Unreal Celebrities Weight-Loss Transformations, Celebrities have inspired a lot of people with their weight loss journeys. Check out these before-and-after photos of famous people who’ve lost significant amounts of weight over the years, starting with this Food Network star… “Pioneer Woman” star and cookbook author Ree Drummond took to TikTok on May 16, 2021, to share the results of her ongoing 2021 weight loss journey. “I can’t get away from food and I love to eat. Of course it crept up on me through the years, especially during COVID,” Ree (seen here in 2019) told her followers in a short video. “So, starting in January, I decided to get busy and lose some weight.” Keep reading to find out how much Ree lost over the next four to five months… and what she had to say one year later — and 55 pounds down…
Keep reading to see Ree’s progress, then keep reading to see dozens more celebs who’ve lost a lot of weight…
QUEEN LATIFAH – 20 POUNDS
Queen Latifah is a curvy lady – and a proud one at that! Although she never fit into the “ideal” beauty standards, she was happy with who she was and also supported others who were the same. But as her life got busier, she kept on putting weight due to a lack of time to focus on herself. Therefore, she hired a fitness trainer, Jenny Craig, with the goal of losing 5% of her body weight and ended up losing 20 pounds! Queen Latifah has a net worth of $60 million, and no doubt isn’t worried about mortgages or loans.
ALEC BALDWIN – 35 POUNDS
Alec Baldwin was quite fit in his hay day, with a healthy metabolism to thank for it. Somewhere along the line, he temporarily lost focus on his health and ended up with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes in 2011. That was when he decided to get back into shape. To achieve his goals, his first decision was to cut out sugar and dairy from his diet and drink a lot more water. Along with taking up physical exercise like swimming, he ended up losing 35 pounds in just four short months. With a net worth of $65 million, Alec Baldwin is a rich man for sure who doesn’t have to worry about personal loans.
MELISSA MCCARTHY – 75 POUNDS
Melissa McCarthy has always been on the heavier side, even when she was a little girl. Although she’s never paid too much attention to it, she was given a wake up call when her weight began to affect her mobility and led to her being diagnosed with high cholesterol. She decided to make a change in her lifestyle, and started to work out a lot more and sleep better. She also drank more tea to help her lose weight, and managed to lose an impressive 75 pounds in one year. McCarthy’s personal net worth comes in at $33 million, including her investments.
ADELE – 30 POUNDS
Adele has made a name for herself in the music world a long time ago, thanks to her many skills and remarkable voice interpretations. The singer has had some hard times privately, as she battled with being overweight almost her entire life and during the time she was pregnant, it just got worse. However, being the strong woman she is, Adele decided to do something about it as she started following a low-carb diet and managed to drop 30 pounds!
KELLY CLARKSON – 37 POUNDS
Kelly Clarkson was shot into famedom when she won American Idol in 2002. Following this, she was instantly thrust into the bizarre world of Hollywood and her days would be filled with recording studios, concerts, promotions, etc. As a result of this, her health was slipping and she was gaining weight.
Clarkson later revealed that she lost a lot of weight due to an autoimmune condition and a thyroid problem. She says her glam squad (and spanx) are also to thanks for her slimmer figure. Even though she’s now 37 pounds lighter, she says body positivity is still her main priority. “For me, it wasn’t really [about] the weight—for me, it was that I’m not on my medicine anymore,” she told Extra.
MELISSA RAUCH AS BERNADETTE WOLOWITZ – 132 POUNDS
We all know Melissa Rauch as Bernadette from the hit TV sitcom Big Bang Theory. Her unique appearance and voice make her stand out, which led to the success she saw in her acting career, but she didn’t always have it so easy. Despite having graduated from theater school, Melissa had a tough time getting her start in Hollywood. There was a point when she would wait tables for a living and then hand out flyers in the street hoping to get her big break.
She landed a spot in VH1’s Best Week Ever, but some of her other performances never even made it to the screen. Still, she persevered and the fruits of her labor came to life when she got a guest spot on The Big Bang Theory, which then later turned into a bigger role and the star has a $8 million net worth to her name so she isn’t worried about finances. Rauch is married to her college sweetheart and recently gave birth to her son, Brooks. Like all women, she would have put on some pregnancy weight, but we’re glad to know that she’s taking the time to enjoy motherhood and her baby!
LISA RILEY – 140 POUNDS
Lisa Riley came into her net worth of $3.7 million through projects such as Emmerdale and Loose Women, We believe she turns some of it into investment money. The actress has been overweight most of her life, but she decided things needed to change when her weight started causing problems with her health. So she started eating a healthy diet, gave up late-night snacking, cut out alcohol, and started doing Zumba. All of her efforts came to fruition when she ended up losing a whopping 140 pounds!
SETH ROGEN – 35 POUNDS
Popular actor Seth Rogan is best known for his roles in romantic comedies like Knocked Up and Pineapple Express. With a net worth of $55 million, he didn’t need to worry about loans or mortgages. But what he did worry about was his weight, and finally decided to get fit when he was offered a role in The Green Hornet. With the help of his friends and trainers, Rogan went down 35 pounds. The goofy and charming guy says he intends to maintain a healthy lifestyle and his current weight.
KHLOE KARDASHIAN – 40 POUNDS
Khloe Kardashian didn’t really think her weight was ever an issue. But when she split from Lamar Odom, her ex-husband jumped right back into the dating game. This gave her a rude wake up call and led to her hiring a trainer and nutritionist, who help her follow a strict diet and workout plan. As a result, the reality star lost a total of 40 pounds. The star has a $40 million net worth to her name so she isn’t worried about finances, thanks to her investing some money in several real estate properties.
ROSIE O’DONNELL – 60 POUNDS
Rosie O’Donnell never took much notice of her health, which led to rapid weight gain. As a result of this, she suffered a massive heart attack in 2012. Doctors informed her that it had almost killed her and another would probably would. After her recovery, Rosie decided to turn things around. She got herself a therapist and trainer who guided her through her weight loss journey. Good for her, as her net worth of $120 million and multiple investments in insurance and real estate probably wouldn’t have been much use to her if she didn’t take care of her health!
CLAIRE RICHARDS – 80 POUNDS AND MORE
Claire Richards’ claim to fame came through her part in Steps, and she currently has a net worth of $500K, she can definitely use some investment money to increase her net worth. She’s had trouble with weight and body image issues for a long time. She would starve herself to achieve the “perfect thin” body, and then she would overeat and throw it all up. During certain points in her life, she’d lost as much as 50-80 pounds, which she would immediately gain back. In 2013, she made the decision to put a stop to all of it for the sake of her kids. She began to take care of herself and get healthier – and we’re glad she’s happier, physically, mentally, and financially!
PAULA DEEN – 40 POUNDS AND MORE
she knew something had to be done. As a food enthusiast, she couldn’t give up on delicious meals entirely, but she made sure to eat in moderation. She also focused on maintaining a healthier diet, invested in a treadmill and took up jogging. The celebrity chef also opened up her own restaurant recently. We’re sure she didn’t need outside investors or a business loan since she herself has a net worth of $14 million.
MO’NIQUE – 100 POUNDS
Having struggled with her weight for a long time, Mo’Nique finally lost a total of 100 pounds by taking up a bunch of different physical activities from hiking and yoga to weightlifting and boxing. She even decided to share her impressive weight loss journey with her fans to inspire those that might be facing the same struggles. Mo’Nique’s net worth of $13 million is more than enough to live a happy life free of financial worries such as mortgages and loans, and now it’s a healthy one as well!
RICKI LAKE – 30 POUNDS
Ricki Lake was the perfect person to portray the overweight teen Tracy in the 1988 film Hairspray. Even though she would forever be recognized for that role, Lake later felt like her weight was getting out of hand. She set out to lose a 100 pounds, and managed to lose 30 pounds in 2011 when she joined the reality show Dancing With the Stars. Throughout her weight loss journey, she was careful to make healthy and smart choices because she was aware that a drastic drop in weight suddenly could be very damaging to her health and body. Lake has a personal net worth of $16 million, which means she won’t need to worry about mortgages.
NATALIE PORTMAN – 20 POUNDS
Famous actress Natalie Portman has never been “fat” – even by the strictest standards – but her role in the movie Black Swan required her to lose a further 20 pounds. She achieved this through the help of a ballet trainer, a fitness trainer, and a nutritionist. It seems like all that hard work paid off because Portman ended up winning an Oscar Award for Best Lead Actress for her part in the movie! With a net worth of $60 earned from such successful movies, Natalie Portman doesn’t have to worry about loans, credit card bills, etc.
MILA KUNIS – 20 POUNDS
Co-starring alongside Natalie Portman in the movie Black Swan required Mila Kunis to lose 20 pounds as well. She set out to achieve this goal by limiting the number of calories she consumed to 1200 per day and smoking a pack of cigarettes daily. At the end of it, she weighed just 95 pounds – which isn’t entirely unhealthy for a woman of her stature. Once filming ended, the actress decided to gain back 25 pounds. Her net worth of $65 million investment money allows her to live very comfortably – now and after she’s retirement too!
DR. DRE – 50 POUNDS
One of the legends of the music industry is Dr. Dre, who rose to fame in the ‘80s. Like most rappers, he lived a lavish lifestyle – and an unhealthy one at that. His diet would consist mostly of alcohol, sweets, and other unhealthy foods. The effects of such a lifestyle began catching up to him, so in 2000, he decided to make some changes. As a result of eating only healthy foods, giving up fatty foods, and taking up weightlifting, he ended up losing 50 pounds. The star is worth $800 million currently, and continues to live a life free of health issues without having to worry about loans or mortgages.
TOM ARNOLD – 187 POUNDS
Tom Arnold starred on the TV show Roseanne and later became married to the actress that plays the lead, Roseanna Barr. He’d never took much notice of his health, but when his son, Jax, was born in 2013, he decided to make some changes in his lifestyle so he’d be able to run around with and be more actively present in the little one’s life. Arnold set out to lose some weight by taking up a gym membership and hiring a trainer – and he made a jaw-dropping transformation at the end of it where he was 187 pounds lighter! With a net worth of $30 million, Arnold’s son has an investment account until he graduates from college.
50 CENT – 60 POUNDS
A net worth of $30 million certainly makes 50 Cent a successful artist who lives a life free of personal loans or mortgages. In 2011, the actor was cast in the movie All Things Fall Apart as a football player who was diagnosed with severe cancer. To prepare for this role, 50 Cent needed to lose weight. With the help of a liquid diet and regularly running on a treadmill, he managed to shed 60 pounds in total.
CHRISSY METZ – 100 POUNDS
With all the fame and success that Chrissy Metz has been achieving through the series This Is Us, many people have been wondering about her weight. The truth is that, much like many of us, Chrissy has always struggled with her extra pounds. Before she had even landed the role, however, she was already able to lose about 100 pounds for health reasons. Her secret has always been consuming fewer calories and trying to walk at least 20 minutes each day. Though her contract allegedly does not require her to lose weight for the show, she has expressed that she won’t back out if she has to do it for the storyline.
GABOUREY SIDIBE – 100 POUNDS
After an impressive performance in Precious, Gabourey Sidibe gained immense support, a lot of fans, more fame than she had imagined, and even an Oscar nomination! The actress has a net worth of $6 million and could certainly increase the number through sensible investment. She also made another sensible choice to focus on getting fit since her weight began to cause problems to her health. She gave herself a target of losing 100 pounds, and has made several lifestyle choices that helped her get to the finish line. She’s continued to focus on losing weight and staying healthy so she can reach the perfect BMI.
WENDY WILLIAMS – 50 POUNDS
Wendy Williams had always felt a little uncomfortable about her weight, but her struggle with getting fit started off with a 4-year period where nothing seemed to work and all the fad diets and workout plans seemed to fail immensely. She then decided to push out everybody else’s advice and focus on her own knowledge of money management. Putting similar strategies in place, she created a regime of healthy eating, exercise, and self control. Thanks to her hard work, Williams managed to shed a total of 50 pounds in 3 years! Later, the television personality shared her weight loss journey to help others who were facing the same struggles as her.
CHRISTIAN BALE – 63 POUNDS
One of the most talented and versatile actors in Hollywood today, Christian Bale, has a net worth of $80 million and is great at money management. He’s another artist who’s put his weight and health on the line to make sure his performances are perfect. When he landed a role on the movie The Machinist, Bale took up weight training to lose a total of 63 pounds. After filming ended, he weighed just 121 pounds and needed to bulk up for his role in Batman Begins. He managed to put on 75 quickly by eating plenty of carbs, pizza, and ice cream.
JENNIFER HUDSON – 80 POUNDS
Jennifer Hudson has achieved great success in her career and she’s done this by putting her work first always. As a result, she’s been able to enjoy plenty of riches and investments. But this meant that her health was always a second priority and unfortunately, the pounds seemed to keep piling on. Eventually, the actress decided enough was enough and started a 4-year weight loss journey, at the end of which she’d gone from a size 16 to 6. She did this by completely avoiding junk food and eating smaller meals to reduce her caloric intake.
ABBY LEE MILLER – DOWN BY 8 SIZES
When Abby Lee Miller appeared on the reality show The Dance Moms, she used to be a size 24. Since then, she’s dropped quite a bit of weight and is now close to a size 16. Unfortunately, it wasn’t voluntary diet or exercise that got her there. When her mother became ill, her life was overtaken with obligations, chores, and stress which left very little time or energy for her to focus on her health. On top of it all, she was also having to take diabetes medication that was causing her to lose weight.
JANET JACKSON – 60 POUNDS
Janet Jackson has always been health conscious, but somewhere along the line she put on a bit too much weight for her liking since it was causing problems with her well-being. The singer then decided to put her energy into getting fit again. Along with working out and taking up other physical activity like jogging and biking, she also enrolled in online courses to get herself going. When it came to her diet, she made sure to eat healthy meals and practice moderation, which helped her shed those extra inches.
CHAZ BONO – 85 POUNDS
After going through a gender reconstruction surgery, Chaz Bono began to rapidly gain weight due to a combination of hormonal imbalance, a lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet. The stress of it all began catching up to him, which was when he decided to change things for the better. He enrolled in online courses, started exercising, and began eating healthy meals which helped him get fit physically and mentally. After losing a total of 85 pounds, he also shared his journey with those similar to him who’ve gone through surgery.
DREW CAREY – 100 POUNDS
Those who’ve been lucky enough to have children will know that there isn’t a single other experience in the world that changes a person as much as parenthood. For Drew Carey, his children were the wake up call he needed to get healthy because he knew that was the only way he would get to see them grow up. He started by getting rid of any and all junk food from his diet, along with taking Spartan training online classes. He lost approximately 100 pounds and seems happier for it!
ROSEANNE BARR – 200 POUNDS
Roseanne Barr lost nearly 200 pounds following a gastric bypass surgery. She knew that even though she’d had the weight loss surgery, she would also have to make certain lifestyle changes if she wanted to stay healthy. Barr began by taking walks/jogs daily and eating a balanced diet and also ate healthy foods and exotic meats, which she can find is some online classes. Although she still enjoys the occasional junk snack once in a while, she knows to limit such cravings and only eat in moderation.
RUBEN STUDDARD – 119 POUNDS
Rubben Studdard was the winner of the second season of American Idol, but the singer lost control of his weight following the end of the show due to a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet. Weighing at 462 pounds, he decided to participate in another reality show: The Biggest Loser. Through the program, he managed to lose 119 pounds and now weighed 343 pounds – a significant improvement, but still a bit ways to go. Studdard knew this as well, so he has reduced his intake of sugar, eats healthy meals, and takes online classes. We’re sure his determination will get him to his ideal weight goals soon!
GRAHAM ELLIOT – 250 POUNDS
Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot is best known for being one of the original judges of Masterchef US. Being surrounded by food daily didn’t help when it came to maintaining a healthy weight, as a result of which he ended up weighing 400 pounds. Fearing health complications, the chef decided to embark on a journey to a healthier life. The first stop, of course, was weight loss. Avoiding sauces, sweets, and pasta entirely and taking up online classes help Elliot lose an impressive 250 pounds. In 2014, he added another achievement to his journey by running his first full marathon.
JOHN GOODMAN – 100 POUNDS
An addiction to late-night snacking and sugary foods was the ticket to an unhealthy lifestyle for John Goodman. With the number on the scale increasing uncomfortably high, Goodman recruited a fitness coach and took up online classes with the help of his friend in order to lose weight. He also avoided alcohol completely, and has managed to keep it that way till now. Through such efforts, the actor has lost a 100 pounds and plans to continue with his healthy habits.
Chaka Kahn’s amazing voice made her one of the most talented and popular singers of the 70’s. However, she had never really paid attention to her health, the effects of which seemed to have caught up to her very recently. Not only did all that unhealthy eating and drinking start affecting how she looked, she was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The singer has since made healthier lifestyle choices such as working out, taking online classes and switching to a vegan diet which has helped her lose some weight as well.
ARETHA FRANKLIN – 85 POUNDS
As one of the most iconic singers of the 60’s, Aretha Franklin had a voice to remember. She had a very successful career, but one of the negative side effects of it was that she never got enough sleep. This took a toll on her health and she ended up undergoing a series of surgeries in 2010. Afterward, she made commitments to work out, take online classes and eat healthier. This helped her get back in shape but she was getting older and there was only so much she could do. The singer died in 205 due to pancreatic cancer.
Fern Britton is a regular feature on channels like BBC and ITV where she often encourages her viewers to eat healthy and exercise. But in 2006, Britton herself had to undergo a gastric band surgery. Although she’d faced backlash from her fans who felt like she’d taken the easy way out rather checking exercise through online classes, the surgery was essential because she had been facing issues with her health. After her recovery, a now barely recognizable Fern Britton starred in the TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
AL ROKER – 150 POUNDS
Al Roker has struggled with his weight ever since he was a young man. In 1990, he underwent a gastric bypass surgery that helped him go from weighing 340 pounds to 190 pounds. Although he’d managed to maintain his new weight afterward, he slipped up when his mother died in 2008. After gaining about 40 pounds, Roker once again decided to lose weight with the help of online classes. He has also written about his unique weight loss journey so that others in a similar situation to his might be inspired.
OPRAH – 30 POUNDS AND MORE
Oprah is one of the most famous and influential women in the world, but her busy schedule also meant that she didn’t have time to focus on exercise of healthy eating. At some point in her life, she decided to change things around. By joining Weight Watchers, the television host managed to lose about 30 pounds and has maintained a healthy lifestyle ever since.
ADAM RICHMAN – 70 POUNDS
It’s no wonder that a man who gained fame through a show called Man vs. Food where he had to eat gigantic plates of greasy junk food was overweight. But Adan Richman decided to turn things around and leave his former persona in the past. Through the help of a team of trainers, doctors, online classes and nutritionist, he set out to lose weight and get fit so he could lead a healthy lifestyle. He went down 70 pounds and was even featured on Cosmopolitan UK thanks to his new figure!
SHARON OSBOURNE – 100 POUNDS
Sharon Osbourne has always been a lover of all things sweet and sugary, but her health got so out of hand that she ended up with a gastric bypass surgery in 1999. She lost 100 pounds through the procedure but was unfortunately left with a whole host of new health issues that prevented her from eating and working out. Still, determined to turn her lifestyle around, she took up a gym membership, taking online classes and started eating in moderation.
LIZ TORRES – UNDECLARED
When the Gilmore Girls reboot hit Netflix, everyone’s favorite dance teacher Miss Patty looked a little different than fans of the show remembered. Of course, it wasn’t a different actress but Liz Torres herself – only several pounds lighter! The now 71-year old is reported to have undergone gastric bypass surgery, although she has not confirmed this. Her newer, slimmer figure has also helped her land a role in the upcoming movie, Chick Flick, which will inevitable gather good credit reports.
JANELLE BROWN – UNDECLARED
Janelle Brown was quite visibly overweight when she appeared on the reality show, Sister Wives, but she has since gone through a dramatic transformation. Brown attributes a healthy diet and a host of physical activities as the reason for her new appearance, and you can read all about it on her blog, Strive With Janelle. Janelle Brown lives comfortably without worrying about finances, thanks to her many investments and projects. She’s also a New York Times bestselling author, having published several books, including Watch Me Disappear. Her essays have also been featured on leading publications.
THERESA CAPUTO – 30 POUNDS
53-year old Theresa Caputo is best known for her work as a medium on the reality show Long Island Medium. She had been struggling with controlling her weight for a long time when she finally managed to turn things around for the better – and ended up losing 30 pounds in the process! According to her, the secret to her transformation was a proper diet and regular exercise. Now, the television personality looks so much better with her new weight. Truly, self-care and making yourself healthy is always a good investment.
MIA KHALIFA- UNDECLARED
Mia Khalifa is best known for being an adult movie star and a social media personality, two jobs that obsessively focus on a person’s body and appearance. Although she fits in perfectly with her hourglass figure now, she revealed that she was overweight as a teenager by posting side-by-side before and after photos.
Talking about her weight loss journey, she said, “Life is about balance. For me, it’s balancing my passion and love for food with my health,” she said. The star has said that she loves to eat, but balances is out by exercising a lot. In her own words: “work hard, eat carbs.” With someone as health-conscious as her, she surely has an insurance policy to cover her needs.
TERESA GUIDICE – UNDECLARED
Best known for starring in the reality show The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Guidice is also a fitness competitor and a New York Times bestseller of cookbooks. The foodie ended up in jail for a year for fraud, so she had the help of a lawyer at the time. She was focused on her health even during this time. She tried her best to avoid carbs and ate healthy meals like fiber-filled oatmeal and protein-packed chhicken salad. She also did yoga and worked out thrice a day while behind bars – now that’s dedication!
AMBER RILEY – UNREVEALED
Best known for her stint as Mercedes in the Fox drama Glee, Amer Riley has never been “slim” but has always loved her body. But when her weight began causing problems with her health, the 33-year old was advised by her doctor to lose weight.
While her doctor suggested a gastric bypass surgery, the actress refused, choosing to go about it the traditional way. She thinks it will be proper money management if she follows these natural methods. She says fast food was her main issue, so she began by dieting and exercising regularly. “I decided I was going to make a change and eat healthier,” she said. She’s currently 2 dress sizes down, but she’s still going strong!
TYRA BANKS – 30 POUNDS
Even though Tyra Banks is one of the most famous supermodels in the world, she’s always been a champion of body positivity and cared very less about what others said about her. She told Shape magazine that she hadn’t worked out for months even tough she was gaining weight. But when she seemed to have put on a bit too much weight, she decided to pay more attention to it in order to maintain a healthy life. She hired a personal trainer and nutritionist who helped her map out a work out plan and healthy diet. Just like having insurance, having a group of functional nutritionists is a big help for celebrities like Banks.
PEREZ HILTON – 70 POUNDS
Perez Hilton is a man who became famous by talking about other famous people. While he’s had plenty to say about the lives of several celebrities, his own choices came under public scrutiny when he gained a lot of weight and subsequently lost most of it. While many suspected that the 41-year old had had liposuction, he insisted that there hadn’t been anything other than proper diet and exercise.
“We did it naturally! The healthy way! The painful way! The slow and steady way! Over FIVE years,” he wrote on his blog. “No surgery! No drugs! No gimmicks! No shortcuts!” Having lost over 70 pounds, the blogger says that he intends to follow through with his new lifestyle where he eats healthier, exercises, and walks at least 30 minutes per day.
MIRANDA LAMBERT – 25 POUNDS
Country music singer Miranda Lambert is one of Blake Shelton’s ex-wives. In 2016, she released her sixth album, The Weight of These Wings. This was when she decided to shed a few pounds. While Lambert was offered a promotion deal by a weight loss company to try their 40-pound diet plan, she turned it down saying she wasn’t intending on losing that much weight – after all, she was only a size 8.
For Lambert, her decision was as much about getting into a healthier routine as it was about losing weight. She turned her dislike of vegetables around and started enjoying them. She also gave up on fad diets that never seemed to work and took up exercise – although she hadn’t been keen on it earlier, she began enjoying it and even took up circuit trainer with the help of a trainer. She’s probably got health insurance policy, but with her healthier approach to life, she’s probably not going to need it!
JONAH HILL – 40 POUNDS
Popular actor Jonah Hill is known for his bubbly personality and comedic timing. But when he had seemed to gain a dangerous amount of weight, his doctor suggested a gastric sleeve surgery. Hill decided not to opt for the $23,000 procedure – saving his credit, no doubt – and chose to loose weight the traditional way.
He hired a nutritionist who helped him follow a strict diet plan and took up physical activities such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he would train at for four to five times a week. Talking about his 40 pound weight loss in an interview, the comedian said, “At 35, I try and get over the stuff that made me feel weak and insecure as a teenager.”
JENNIFER ELLISON – 28 POUNDS
Jennifer Ellison is another actress who’s had some trouble with weight management. Finally, the 38-year old actress decided to give the Cambridge diet, where one would follow a strict diet plan that would limit the number of calories consumed to just 800 per day, a shot. Lucky for her, it worked!
As a result of the diet, Ellison lost a total of 28 pounds and has gone down from a size 18 to a size 10. The television personality showed off her new body on Instagram, mentioning that it was “measurement day”. “So proud to say I’ve lost a further massive 6.5 inches of body fat in a month,” she also wrote. She’s also lost 27 inches of waist size, and says she feels fabulous but still has a long way to go in achieving her ideal weight.
ANTHONY ANDERSON – 47 POUNDS
Popular actor, comedian, writer and game show host Anthony Anderson was a foodie who loved to eat anything and everything. But when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes mellitus, he knew things needed to change. Much like most others on this list, he went about losing weight by adhering to a healthy diet and taking up regular exercise. His efforts paid off! Not only did he lose 47 pounds and looks fantastic, the comedian says he also feels better. He’s probably also learned the importance of a good insurance plan, thanks to his health scare!
MICHAEL MOORE – 70 POUNDS
Michael Moore decided to take a slightly different approach to losing weight than most of the other celebrities we talked about. Instead of taking up exercise, he just focused on his diet and starting moving around a bit more than usual. He’d eat fiber-heavy foods, at least 35 grams per day, and avoid carbs as much as possible. The filmmaker also enrolled in a weight loss spa, the Pritkin Longevity Center and Spa, that cost him $4,500 per week!
According to him, all overweight people have 3 things in common: 1. they drink soda, which stops them from losing weight, 2. they sleep less than seven hours per day, and 3. they never eat, which they believe will help them lose weight (but of course, it doesn’t).
RACHEL FREDERICKSON – 155 POUNDS
Rachel Frederickson emerged the 2014 winner of the reality show, The Biggest Loser, having gone down to 105 pounds from 260 pounds – that’s a 155 pound loss! “When I stood on stage at the live finale, I had never felt stronger. I had accomplished everything I wanted to do. I was extremely proud of myself,” she said.
Following this, she gained a bit of criticism for putting on 20 pounds again but has said she isn’t worried as that was her ideal weight – and we think she deserves credit for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and body.
MISSY ELLIOTT – 70 POUNDS
With a net worth of $50 million, successful rapper Missy Elliot has little to worry about in the way of money and loans. But she has faced her share of health issues as well, which included being overweight. To combat this, Elliot gave up drinking soda and eating bread, which were major achievements for her. This, along with maintaining a proper diet and exercise regimen helped her lose an impressive 70 pounds.
The singer was diagnosed with Grave’s disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid, in 2008. One of the side effects of the conditions includes weight loss. Speaking about the illness, she said, “You live with it for the rest of your life.” The condition forced her to make some major lifestyle changes, and she took a hiatus from 2008 to 2011 to properly deal with it. Now she’s back and looks better than ever, and says she maintains a balanced daily diet to stay healthy.
CHARLES BARKLEY – 40 POUNDS
Basketball star Charles Barkley is probably not someone you’d imagine as being overweight, but the 56-year old missed a lot of sports training which caused him to pack on the pounds. Thankfully, he managed to get the situation under control before it went too far. He took up a weight loss program with a detailed diet and fitness training to lose 40 pounds. The secret to his success: vegetables!
“I’ve eaten more vegetables this summer than I have in my last 50 years of life. And they suck, just for the record,” he said while talking about his diet. “You have to eat a lot of vegetables. They don’t taste good, but I had to look at the big picture and be healthy.”
BRITNEY SPEARS – 4 POUNDS
Watching Britney Spears parade around in a schoolgirl uniform singing “hit me baby, one more time” you’d never imagine she’s struggled with her weight. But the singer did put on a little too much weight for her liking as she grew older, as most of us often do. But the 37-year old has been very public about her desire to lose weight and stay fit.
She’s also spoken a lot about her “food chart” that extensively lists all the foods that one would need to eat to help with problems ranging from diabetes and high blood pressure to arthritis. She even showed it off on Instagram! Spears has said that she regularly enjoys a variety of fruits and vegetables that help her lose weight, along with proper exercise, of course. It looks like Spears should get a nutritionist degree with her knowledge.
JASON SEGEL – 35 POUNDS
Jason Segel’s most famous role might have been on the show How I Met Your Mother, but the actor went through a pretty dramatic transformation for another one of his roles. The president of Universal Pictures, Ron Mayer, actually requested that Segel slim down when he was cast in the movie, The Five Year Engagement. The 39-year old then lost 35 pound with the help of a trainer, who helped him follow a strict diet and guided him through 2 workouts daily. Segel could also use online classes in dieting if it is still needed.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY – 38 POUNDS
When Matthew McConaughey was cast in the movie Dallas Buyer’s Club, his character was an HIV/AIDS victim. Naturally, such a character would look thin and sickly. While the latter of those could be handled with make up, he needed to also lose quite a bit of weight. Following a regimen of 90% diet and 10% cardio, he managed to lose 38 pounds.
Unfortunately, such drastic and sudden weight loss affected his health as well, having caused his muscles and organs to actually shrink! Thankfully, he gained the weight back once the movie finished filming. Apparently, he was craving a cheeseburger – which is no surprise! With actors putting their health on the line like this for their career, they’ll need to have a sound health insurance policy.
SHERRI SHEPHERD – 35 POUNDS
Sherri Shepherd made a dramatic change in her lifestyle in the year 2018. Having cut out sugar from her life entirely, she also began following a keto diet, a meal plan that includes foods that are high protein and low carb. The 52-year star revealed that she lost 35 pounds as a result and feels great.
She also says that her 13 year old son is her motivation to keep eating healthy. “I owe it to my son to be here healthy and happy. I still have to raise my child,” she said. Her son is one lucky child to have a mother that cares so much. With a mother who has a net worth of $10 million, he won’t have to won’t have to worry about student loans in the future either!
PENN JILLETTE – 100 POUNDS
One half of the famed magician duo Penn and Teller, Penn Jillette, ended up losing a total of 100 pounds – and there surely was no magic involved! When Jillette’s doctor discovered a 90% blockage in his heart, they advised him to lose weight immediately. While under medical supervision, the magic-man started on a “potato diet” where he ate only potatoes for an entire two weeks!
Following this, they slowly added vegetable stews and salads to his meal plans. This helped him shed 75 pounds in just 3 weeks. His diet may be a bit monotonous, but it helped him gain his health back and get rid of his bad eating habits. We’re sure he’s got health insurance, or his hospital bills might have been a bit of a nightmare!
PAULINE QUIRKE – 42 POUNDS
You might recognize Pauline Quirke from the movie Birds of a Feather – then again, you might not, because the 60-year old has become 42 pounds lighter since then! When the actress began facing several health issues, including a diagnosis of osteoarthritis and a hip replacement surgery at the age of 49, she decided to adopt a lifestyle change to take better care of herself, according to her doctors’ advice. Giving up sugar and alcohol completely, she managed to go from a size 28 down to a size 12! With this dramatic transformation, Quirke looks and feels a lot better!
Renée Zellweger is best known for playing the titular character in the Bridget Jones Diary movies. Although most people remember her as the chubby, curvaceous woman she portrays in those movies, Zellweger had to actually gain weight to become that way by eating 4000 calories per day!
The 50-year old actress is health-conscious and therefore follows the “Zone diet” in her day-to-day life. In contrast to a keto diet, the zone diet consists of 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat. Not all diets work for everyone, but this one clearly suits Renée Zellweger – and her fit body is proof enough of that!
KATE WINSLET – UNDECLARED
Just like most pregnant women, Kate Winslet gained quite a bit of weight when she was carrying her third child. But to the surprise of many, she quickly slimmed down after giving. You’d expect that such a quick weight loss could have only occurred due to a strict diet and plenty of exercise, but the Titanic actress insists that it happened all naturally.
But, just like investment planning, she must have had planned her diet. Talking about her postpartum body, she said, “There’s terrible pressure on women to lose this baby weight, and I have to say, so far it’s just been Mother Nature being on my side this time.” Lucky her!
ROBBIE WILLIAMS – UNDECLARED
Noel Gallagher once called Robbie Williams “that fat dancer from Take That”, but the 45-year old no longer fits that bill. In fact, even Williams himself used to make fun of his own weight, an example being a song he released in 2013 called No One Likes a Fat Pop Star.
The English singer says that he had always been sensitive about his weight, and even though he’s lost most of it now, he refuses to divulge exactly how much that was. But he did reveal that it was Weight Watchers that helped him get there. The company was so impressed by his journey that they even offered him global brand ambassadorship! It looks like his diet plan is the best investment he has ever taken.
SARA RUE – 50 POUNDS
Sara Rue’s love for food hasn’t always made for a healthy relationship, but the 40-year finally managed to get her diet under control after signing on as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. Clearly, things were finally working out and she ended up losing 50 pounds. The diet plan has helped her maintain portion control and eat healthier in general. Rue also attributes Craig as the reason for her newfound love for fitness and exercise. “It’s the little things that make all the difference in motivating you,” she said. As her diet plan has worked for her, you can also try investing to this to shed off those extra pounds.
VALERIE BERTINELLI – 40 POUNDS
Valerie Bertinelli is another success story of Jenny Craig’s. Following the diet, she managed to lose 40 pounds in 2009, after which she says she felt comfortable to wear a bikini for the first time in a while. Her weight loss journey began as a self-reliant effort. The actress began by walking 10,000 steps per day, which helped her lose some of the weight. She also reduced her calorie intake from 1700 to just 1200 for 3 weeks and gave up drinking champagne. Afterward, she hired a fitness trainer to help get rid of the rest of the pounds. Bertinelli also took up running at least five times a week. She is clear proof that investing in yourself is well worth the effort!
TIMOTHY SPALL – UNDISCLOSED
Timothy Spall is best known for portraying the chubby Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter movies, but the actor is basically unrecognizable ever since he’s slimmed down. The 62-year old revealed that he achieved his new physique through a complete lifestyle change.
He says if he were to write a book about dieting, it would only have two pages. The first, he says, would read “ food and booze are love and exercise is horrible.” and the second would read “ if you eat too much and drink too much, you would gain too much weight.” Weight loss and weight gain are just like money management, you will reap what you sow if you’re good at it.
SAM SMITH – 50 POUNDS
English singer Sam Smith wasn’t exactly slim at the beginning of his career, and he has opened up in the past about struggling with emotional eating. Thankfully, he’s been able to overcome his struggles and has lost more than 50 pounds since then.
He says the credit goes to Amelia Freer, a UK-based nutritional therapist and author of the book Eat. Nourish. Glow. This book was Smith’s weight loss guide that helped him make healthy lifestyle choices as well as cut out negative habits. He now makes a conscious effort to avoid sugar, gluten, and dairy along with working out at the gym regularly.
JIMMY KIMMEL – 25 POUNDS
Jimmy Kimmel only realized he needed to lose weight when Dr. Oz commented on it, but he began to think about his health seriously since then. Starting on a diet of just 2 protein shakes and a small dinner per day, Kimmel then moved on to a 2000 calorie per day diet. This helped him shed 25 pounds total!
Afterward, the television host discovered the 5:2 diet, also known as the Fast Diet, where a person would undergo intermittent fasting for 2 days a week, consuming just 500 calories the entire day while eating normally for the remaining 5 days. Jimmy no doubt has invested in professional advice when it comes to planning out his meals.
KELLY OSBOURNE – 70 POUNDS
Kelly Osbourne has always been curvy, but she decided she needed to shed a few inches in 2009. Through a series of fad diets, including the calorie-burning reverse diet which would have her eating pizza for breakfast and oatmeal for dinner, she ended up losing 70 pounds.
Currently, she’s one of the most popular faces of the mushroom diet, the hottest new trend in the UK. According to those who have tried it, you’re supposed to replace your lunch or dinner with a mushroom-based dish for two weeks. Apparently, this helps you lose 4 to 10 pounds in the said period of time. Osbourne’s body transformation surely gives her good a credit report.
FERGIE – 20 POUNDS
Fergie’s most valuable attribute may be her voice, but the singer is also proud of her hourglass-shaped figure. When she gained weight during her pregnancy, as is natural, Fergie vowed to lose it all after giving birth. True to her word, the ex-Black Eyed Peas member embarked on a strict diet that consisted of just 1,200 calories per day and lost 20 pounds total. Following this, she switched to a 1,600 calorie per day diet and coupled this with regular exercise in order to maintain her weight and figure. This mama certainly deserves credit for taking such good care of her body! Fergie is determined to shed off those extra pounds and keep her slim figure. With her determination, we should give her a lot of credit for that.
KELLY PRICE – 100 POUNDS
In 2014, Kelly Price lost her sister, which caused her to slip into depression. This in turn led to bad eating habits and an unhealthy lifestyle that caused her to end up weighing a massive 300 pounds. This was when she decided to turn her life around with her guide as God.
Recommitting to her faith, she forged forward with determination to get better – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. The singer began eating better, working out, and making positive changes to her lifestyle. Thanks to all that dedication and effort, she’s managed to lose 100 pounds and says her weight loss journey is still continuing.
THE ORIGLIASSO SISTERS – UNDISCLOSED
Australian pop duo, The Veronicas, was formed by twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso out of Brisbane. Other than their music, they are perhaps best known for their online feud. These two ladies were the last people anyone would think needed to lose weight, but clearly, they felt differently. They went on a diet that caused massive backlash from their fans who called it a “ridiculous weight loss program”.
Eventually, there seemed to be little more than bones to the sisters, causing fans to speculate the twins might have been on drugs. But according to Jessica Origliasso, that was never the case. “I have always been small… I never grew up with the understanding that health equates a number,” she said. At least their credit reports are still pretty good!
TEAIRRA MARI – UNDISCLOSED
When her addiction to alcohol got out of hand and Teairra Mari found herself in Rehab, she vowed to turn her life around. Not only did she leave the rehabilitation facility with her sobriety intact, the 31-year old also looked better than she ever had! There was an unmistakable “glow” to her that no one could deny, thanks not only her giving up alcohol, but also having adopted a healthier lifestyle in general.
Those that follow the singer on Instagram know that she’s now really into fitness, regularly posting exercise videos on the social media site. She also enjoys showing off her sexy new body, and we totally get it! She invested in herself, and it paid off.
SASHA PIETERSE – 37 POUNDS
Sasha Pieterse is best known for her role on the TV series Pretty Little Liars. The actress has always been on the curvy side, and although her weight seemed perfectly healthy, she revealed that her weight gain was caused by PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
When the 23-year old joined the dancing group Stars, it helped 37 pounds of the total 70 she’d gained due to her condition. Since then, she’s been able to have a better handle on the illness and has managed to lose even more weight by regulating her diet and medication. It’s time like these that a good health insurance plan comes into use.
KATHLEEN TURNER – UNDISCLOSED
Even though Kathleen Turner had put on a significant amount of weight, she wasn’t really that concerned about it – that is, until it began causing problems with her health. The 65-year old actress began realizing that her heaviness was causing her rheumatoid arthritis to get worse and was making it difficult for her to move around.
Turner decided to make healthier choices, focusing on her well-being rather than losing weight – although she shed a few pounds naturally. Not only has she been able to live a much more comfortable life since then, she’s also got her career back!
JOJO – UNDISCLOSED
Unlike most of the others we talked about, losing weight wasn’t exactly in Jojo’s best interests – especially not the way it actually happened. She revealed that her former record company pressured her to get skinnier and even went such lengths as hiring a nutritionist for her and making her inject diet supplements onto herself. The supplements also restricted the amount of calories she could eat, which was only about 500 per day.
As one would imagine, this ended up affecting the 28-year old mentally. Not only does she admit that it was the unhealthiest thing she’d ever done, all that torment didn’t even pay off in the end! Jojo better be signed onto a solid health insurance plan if she ever tries something like that again!
JOELL ORTIZ – 60 POUNDS
Joel Ortiz once enjoyed the all the benefits that came with the rock star life, from partying late at night and binging on greasy junk foods to drinking whenever he wanted and smoking every day. Not only was this unhealthy lifestyle putting his health at risk, he was also gaining too much weight.
One fine day in September 2012, the rapper woke up and decided that things needed to change. Committing to getting fit and leading a healthy lifestyle, he began by quitting all of his damaging habits and taking up beneficial ones. Now, 60 pounds lighter, Ortiz is fit as a fiddle and looks pretty fine too!
DAVID STYLES – UNDISCLOSED
D-Blocks Records founder David Styles “Styles P” used to much heavier back in the day; and many even speculated he was abusing drugs, although he’s always vehemently denied this accusation. Still, the rapper did acknowledge he wasn’t making the best lifestyle choices, until he grew concerned about his health and decided to change things around. Starting with his eating habits, Styles embarked on a low-carb diet that was heavy on fruits and vegetables. He also began to focus on his fitness, and soon enough, the effects of proper diet and exercise began showing on his body!
DAVID BANNER – 40 POUNDS
Weighing at 225 pounds, David Banner was facing a host of medical issues from diabetes and high blood pressure to sleep apnea. His doctors advised him to lose weight if he wanted to get his life back on track. David knew that the first step would be to get rid of his unhealthy diet which, along with a sedentary lifestyle, had been the cause of his struggles with weight all his life.
The 45-year old then began to implement a healthy diet free of processed foods and took up a regular fitness regimen that included a variety of exercises. In the end, he successfully lost 40 pounds and had reduced his risk of those diseases that seemed imminent earlier.
JACK BLACK – UNDISCLOSED
Jack Black’s character and physique can both be described as robust, and the actor never paid any attention to his body. However, when Kyle Glass, his Tenacious B bandmate, went through a dramatic weight loss transformation, it inspired Black to do the same.
He began by adopting a low-carb diet and then went on to do some rigorous fitness training that included various high-intensity exercises. As a result, the 49-year old actor himself had a dramatic transformation. Rumors started swirling that he’d used drugs to help lose weight, but there has been no such proof. We think the credit should be given to Jack Black’s determination and effort.
JOHN BRADLEY – UNDISCLOSED
John Bradley is best known for his role as chubby Samwell Tarly in the Game of Thrones TV series. The actor had wanted to lose weight for some time, but he couldn’t change his image in the middle of the series so he had to wait it out. In fact, he told Conan O’Brien that a fan had once asked him if he had no plans to lose weight, but the jovial guy didn’t take it as an insult and had just laughed it off.
Now that the series has ended, Bradley is free to do whatever he wants. The 30-year old has clearly begun losing weight, anyone with a pair of eyes can see that! If he makes an investment of time and effort, he can soon reach his ideal physique!
SUSAN BOYLE LOST – 30 POUNDS
Susan Boyle is best known for stunning both the public and the judges on popular Britain’s Got Talent show. At that time, the Scottish singer was not particularly concerned about her appearance. It was also apparent that she struggled with weight gain, but she simply was too focused on her singing career.
Several years later, Susan has opted to hire a fitness trainer who helped her with her fitness regimen. She also adopted a strict diet plan that led her to drop around 30 pounds. These days, the old chubby Susan has been almost forgotten as we enjoy seeing the new Susan who looks healthier and slimmer.
KIRSTIE ALLEY – 50 POUNDS
Kristie Lee’s weight has seen several ups and downs over the years – literally! She would try different diets and weight loss “tricks”, but they never seemed to work as well as she’d hoped or last as long. She then joined the Jenny Craig Diet plan. Although this did help her lose a bit of weight, she gained it back when she decided to take a break from it in 2007. It took her 7 more years to put a stop to the way things were progressing and she began going to the gym regularly. Through her hard work and determination, Alley has managed to get back into shape.
HONEY BOO BOO – NO GREASE DIET
Little Alana “Honey Boo-Boo Thompson” was a chubby rambunctious child who gained fame through the reality show Toddlers & Tiaras, which eventually led to her getting her own TV show called Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo. Thanks to such ventures, the little girl already has a nice net worth of $800,000. She recently went through a dramatic weight loss transformation, inspired by her mother “Mama June” who also managed to go from overweight to fit. Her secret: a no-grease diet! This helped the now teenager go down to a size 4 from a size 24 – wow!
CELINE DION – UNDISCLOSED LBS | HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Celine Dion, the voice behind Titanic’s love song, has always been a fan favorite but more recently she caught everyone’s attention because of a drastic weight loss which makes her look skinnier than ever. People all over social media were found reacting to this shocking transformation and it has even been rumored that the singer is anorexic due to which she eats minimally.
However, Celine made it clear by saying that she has been naturally thin all her life and maintains a healthy lifestyle but at the same time doesn’t forget to treat herself with a hot dog once in a while. Don’t we just adore the star’s honesty?
JORGE GARCIA – 100 POUNDS
Jorge Garcia’s love affair with food is no secret! He has revealed before that he simply can’t resist indulging in food! Well, it was when he landed a role in Lost that he had to lose 30 pounds to portray Hugo, which he was successful in doing. However, fans grew concerned when his weight climbed and hit the 400-pound mark!
Even though medical professionals felt a gastric bypass was the only hope for Garcia, he ventured into a vegan diet. He surprised himself and his fans — and most certainly the doctors — when he saw a 100-pound weight loss! He sure showed everyone! It just goes to show that professionals can sometimes be mistaken, and it also proves how powerful a diet based on plants is! In a recent interview, he also spoke about how the vegan food diet has helped overcome his food cravings too.