Most people struggle with weight and try multiple diets throughout their lives. Although sometimes portrayed as superior, celebrities also deal with weight issues. These celebrities have gone through great lengths to achieve their weight goals.
Alec Baldwin – 35 Lbs. Loss
Alec Baldwin decided it was time to lose weight when he was diagnosed Prediabetic, in May 2011. He gave up sugar and diary and started exercising more. He likes to do pilates and swimming. He also receives help and inspiration from his younger, yoga-instructor wife Hilaria. When he is working and has less time to workout, he makes sure he eats less. He lost a total of 35 pounds in four months.
Queen Latifah – 20 Lbs. Loss
Singer and actress Queen Latifah has always had amazing curves. But, in 2008,Queen Latifah turned to Jenny Craig to help her shed some pounds. She also hit the gym 5-7 days per week, switching between the treadmill or elliptical machine for an hour. Her original goal was to lose 5-10% of her body weight, which she achieved in only a few months. Jenny Craig released a statement announcing Queen Latifah had lost 20 pounds and dropped 20 cholesterol point.
Kelly Osbourne – 50 Lbs. Loss
Kelly Osbourne, although rose to fame through her father Ozzy Osbourne. She has since found her way to stay at the top. She has appeared on various TV shows, including giving hosting red carpet events and commenting on celebrity fashion, and showing off her dancing skills on “Dancing With The Stars.” “Dancing With The Stars,” was the show that really helped her kick start her weight loss. She continued working out and quit emotion and bad eating habits. Kelly was able to lose a total of 50 pounds!
Melissa McCarthy – 75 Lbs. Loss
Melissa is looking happier and healthier than ever, after shedding 75 pounds over the past year. McCarthy eats a high protein low carb diet and consumes lots of food with high fiber content. She drinks green tea to boost her weight loss. She also believes getting plenty of sleep has been a big factor in her weight loss journey. She hopes to pass her new found diet habits onto her daughters.
Lisa Riley – 140 Lbs. Loss
The former “Emmerdale” star and “Loose Women” panelist recently lost 140 pounds! She went from a size 30 to a size 14. She began noticing her weight loss, in 2012, after she performed on the TV series “Strictly Come Dancing.” She revealed on “Loose Women,” she attributes a lot of her weight loss to giving up alcohol. She made all of her meals smaller, by strictly following portion control, as well as regularly attending Zumba classes. She also does not eat after 6:30pm.
Khloe Kardashian – 40 Lbs. Loss
Khloe Kardashian’s weight loss journey began in 2013, after her marriage with NBA player, Lamar Odom, ended. Khloe began following a strict diet plan, which includes eliminating dairy, and workout regimen. She wakes up at 5am everyday to workout and doesn’t eat until 8am. She sometimes works out with sister Kim and celebrity trainer Don Brooks. Khloe had always been labeled as the “fat Kardashian,” however, she proved the public wrong, and she now looks amazing after a 40 pound weight loss.
Kim Kardashian – 70 Lbs. Loss
In December 2015, Kim gave birth to her second child, Saint. She was, once again, determined to lose the weight she gained during her pregnancy. On top of daily 6am exercise regimen with her trainer Don Brooks, she also put herself on the Atkins 40, a low-carb diet that involves eating 40 grams of net carbs a day. Kim also did the Atkins program after the birth of her first child, North. She lost a total of 70 pounds and weighs less than her pre-baby weight.
Rosie O’Donnell – 60 Lbs. Loss
After suffering a heart attack in 2012, and being told by her doctors she would not survive another one, she decided to have gastric sleeve surgery. She had the procedure in July 2013. Even though she had surgery, Rosie still had to make hard changes to her daily life, including diet and exercise. O’Donnell, who once weighed 237 pounds, she now estimates she’s lost over 60 pounds since her surgery.
Tom Hanks – 50 Lbs. Loss
Tom Hanks understands the concept of gaining and losing weight for movie roles. Hanks previously put on 30 pounds to play a baseball coach in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own.” In 2000, he lost 50 pounds to play a man stranded on a desert island in “Castaway.” He was on a very strict diet of only water, vegetables, very little carbs, and fish. His exercise regimen included all types of cardio for 2 hours per day, 6 days per week. However, in 2013, he revealed he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and will no longer be taking roles that will require him to gain or lose weight.
Claire Richards – Over 80 Lbs. Loss
The former “Steps” member, Claire Richards had always struggled with keeping weight off and yo-yo dieting. Her struggle began back in her “Steps,” days when she felt she had to do everything to stay skinny. She admits having an eating disorder. However, when the band split, she began gaining weight. She has gained and loss between 50-80 pounds a shocking 6 times. However, after she had her third child in 2013, she decided to begin a new weight loss journey. She has since lost over 80 pounds!
Breaking into Hollywood as the overweight drug user in movies like “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express,” Seth Rogen needed to trim down to play a new role of The Green Hornet. Seth lost the weight in nine months on celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak’s 5-Factor Diet as well as working out. As of 2016, Rogan is still producing and acting in multiple movies and has kept off the weight.
Paula Deen – Over 40 Lbs. Loss
After publicly announcing her diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, in January 2012, she decided it was time to make a lifestyle change. The TV chef began walking regularly on the treadmill and followed a meal plan. She didn’t want to “diet,” as she has an extreme love for food. She continues to eat the many foods she adores, but just in moderation. She’s lost a total of over 40 pounds. In 2015, she released a low-fat cookbook “Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Recipes Lightened Up,” to share with the world some her weight loss recipe favorites.
Mo’Nique – 100 Lbs. Loss
Actress and comedian, Mo’Nique decided to shed some weight, beginning in 2012, after she hit 300 pounds. She changed her diet and added exercise to her daily routine. She likes to do a mix of exercises including lifting weights, yoga, swimming, hiking, and boxing. In June 2016, she celebrated her 100 pound loss by posting a picture of herself in a bathing suit on the beach with friends. She also uses her social media to document her weight loss journey and inspire her fans.
Ricki Lake – 30 Lbs. Loss
Ricki Lake’s weight has yo-yoed ever since she was first introduced to the public, as Tracy Turnblad in “Hairspray,” in 1988. Her first big weight loss of 100 pounds, she admits was not healthy. She was eating very little and exercising daily. She eventually changed her unhealthy lifestyle and, after gaining a few pounds, learned how to maintain her weight in a healthy way. In 2011, she lost nearly 30 pounds while participating in the TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”
Natalie Portman – 20 Lbs. Loss
In order to truly portray the ballet culture, Natalie Portman lost 20 pounds in order to play a professional ballerina in “Black Swan.” She saw a nutritionist and ate very small portions of food that would metabolize quickly. She worked out with strength training and practicing her ballet technique a whole year before she started filming. Her performance as the prima ballerina landed her an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
Mila Kunis – 20 Lbs. Loss
Along with co-star Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis also lost weight to play the role of Lily, in the “Black Swan.” She lost an estimated 20 pounds, which decreased her total body weight to only 95 pounds. She said she began smoking cigarettes and went on a 1,200 calories a day diet to lose the weight. Kunis was nominated for her performance in the “Black Swan” for Best Supporting Actress. She also gained 25 pounds back after filming had wrapped.
Dr. Dre – 50 Lbs. Loss
Rising to fame with the group N.W.A, Dr. Dre has become one of the most influential people in the music industry. In the early 2000s, he weighed 270 pounds. He lost his weight the natural way, changing his diet and exercising more. He lost a total of 50 pounds! He has also inspired his brother, and fellow rapper, Warren G to begin maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
Tom Arnold – 100 Lbs. Loss
Fellow co-worker on the sitcom “Roseanne” and ex-husband to Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold also had a dramatic weight loss. When his son, Jax, was born in April 2013, which inspired him to lose weight. He works out with a trainer at home, as well as, has an “on-the-road” workout routine. He now feels he has the energy to run around and play with his son. Arnold went from 287 to 187 pounds, losing a total of 100 pounds!
50 Cent – 60 Lbs. Loss
Rapper turned actor, 50 Cent lost an estimated 60 pounds to play a football player who has been diagnosed with cancer, in the 2011 film, “All Things Fall Apart. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, normally weighs 214 pounds, however, he dropped down to 160 for the film. He says he lost the weight by going on a liquid diet and spending multiple hours a day on the treadmill for nine weeks. He has since gained the weight back.
Chaz Bono – 85 Lbs. Loss
Chaz Bono is the son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono. He has revealed that he was able to lose weight because he now has a positive body image thanks to his gender transitioning. He also exercises and cut out almost all grains from his diet. In 2011, he shed the first 40 pounds during his time on “Dancing With The Stars.” By November 2013, he had gotten down to 165 pounds from 250 pounds.