Celebrities Use Smart Dieting and Exercise to Transform Themselves

A lot of people aren’t happy with their body weight. It’s something that many of us struggle with at various stages throughout our lives, and it can be difficult to keep your weight in check, especially when you have a busy schedule and a lack of free time to dedicate to preparing healthy meals and getting regular exercise. However, as these celebrity weight loss transformations show, it is totally possible to hit your goals, even with a hectic life.

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From Melissa McCarthy to Gordon Ramsay, dozens of celebrities have been able to set great examples for their fans and followers, making adjustments to their own diets and exercise plans in order to lead happier, healthier lives. Even though they have countless engagements and activities to keep them busy, these stars have been able to shed those excess pounds and lose inches off their waistlines. Here are some inspiring examples!

Martha Stewart

Multi-talented model, chef, writer, and businesswoman Martha Stewart made a name for herself with shows like The Martha Stewart Show and Martha Bakes. She’s one of our most trusted celebrities when it comes to food, but she admits that she fell into the trap of eating too many tasty treats and failing to control her diet.

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In the end, when she realized she wasn’t happy with her excess weight, Martha decided to adjust her diet and start living a healthier lifestyle. Every morning, she drinks a glass of green juice and grows her own organic veggies to use in her cooking. She also started to exercise more, and these changes helped her lose several inches from her waistline.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay is another celebrity who is no stranger to food and dietary control. He’s a world-famous celebrity chef, renowned for his appearances on shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Master Chef. He’s also famous for being quite tough on the people he works with, and he eventually had to get tough on himself after gaining too much weight.

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Ramsay was never technically obese or dangerously overweight, but there was a period when he was much larger than he is now. He says that his number one trick to losing weight and becoming slimmer was to control the size of his portions. This allowed him to lose a total of eight pounds, and it makes a real difference to his appearance.

Nicole Richie

Fashion icon, socialite, actress, and author Nicole Richie first came to fame with her role in the Fox reality show, The Simple Life, appearing alongside her best buddy, Paris Hilton. As time went by, Nicole seemed to feel the pressure of the celebrity lifestyle. She never gained too much weight, but she still worried about her body image all the time and felt like she needed to be slimmer.

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In the end, she decided to adopt a very strict and serious diet, which led to her losing more weight than she ever originally planned. She was actually underweight for quite a while but made some adjustments to get back to a healthy weight. These days, she stays out of the spotlight and lives a peaceful life with her two kids and husband, Joel Madden.

Paula Deen

If you look at before and after photos of Paula Deen, the difference is simply staggering. The cooking show host, who also owns and operates her own restaurants with her two boys, Jamie and Bobby Deen, used to be quite overweight, often letting herself be tempted by tasty treats of all kinds.

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However, these treats eventually took their toll on Deen’s body when she was diagnosed with diabetes. That’s when she knew it was time to make a change. Since then, the famous chef has made some big adjustments to her lifestyle to lose a whole lot of weight, looking fitter and leaner than ever before.

Kendra Wilkinson

TV personality, author, model, and businesswoman Kendra Wilkinson first came to fame for being one of Hugh Hefner’s many girlfriends, as well as appearing on E! reality show: The Girls Next Door. For a long time, she was super slim, but having a couple of kids changed her body in some big ways.

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After gaining weight, Kendra waited to get her old body back, so followed the Atkins Diet. She also exercised regularly, losing a very respectable 60 lbs in the process. Sadly, she split from her husband, former NFL star Hank Bassett, in 2018 and is looking for love once more.

Giada De Laurentiis

Italian-American chef and writer Giada De Laurentiis is the host of Giada at Home on the Food Network, as well as being a regular contributor to NBC’s Today. She’s beloved by many viewers and well-liked for her charming personality and incredible culinary skills.

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Like other celebrities on this list, she found herself being tempted by all the tasty food she was cooking every day at work and eventually realized she needed to lose a little weight. So, she decided to take up yoga and pilates to give her muscles a major workout, keep her body flexible, and shed some pounds in the process.

Guy Fieri

Tattooed celebrity chef Guy Fieri is famous for eating a whole lot of burgers, ribs, and other junk food on shows like Diners, Driver-Ins, and Dives or Guy’s Family Road Trip. One of the questions that fans often ask is, “How does Guy Fieri eat all that food without becoming obese?”

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Well, Fieri has had a few little issues with his weight over the years, but he credits his relatively fit figure to regular exercise and portion control. He always remains in control of the amounts of food he eats, never going overboard with the burgers and always exercising to burn off excess calories.

Miley Cyrus

The Wrecking Ball singer never had a major problem with her weight, but as a young, successful, and attractive pop star, she was always under pressure from gossip magazines and paparazzi. Every time she appeared a little heavier, online trolls and critics would attack her.

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That’s part of the reason why she works so hard to keep her weight in check, following a rigorous diet regime and going to the gym regularly too. Apparently, she really enjoys practicing pilates and also decided to stop eating anything containing gluten too.

Graham Elliot

Graham Elliot is one of the judges on the TV cook-off show, MasterChef. Like many of the other celebrities who work with food regularly, he found himself gaining weight when he started to eat a little too much. In fact, he tipped the scales at 400 pounds back in 2013. That’s when he knew it was time to change.

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He opted for surgery, getting a sleeve gastrectomy to drastically reduce his weight, but he also made some lifestyle changes too. He started exercising daily, cutting out some of the fatty foods, and losing over 150 pounds in total. These days, we don’t see him on TV so much as he’s busy looking after his family and enjoying life.

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr is one of those larger than life media personalities who seems to be able to do pretty much anything she sets her mind to. She created a hugely successful sitcom, hosted her own show, and even ran for president back in 2012! Back in the past, Roseanne was around 350 lbs and was at much greater-than-average risk of all kinds of health problems like heart attacks and high blood pressure.

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She knew that her life expectancy was under threat if she didn’t make some changes, so she went under the knife for a gastric bypass and started taking diet supplements. Her show, Roseanne, returned to TV in 2018 but was later canceled.

Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz is an amazingly talented actress, best known for her role on This Is Us, in which she plays a character who has a lot in common with herself. Like her character on the show, Chrissy has suffered from weight issues since she was a child, and even though she tried out Weight Watchers and other programs, she could never seem to keep the weight off.

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Nowadays, however, she’s starting to look a lot slimmer than she did when This Is Us first started to air. She says that she’s committed to leading a healthier lifestyle, making dietary changes to shed some pounds.

Melissa McCarthy

Talented American actress Melissa McCarthy also doubles up as a writer, comedian, fashion designer, and producer. She’s appeared in some hugely successful films over the years like Spy and Bridesmaids, as well as receiving a couple of Academy Award nominations along the way.

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She has always struggled with her weight and might have been tempted to follow in the footsteps of some of her celebrity colleagues by opting for gastric bypass surgery. Instead, she made natural efforts to change her diet and exercise more, losing 75 pounds in the process and proving that big changes can happen when you put your mind to them.

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness is probably best known for her role as Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds. She played that very same character, a highly intelligent technical analyst, on the series’ spin-off shows too like Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

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The Pasadena-born star has struggled with her weight for many years but didn’t want to take the easy way out and get surgery. Instead, she decided to change her diet, get a personal trainer, and start working out more effectively regularly. All her hard work has paid off as she’s successfully lost 50 pounds.

Valerie Bertinelli

Actress and TV personality Valerie Bertinelli is known for her iconic roles as Barbara Cooper Royer in One Day at a Time, as well as Gloria in Touched by an Angel and Melanie Moretti in Hot in Cleveland. She’s also hosted cooking shows on Food Network, too, like Valerie’s Home Cooking.

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A lifelong food-lover, Valerie became a lot heavier when appearing in Hot in Cleveland, gaining around 172 pounds in total. She was almost unrecognizable but worked hard with some powerful, intense, fat-burning exercises and workout programs to shed those excess pounds and return to a slim figure.

Kirstie Alley

Actress and spokesmodel Kirstie Alley first made a name for herself in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, before going on to win an Emmy and Golden Globe award for her role as Rebecca Howe in Cheers. She’s had to deal with a long and tiring battle against her weight over the years, and she eventually turned to Jenny Craig’s weight loss company for a little assistance.

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With the help of dietary experts and some much-needed changes to her lifestyle, combined with diet supplements, Kirstie Alley has lost a lot of weight and looks drastically different these days to how she once appeared.

Lisa Riley

English actress and TV presenter, Lisa Riley, is famed for her role in the long-running TV soap opera Emmerdale. She was also the presenter of popular UK home video show You’ve Been Framed for several years. Lisa was pretty obese in the past, but has made some major changes to her life and lost a ton of weight.

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In total, she managed to lose a whopping 140 lbs after cutting out all junk food and alcohol from her diet. She also started exercising much more, and her simple but effective approach has helped her get great results in the end.

Anne Hegerty

Anne Hegerty is a British quiz show host, appearing on The Chase as one of several mastermind quizzers who test their skills against a group of contestants. She’s famed for her authoritative personality and dry humor, and used to be much larger and quite severely overweight compared to how she is now.

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Gradually, viewers of The Chase and followers of Anne noticed that she was starting to slim down. In the end, she revealed that after being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, she made some big changes to her lifestyle and also wanted to try and find love, so she decided to slim down, adjust her diet, and exercise more often.

Chaz Bono

The son of Cher, Chaz Bono is an LGBT activist and has appeared on shows like Dancing With the Stars. Many celebrity gossip sites and magazines have poked fun at his weight over the years, and Chaz actually joined Dancing With the Stars to try and slim down and get fit.

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It worked pretty well! His dancing, combined with behind the scenes workouts and a whole new diet that limits the number of calories he consumes each day, all helped to make a huge difference. He’s dropped a lot of weight in recent years and looks much slimmer than he did in the past.

Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia famously played Hurley in Lost and is also a stand-up comedian. On Lost, and in other shows on which he has appeared, Garcia’s real weight issues have often been integrated into the backstories of his characters. He eventually tipped the scales at over 400 lbs, and fans were very concerned about his health.

Jorge Garcia in Lost. / Jorge Garcia, in 2018.

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Doctors even told him that the only chance of losing significant weight was to have a gastric bypass, but Garcia didn’t want surgery. Instead, he switched to veganism, cutting out lots of junk food in the process and losing a whopping 100 lbs.

Mama June

Mama June, or to give her her real name, June Shannon, is famed as the mother of Honey Boo Boo, became a mom when she was just 15 years old. Every mom knows that pregnancy can make it so much harder to control your weight, and Mama June struggled for a while. However, in the end, she got gastric sleeve surgery, as well as adjusted her diet in some big ways and started to choose her food more sensibly to lose a whopping 150 lbs.

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She’s planning to lose even more weight in the months and years ahead and also plans to have surgery to remove the excess skin caused by her prior weight. At the moment, however, she’s in the middle of a dramatic story after being arrested by the possession of drugs.

Rachael Ray

One of the most famous celebrity chefs in America, Rachael Ray is also a TV host, author, and businesswoman, famed for her daily talk and lifestyle show, along with 30 Minute Meals on Food Network, in which she gives us top cooking tips and super recipes that can be completed in just half an hour.

Rachael Ray in 2006. / Rachael Ray in 2009.

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She’s come a long way in her professional career since the early days, and she’s come along way on a personal health and fitness level too. She gained some weight from eating a little too much of her own delicious cooking, but made some adjustments and started controlling her portions to lose 40 lbs so far.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore was first brought into the spotlight for her film roles as a child, appearing in such classics as ET. Unlike many other child actors, she converted her early success into a long and impressive career as an adult too, and as she got older, she started to struggle with her weight.

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Eventually, she made the decision to shed some pounds. She cut out the junk food and changed a few more things about her diet, losing several pounds and suddenly seeming a lot slimmer both on and off our screens. She’s looking great nowadays as a mom of two and recently appeared on The World’s Best.

Mo’Nique

There are plenty of people who embrace the fact that they’re a little bigger than the average, and for many years, Mo’Nique was one of those people. She was fine with her body, but eventually, it started to threaten her health. Doctors told her that her blood pressure levels were dangerously high and she needed to make a change.

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The actress and comedian immediately made some potentially life-saving changes to her diet and lifestyle. She dropped a fantastic total of 80 lbs, and some of her fans say that she joined a weight loss program to help her through it all. She hasn’t been seen on our screens much later but looks fabulous whenever she appears.

Khloe Kardashian

The Kardashians are one of the most seen families on the planet. They don’t really have much of private life, as fans and followers know almost everything about them from their reality shows and public endeavors. Many members of the Kardashian clan have had little issues with weight now and then, and Khloe is no exception.

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She gained a few extra pounds at one point and had to make some alterations to her life to lose that weight. She decided to make the bold choice of eliminating dairy products from her diet, getting rid of a major source of fat from her daily food intake. It made a massive difference as she lost plenty of pounds and looks better than ever. She still works as a model and appears on reality TV.

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe blew us all away with her spellbinding performance in Precious, and it’s no secret that she’s always been a bigger-than-average girl. As she became more and more popular for her acting career, appearing in shows like American Horror Story, she had to deal with more and more criticism and comments about her weight, so she decided to try and slim down.

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She joined a gym and got some dietary advice from a nutrition and weight loss expert, eventually losing 50 lbs. Some fans have speculated that she may also have had some form of surgery to lose weight, but this has never been confirmed. Either way, she looks great and continues to appear in films and on TV.

Jason Sudeikis

Hollywood funnyman Jason Sudeikis is one of the most successful comedy stars of his generation. Like a lot of other actors out there, he’s had some issues with weight over the years but manages to keep things in check through a smart diet and regular exercise. He says that he and his wife, the beautiful Olivia Wilde, do a lot of ‘working out’ together in bed to burn off plenty of calories and keep in shape.

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We’re not sure whether it’s a super-serious comment or another one of Sudeikis’ jokes, but sex is definitely a very effective way to get your muscles moving and stay in shape. Lately, Jason Sudeikis has been spotted in movies like Booksmart.

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson has been a sex symbol since she burst onto the scene several years ago, appearing on the cover of countless celebrity magazines and gaining legions of admirers all over the globe. However, in her personal life, she has struggled with body image issues and struggled with her weight after having a baby.

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Incredibly, however, Jessica Simpson managed to lose 60 lbs from her post-pregnancy body, and she credits it all to strength training. She drinks plenty of smoothies, as well as eating nuts and seeds for energy while working out with weights to burn off lots of calories and keep fit.

Jennifer Hudson

Rising to fame for her stunning performances on the third season of American Idol, Jennifer Hudson has developed into one of our most beloved singers and actresses. After appearing in Dreamgirls, Hudson had some issues with her weight and wanted to shed a few pounds.

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In 2010, she decided to partner with Weight Watchers, becoming a spokesperson for the weight loss company and following their balanced dietary plans to lose a terrific total of 80 lbs. It’s been a major turnaround for the star, who has recently been seen as a judge on both the US and UK versions of The Voice.

Zach Galifianakis

Like a lot of larger comedy actors, Zach Galifianakis seemed to use his weight as an extra way to make people laugh in movies like Due Date and The Hangover series. Still, as time went by, and it began to become a serious threat to his health, he knew he had to make some changes.

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Upon consulting with doctors and diet experts, Zach learned that his love of alcohol was a big contributing factor in his weight gain, so he decided to quit drinking altogether and adopt a healthier diet too. This helped him lose a lot of weight quite quickly, and he’s looking very lean these days in recent movie appearances like Between Two Ferns The Movie.

Adam Richman

Adam Richman made a name for himself on the TV show Man vs. Food in which he was often found traveling around America, stopping off at diners and BBQ joints along the way to taste the craziest items on the menu like gigantic burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas. All that junk food eventually took its toll on Adam, and he eventually fell into a state of depression.

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In the end, he decided to retire from the show and get his life back on track. He started working out, taking inspiration from his favorite soccer players, as well as doing a total 180 on his diet. He became a vegan to massively decrease his intake of fatty foods, losing 70 whole pounds in the process.

Joseph R. Gannascoli

Joseph R. Gannascoli is best known to most people for his appearance as Vito Spatafore in the classic HBO show, The Sopranos. What many people don’t know is that before he got into acting, Joseph R. Gannascoli was a professional chef! He’s a lifelong lover of food, so it was only natural that he started to get a bit bigger over time.

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He was at quite an unhealthy weight in the end, and it was affecting his life more and more significantly as time went by. So he decided to get a lap band operation, losing 40 lbs straight away and then losing even more during recovery from the surgery as he started making changes to his diet and lifestyle.

Lea DeLaria

Fans of the highly-rated Netflix prison show Orange Is the New Black will recognize comedian, singer, and actress Lea DeLaria. She’s been overweight for a lot of her life and eventually got diagnosed with diabetes. That’s when she knew it was the right time to start making some changes and get her life in order.

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She decided to cut carbs out of her diet completely, eating way less in general and losing 50 lbs. When you look at photos of her nowadays compared to how she looked a few years ago, the differences are staggering. She still performs live stand-up and jazz music regularly.

Chelsea Settles

We were first introduced to Chelsea Settles as a college graduate, heading to LA to try and live out her dreams of becoming a fashion designer. One of the major aspects of the show, when it aired, was the fact that Chelsea weighed around 325 lbs and had a lot of social anxiety due to her weight.

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Like a lot of larger people, she struggled with her image and didn’t seem to feel as confident or in-control as other people in the same situation. Essentially, she changed her whole attitude toward food. These days, she’s much more confident and comfortable in her own skin.

Carrie Fisher

Star of the Star Wars series of films, in which she appeared as Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher had to deal with a lot of stress and addiction issues throughout her life. She had bipolar disorder and became addicted to cocaine too, which didn’t help her weight.

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When the new Star Wars movies were announced, and she was invited to reprise her role, she knew she had to shed some pounds before appearing on the big screen. She hired a personal trainer to help her work out and burn some major calories, becoming much slimmer. Sadly, she passed away in 2016, but her legacy lives on through her work.

Rosie O’Donnell

Comedian, actress, author, and TV personality Rosie O’Donnell has one of the most famous faces in America. She’s instantly recognizable to millions of people, having broken through into the world of show-biz after appearing in the TV series Star Search back in the 1980s. In 2012, Rosie sadly suffered a heart attack.

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It was a major wake-up call for the star, especially when doctors said she might not have long to live unless she made some massive changes. She needed to lose weight fast, so she underwent a gastric sleeve operation and lost a shocking total of 175 lbs.

Anthony Anderson

Actor, comedian, writer, and game show host, Anthony Anderson is a man of many talents. He appeared in the lead role of his very own sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as appearing in other shows like Black-ish and The Bernie Mac Show too. Like a lot of people, Anthony let himself be tempted by fast food too many times.

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He enjoyed stopping off at his local McDonalds, but all that junk food took its toll, and he wound up with Type-2 diabetes. That’s when he had to change his diet in some huge ways, as well as getting his own personal trainer. Since he made the changes, he’s been able to lose close to 50 lbs off his starting weight.

Rick Ross

Hip hop icon Rick Ross had a major wake-up call one day when he suffered two serious seizures within hours of one another. It was a big health scare, and Ross felt like fate was giving him a chance to change his life before things got any worse.

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He made the swift and smart decision to hire his own personal trainer, devising a workout plan and sticking to it to lose 75 lbs. But he’s not stopping there! Ross says he’s going to carry on working out and eating well until he hits his goals and has the body of his dreams.

Miranda Lambert

Take a look at some before and after photos of Miranda Lambert, and you’ll be amazed at how this stunning country singer has changed over the years. When she first burst onto the scene, she stood out for her talent but was also widely seen as an overweight celebrity. She wanted to change that perception, so she adjusted her diet.

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She said she carried on eating a couple of her favorite things, namely Cheetos and vodka, but cut out a lot of the other junk from her diet and started eating smaller portions to hit her targets and shed some pounds, eventually becoming a size 6!

Delta Burke

Delta Burke was once Miss Florida, and any beauty queen knows the importance of following a super strict diet and exercise plan to stay slim and stylish. Many models and beauty queens also struggle with eating disorders, and Delta Burke was no different. She grew up with several eating issues, and as time went by, her life changed, she started to gain weight.

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She became a big media target, with many people criticizing her and creating rumors about her weight gain, and then when she got diagnosed with diabetes, she knew she couldn’t carry on like that. She adjusted her diet entirely and started getting more active too.

John Popper

Best known as the frontman of rock ‘n’ roll group Blues Traveler, John Popper is a multi-talented musician and songwriter. Sadly, we nearly lost him after he suffered a heart attack and got diagnosed with diabetes too.

John Popper in 1998. / John Popper in 2016.

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These big health scares luckily managed to trigger John into taking some serious action for the sake of his own health and the people who love him. He got a gastric bypass surgery to lose some serious weight very quickly, as well as making a whole new diet plan. He’s looking a lot better nowadays and still making awesome music.

Missy Elliott

One of the best female rappers in the business, Missy Elliott, is also a record producer, songwriter, dancer, and philanthropist too. One day, Missy Elliot’s medical assistant said that her heart was at risk due to her weight and diet, so she needed to make some adjustments if she wanted to reduce her risks of a heart issue.

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Fortunately, she followed that advice, cutting out the junk food from her diet, and joining up with a gym as well. She’s lost a lot of weight since making those changes, proving that sometimes, the simplest of actions are all you need to turn your life around.

Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton made a name for herself in the classic teen drama, The OC. She was an instant hit with fans, as well as earning many admirers for her slim figure and bewitching beauty, but as time went by, her personal issues, which included mental health and substance abuse problems, took their toll on her body.

Mischa Barton in 2010. / Mischa Barton in 2016.

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She was photographed after The OC ended looking much bigger than she had on-screen. Still, she eventually decided to get her life on track by focusing on weight loss programs, getting help for her substance issues, and getting into a much better frame of mind in general. She’s been appearing in movies and shows again recently and has a bright future ahead of her.

Sherri Shepherd

Fans of shows like Less than Perfect, The View, Best Ever Trivia Show, and Dancing with the Stars should recognize actress, comedian, and author Sherri Shepherd. She’s a bouncy, bubbly, and funny media personality who is always a joy to watch, but she was diagnosed with diabetes at one point and urged by her doctor to make some changes.

Sherri Shepherd in 2006. / Sherri Shepherd in 2014.

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That’s when she decided to quit junk food and wave goodbye to fat and carbs. She’s lost 40 lbs since making some major changes to her diet and often speaks out about her body image challenges on TV, inspiring other people to make the changes they need to make to feel happier in their own bodies.

Chris Sullivan

Fans of This Is Us will recognize Chris Sullivan. Like his co-star Chrissy Metz, Chris has struggled with weight issues for much of his life, and this has been represented on screen too, as his This Is Us character also tends to eat too much and even has heart problems during one season of the show.

Chris Sullivan in 2012. / Chris Sullivan in 2017.

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Fortunately, Chris Sullivan, in real life, isn’t going in that same direction. He’s been hitting the gym on a very regular basis and eating healthy foods, too, transforming his physical appearance and losing a ton of weight when compared to his early appearances on the show.

Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall is an icon of British comedy, appearing in some of the most popular British TV shows of all time and becoming well-known to international audiences too for his roles in movies like the Harry Potter series. For much of his career, he’s been in the ‘overweight’ category, but he’s lost a lot of weight in recent years thanks to some smart lifestyle adjustments.

Timothy Spall in 2012. / Timothy Spall in 2016

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At first, when seeing how much weight he’d lost, fans worried he might be unwell, but in interviews, Spall revealed that he’d gone on a diet to improve his overall health and reduce the risk of a heart attack.

Diego Maradona

Widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, Diego Maradona is an icon in Argentina and all over the globe. Sadly, after his playing career ended and he stopped training so hard, he started piling on the pounds.

Diego Armando Maradona in 2005. / Diego Armando Maradona in 2017.

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He even had a couple of gastric bypass surgeries, which proved unsuccessful at getting his weight in check, due to many years of alcohol and drug abuse. Fortunately, in recent times, he’s shown more dedication to his new diet plan, adjusting the foods he eats, cutting down on alcohol, and looking much more like his old self.

Jimmy Kimmel

One of America’s favorite late-night talk show hosts, Jimmy Kimmel, makes us laugh and cry with his non-stop jokes and emotional monologues. He’s loved by millions, but what many fans don’t know is that he has a very extreme method of keeping his weight in control.

Jimmy Kimmel in 2008. / Jimmy Kimmel in 2018.

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Kimmel says that if he’s planning to eat some junk food or binge on his favorite treats, he’ll starve himself for two days beforehand to compensate for the calories. It’s not a very healthy or medically recommended plan, but it works as Jimmy has lost 20 lbs in recent years.

Pink

Like a lot of other women who have kids, Pink found that she was struggling to lose her post-pregnancy pounds. It can be really hard for new moms, even superstar singers like her, to lose that weight while also looking after their babies and coping with all the other responsibilities of family life.

Pink out and about in 2017. / Pink at an event in 2019.

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Luckily, a few months after giving birth, Pink decided to team up with a personal trainer. This decision proved to be the right one, as she subsequently managed to lose 55 lbs through high-intensity workouts and strict diet control. She’s still making awesome music and looking better than ever.

Casey Donovan

Casey Donovan won the second season of Australian Idol way back in 2004 when she was just 16 years old. She then went on to appear in other reality TV shows, winning the third series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

Casey Donovan in 2017. / Casey Donovan in 2019.

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The stress of her celebrity lifestyle led to Casey’s comfort-eating more and more frequently. She gained a lot of weight, eventually becoming clinically obese. As her health became increasingly under threat, she decided to cut carbs out of her diet, focus more on lean protein meals, and exercise too, dropping 50 lbs in the process.

Alison Moyet

English singer and songwriter Alison Moyet is famed for her stunning bluesy voice and her work as a solo artist, as well as her performances as part of the Yazoo duo. She’s sold millions of albums worldwide but shocked fans in 2007 with how much weight she seemed to have suddenly gained.

Alison Moyet in 1984. / Alison Moyet was performing in 2013.

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She might have been tempted with surgery to help her shed the pounds, but decided to go the natural route instead. She started going to the gym and made her diet much healthier and more balanced than it was before, losing lots of weight and looking a lot slimmer.

Angie Stone

Singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer Angie Stone came to fame in the ’70s as part of The Sequence, later going on to launch a successful solo career too with albums like Black Diamond. She got into acting in the 2000s and has recently released her ninth studio album, as well as losing a ton of weight.

Angie Stone in 2003. / Angie Stone in 2016.

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She’s had to deal with a lot of health issues in her life, being diagnosed with diabetes and blood pressure problems too. Her doctor told her she needed to make some lifestyle changes to stay alive, so she cut down her calorie intake and started exercising daily to shed 75 lbs.

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