Whether it starts as a New Year resolution or begins with a vow to live a healthier lifestyle, the pivotal moment before embarking on a weight loss journey can be intimidating. Don’t believe us? Just ask anyone!
It may be hard to believe, but despite having access to personal trainers, nutritionists, and dare we say, plastic surgeons, celebrities still experience the struggles of losing weight. Maybe even more if you consider their transition (and any excess weight) is placed under a microscope for all to see.
Take a look at more celebrities who transformed their bodies and didn’t allow their weight to hinder their happiness.
'Love & Hip Hop' star Tokyo Vanity shows off her Body By Ted transformation. She hasn't spilled any weight loss secrets, but she has uploaded gym videos of her workouts to keep her fans updated on her journey.
"Haters gonna say it’s cause it got black on 🥴 @bodybyted," she captioned on her Instagram post.
She looks amazing!
Adele is showing off her incredible 100 pound weight loss!
Soaking up the sun while relaxing in Anguilla, the "Rolling In The Deep" singer revealed to young fan that she went into a major diet overhaul for her banging body. Her pantry and fridge now consist of the Sirtfood diet which focuses on plant-based foods.
As a mother of two, Toya Wright has not only decided to live her best life but more importantly, she has opted to live a healthier lifestyle!
With her companion Robert Red Rushing by her side, not only has the T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle reality star jumped in the gym to train with celebrity fitness trainer, Kory Phillips, but she’s also participated in a series of 5K races to help fight against obesity.
After giving birth to her daughter, Reign Ryan Rushing, in February 2018, Toya admitted on Instagram, “It was hard losing the extra pounds after the baby.”
That was until her celebrity bestie LeToya Luckett shared her weight loss secret!
Besides hitting the gym with a waist trainer, the mother of two accredited her post-pregnancy body to plant-based supplement kit, Body Complete RX, which is “clinically proven to control appetite, boost energy and metabolism.”
Proud of her results, Toya showed off her post-pregnancy body with a before-and-after photo on Instagram.
“[Body Complete RX] is the best thing I've tried to get me back on track and the weight just keeps coming off,” she wrote on the side-by-side photo. “It was just what I needed to help me along my weight loss journey.”
Jordyn Woods has been about her weight loss journey since 2018. Admitting to E! News that she was “addicted” to going to the gym, the former Life of Kylie star has not only lost weight but has also used her love for fitness as her inspiration for creating her activewear collection, Secndnture.
According to Hollywood Life, Dr. Spencer Nadolsky estimates Kylie Jenner‘s former BFF lost about 30-pounds after publicly falling out with the KarJenner clan. Since then, the curvaceous beauty has used her Instagram to document her healthy lifestyle by sharing workout tips, displaying her wholesome diet, and creating fitness inspiration with bikini flicks and body-con outfits.
After serving three years in custody for felony gun and drug charges, Gucci Mane was released from prison in 2016 reportedly 50 lbs. lighter. When he returned home, his girlfriend, Keyshia Ka’oir proudly headed to Instagram to celebrate her future husband’s new abs.
Since then, the “Curve” rapper has married Keyshia and lost an additional 50-pounds all thanks to eliminating greasy foods and codeine, eating healthier, and developing an exercise routine.
“I used to be fat,” he said in an Instagram video showing off his washboard abs. “For people who ain’t in shape, people who ain’t healthy, people who need some inspiration, listen: I was 290 pounds, now I’m 190 pounds. I lost 100 pounds. I’m 190 right now. I said I’m 190!”
He continued, “So check this out: You can do it if I can do it. Use me for inspiration. ‘Cause I’m seeing a lot ya’ll and y’all look terrible.”
With the words “health is wealth,” serving as his motivation, the Alabama-born rapper has proudly taken on a healthier lifestyle and the results truly speak for itself.
After giving birth to her twins, Moroccan and Monroe, in 2011, Mariah Carey revealed to Us Weekly that she “gained an enormous amount of weight."
Setting her mind on getting back her tiny waistline, the "Shake It Off” singer began her journey to her pre-pregnancy shape after feeling "trapped in her body."
Thanks to following the Jenny Craig program, which consisted of a 1,500 calorie diet and working out three times a week, Mariah shared with the publication that she lost a whopping 30-pounds in three months, which she flaunted on the cover of Us Weekly in 2011.
"I'm proud of how hard I worked to get my body back,” Mariah said. ”I had to do this for me.”
When Missy Elliott was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in 2008, she vowed to take control of her health through “diet and exercise.”
Sticking to her word and shedding 30-pounds, the “Work It” rapper sent fans into a frenzy when she displayed her slimmer figure during an NYC performance in 2014.
Since then, Missy has maintained her healthy lifestyle—and flaunts notably fabulous skin— thanks to ditching sodas, bread, and juices, along with working out to Shaun T’s “Insanity” T25 workout videos.
“I have only drank water,” Missy shared on Instagram. “No other juices or soda & I cut out bread. Lord knows that’s been the hardest for me!”
While she admitted she’s “NEVER been a water drinker,” she noticed a change in her skin’s glow, along with an increase in her energy level.
Missy may have made her new diet seem easy, she’s openly shared with fans the hard work that it took to ditch junk food, especially sweets. While she was confident that she would one day cut her love for sugar, she admitted she allowed herself at least, “two cupcakes a month.”
In 2017, Kandi Burruss' daughter, Riley, embarked on her workout campaign with friends.
After nine months of hard work, dedication, and days in the gym, the teenager proudly announced to the world on Instagram she lost a whopping 52 lbs. that she accomplished naturally in nine months!
“My journey is not over,” Riley shared on Instagram. “I have larger goals I am trying to reach and I hope everybody follows me throughout my journey.”
Since her transformation from 220-pounds to 168-pounds, Riley has proudly documented her fitness transition on her Instagram and YouTube to inspire others struggling with weight loss.
Randy Jackson successfully lost a whopping 100-pounds, but it wasn’t without a struggle.
After tipping the scales at 350 pounds and being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2001, the American Idol' judge knew he wanted to change his life.
In 2003, Randy decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery, but soon learned it wasn’t the end-all after he began gaining back weight. At that moment, he knew he had to change his eating habits and fitness routine to see real results.
"Liquid fasts. Bee stings. [The] urine of pregnant women. You name it. I have tried it," the Grammy Award-winning producer jokingly shared with WebMD. "The problem is that those diets don't work for people who have the disease of obesity."
At the time of the interview, Randy weighed 220-pounds and revealed the tips he accredited to his weight loss success, which includes knowing your limits, never arriving anywhere hungry, and seeking a support network.
When Raven-Symoné reportedly dropped 35-pounds after ending her Disney Channel show, That’s So Raven, fans were dying to know her weight loss secret.
According to the actress, while many celebrities seek fat burning teas, lack of stress was her magic potion.
“I stopped stressing,” Raven-Symoné shared on The Wendy Williams Show. ”You have to realize at 15, there was a whole entire show I had on my shoulders. It was a very big cast and crew and if you’re sick for a day, people lose money and that’s a problem.”
She continued, “[It wasn’t] just overeating because I’ve actually been eating the same. I keep a little bit more smaller portions because I learned that your body has to get rid of that stress [in] some way. Some people break-out, some people lose their hair, some lose weight, some people gain weight, my body just reacted a certain kind of way.”
While the Raven-Symoné admitted she always felt “fabulous” when “nobody else did,” the star explained to People that she was not completely comfortable with her weight loss results.
“Actually, now I wear bigger clothes because I don’t like the way people stare at me,” she shared with People in 2011. “I liked it before. Now, you’re just looking at me for the wrong reasons. Before, you were actually looking at me for a real reason.”
In 2018, Mo'nique excitedly revealed to her Instagram fans that she was the thinnest she's been her entire adult life.
"Since I [was] 17 years old I've been over 200 pounds. Today was the first time in my adult life that I've been under 200 pounds," the comedian shared on her Instagram video.
Displaying her dramatic weight loss, she later followed up the video with a close-up photo of a scale that she showed she weighed 198.4 pounds.
“For me it was with no surgery, no pre-packaged foods,” she confessed. “It was just putting in the work and not giving up on me.”
Thanks to raw foods, dance workouts, and believing in herself, Mo'nique has managed to stay fit after losing a total of 80-pounds since embarking on her journey to becoming healthier.
“I don’t spend too much of my day obsessing over my size,” Chrisette Michele shared on her personal blog.
While the 5’7” beauty explained she lost approximately 25-pounds between December of 2018 and July of 2019, the singer who weighed in at 175 lbs. at the time of the post, revealed she was still considered “overweight” by doctors' standards.
“I combine the knowledge of such specialists with my own instincts and convictions,” she said.
After expressing her concerns that the ideals of sizing should be given “individual attention,” Chrisette shared due to her PCOS, her body's weight tended to fluctuate.
“Between the hormones in the meat and the saturated fats, my body went up and down in size like you wouldn’t believe,” she wrote. “My cheeks would bloat one week, then my arms would bloat. I’d have to hear people tell me I lost and gained weight on a weekly basis. [Sometimes] I’d talk to them about what was really going on, but usually, I just smiled and waited for the conversation to end.”
Learning through “trial and error,” Chrisette soon discovered what foods caused her inflammation, bloating, and brain-fog before she eliminated them. After changing her diet by eating less animal fat and limiting her sugar intake, she soon discovered her PCOS diagnosis disappeared.
She also attributes her newfound health to the “weight loss” of toxic people.
“I’m less stressed when I release myself of toxic people. I tend to [lose] 5-10 lbs when I let toxic people go. I do that at the top of each year and sometimes more,” she shared. “Stress disturbs my physical body, so I eliminate it as often as possible. Toxic people include folks who complain most of the time, use toxic language, don’t see my value, and people who refuse to see their own value.”
Since going from a size 16 to a size 6, Jennifer Hudson has found sufficient ways to maintain her trimmed figure— even if it means by extreme measures to avoid temptation.
"I throw the pancakes across the room! I don't let the food intimidate me," she told Yahoo Style in a 2014 interview. "If it's too much, I just get rid of it ... And I make sure I know what it is. It's all about portions for the most part. I don't work out a lot, but I do like to be active."
While you may imagine the famed singer spending countless hours in the gym to maintain her 80-pound weight loss, you'd be surprised to know not exactly.
"I don't really have time to do much [working out], so I really just watch what I eat," she said during a 2017 interview on the British daytime talk show Lorraine. "I'm very careful and cautious of what I'm eating, so I just try to pace those meals throughout the day. Like, okay, eat here, don't eat here. When it's early in the morning, I say, okay, I would've been asleep ... so I'm not going to eat. I'm very conscious of what I put in my body."
In 2012, poor health was the major contributor to Jordin Sparks’ mission to lose weight. “I had gotten really sick,” the" One Step At A Time" singer told TODAY. “And I was about to celebrate my birthday and I was like, ‘I should be in the prime of my life right now. I shouldn’t be feeling like this. I really need to make my health a priority.’ And that’s what I did.”
Instead of choosing to focus on her jean size, Jordin made it a point to lose weight to get healthy, which she did! Losing 50-pounds in 18 months, the singer accredits proper nutrition and working out to her success.
"I never felt like I was suffering by eating less and exercising more," she told Redbook Mag in 2012. "The key was finding exercises I enjoyed. If you don't, you won't stick with it."
In 2017, while recapping the first bikini photo she posted during her fitness journey, Jordin wrote on Instagram, “I look at this photo and I am so proud that I made the decision to take control of my health.”
She continued, “The years since this photo have been a rollercoaster. If I didn't start taking care of myself then, I know things would be much harder now. My fitness journey is a constant work in progress and I'm happy to share it with you!”
When Al Roker wrote his 2013 memoir Never Goin' Back: Winning The Weight Loss Battle for Good, the weatherman revealed the battles he faces with weight.
Growing up with a diet filled with carbs, Al recapped his heaviest moment in life was when he tipped the scales at 340-pounds.
It wasn’t until he promised his dying father, Albert Lincoln Roker, Sr., that he began his mission to lose weight.
"I don't know if you've ever had to make a deathbed promise to someone you love, but if you have, you know the kind of guilt and massive responsibility I felt in that moment," Al wrote.
Although he successfully lost 100-pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 2002, it didn’t come without the embarrassing moment when he “pooped” his pants.
"You have a bypass, you know, and you think your bowels have been reconstructed,” Al shared in a 2013 interview with Dateline. “You think you're pretty safe. And I probably went off and ate something I wasn't supposed to, and as I'm walking to the [White House] press room, [I] turn around and I think 'I gotta pass a little gas here.' So I walk by myself [and think] 'who's going to know?' ... Only a little something extra came out."
Sadly, due to depression after his mother passed away, Al gained back 40-pounds in 2011.
Since then, the weatherman has gotten back on track and weighed in at around 190-pounds thanks to portion control, workouts, running marathons, and permanently opting to only eat “whole, unprocessed foods that are high in protein and low in carbs."
Thanks to the Keto diet, Sherri Shepherd shed 30-pounds! Proud of her weight loss accomplishment, the former The View co-host hopped on Instagram to share her story, along with photos of her transformation.
Revealing how she started the Keto Appx in June/July 2018 and opted to go without sugar “cold turkey,” in March 2018, Sherri dished on her success.
“My weight last year I believe was 189 (too tired to look for the scale pics😂) and now I go back and forth between 159-161lbs,” she wrote on her Instagram post.
After stressing the importance of water, sleep, exercise, meditation, prayer, forgiveness, less sugar, and less carbs to her fans, Sherri continued, “I am really putting my fat belly out there for ridicule but I am passionate about wanting YOU to feel better... find your purpose and get past fear.”
The TV host often speaks about her childhood struggle with weight, but after dealing with daily outfit dilemmas, Wendy admitted she was ecstatic when she lost 50-pounds over the span of three years.
“I did it on my own and I love it because I no longer have to do that fight with clothing,” she shared. “Those things get in the way of being a good host for the people.”
Thanks to a healthier diet (which includes breakfast), along with cardio and Pilates, Wendy has managed to maintain her weight loss.
While some may believe that the pressures of Hollywood were the sole reasoning behind Gabourey Sidibe’s weight loss journey, it’s far from the truth.
“I just didn’t want to worry,” Gabby said in an interview with People. “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.”
Open about her battle with bulimia and diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes, the Empire actress documented her surgery experience in her memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.
“My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half,” she wrote in her memoir. “This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change.
Expressing the reasoning behind her choice to secretly undergo weight loss surgery in 2016, she continued, “The surgery wasn’t the easy way out. I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”
Gabby chosen to be very private about her weight loss numbers.
Struggling with weight since her youth, it wasn’t until she climbed to over 300-pounds and noticed she was consistently trying to catch her breath while climbing stairs that she knew she had to do something.
In 2003, the TV host privately opted for gastric bypass surgery with the fear that she would be judged by the public if she failed.
“I’m not sure I thought I would be successful at it, to be honest with you,” Star said. “I thought I’d gain the weight back. I had never been successful at losing weight before. I needed to forgive myself for being such a smart girl and so stupid when it came to something like my health.”
Pairing her surgery with an improved diet and regular exercise, Star dropped from a size 26 to a size 6.
Unfortunately in 2010, after noticing “shortness of breath, heart palpitations, [and] lightheadedness,” doctors soon diagnosed Star with heart disease.
Thankfully, with successful surgery, the energetic celebrity has been able to live her best life as she advocates for women taking control of their health.
“If I didn’t lose another pound, I still feel really fantastic,” Oprah Winfrey told People in 2018. “I’m not trying to be skinny, not trying for a size. I’m just trying to be as healthy as my body wants to be.”
In the four years since becoming a WW shareholder, Oprah lost 42 lbs., but vanity was never been a reason for the media mogul to get healthy.
‘‘For your heart to pump, pump, pump, pump, it needs the least amount of weight possible to do that,” she said in an interview with the New York Times, in 2017.
She added, “So all of the people who are saying, ‘Oh, I need to accept myself as I am’ — I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 pounds, because it’s too much work on my heart. It causes high blood pressure for me. It puts me at risk for diabetes, because I have diabetes in my family.”
Sadly, her mother Vernita passed away from type 2 diabetes.
In a letter to WW members, Oprah shared that she was “diagnosed with pre-diabetes before WW,” but thanks to her healthier diet, her blood sugar was back to normal.
After losing a whopping 150-pounds, Shonda Rhimes was shocked by the response. From men seeking her attention to women’s awkward conversations about her weight loss, the TV producer was over it— especially with questions about her journey.
“Losing weight is not a topic I like discussing,” Shonda reportedly shared in a 2017 Shondaland newsletter. “Why? Because there is nothing fun or interesting or great about it. I hated losing weight. I hated every single second of it. And I hate every single second of maintaining my weight, too.”
The Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator continued to share the responses she received after losing weight, which lead her to the horrible realization that slimming down resulted in people finally seeing her as “valuable.”
“I did not do it because I thought I would become beautiful like in the movies,” Shonda explained. “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 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," she continued. “What the hell did they see me as before? How invisible was I to them? How hard did they work to avoid me?”
In the words of Shonda, “Being thinner doesn’t make you a different person. It just makes you thinner.”
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