Staying healthy and making the right lifestyle choices can often be a struggle. With all those sugary and delicious temptations out there, it’s no wonder it’s so hard to stay in shape. And when it comes to that fight to stay active and eat healthily, celebrities are no exception.
Although having the means to hire a trainer and personal chef might help kickstart their weight loss journey, that does not mean that hard work and dedication isn’t involved. Here the celebrities behind some of Hollywood’s biggest transformations get personal about their own struggle and spill the tea on exactly how they managed to get fit and healthy.
Jennifer Hudson Says to Stay Away From Strict Diets
For Grammy award-winning songstress, Jennifer Hudson, her weight-loss journey was all about making healthier eating choices. Since we were first introduced to the star in her American Idol days back in 2004, Hudson has transformed from a size 16 to a size 6, dropping a whopping 80 pounds. “I don’t really have time to do much [working out], so I really just watch what I eat,” she said in an interview about how she keeps the weight off.
Hudson also recommends straying away from strict diets that don’t allow you to enjoy what you eat. “If you’re on a strict diet that says you shouldn’t have any carbs or this or that, your body won’t function the way it should. I know now that I can eat anything I want and still lose or maintain my weight. It’s about portions and balance.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Kelly Osbourne First Had to Learn to Love Herself
Kelly has been in the limelight ever since she was 18 years old appearing with her family in the reality show MTV’s The Osbournes. She has since participated in shows like Dancing with The Stars and Australia’s Got Talent. Used to facing the tabloids, Kelly has been very open about her weight-loss, dropping 85 pounds since she first began her journey. She widely attributes her transformation to her fitness routine and healthy eating habits.
These changes were also coupled with her continued sobriety and overall commitment to a healthier way of life. For Kelly, the weight was only a small part of her transformation. “People think I lost weight and that’s what made me happier. That’s not true: I had to learn to love myself first,” Kelly shared. “Losing weight was just one benefit of putting the hard work in and sorting myself out on the inside first.”
Missy Elliot Stopped Drinking Soda and Eating Bread
In 2019, Missy Elliot began posting photos on her Instagram looking almost unrecognizable after her extreme weight-loss. She has not only dropped in size but her skin is also glowing like never before. For Ms. Elliot, she attributes this all to two key things. “Proud to say it’s been 4 months I have only drank water no other juices or soda & I cut out bread & Lord knows that’s been the hardest for me,” She shared.
Missy’s weight-loss journey was inspired by her being diagnosed with Graves’ Disease back in 2009. She began managing the autoimmune disease through diet and exercise. But that doesn’t mean her eating habits are completely restricted. “NOW the other thing if I can only cut out JUNK FOOD… s– that’s my weakness,” She admitted.
Sam Smith Decided to Change His Relationship With Food
For British musician, Sam Smith, his weight-loss journey all stemmed from overcoming emotional eating. “From a young age, food has controlled me, basically,” he told 60 Minutes Australia. “When I was at school and wasn’t having a great time or when music wasn’t going very well, I would eat. When I felt lonely, I would eat.”
Thanks to his nutritionist, Amelia Freer, who Smith says completely changed his life, he was able to better his relationship with food and drop 50 pounds over time. Part of this included cutting out gluten, dairy, and refined sugar as well as visiting the gym three times a week. “It’s not even about weight loss it’s about feeling happy in yourself,” Smith wrote in an Instagram post.
Adele Took on Healthier Habits for Her Family
Lately, the world has taken notice as the award-winning singer-songwriter, Adele has begun revealing her weight loss transformation. The songstress has been wowing fans with her recent Instagram posts, showing off her new body that she clearly worked very hard to achieve. The songstress reportedly began her weight-loss journey back in 2016 before kicking off the 13-month tour of her album 25.
And while she has always been a beautiful star with an incredible voice to match, Adele is positively glowing in her new look, after dropping 96 pounds. She has received some criticism for the extreme change but her trainer, Pete Geracimo, has assured the public that the singer’s goal was never about “getting super skinny.” The journey was all about embracing healthier habits and “improving herself for the benefit to her and her family.”
Ariel Winter Had to Switch Out Her Medication
Modern Family star Ariel Winter basically grew up in the public eye, first appearing on the show when she was only 10 years old. So naturally, she is well versed in dealing with harsh criticisms and online body shamers. When she suddenly lost weight, followers were quick to jump to unfriendly accusations. Winter took to Instagram to defend her sudden change in figure.
She explained, “For years I had been on anti-depressants that caused me to gain weight that I couldn’t lose no matter what I did.” Winter eventually decided to change her medication which not only helped her feel better mentally, it also kick-started her metabolism, allowing her to start seeing results at the gym. “It’s nice to work out and have your body actually respond, I want to gain a few pounds of muscle and get healthier.”
Jessica Simpson Worked off Her Baby Weight and Then Some
After giving birth to her third child. Jessica Simpson reported weighing 240 pounds. However, after a few drastic lifestyle changes, she was able to drop and outstanding 100 pounds. Her trainer, Harley Pasternak, was happy to share some of the strategies that Simpson used in order to drop the weight.
For one, Simpson dedicated herself to going on walks every day. These started at 6,000 steps a day and eventually built up to 14,000. She also hit the gym for 45 minutes three times a week. As far as her diet goes, Jessica ate three meals a day and two snacks from Pasternak’s The Body Reset Diet. Lastly, the “Irresistible” singer, committed to sleeping a minimum of 7 hours a night.
Khloe Kardashian Focuses More on Excercise
Khloe Kardashian said she weighed 206 pounds when her daughter True was born in 2018. She has since lost around 60 pounds stating that she is happily in her “weight vicinity goal.” For Khloe, reaching her goal was all about balancing diet and exercise. “If you’re trying to lose a significant amount of weight, diet and exercise go hand in hand,” she advised in a recent livestream interview.
Khloe also added that she chooses not to deprive herself of her favorite foods and tends to focus more on exercise than diet.”In this world, I don’t really watch what I eat. That doesn’t mean I’m binge eating bags of chips all day. We have good diets, but I love quesadillas. I love anything True’s eating,” she shared.
Mo’Nique Is Under 200 Pounds for the First Time in Her Adult Life
Actress Mo’Nique has always been vocal about her struggles with weight loss. When she starred in the 2009 film, Precious she had weighed 300 pounds but has since made healthier lifestyle changes and has proudly dropped 80 pounds.
In 2017 Mo’Nique posted an Instagram video commending herself on her progress. “Since I [was] 17 years old I’ve been over 200 pounds,” she said. “Today was the first time in my adult life that I’ve been under 200 pounds.” She expanded on her journey saying, “For me it was with no surgery, no prepackaged foods, not listening to no spokespeople saying “it’s easy, you can do it.” It was just putting in the work and not giving up on me.”” she said.
America Ferrera Has Sworn off Scales
Ugly Betty star America Ferrera has long been known for her gorgeous curves and has been a beacon for body positivity since she made her way under the limelight. Her weight-loss was actually a byproduct of her training for multiple triathlons which involved many high-intensity aerobic workouts. She also tries to avoid sugar and junk foods and likes to fill up on lean proteins to help build muscle.
In general, the star assures that she does not obsess over her weight or keep herself from indulging in food that she loves. “I have changed my relationship to food. I swore off scales a long time ago,” She explained. “More than anything, I just try to be aware of how does what I eat make me feel. Do I feel better? Do I feel energized? Does this make me tired and not feel great?”
John Goodman Shed a Quarter of His Bodyweight
Roseanne actor, John Goodman has continued his TV career in recent years with the spin of series The Conners in which he now has the starring role. And when tuning in, fans can’t help but notice just how different Goodman looks. After reaching 400 pounds, the comedian decided to make some serious lifestyle changes and has since lost 100 pounds.
Other than hiring a personal trainer and incorporating low-intensity exercise into his weekly routine, Goodman has also quit alcohol cold-turkey and is working hard on portion control. “In the old days, I would take three months out, lose 60 or 70 pounds, and then reward myself with a six-pack or whatever and just go back to my old habits,” Goodman said. This time, however, he has made long term changes in order to, as he put it, “live life better.”
Chrissy Metz Was Contractually Obligated to Lose Weight
When Chrissy Metz first signed on to play the role of Kate in the hit drama series This Is Us, she immediately identified with the character’s struggle with weight and body image. Metz has dealt with weight issues since she was a little girl, even going to Weight Watchers as young as 11 years old. When the show aired, Metz revealed that she was contractually obligated to lose weight alongside Kate. “That was a win-win for me,” said Metz.
“Because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own. But as human beings, it’s an ego thing: We’re more likely to do something for someone else.” Metz is also a big proponent of body positivity. “Whether or not I lose weight or stay the same, it’s purely a choice of mine for health. Not because I think that plus size, curvy, voluptuous, big bodies aren’t attractive—because I think they’re awesome and sexy.”
Raven Symone Attributes Her Weight Loss to Managing Stress
In 2011, Disney star Raven Symone shocked her fans when she arrived at the People’s Choice Awards and revealed that she was 70 pounds slimmer. This came after a brief hiatus from Hollywood in order to finally focus on herself. The star had grown up in the limelight since making her debut at three years old on The Cosby Show. When Raven was asked what her secret was to losing weight, her answer was that she stopped stressing out.
In addition to managing the stress of show business, Raven also started eating six small meals a day and hitting the gym four times a week. Since then Raven has embraced her body’s weight fluctuation. “I’ve been every size: I’ve been a 2 and I’ve been an 18 [and a] 14. And each step of the game, I’ve been happy, and I’ve been sad. At my skinniest, I was like, “I’m hungry,” and at my biggest, I was like, “It doesn’t fit.” I’ve been all the feelings.”
Sara Rue Wanted to Be as Healthy as She Possibly Could Be
Since actress Sara Rue first became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig back in 2010, the Rules of Engagement star lost an impressive 50 pounds. Now, the actress is a proud mother of two and she does all she can to set a good example for her daughters. This includes eating healthy and staying active. For Sara, it was never about “trying to be super skinny,” as she assured in an interview with Cosmopolitan.
Instead, it remains about being healthy and comfortable in your own body. “When you really become conscious of what you’re putting into your body, you want to make healthier choices for yourself, ” Rue said. Although she hasn’t cut out anything in particular, the star did naturally fall into a mostly plant-based diet just by being more aware of what she eats.
Aretha Franklin Swapped Hamburgers for Salads
The late “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin also made some dramatic lifestyle changes in her later years. Back in 2011, she had proudly dropped a total of three dress sizes, proclaiming she had started a “new chapter” in her life. “It’s a brand new me. I am still the same but with some changes,” the “Respect” singer had said.
When asked about her transformation, Franklin explained that it was all about switching out hamburgers for salads. “I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road. I am now opting for salads and just healthier lunches,” she explained. In addition, Franklin also began drinking more water and going on 30 minute walks three to four times a week.
Jonah Hill Stopped Emotionally Running
Superbad star Jonah Hill has long struggled with his weight and body image. However, in recent years, the star decided that it was time to live a much healthier lifestyle. When talking about his weight loss, the comedian said, “I wish there was some crazy thing that I did, like a pill or a genie or something, but I went to see a nutritionist, and he told me what to eat to change my habits.”
Now, the star says he is finally able to accept himself and overcome insecurities from his youth. As he elegantly put it, he “started physically running instead of emotionally running.” Part of Hill’s routine to shed the weight included daily push-ups and elliptical training. These days he meets with a personal trainer who guides him through boxing workouts.
Kirstie Alley Says Dance and Organic Food Kept Her Trim
Cheers star Kirstie Alley has had a long and very publicized weight-loss journey full of ups and downs. Alley signed on to be a Jenny Craig spokesperson back in 2004 and lost 75 pounds. However, she gained much of that weight back a few years later. Then after becoming a contestant of Dancing With The Stars in 2011, she once again made a major transformation, losing 100 pounds.
When asked what her secret was that time around she tweeted “NO surgery, NO flippin lasers, NO barfing, NO starving…Jeez…my products, organic food, dance.” To keep the weight off, in 2014 the star once again joined Jenny Craig. Alley’s journey is certainly relatable and she assures that all her strides were done for herself and nobody else. “It’s so important for women to look the way they want to look and feel the way they want to feel for their own reasons,” she told Women’s Health in 2014.
Rachael Ray Fell in Love With Her Gym Routine
When your whole life and career revolve around food, staying fit and fighting temptations can definitely be a struggle. Such is the case for celebrity chef Rachael Ray. To help her shed 40 pounds and keep the weight off, the star started eating a Mediterranean diet. This meant eating tons of veggies and tossed salads as well as drinking at least 8 ounces of water per day.
Ray also started spending time at the gym doing a mix of cardio and strength training. “I started running 3 ½ miles every morning. The gym used to be my adversary. But that has all changed. Now, I look forward to it every morning,” she shared. Ray and her husband also make efforts to get enough sleep every night. “Presently we head to sleep at 10:30 or 11. We rest better and mentally feel like we can manage our days better.”
Sherri Sheperd Was Inspired by Her Son
This passed winter 2019, former The View co-host Sherrie Sheperd revealed that she had lost 30 pounds by sticking to a keto diet. This meant completely cutting out sugar. Her sugar-free diet not only helped her lose weight but also helped her manage her type 2 diabetes. Finding out she had diabetes inspired the star to change her habits.
“If I didn’t have diabetes, I would probably be at the IHOP eating a stack of pancakes with butter and syrup,” she said in 2013. It was Sheperd’s son however that pushed her to take it one step further. “As I was eating a Reese’s Cup, Jeffrey asked me who was going to be his bodyguard if I died…it hit me like a ton of bricks,” she wrote on Instagram. From then on she has done everything she can to take care of her health.
Chris Pratt Says to Drink Lots and Lots of Water
Back in 2014, Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt transformed before our very eyes, losing over 70 pounds for his role as Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy. With the help of personal trainer Duffy Gaver and nutritionist Phil Goglia, Pratt spent five to six days a week in the gym, changed his diet and started drinking lots and lots of water. According to him, you should drink so much that you “pee three times before 10am.”
Losing the weight was not easy for Pratt and he had to put in a lot of hard work to do so. “You can’t have beer, hash browns, burgers, or anything fried. No carbs. And you have to work out five times a week,” he shared. “If you cut the crap out of your diet and spend an hour a day doing something physical, you’ll feel better mentally, physically, and spiritually, because it’s all tied together.”
Jordin Sparks Encourages You to Stick to Your Own Pace
To lose 50 pounds in 2012, singer-songwriter, Jordin Sparks completely changed up her diet and committed herself to a fitness routine of running, boxing, and Zumba. For Jordin, the weight loss was not about how she looked but just about taking on a healthier lifestyle. “I loved the way I looked before,” says Jordin. “But a lot of it has been really focusing on becoming healthier.”
Sparks also made sure to lose the weight in a healthy way and says she never went as far as counting calories but instead focused on how she felt. “My whole journey has been about self-acceptance. There’s no quick or magical way to lose weight. You just have to do it the natural way — diet and exercise and stick to it — and be able to do it at your own pace. Everyone has their own thing.”
Melissa Mccarthy’s Journey Inspired Her Own Clothing Line
When asked how she lost 50 pounds back in 2015, Melissa McCarthy admitted that her secret was simply “being boring.” “No trick, nothing to tell, just super-boring life,” she admitted. “You bring it real down, you don’t do anything fun, and you go to bed at 7:30—that’s the trick.” In general, the star is not a fan of dieting and hasn’t been since her Gilmore Girls days.
Melissa has long been an outspoken proponent for body positivity. So much so that she even opened her own clothing line in 2015, which offered stylish clothes to women of all sizes. When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed,” the star relayed. “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”
Rebel Wilson Declared This Year Her Year of Health
Earlier this year, comedian and Pitch Perfect star, Rebel Wilson took to Instagram to declare 2020 as her “year of health.” And since then she has been completely dedicated to sticking to that goal. With the help of her trainer Jono Castano, Wilson has lost 40 pounds so far and is still pushing to reach her goal weight.
The star has been very vocal about her journey, sharing her progress with her fans via social media. She has also shared just how much work and dedication she has put in to achieve her goals. Wilson spends up to seven days a week at the gym. She incorporates high-intensity interval training with TRX weight resistance training. She is also following the Mayr Method Diet which includes cutting out sugar and carbs as well as “mindful eating.”
Shonda Rhimes Did Not Like What Her Weight Loss Revealed
Greys Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes lost an astonishing 150 pounds in 2015 however the TV mastermind was not too fond of the attention that the transformation got her. “After I lost weight, I discovered that people found me valuable. Worthy of conversation. A person one could look at. A person one could compliment. A person one could admire,” the producer recalled in an essay discussing her weight loss.
“I did not do it because I thought I would become beautiful like in the movies,” Rhimes explains. “I did it because I could not walk up a short flight upstairs without stopping to take a break and wiping sweat from my brow. I did it because my body was physically rebelling against the brain that had been ignoring it for so long.” After losing the weight, Rhimes is still maintaining a healthy lifestyle and admits that she misses eating “ALL THE FRIED CHICKEN.”
Christina Aquilera De-Stressed Through Yoga
In 2013, Christina Aguilera decided to take a break from her role as a judge on The Voice and took some time to destress and focus on herself. At that time, the pop star started taking daily yoga classes and also committed to a tailored workout and diet and lost a total of 40 pounds.
X-tina mainly attributes her weight-loss to her commitment to relieving stress. She began taking on fewer gigs and focusing on her mental health with a dedicated yoga practice. In addition, she also relied on a set meal service company, which provided her with low-carb meals.
Jorge Garcia Had to Lose Weight for His Role in Lost to Make Sense
In 2004, actor Jorge Garcia had the honor of being cast in the hit drama series Lost. In the show, Garcia’s character, Hugo is left deserted on an island following a horrifying plane crash. As the seasons went on, Garcia was expected to lose weight with his character. It was then that he decided to start his 100-pound weight loss journey.
To lose the weight, Garcia had to completely change the way he ate. The star went completely vegan and began eating more fruits, vegetables and high protein-low carb foods. He also cut out all forms of alcohol and took on what’s called the Nooch diet, which involves sprinkling your meals with a hight protein deactivated yeast that resembles cheese in flavour.
Melissa Joan Hart Wanted to Keep up With Her Three Sons
After becoming a spokesperson for Nutrisystem back in 2013, actress Melissa Joan Hart was proud to show off her 40-pound weight loss. This came after having her third child, which Hart said was the main motivation for her weight-loss. “Simple things like bending down to pick up toys or walking up the stairs were difficult,” she says. “I just wasn’t able to keep up with my active boys.”
“For me, it was important to bond with my child, as opposed to ‘lose the weight.’ So I waited until I was ready, and I knew I had the time, and then I made it a priority that I would eat well,” the Sabrina the Teenage Witch star explained. As a working mom of three, Hart did not have much time to frequent the gym, so she chose to rely on a set meal plan to reach her goals.
Ricki Lake Warns Not to Get Obsessed With the Scale
At age 19 when actress Ricki Lake landed the role of Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 John Waters movie, Hairspray, the rising star weighed 200 pounds. In later years Lake would attribute her weight issues to her troubled childhood and said she became “obsessed with food” in her youth. Since then, the star has lost 120 pounds by relying on a fresh food delivery service and keeping a strict eye on her calorie consumption.
Although Lake does say she feels better than ever now, she does warn fans to be careful on their own weight-loss journey. “I have become a little obsessed with the scale,” She admitted. “I get on the scale every morning to make sure I didn’t gain any weight or maybe I lost more. You want to be well adjusted and not get too extreme.”
Snooki Traded in Her Party-Girl Lifestyle
For famed party girl and reality show personality, Nicole Polizzi (aka Snooki), her weight loss journey started after she had her first son Lorenzo back in 2012. According to the Jersey Shore star, she first began losing weight when she started breastfeeding Lorenzo. Once she was allowed to start working out, she started hitting the gym about four times a week with trainer Anthony Michae.
In addition, Snooki started following a strict 1300 calorie a day diet and cut back significantly on her drinking. “Instead of wanting to go out all the time to drink, I just want to stay at home and be with the baby,” she explained. Today Snooki has three kids and has fallen in love with her gym routine saying she loves lifting and that being healthy has become her lifestyle.
Gabourey Sidibe Was Afraid for Her Life
After making her movie debut in the 2009 award-winning film, Precious, actress Gabourey Sidibe was thrilled that she had finally made it in Hollywood. However, she was still fighting to be accepted due to her size. Not only that but Sidibe was starting to feel the health repercussions due to her weight and knew she needed to make a change.
In May of 2016, Sidibe decided to get weight-loss surgery and has since then been working on eating healthy and staying active with a trainer. “I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes… The surgery wasn’t the easy way out. I wasn’t cheating by getting it done,” the actress shared. “I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”
June Shannon Wanted to Make Her Ex Jealous
June Shannon (aka Mama June) made no secret out of her 300-pound weight-loss journey. She even made her own reality show out of it Mama June: From Not to Hot. At 460 pounds in 2016, the reality star decided to get gastric sleeve surgery and since then began working out with a trainer three times a week. In true Mama June style, the reality star says one of her motivations was to make her ex-husband jealous at his wedding.
The Toddlers & Tiaras star now has a healthy diet plan which includes drastically reduced portion sizes and she also proudly puts time in at the gym. “I’ve worked my a** off, working out, getting healthy,” she said. “And now I feel like becoming the person on the outside that I always felt like on the inside.”
Miranda Lambert Learned How to Control Her Portions
In 2014, country singer Miranda Lambert had to debunk fan theories that she lost 20 pounds through surgery. In reality, the star trimmed down “the good old fashioned way,” as she put it by spending more time at the gym with her trainer Bill Crutchfield. In addition to her training, she also credits learning how to portion control as a major factor for losing weight.
“My whole life, I’ve struggled with ups and downs in weight,” she said. “I’m only 5’4″ so weight shows quickly on me,” Lambert had said. But she encourages her fans to be healthy and happy no matter what size they are. “These days, I just try to feel good about myself and know that I’m trying,” says Lambert.
Roseanne Barr Was Very Open About Her Surgery
Back in the 90s when the sitcom Roseanne was in its prime, the leading lady Roseanne Bar had reportedly reached 350 pounds. It was in 1998 that she decided to have gastric bypass surgery and a tummy tuck to help get her on the right track and kick start a healthier lifestyle. Today she remains committed to eating well and exercising regularly.
When asked about her secret to maintaining her trim figure, the comedian joked “I went on a new diet. It’s radical and revolutionary. It’s where you eat less and move more—you know, just simple.” She continued in seriousness saying, “I just want to keep getting healthy and let go of excess baggage to carry around, so I’m lighter on my feet and in my life.”
Yvette Nicole Brown Beat Her Diabetes
After Community star Yvette Nicole Brown was diagnosed with diabetes in 2014, she knew she needed to change some of her habits. “When they tell you they’re going to take your feet, you stop eating donuts,” she joked in an interview with E!News.”When it’s for vanity, it might be hard because there are reasons to stop, but when it’s for health, you kind of go, “I want to keep my feet!””
Since then, she was not only able to drop in weight but she also managed to get her blood sugar back to normal levels and she feels better than ever before. “I feel so great,” she says. “I have energy. Everything is changed since I made the decision to get healthy, so it’s good.” The star mainly attributes her weight-loss to eating smaller portions and substituting junk food for healthy snacks.