ flavors, things that are natural and delicious, minimally fussed with, that showcase the season. I combine that with portion control,” he said.
Jordin Sparks, winner of American Idol, lost 50 pounds in 18 months by making her health — not her jeans size — a priority. She cut out sugary foods and unhealthy snacks, and began more closely monitoring when and what she eats.
“I changed the way I thought about food and exercising,” she says. “I listen to my body to tell me that I’m full.”
Austin “Chumlee” Russell, who rose to fame on the reality show Pawn Stars, lost nearly 100 pounds by following a paleo diet. He has said he recommends adopting healthy habits that last a lifetime, eating things in moderation, and allowing a weekly cheat day.
After years of struggling to lose weight naturally, Gabourey Sidibe underwent lap band surgery. The Oscar-nominated star opted for the surgical route afer she and her brother Ahmed, 34, were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. “For a while I would get on the scale literally five to six times a day because your weight changes throughout the day; just because I’m obsessive about it. Then I just, I literally just figured out how to not do that anymore, how to weigh myself once every two weeks or whatever.”
The 24-year-old voice actress and winner of The Biggest Loser slimmed down dramatically on the show, going from a starting weight of 260 pounds to 105 pounds. To achieve her amazing transformation, Frederickson says she maintained a 1,600-calorie daily diet and also worked out six hours a day in the three months before the finale of the show.
Despite rumors that Miranda Lambert had surgery to shed 45 pounds, she denied all the allegations. “I lost my weight the healthy and good old-fashioned way: watching what I eat and working out with my trainer. It’s not about a scale. It’s about how you feel and how your jeans fit. I am proud to be a normal-sized girl and I want to encourage everyone to be confident at any size.” She has said she still enjoys meals and drinks out with friends, and doesn’t live by any strict diet or workout regimen, instead preferring to take a more realistic approach to maintaining a healthy weight.
Comedian and actor Jason Sudeikis credited his 20-pound weight loss to wild bedroom romps with his gorgeous wife Olivia Wilde in an August 2013 interview with Elle magazine. “I have the greatest workout partner in the world,” Sudeikis said of Wilde, who once claimed she and her husband “have sex like Kenyan marathon runners.” Thanks for the TMI, guys.
Jason Segel lost 35 pounds for his movie Sex Tape, co-starring Cameron Diaz. How did he do it? “I’ve just been living healthy, exercising, eating right — no more midnight pizzas,” Segel told Us Weekly. “This time when I take my shirt off, I’ve made a promise to myself, it doesn’t have to be funny.”
The Ugly Betty star has been very open about her struggles to maintain a healthy weight. However, it seems she has come to terms with her body image. “At 33, I finally understand that my body is a miracle! After too many years of criticizing, punishing, depriving, or neglecting my body for what it isn’t, I’m attempting to love it unapologetically as it is,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you body for 33 years of standing with me even when I wasn’t on your side. I promise from here on out to stand by you and face down all the criticism and bulls–t distractions (inner & outer), so that we can move beyond beautiful and get to the business of living!”
Many fans called Khloe Kardashian out for her recent 40-pound weight loss, saying they no longer recognized her. However, she has been vocal about her newfound love for working out and her entire weight-loss journey. She said she began losing weight as a way to help her cope with her “dark and toxic” struggles after ending her marriage. “If you were to ask me five years ago if I ever saw myself being completely in love with fitness and health, that I would be an inspiration to many others, that I would be the push that others needed to find their way, I would’ve laughed in your face,” Khloe wrote. “Me? The chubby one? No way!”
Drew Barrymore lost 20 pounds for her role in the new Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet. The 41-year-old star said she allowed the weight to creep up due to complications and stress in her personal life, especially the failure of her marriage to third husband Will Kopelman.
Jason Alexander didn’t start out with an extreme weight-loss goal. Instead, he chose to lose a realistic 30 pounds on the Jenny Craig program. By cutting his daily diet from 4,500 to 1,500 calories and working out regularly, he dropped the weight in just six months.
When Basketball Wives star Tami Roman quit smoking, she started gaining weight. She said she weighed 185 pounds at her heaviest. Now down six dress sizes due to diet and exercise changes, she said she still hopes to lose a few more pounds. However, we think she looks great just the way she is.
Matthew McConaughey transformed his muscular physique into that of a gaunt HIV sufferer for his role in the award-winning Dallas Buyers Club. He lost nearly 50 pounds for the role by eating a severely restricted diet and doing a vigorous workout regimen that burned off 1,800 calories per day.
For the movie Black Swan, in which she played a ballet dancer, Natalie Portman shed 20 pounds off her already tiny frame through diet and exercise. In that movie, she weighed only 98 pounds. “I was barely eating, I was working 16 hours a day,” she told the Daily Mail. Portman admitted the entire experience was the most difficult thing she’s ever had to do for a movie role.
To drop 30 pounds from his 180-pound frame for the movie Nightcrawler, Gyllenhaal told Variety: “I would try to eat as few calories as possible. I knew if I was hungry that I was in the right spot. Physically, it showed itself, but chemically and mentally, I think it was even a more fascinating journey. It became a struggle for me.”
Gerard Butler is combining surfing with regular cardio and yoga to get in shape for a movie about surfing. Formerly famous for his buff physique, the actor put on some weight, but has since committed to a new fitness plan to shed unwanted pounds.
The rapper-turned-actor, who had bulked up for roles in the Transformers movie series, lost a dramatic amount of weight for his role in 2014’s The Gambler. The fictional story, based on the 1974 film of the same name, required Wahlberg to be “as thin as possible.” “Once I get into it I can’t stop, so it’s a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week thing,” Wahlberg explained. “I stopped eating food for the first six weeks and just had small liquids throughout the day, then I was exercising two or three times a day.”
Following a very public split with wife Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt lost an unhealthy amount of weight due to stress. In an interview with GQ, the father of six also revealed he is no longer drinking and replaced alcohol with matcha tea and cranberry juice. “I was boozing too much,” he said. “It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”
Kelly Osbourne lost 70 pounds after suffering a seizure and vowing to turn her life around. The key to her newly svelte figure is a regular workout regime. “I get in a solid half-hour of cardio daily, usually intervals on the treadmill, and whatever else I feel like that day — weights, yoga or Pilates.” Though she sometimes gives into her cravings, she says she eats healthier as the day goes on. “I eat my fattiest meal in the a.m. If I’m craving pizza, I’ll have it for breakfast, salad for lunch, and oatmeal for dinner.”
The author and illusionist known as the vocal half of the Vegas comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller lost more than 100 pounds due to health concerns. His doctor, who had placed him on six different blood pressure medications, told him that if he lost enough weight he would not need to rely on the meds anymore. He currently consumes no animal products, no processed grains, and no added sugar or salt. “I eat unbelievable amounts of food but just very, very, very healthy food,” said the 6-foot-7 entertainer, who wrote a book about his weight-loss experience.
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Looking at the “before” half of this photo of Sabrina the Teenaged Witch star Melissa Joan Hart, you might guess she was wishing for real-life magical powers to melt off the extra pounds. In reality, she says, she cut out eating junk food and sugary snacks.
Marie Osmond used NutriSystem to shed more than 30 pounds for a stint on Dancing With the Stars. She is now a spokesperson for the NutriSystem product line.
The star and writer of the hit HBO show Girls has been brutally honest about body positivity, refusing to be airbrushed in a photo shoot that appeared on the cover of Glamour magazine. While she is known for not being shy about baring her skin on television, Dunham has been vocal about the way the decision to show her body was received. “When my career started, some people celebrated my look, but always through the lens of, ‘Isn’t she brave? Isn’t it such a bold move to show THAT body on TV?'”
The Jersey Shore alumnus packed on the pounds after leaving the reality show, but posted photos of his weight-loss journey via Instagram.
After her doctors diagnosed her with diabetes, the celebrity chef famous for making dishes oozing with butter had to severely cut back on her weight and make some changes to her lifestyle.
The Glee star recently revealed a slimmer silhouette after switching to a healthy diet plan that helped her drop two full dress sizes.
Like many new moms, Saved by the Bell gal-pal Tiffani-Amber Thiessen struggled to lose the baby weight after giving birth to daughter Harper. But the slimmed-down star recently revealed a red-carpet-ready body after starting a new diet and workout plan.
While her legions of fans love Adele’s voice at any shape and size, the soulful singer has updated her look since hitting it big on this side of the pond — including a trimmer figure and a sexy bombshell hairstyle.
Entourage star Jerry Ferrara changed his approach to weight loss when a routine physical exam showed him tipping the scales at more than 200 pounds. He has since re-devoted his life to dieting and following a rigorous workout plan.
New mom Bristol Palin re-committed to losing the last few pounds of the weight she gained during her pregnancy with her second child, daughter Sailor Grace. She is using weight-loss shakes to help her get rid of the extra pounds.
Kyle Massey, star of That’s So Raven and its spinoff show, Cory in the House, lost nearly 20 pounds to appear as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
While some accused her of having developed an eating disorder, Leann Rimes says her drastic weight loss was simply due to being under a lot of stress due to undergoing a divorce and dating her now-husband, actor Eddie Cibrian, while she was still married.
Elvis Presley was once a heartthrob whose pelvic thrusts and gyrations gained him legions of screaming young female fans. But by the time he passed away at age 42, doctors estimate Elvis was eating about 100,000 calories per day! Elvis’ most favorite meal was a foot-long bread roll, stuffed with bacon, peanut butter and strawberry jam. Each one had approximately 42,000 calories, and in his final days, he ate two of them per day. Elvis was addicted to both food and prescription drugs, the combination of which killed him at a tragically young age.
The talented frontman of Guns ‘n’ Roses is a long way away from the days when his face was on posters in countless teenagers’ bedrooms. Now, it looks as if he may have overindulged in some “Sweet Pie o’ Mine.”
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Before her untimely death, the former face of Guess brand cycled between being svelte and overweight. Did the yo-yo dieting contribute to her tragically early exit from the world? It certainly may have played a small role.
This founding member of Wilson Phillips, whose father is Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, famously lost 150 pounds in the year 2000 after getting gastric bypass surgery. But her lifelong struggle with her weight and her body image didn’t end there. She also opted for lap band surgery in 2012 after gaining most of the weight back.
Missy Elliott lost 70 pounds after being diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, a condition that affects the thyroid gland.
Being in the spotlight since the age of 10 can take its toll on anyone’s mental health. Christina Ricci said she went through periods of anorexia and self-harm in her teens, but has since developed a healthier body image. Good for you, Christina!
We all get flabbier as we age — and former Mr. Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger is clearly no exception to this rule. He’s had such a successful acting and political career that we can’t really feel too sorry for his fading looks, though.
Claire Wilson has become almost as well-known for her constant yo-yo dieting as she was for being one-fifth of the bubblegum pop group Steps. The blonde singer and Celebrity Big Brother cast member has lost and gained up to 80 pounds, an amazing six times.
British TV presenter Scarlett Moffatt credits her dramatic weight-loss success to the sensible combination of a healthy diet and interval training. No tricks or quick fixes for her!
The Australian actress and fan favorite from the Pitch Perfect films lost nearly 40 pounds by hiking and eating a nutritious diet.
Doctors warned the 55-year-old Britain’s Got Talent contestant that her health was at risk if she didn’t lose the weight. Facing a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, Susan Boyle dropped nearly 50 pounds and revealed a much slimmer physique to start off 2017.
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson credited yoga with helping her lose weight: “I have never been on a diet to try to lose weight. I feel like I haven’t lost weight, but I’m possibly in better shape. I am doing a rather slow form of yoga now called lyengar.”
Dawn French, co-creator and writer for the sketch comedy series French and Saunders, lost weight due to a cancer scare. Doctors told her she would need to lose weight before having a hysterectomy. “No magic wand, just tiny, joyless low-cal eating and lots more walking for weeks and weeks,” French said of her weight loss. “It was grim. I lost seven-and-a-half stone [105 pounds]. I could have the keyhole surgery. Great. That’s all it was, practical.”
Singer Sam Smith revealed a much trimmer physique in 2015, after losing more than 40 pounds through a diet and fitness plan.
The former Emmerdale star embarked on an ambitious weight loss regime, dropping from a size 28 to 12 after facing down the double threat of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Timothy Spall showed off his amazing weight loss at the premiere of his new film Denial at the beginning of 2017. The actor, who played Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter franchise, decided to start his own fitness regime back in 2014 — and we can’t argue with the results he got.
After struggling to lose some post-baby weight, the mother of three turned to Pilates to build leaner muscle mass and restore a toned physique. However, the TV star is secretive about her weight-loss secrets, saying only, “I don’t want to encourage eating disorders. I try not to focus too much on my appearance. As long as I’m being healthy, that’s good enough for me.”
Standup comedian Sarah Millican often makes jokes about her weight in her comedy routines — “I think the problem is just the fact that I eat whatever I like and I don’t give a s***,” she said in a previous show. However, she has recently committed to keeping off the extra pounds by watching what she eats and cutting out sugary snacks. Good work!
When you’re a professional chef whose job is to be surrounded by food all day, it can be a challenge to lose weight. Tom Kerridge says he lost the equivalent weight to an entire person by devising his own diet that limits carbs and sugars and eliminates alcohol. “In our business it becomes an obsession to party, play hard, drink hard, eat rubbish food,” he said. “You start drinking after the last bill’s been paid and then it will go right through until two or three in the morning. It’s a release from the pressures of working hard. But there’s a point where you get fed up. You think, ‘I’ve got to make a change.'”
The award-winning actor and director has often been required to gain weight for movie roles, but he always seems to lose the pounds again. Contrary to plastic surgery rumors, he says his secret to keeping trim is just exercising a lot.
We all remember this gorgeous actress from her days on That ’70s Show. Since the show ended, she’s struggled to lose some post-pregnancy weight, but recently stepped out ready to show off her figure in a tight-fitting black dress.
The star of the sitcom black-ish has lost nearly 50 pounds after switching to a vegan diet. He says he was always confident, even at his heaviest weight of 270 lbs. “Being overweight was never an issue for me.” However, Anderson started making lifestyle changes 13 years ago after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Former Girls Next Door star committed to weight loss after packing on 19 pounds in just 18 months. She added Pilates and yoga to her workout routine and adopted a low-carb diet to keep the weight off.
Kim Kardashian looked glam after working hard in the gym to shed post-pregnancy weight. Check out those rockin’ curves.
Comedian Roseanne Barr jokingly told US Weekly in 2014 that “doing crack” was the secret to her dramatic weight loss. In reality, a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise is to thank for Roseanne dropping half of her body weight.
British actor and TV host James Corden lost 84 pounds after he got a job hosting The Late, Late Show. “I’ve cut out sugar and bread, and only eat at mealtimes now,” he told The Mirror in 2015.
Melissa McCarthy has publicly said she has no plans to lose all her curves to conform to Hollywood beauty norms, and the actress proudly owns a plus-sized fashion line. However, in 2016, thanks to a strict diet, the Ghostbusters star dropped an amazing 75 pounds.
A shoulder injury sustained during onstage dancing and gymnastics limited her usual workout routine impossible, making it more of a challenge for Fergie to lose weight after the birth of her son Axl. She switched to yoga and belly dancing to keep the weight off.
Ten years ago, the hit TV series The O.C. catapulted 17-year-old Mischa Barton into fame. Within a few years, however, her partying grew out of control and she was soon arrested for DUI. “It was a full-on breakdown,” she said in an interview with People. “I was under enormous pressure.” The episode forced the actress to focus on getting healthy. But gaining weight led to more criticism. When she first became famous, “It was always, ‘She’s too skinny, she must be sick,’” says Barton, now 27. “Then it was, ‘She’s too big.’ I was never the right weight.”
Chanelle shot to fame in the UK’s version of Big Brother in 2007, where she told viewers that she was a size 8. The star’s weight has since fluctuated to the point that she is now a size 18 and doctors told her that her rapid weight gain may have made her infertile.
The famously slender Gwyneth Paltrow had to gain 20 pounds for her role in the movie Country Sound. Even after she lost the weight again, she complained: “My body didn’t really fall apart until right after we finished the movie, and now I’m having problems.”
You probably remember her as Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds. In the past, she had a weight of 210lbs and she managed to slim down to 150lbs. To lose the weight, she used a mixture of taking in low calories and meditating.
The star famous for her role as Berta from Two And A Half Men managed to drop from 300lbs to 230lbs. Ferell focused primarily on eating healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables and walking daily to help her drop the extra weight.