Everyone knows that weight loss doesn’t happen in the snap of a finger, it takes dedication, focus, and will power. Trust us, even the biggest (no pun intended) celebrities know this to be true! That’s why we rounded up the greatest Hollywood weight loss stories that you just need to see believe.
At one point, Bubba Sparx’s weight had jumped up to 290 pounds. It was at this point that the rapper decided he needed to make a drastic life change if he wanted to live a healthy and happy life. With the help of a friend, and his determination to be healthier, he started working out on a regular basis. The results speak for themselves.
At just 35, the diva that is Christina Aguilera has lost some 50 pounds. Back in 2012, however, Aguilera was the victim of harsh criticism over her curvy figure, why we can’t wrap our minds around. Just a year later, she then received tons of favorable media attention after her substantial weight loss.
Melissa McMcarthy may be in the news right now due to her uncanny Spicy impersonation but she’s also making headlines thanks to her stunning 50-pound weight loss.
As if someone like Janet Jackson needs an introduction. All we will say is that Jackson has lost over 60 pounds on her weight loss journey.
The legend that is Carrie Fisher does also make the list, even if it breaks our hearts a little bit. Fisher spent her life supporting a healthy life style, and we thank her for it!
Rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent is up next. In order to play a cancer patient in the film All Things Fall Apart, 50 cent dropped a dramatic 60 pounds, stunning fans all over the globe.
John Goodman used to known for his rather large demeanor but that’s all changed now. He’s dropped a staggering 100 pounds so far, after having reached 400.
Multi Grammy award winner Adele is up next. Just by watching what she eats and totally cutting out sugar, she’s lost a ton of weight.
If you’re not familiar with Criminal Minds‘s FBI Technical Analyst, Penelope Garcia, now’s the time to meet her. She made a decision to lose weight by working out and eating healthy, and just look at the results!
Beth Smith, who is a star from Dog the Bounty Hunter really made heads turn when she lost a fortune of weight! A lot of people however, find it more interesting that she’s ‘Dog’ Duane Chapman’s fifth wife!
2009 was when we first heard of Susan Boyle and that’s all thanks to Britain’s Got Talent. After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Boyle made some lifestyle changes and has lost 30 pounds! Looking good, Suz.
This Pawn Stars star together with his friend and co-worker Corey Harrison, teamed up in order to lose the weight.
The name Gabourey Sidibe became huge thanks to her breathtaking performance in hit film Precious. Since then, she’s undergone weight-loss surgery to help lose the weight and still continues to shed the pounds.
Star of the show Shahs of Sunset Reza Farahan found himself at his lowest point when he was overweight. Determined to turn his life around, an old friend asked him a pressing question – he asked why he had given up on his life. It was at that moment that he decided to get into shape, and when he did, he lost an impressive 40 pounds!
Celine Dion is a rare gem in the music industry. Her unrivaled achievements make her a success that’s hard to compete with. Her most popular song is probably “My Heart Will Go On” which featured in the all-time hit, Titanic. Following the passing of her beloved husband, she began to lose weight. She doesn’t aim to lose more weight, and we think she looks great just as she is.
Kirstie Alley has been under the microscope due to her many weight fluctuations but as a Jenny Craig spokesperson, she’s lost around 50 pounds.
Lost star, Jorge Garcia decided that enough was enough when it came to his weight. Instead of continuing to be overweight, as he was, he made the decision to change his lifestyle. Garcia succeeded in doing this by becoming a vegan, and by incorporating regular exercise into his daily routine.
Britain’s Got Talent contestant Jonathan Antoine looks nothing like he did a few years ago; he’s lost a bunch of weight and let’s be real, he looks great! He changed his diet and started living a healthier lifestyle, and it seems to be working out pretty well for him.
Pitches! 37-year-old Australian actress, writer, and producer makes the list. Wilson shot to fame thanks to her Fat Amy portrayal in Pitch Perfect but she’s not “fat Amy” anymore. So far she’s lost 33 pounds and that’s thanks to exercise. But don’t get it confused, Wilson still supports a curvy figure and being happy in your own skin.
Chrissy Metz did everything it took to lose weight. The truth is that her American Horror Story: Freakshow contract explicitly stated that she had to lose weight, so what choice did she have? Despite having battled depression and low energy at the start, she ended up losing more than 100 pounds!
One of the biggest divas out there, no pun intended. Mariah Carey has impressively dropped 70 pounds to date.
Rosie O’Donnell has been around for as long as we can remember and yes, her life has been under the microscope, mainly because of her weight fluctuations. However as of late, she’s lost some 70 pounds.
America Ferrera isn’t sitting around counting calories, her weight loss journey is all about being comfortable in her own skin and that’s exactly what has helped keep her focused.
Everyone’s favorite weatherman reached some 340 pounds when he sprang into action. Currently, Al Roker is sporting an easy 190 pounds and looks better than ever.
Adam Richman, AKA the Man Vs. Food star has left the world of competitive eating behind and has transformed into something better. His vegan lifestyle has helped ease his weight loss journey so far.
Anything is possible in Shondaland, all her fans know that to be true. Shonda credits her children as her source of inspiration to lose over 130 pounds. With a strict diet and intense cardio workouts, she’s well on her way of reaching her weight loss goal.
The wonderful Jennifer Hudson turned to Weight Watchers on her weight loss journey and what a help its been. Hudson also said that she kept junk food out of her sights to help stay on course.
As the current host of The Price is Right, Drew Carey has stunned just about everyone with his incredible weight loss.
One of the original American Idol greats from all the way back in 2003. Since then, he’s dropped some 112 pounds.
Chris Pratt has been in the news recently and that’s all thanks to his stunning weight loss transformation. Pratt played the hilarious but chubby Andy on Parks and Rec but now that he’s well known as a Marvel superhero, Pratt is sporting some serious wash broad abs.
Bale is a legend in Hollywood and that’s no surprise. He’s well known for his intense rapid weight loss journeys to become the role of the film he’s in. His transition as the lead in The Machinist to the Dark Knight in Batman Begins is notable to say the least.
Alec Baldwin immediately looked into a weight loss program after he was diagnosed as prediabetic. To date, he’s lost some 30 pounds.
Star Jones turned to gastric bypass surgery to help her kick start her weight loss journey and what a journey its been.
After Zach Galifianakis quit drinking back in 2014, he’s lost a staggering 50 pounds. That’s actually quite impressive.
In 18 months, our girl Jordin Sparks has lost 50 pounds but she took things slow as she didn’t want to torture herself to reaching her weight loss goal.
Jonah Hill continues to startle people with his continuing weight loss but hey, he’s looking better than ever.
Mama June’s weight loss journey has been truly inspiring to watch! Recently she said she plans to keep the nearly 300 pounds she’s lost with better food decisions, exercise, and portion control.
Kim Kardashian is constantly in the news for one thing or another but when it comes to weight loss, she’s the queen and makes it look so darn easy.
Probably one of the greatest supermodels ever, Tyra Banks is an inspiration to many. Not just for her drop dead gorgeous looks but her honesty in her weight loss journey.
Powerful? Check. Successful? Double check. Oprah Winfrey is next on our list, having lost over 30 pounds to date.
Funny guy Seth Rogen has lost over 30 pounds to reach his weight loss goal.
Jessice Simpson turned to diet and exercise to help lose the baby weight and it’s working. Sometimes simple is the answer.
Miranda Lambert dropped almost 25 pounds by watching what she eats and working out with a personal trainer, Bill Crutchfield.
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi
Most of us remember Snooki from her wild Jersey Shore days but she’s left her party days behind, as she’s now the mother of two. So far, she’s dropped 100 pounds and positively continues on her weight loss journey.
The youngest Kardashian sister trio has lost over 25 pounds just by making lifestyle changes. Eating right and exercising consistently are all it takes sometimes.
The 41 year old, brilliant actress has lost 20 pounds and all by adding protein to her diet. Well done.
LeAnn Rimes is on the right track in her weight loss journey, she works out every day, whether its weight training, boxing, running, and so on. She keeps active!
When Carrie Underwood had her son, she gained some 30 pounds but thanks to her consistent and fun workouts, she’s quickly lost the weight, but in a good way.
Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart relies on Nutrisystem to help lose the weight and so far, she’s lost 40 pounds.
Guys, Sam Smith is really “Too Good With Goodbyes.” (Sorry about that pun, I just had to.) Just in 2017, he said bye-bye to 50 pounds. Via his Instagram account, he wrote, “Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in two weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food…It’s not even about weight loss it’s about feeling happy in yourself.” Smith doesn’t eat sugars, he does yoga and weight training.
33-year-old British TV personality and singer, Kelly Osbourne has lost a staggering 50 pounds and has a new-found confidence in herself.
Yup, the former star of Man vs. Food has totally transformed his life. Richman lost 70 pounds by working hard, exercising, and eating healthy – he maintains a vegan diet.
Next up is the self-proclaimed “Queen of all Media”, who lost some 70 pounds and looks better than ever!
Glee star Amber Riley credits hard work for her stunning weight loss, and the results are showing. Keep it up, Riley!
Let’s be real, Renee Zellweger doesn’t need an introduction at all. She’s Renee Zellweger! As most of us know, for her role in the Bridget Jones’s Diary films, she gained quite a lot of weight for the role – after all, she did go on a 4,000 calorie-a-day diet for the part. Throughout her career, she has undergone a few weight-loss regimes – all of which work!
English comedian Ricky Gervais teamed up with his partner Jane Fallon and together they lost an impressive 40 pounds. That’s teamwork!
55 pounds later, Turtle looks better than ever. The Entourage star lost the weight after doctors told him that if he didn’t make immediate lifestyle changes, he would experience serious issues in the years to come.
Abby Lee Miller
Thanks to a lap-band procedure, the Dance Moms star has gone from a size 24 to a size 16. Impressive? We’d say so, even if she achieved it in an unconventional way.
Talk show host Wendy Williams has lost an impressive 50 pounds and she is not going back. Williams is sticking to a healthy diet and is eating right, a perfect weight loss plan. “I did it on my own and I love it because I no longer have to do that fight with clothing,” Williams said and she did lost the weight over a three year span.
True Lies actor Tom Arnold admits that while his wife was pregnant, he gained a ton of weight, 70 pounds to be exact. Once his son was born, Arnold knew he needed to make some lifestyle changes, and that’s exactly what he did. Amazingly Arnold lost 100 pounds!
Back in 2015, Kevin Smith announced that he had lost a starling 85 pounds! Since then, he’s been sticking to a healthy lifestyle and doesn’t want to turn back the clock.
Boxing and biking is how Jill Scott has lost nearly 70 pounds! The 45-year-old singer-songwriter sticks to her diverse exercise routine to keep the weight off.
49-year-old actress, TV presenter and producer Ricki Lake credits a “new routine” to lose over 100 pounds. Yup, you read that right. Lake went from a size 24 to a size 6!
47-year-old Queen Latifah turned to Jenny Craig to help lose the weight, however her goal was not at all “about getting skinny.” Latifah told People, “My intention was to lose five to 10 percent of my body weight because it makes a difference with health-related issues, and I achieved that goal in a couple of months.”
Marshall! Jason Segel has been losing weight the healthy way, and as he told US Weekly, “I’ve just been living healthy, exercising, eating right — no more midnight pizzas.”
Soleil Moon Frye
When the Punky Brewster star gave birth to her fourth child, she wanted to lose the weight she’d gained during her pregnancy. “I feel amazing. I have been so fortunate to be blessed with four beautiful children,” she said to E! News. “I want to be an active part of their lives and make sure that they see me taking care of myself. After I had Story, I turned to my friends at Nutrisystem to help me lose the baby weight and it worked once again!”
American Idol judge Randy Jackson was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and at this point, he weighed nearly 350 pounds. After gastric bypass surgery and a healthier relationship with food, Jackson lost 100 pounds! Since then, he hasn’t turned back and is sticking to a healthy regiment.
If you ask me, no matter what Hilary Duff looks like, she always, always looks stunning. Call me biased but that’s just how I feel! Here’s the thing though, Duff works really hard to stay in shape and she doesn’t believe in striving to look “perfect”, “Obviously, I care about how I look, and I care about taking care of myself and being in a good mental place, and working out really helps that, but I also like to eat food and drink drinks and enjoy my life.” Preach girl.
When it comes to losing and gaining weight for movies, the legendary Russell Crowe is an expert. After gaining weight for his role in The Nice Guys alongside Ryan Gosling, Crowe has lost some 55 pounds!
For five decades, we’ve been blessed with Chaka Khan’s amazing talent. She started out as the lead vocalist and focal point of Rufus, a funk band. Now she’s called the Queen of Funk and we’re not surprised with her list of accolades. Khan is a vegan now, she chose this diet to lose weight and also combat high blood pressure and Type-2 diabetes.
No doubt you recognize his family name, Rob is a television personality (best known for Keeping Up with the Kardashians) and businessman. He also was the runner up of season 13 of Dancing with the Stars. Kardashian was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015 and has been making some serious lifestyle changes since. He has his own chef who makes him nothing but healthy meals, he drinks protein shakes and green juices, and he goes to sleep at 10PM so he can work out in the morning.
The That’s So Raven and Cory in the House star left Dancing With the Stars a whole 18 pounds lighter. “It’s crazy to think you’re going to come into a competition like this and not lose weight with the hours you’re going to have to put in,” Massey told People.com.
Speaking of That’s So Raven, the lead character is up next. In 2011, Raven lost a whopping 70 pounds but she loves her body in any frame, shape, or size. “I could look in the mirror and see me at 200 lbs or 135 lbs and I’m still the same person,” she told People magazine.
At 51, Dr Dre is looking better than ever. The record producer, rapper and entrepreneur may be worth $500 million but he’s on the front pages thanks to his 50-pound weight loss. Dre credits cardiovascular exercise for helping him lose weight quickly and to build muscle and strength.
In 2014, Rachel Frederickson caused a ton of controversy with her win on The Biggest Loser. She debuted a pencil-thin 105-pound frame at her final weigh-in. In 2016, she spoke up about her weight loss saying that maybe she was “a little too enthusiastic”. She’s living under the grid nowadays.
With three Grammy award nominations, this recording artist, producer, and actress is a force to be reckoned with. Once diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Stone decided to try diet pills to help lose the weight.
For many years, actress Sara Rue struggled with her weight but she’s been working incredibly hard to lose the weight, and it’s working. To date, she’s lost some 50 pounds and is a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. Rue also teamed up with the pharmaceutical company Takeda to encourage safe weight loss.
Here’s a celebrity chef who announced in 2014 that he had dropped 150 pounds, and he’s still going strong! Graham Elliot was nearly 400 pounds when his doctor stepped in and recommended a gastric sleeve, which reduces the stomach to the size of a small banana, and doesn’t inhibit digestion. Elliot also exercised regularly and ate a proper diet to ensure the surgery would hold and his health would continue to improve.
Thanks to a healthy diet and regular exercise, Chaz Bono has lost a stunning 85 pounds so far! Having a positive body image thanks to his gender transition has really helped him to get to a healthy place. He said once, “I’ve cut out, you know, 99 percent of grains from my diet,’ he revealed. ‘I pretty much eat vegetables, meat, fruit, nuts … My birthday is the one day of the year I’ll do cake.”
75-year-old singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin entered the music scene in 1956 and has since ignited the music scene. Considered the Queen of Soul, Franklin has also surprised fans with her dramatic weight loss. After a string of health concerns, the ‘Respect’ singer took control of her lifestyle in order to lose the weight.
Music executive Kevin Liles underwent gastric bypass surgery to help him lose the weight. Since then, he’s committed to eating healthy and exercising so that he can continue going down the right path.
In 2011, Lauren Alaina was the runner up of American Idol with Scotty McCreery finishing first. Much of Alaina’s weight loss is due to her struggles with bulimia and body image issues. However after her bulimia started to cause serious issues, her friends and family rallied and she is doing better now than she ever has before. Go on girl!
Grammy-nominated rapper Paul Wall has lost some 130 pounds after gastric sleeve surgery. He and his wife lost the weight together actually! Currently they buy only organic produce, juice their veggies, make sure to exercise regularly and walk lots in their near-downtown neighborhood.
The Jersey Shore star fell ill and packed on the pounds, however he recently took to Instagram to say, “I really let myself go after I got sick last year. It’s been a long road. I am nowhere I want to be shape wise, but I feel better than I ever did.” Once he was feeling better, Ortiz stuck to a routine of “Weight, cardio and abs 5-6 times a week” to get his body back on track. Looks like it worked!
The Rev. Al Sharpton has lost some serious weight over the past few years. He went from 305 lbs. to 129 lbs! Why? “Around 2006, my youngest daughter Ashley poked me in the stomach and said, ‘Dad, why are you so fat?’ That kind of hurt my feelings. I grew up in civil rights and politics, so I’m pretty thick-skinned, but when your daughter says it, I started being conscious.” That’s when Sharpton changed his diet and began to exercise more.
There is no denying that Paula Deen can cook, the queen of Southern cooking has been around long enough to teach us all a thing or two. In 2009, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and she knew changes had to be made. As she wasn’t a fan of dieting, Deen began to walk on the treadmill every day. Later she changed her diet to something more manageable.
As the talking member of the magical duo Penn and Teller, Jillette once said that losing 100 pounds took magic. Granted, Penn did lose a lot of weight rather quickly however he feels way better now that he’s at a comfortable weight. He eats “whole plants,” has given up added oil, sugar, refined grains like bread and pasta, and all animal products.
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray has been wowing fans with her skills in the kitchen and now she’s an inspiration to those seeking to lose weight. In 2009, Ray had to undergo throat surgery to remove a cyst and that was a huge wake-up call for her. She began to exercise, usually running, six days a week and stuck to a Mediterranean diet.
Rapper Rick Ross says the key to his weight loss was all about finding balance. “It’s all about the balance to me,” he told ABC News. “I wanted to balance myself but still enjoy the things I love so if I lost weight one year, the next year it wouldn’t be right back on me.” Ross works out regularly, eats healthy, but also indulges in some of his favorite foods.
Honey Boo Boo
After her mother, Mama June lost 300 pounds on the show, she wanted her young daughter, Honey Boo Boo to follow in her footsteps. Honey Boo Boo was not so thrilled with the idea at first, but now, at age 15, she is not only a TV star, but she is also in healthier shape than she was beforehand.