In today’s society, image is everything and how much weight you’re packing somehow contributes or determines how you’re perceived by others. Celebrities are under twice as much scrutiny as regular people for their weight, and some of them have had to battle weight issues, pulling themselves back from the chubby life by shedding some pounds. Check out this list of celebrity weight loss transformations that we all admire because they truly surprised and impressed us.
When Adele broke into the music scene at only 19 years old, topped the charts, and captured our hearts forever, she was very much on the heavy side and pretty unashamed about it too. She regularly reiterated that she was proud of her body and has never felt even the slightest bit insecure about her weight. According to her, weight had nothing to do with her career so she saw no point in losing it. She made that very clear earlier on in her career by refusing to work with anyone who suggested losing weight to her.
The queen of heartbreaking ballads always insisted that she didn’t make music for eyes to see, but for ears to hear. However, after giving birth to her son in 2012, she decided to get in shape for herself. She quit smoking and stuck to her nutritionist’s clean diet regimen. Now, she’s slimmer than she’s ever been.
Adele admits that being able to find her size of clothes straight off the rack is a little bit unusual and problematic for her, but she’s getting over it. Even though she likes lifting weights, the sharp-witted singer would rather hang out with her friends than hit the gym. Still, she’s happy with her new shape and healthier than ever.
2. Jonah Hill
This celeb’s comedic acting has made him a favorite of many, despite his dramatic weight fluctuations. He is constantly gaining or losing weight, either for a role in a movie or for health reasons. His struggles to lose weight kicked off in 2011, but he fell off the wagon and ballooned up again in 2015 in order to properly fulfill his character in the movie, War Dogs. Since then, he has been trying to lose the extra pounds again.
Apparently, the 21 Jumpstreet star called his co-actor, Channing Tatum, who is known for his freakishly trim and hot body, asking for tips on how to lose weight. Jonah recently went from being heavily overweight to showing off a trimmer figure with the aid of a nutritionist and regular exercise, although he has had to cut down on beer which he absolutely loves so as to stay in shape. Hopefully, he will stay on track this time.
3. Aretha Franklin
When this queen of soul’s weight shot up to 300 pounds, fans and commentators alike began to worry about her health. She suffered a health scare in 2010 and a diabetes diagnosis that forced her to go on a stricter diet. She took up dieting with portion control and taking long walks when she needed to exercise.
The legendary singer admitted that there was a time she could not stand to look at herself in the mirror because of all the weight she had gained during her bad eating days. Aretha went on to lose 85 pounds, a healthy size she maintained up until her passing in August 2018. Hers is one of the most stunning celebrity weight loss transformations we have ever seen, and it’s especially admirable because she did it when she was in her 70s.
4. John Goodman
Once upon a time, this actor’s weight was nearly 400 pounds. During this period, Goodman hated his looks and was very unhappy about how heavy he was. This pushed him to stop binge eating and drinking. He decided to get clean by completely quitting alcohol, and replacing his usual diet of eating everything he sees with fruits, vegetables, and protein shakes.
He also hired the badass personal trainer, Mackie Shilstone to take charge of his exercise routine. Mackie once helped Goodman lose 80 pounds, but when he gained it all back, the trainer decided he needed a new approach – he took the actor to a graveyard, handing him a shovel and telling him to dig a hole in the ground because that’s where he was going to end up if he didn’t get his weight under control. Consequently, Goodman shed over 100 pounds and feels better than ever. He’s also kept the weight off so far.
5. Chris Pratt
Next up on our list of impressive celebrity weight loss transformations is Chris Pratt. This actor’s weight problem began when he had to deliberately gain weight to fully actualize his role as Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation. He had to eat four burgers at every reading, and he ballooned up to 300 pounds.
In 2013, the Guardians of the Galaxy star lost over 60 pounds in just six months by exercising for up to four hours a day. This transformed him into the man with the incredible physique that we admire today. Pratt continues to maintain his calorie intake and regular exercise in order to remain trim and fit. His chiseled frame certainly did not come easy. We admire the work and dedication he has put into whipping his overweight body and ensuring there’s not an ounce of fat out of place.
6. Shonda Rhimes
Award-winning TV producer Shonda Rhimes made a decision to say yes to things that she would normally say no to. This led to her agreeing to lose weight for the sake of her health and her kids. She was unable to walk up or down a flight of stairs without getting drenched in sweat and coming very close to passing out.
It was a tough situation for her and in order to get things right, Shonda had to change everything she ate and started exercising a lot. Thankfully, her hard work paid off and she lost over 125 pounds. While it’s easy for us to simply state that this is one of the celebrity weight loss transformations that people greatly admired, Shonda will admit it was a very difficult thing to do; that she hated and still hates doing it. But then, she is not going to stop now because losing weight was great for her family and health.
The Grey’s Anatomy creator says that what annoys her the most about losing weight is how people treated her after. It was too much attention and for all the wrong reasons. Also, she misses being able to consume loads and loads of fried chicken. We know it cannot have been easy for her to go through such a transformation, and we applaud her for it.
7. Janet Jackson
Janet grew up as a child star alongside her brothers, and her weight has always been under the unforgiving gaze of Hollywood. Although she struggled with her weight for years, she now has it under control. She dropped 70 pounds, thanks to weight training and the rigorous prepping it takes to prepare for tours. A very strict nutrition regimen also contributed to the music icon’s new number on the weight scale and her place on our list of celebrity weight loss transformations we admire.
Barely six weeks after Janet had her baby, she hired a trainer to help her shed the heavy pounds and gain some lean muscle here and there. At her age, Janet has the body of someone 20 years younger, and we are definitely loving it.
8. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah is easily one of the most successful women in the world. But despite her billions of dollars and loads of fame, she struggled with food, which she hinged on whenever she was feeling down or under pressure. She has struggled with her weight for 40 years, fluctuating from one size to another while the public looked on.
All her previous methods of trying to shed the fat proved unproductive or worked for a while only to fail again. In 2015, she decided that what she needed to do was stop trying to focus on her relationship with food and just fix what was really wrong. She got on the Weight Watchers plan and lost over 60 pounds. She now maintains a healthy, fit figure.
9. Sam Smith
This Grammy award-winning singer went from being on the heavy side to rocking surfer-type figure. Since 2015, he has lost over 50 pounds and turned his looks around. His secret is changing his unhealthy relationship with food and exercising a lot. Sam is no longer letting the pressure of work make him grow bigger and bigger, he’s all about a healthy lifestyle now.
His weight seems to be further shrinking every time he appears in public. Thanks to his wonderful nutritionist and trainer, the singer can now boast of having a svelte body. Smith has also embraced the reputation of being a gym rat.
10. Khloe Kardashian
Khloe has always been known as the chubby Kardashian until she decided to get rid of that image and lose the weight. Her fitness journey was very public. She freely admits that it took a while for her to get into it, but now she can’t imagine herself stopping.
Khloe works out with a trainer up to five times a week. Her transformation was so inspiring that she now has her own show (Revenge Body) where she helps others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. You shouldn’t make any list of celebrity weight loss transformations without telling her tale.