Losing weight while in the spotlight has many perks. Celebrities have the best trainers, chefs, and nutritionists at their disposal. Not only that, but they also have the means to pay for any treatment they may need, no matter the price.
However, not everything is so peachy. Aside from having all these advantages, they also have to put up with the media following and scrutinizing every part of their journey. The media’s takes are often unforgiving and crass, and it seems like every decision celebrities make is somehow the wrong one.
Knowing how to balance between the good and the bad side of losing weight in the spotlight is, it seems, the key to success. It is not an easy journey, but making it is indeed possible, and these twenty celebrities are proof of that. Read on to see their amazing transformations.
1. Jonah Hill
We all remember Hill’s breakout role in Superbad. His portrayal of the sweet teenager Seth made the cinema world fall in love with him, and his chubbiness became his trademark. That is why his appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival turned heads left and right.
He appeared on the red carpet in a dashing black suit and, more importantly, weighing forty pounds less. The entire world was shocked by his abrupt transformation. However, they recovered soon, and they only had words of praise for Hill’s weight loss journey.
Although Hill was obviously happy and flattered by the reactions, he opened up about another aspect of it all. He was shocked at how many more offers and roles he was getting after he lost weight. It wasn’t something he had expected, and it made him think about how superficial Hollywood really is.
2. Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is surely one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. His career spans three decades, and he has already been proclaimed a legend. For the longest time, it seemed as though nothing could ever get in the way of him enjoying life to the fullest.
But everything changed after a routine checkup. His doctor told him he was pre-diabetic and that diet and habit changes were in order. He took this advice seriously and lost almost 30 pounds in record time. Now he is healthy, he looks great, and his weight loss journey is seen as one of the most inspiring in Hollywood.
3. Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks started modeling when she was just fifteen years old. Even at such a young age, she started breaking barriers for African American models. She was the first black woman to grace the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated.
However, as soon as the paparazzi caught sight of Tyra being a few pounds heavier than usual, the media’s scrutiny became too much. She hit the gym immediately, and now she is looking fitter than ever. However, her experience made her speak up about the inequality and unfairness of the industry toward women, something she is vocal about even today.
4. John Goodman
John Goodman, whom we all met and got to love as Dan in Roseanne, has undergone a striking transformation. It took several years, but he took it slow and steady to get the best results. And get them he did: he lost a whopping 100 pounds, and now he looks better than ever.
5. Wendy Williams
Famous for her daytime talk show titled The Wendy Williams Show, Wendy got used to the media’s scrutiny of her weight early on in her career. This scrutiny taught her to be tough and to realize she is the only one stopping her from getting healthier and skinnier.
After she realized that, nothing could stand in her way. She lost around 50 pounds in just a couple of months, and her transformation was a shock to the whole entertainment industry.
6. Perez Hilton
The famous gossip columnist has struggled with his weight for a long time. Hilton virtually made his career by commenting on the looks and lives of others. So, it comes as no surprise that his own looks became a topic of discussion on social media.
As soon as the comments became too much, Perez decided to change his lifestyle and lose weight. He lost 50 pounds by eating healthy and exercising regularly. It took him a year, but he made sure no one would ever make fun of his looks again.
7. Queen Latifah
As one of the most versatile artists in the entertainment industry, Queen Latifah has tried her luck doing almost everything. From rapping and singing to acting and modeling, she was successful in anything she set her eye on.
However, through all her success, she was unhappy with her looks. She decided to change her diet and start working out, and the results were quick to follow. Today, she looks healthy and stunning, and she has never been happier.
8. Jennifer Hudson
As one of the most successful artists of her generation, Hudson is one of the very few to have won a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and a Grammy. She lost 80 pounds using Weight Watchers, a popular wellness and weight loss program. Her amazing transformation prompted her to become a Weight Watchers advocate, which she remains to this day.
9. Khloe Kardashian
The youngest Kardashian sister was always in the shadow of her petite sisters. She always felt self-conscious about her height and weight and decided to do something about it.
She started working out every day and eating healthier foods. Her efforts paid off as she managed to lose 40 pounds. Today, she looks healthier and happier than ever.
10. Renee Zellweger
This actress takes her job seriously. For her role in the Bridget Jones’ Diary movies, she put on around 20 pounds to portray a character struggling with her weight. Then, she lost that weight quickly for another role. Still, we have to say she looks gorgeous either way.
11. Kelly Osbourne
From the moment her family’s reality TV show premiered, Kelly started receiving backlash for her appearance. At some point, it became too much, and she decided to lose weight.
She invested herself fully in getting healthier and lost almost 70 pounds. Today, she is a far cry from the overweight girl we all got to know and love. She is healthy, happy with her looks and her life, and she works as a host on E!’s Fashion Police
12. America Ferrera
Despite capturing our hearts in all her roles, Ferrera was always a bit bigger than most of her colleagues. After getting the leading role in Superstore, she decided to lose the extra weight for good. She started exercising and running, and her slim figure proves that that’s really all it takes.
13. Susan Boyle
We all remember the way Susan Boyle used her voice to steal the hearts of every music lover in the world. However, her weight was often at the forefront of any news coverage even then.
She shocked everyone when she appeared one day having lost more than 50 pounds. Susan credited her success to a healthier diet and lots of exercise. She also admitted she was diagnosed with diabetes, which is what prompted her lifestyle change.
Speaking of powerhouse singers… It is impossible to talk about weight loss transformations without mentioning the one and only Adele. The chubby singer decided to slim down after having her first child. We have to say she looks stunning, and the smile on her face is brighter than ever.
15. Kirstie Alley
Alley’s acting career soared at the beginning, with her landing roles left and right. But as soon as the actress gained some extra weight, the offers stopped coming. She decided to get serious and started working out and following a diet plan made by her nutritionist. She lost around 50 pounds in a few months, and her transformation is more than inspiring.