Tom Arnold is best known for his roles in Roseanne and The Jackie Thomas Show. One of the biggest factors that inspired him to embark on a 100-pound weight loss journey was his son. The actor and comedian had been struggling with his weight for a few years and admitted that he had gained over 70 lbs. when his wife was pregnant. After his son was born, Arnold decided that he could not be a “super old dad and a super fat dad,” and since he wasn’t getting any younger, he made the decision to lose weight and started his journey. He also admitted that he weighed 287 lbs. and felt depressed and unmotivated. His diet consisted of several pizzas and diet sodas, which contributed to his poor health. However, after making positive changes and eliminating sugar, gluten, and processed foods, Arnold has successfully lost 100 lbs. He has also incorporated cardio, circuit training, and abdominal workouts to help him keep the weight off.
Ricki Pamela Lake had a breakthrough in her career when she played the role of Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray. During filming, Lake weighed 200 lbs. and was merely 19 years old. Since that role required her to retain the extra weight, Lake admits that being successful while being overweight confused her for some time. She also revealed that she had previously tried losing weight, but it had been through unhealthy means, which led to her having an unhealthy relationship with food. However, Lake seemed to have gotten something right the second time as she flaunted her body on the cover of “US Weekly” in 2007. She revealed that she had lost 24 lbs. in just two months! She kept that momentum going and is now 140 lbs. down from her original weight. She achieved this by controlling her diet and consuming foods that are only healthy.
American singer-songwriter Sam Smith has managed to enchant a large part of the world with his romantic ballads and love songs. The Grammy award-winning artist has lost over 50 lbs. over the course of time and is lately being regarded as “the incredible shrinking Sam Smith” because of his transformation. He began this weight loss journey by embarking on a short weight loss challenge where he aimed to lose 14 lbs. in 14 days. Smith succeeded in accomplishing this number on the scale, and he kept going and was applauded for his incredible weight loss results! After overcoming his struggles with emotional eating, Smith admitted that he wanted to make positive and healthy lifestyle changes. He did so by seeking help from Amelia Freer, a UK-based nutritional therapist, who helped him shed all the extra weight and clean up his diet. Smith has also revealed that he has grown quite fond of the gym and usually works out three times a week with his personal trainer.
EJ Johnson, the son of NBA’s Magic Johnson, is an American celebrity who was first seen on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. He is known as a fashion icon in the LGBTQ+ community, and much of his confidence in fashion comes from his recent weight loss transformation. Johnson had tried all possible methods to lose weight; he finally made the decision to undergo a gastric sleeve surgery in 2014. Since then, Johnson has been following a strict diet and fitness routine that helps him stay healthy. The surgery required him to make several changes in his lifestyle, including the elimination of sugars, alcohol, and bread. He also had to adhere to a strict workout routine that involved a lot of cardio, pilates, and dance routines. In 2015, when Johnson visited The Wendy Williams Show he was already 100 lbs. lighter! He admitted that having the surgery helped him lead the life that he truly wanted. So far, Johnson has lost over 180 lbs.
Janet Jackson’s commitment to fitness has motivated millions to hop on the treadmill. Look at her iconic “Rolling Stones” cover from the ‘90s if you don’t believe us. Jackson’s recent photo of her effortlessly doing a full split had her fans going ga-ga over her, too. It is believed that the “Miss You Much” singer prefers weights over cardio to achieve her fit frame and does not follow any specific diet to keep the extra weight off her waist. Her workout sessions are grueling but short and sweet and have helped her shed a staggering 70 lbs. In 1989, her single “Black Cat” made her the first artist to rank simultaneously on Billboard Hot 100 and mainstream Rock singles chart. She has since sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling artists in the history of world music. In 1999, Janet Jackson’s album Janet (1993) was also featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Top-Selling Dance Album of the Decade, Female.”
Before he became famous as the Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt was known as the chubby and hilarious Andy Dwyer from NBC’s sitcom Parks and Recreation. When Pratt bagged the MCU movie, he had to shed weight and sweated it out through sessions of P90X, swimming, kickboxing, and even triathlons! He shed 60 lbs. to reveal that chiseled frame. Moreover, to keep up with his achievement, the actor trained six times a week while preparing for Jurassic World. However, like any other transformation, exercise alone isn’t enough. The actor has to alter his diet as well to increase his metabolism. Not many know this but Pratt had a humble beginning in Hollywood; he worked as a stripper and lived in his van before his career took off. Now he has a number of releases lined up, including Jurassic World: Dominion, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Thor: Love and Thunder, and The Terminal List.
Pop sensation Christina Aguilera is yet another inspiration for those who want to lose that extra weight. She cites that she gained weight after going through some personal problems. But an offer to judge a reality singing show made her want to change that. Aguilera took it as a challenge and after following a disciplined lifestyle that involved a strict diet and sweat-drenching workout sessions. What she achieved floored everyone on the sets. The “Genie in a Bottle” singer had lost nearly 40 lbs. in three months and had achieved a sleek yet curvy body frame. Aguilera started her career in the industry when she was an eight-year-old. Since then, she has been a five-time Grammy winner in categories like “Best New Artist,” “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals,” and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.” She is one of the few solo artists to have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
We all know John Goodman as the lovable Dan Conner from the classic sitcom Roseanne. Some of his other notable projects include The Big Lebowski, The Flintstones, and the sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. John had already begun tipping towards 400 lbs. on the weighing scale. But, before the actor could spiral down that road even more, he decided to make some changes in his lifestyle. The actor gave up alcohol, as it was one of the reasons for his weight gain. He then switched to a Mediterranean diet, which is a high-fat, plant-based diet that includes foods being cooked in olive oil. The diet, combined with rigorous workout six times a week and weight loss surgery, resulted in John Goodman shedding more than 100 lbs. Goodman’s weight loss transformation truly is an inspiration to anyone struggling with obesity. Interestingly, John Goodman’s first ever project was for a fast food commercial in which he had to bite down on a huge sandwich.
The English singer-songwriter has swayed millions with her soulful hits like “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You,” and “Hello.” Although the singer was doing well, she had had her own struggles with her weight. The singer went through more than five weight loss transformations. She was reportedly on the sirtfood diet plan, which mainly involves consuming foods that are rich in “sirtuin activators” to suppress one’s appetite and regulate blood sugar levels at the same time. Apart from that, she also adopted a workout regime that includes HIIT (high intensity interval training) and Pilates. This enabled her to lose more than 100 lbs! Adele achieved this transformation while getting ready for a grueling 13-month tour for her album 25. She is the first British female artist to reach 10 million sales record in the United States with her album 21, which remained at the top for two consecutive years! Adele is also one of few solo artists to have won as much as 15 Grammys.
Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, set the Internet buzzing in 2010 when he posted a picture of himself looking gaunt. The rapper turned actor clarified that he lost a ton of weight for the movie Things Fall Apart, in which he plays a footballer who has cancer. 50 Cent said that he lost over 54 lbs. by going on a liquid diet and running on the treadmill daily for three hours. He went from 214 lbs. to nearly 160 lbs. in just two months. He claimed that losing weight was not difficult for him, as he had been on a liquid diet in 2000 when he was shot in the jaw.
50 Cent is one of the most successful rappers who rose to fame because of his East Coast hip hop group, G-unit. Eminem and Dr. Dre co-produced his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which sold nearly one million copies in the first week of its release. He has sold at least 30 million copies of his albums to date.
Christian Bale is undoubtedly the only actor who has lost and gained a ton of weight to portray different characters–be it bulking up for American Psycho or shedding more than 50 lbs. for The Machinist. The actor, who was 26 when he shot for American Psycho in 2000, followed a strict diet and workout regime to achieve a chiseled physique and buffed up upper arms.
Then, in 2004, he lost nearly 60 pounds for playing the emaciated insomniac in The Machinist. The actor’s weight went down to 120 pounds in a span of four months. He achieved this by eating an apple and drinking a cup of coffee and some water every day. The actor began bulking up for his first portrayal as Batman in The Batman Begins in 2005. Bale gained over 100 pounds by gorging up to five meals in one sitting and sweating it out in the gym. He then lost 30 pounds again to portray Dicky Eklund, a real-life boxer struggling with addiction, for The Fighter in 2010. He lost weight by simply running for hours every day.
“The Queen of Christmas,” as she is lovingly known, is one of the most successful singers in the world. Mariah Carey reportedly shed over 25 pounds in 2017 and surprised her fans with her toned body at the AHF World AIDS Day concert. The singer not only mesmerized people with her stellar performance onstage but also with her physical transformation. The “All I Want for Christmas Is You” singer followed a strict diet and exercise regime, despite a hectic schedule. Carey limited her diet to protein and eliminated processed sugars, such as chocolates. Instead, she ate a lot of fruits to satiate her sugar cravings. Her workout routine involved plenty of aerobics that helped her shed excess pounds efficiently. Carey made her singing debut in 1990 at the age of 20. She superseded Elvis Presley’s 17 number one hits and has the second most number one hits in music history after The Beatles’ 20 hits.
Khloe’s fitness mantra does not necessarily deprive people of the foods they love to eat. In fact, according to her, balancing calorie intake with an active workout is the best way to achieve a realistic weight loss goal. The reality TV star also loves to mix up her workout routines with a little bit of boxing, weightlifting, and lots of cardio throughout the week. Though she is not very strict with her eating habits and prefers to indulge in cravings from time to time, her daily diet is made up of healthy proteins derived from meats and fish, veggies, healthy fats, and some slow-digesting carbohydrates. When the Kardashian family let viewers into their lives for their reality show, Khloe was constantly bullied by online critics and was instantly dubbed as “the fat sister.” Since then, she has struggled with losing weight and body image issues. Recently, Khloe talked about her weight loss journey in one of the livestreams on her sister Kourtney’s POOSH website. Before that, she had announced her pregnancy in the season finale of the 2018 KUWTK lineup. At the time, Khloe was starring in her own TV show, Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian, a 24-episode series that focused on body transformations. During the second season of the show, Khloe gave birth to her daughter, True, with then-boyfriend Tristan Thompson. She achieved a steady, healthy transformation going from well over 200 lbs. to 150lbs. In fact, she revealed that she likes to incorporate her daughter into one of her workouts and runs up and down a hill with True attached to her body.
Dropping a hundred pounds in your sixties…that is quite the transformation! But where do you get that kind of inspiration is the main question? Alec Baldwin thanks Pete Davidson for motivating him. The actor was hosting one of the Saturday Night Live episodes, and Davidson had a shirtless cameo in one of the comedy sketches. Impressed by his lean physique, Baldwin asked Davidson about his fitness routine. “100 push-ups and a 100 sit-ups” was his response, which was not quite the case, as Pete didn’t have a fitness regimen and was naturally slim. But that was enough for Baldwin to consider a lifestyle change that actually resulted in a 100 lbs. weight loss. At 63, Alec continues to prove that age is not a barrier for achieving your fitness goals. The actor has starred in mainstream cinema and TV soaps for nearly four decades. And his first Broadway casting earned much recognition and critical acclaim. But it was NBC’s 30 Rock that earned the veteran actor two Emmys and three Golden Globes for playing the TV executive Jack Donaghy. Apart from his iconic impersonation of Donald Trump in SNL, Baldwin is known for impersonating Robert De Niro on the show. The actor was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989), a part that eventually went to Michael Keaton.
Even her fans couldn’t recognize the veteran singer for a brief moment during her first public appearance post the weight loss transformation. Aretha Franklin started her weight loss journey in 2012 and managed to shed over 100 lbs. while battling diabetes and several health conditions. What is more impressive is that she was 70 at the beginning of her amazing transformation journey. Post gastric sleeve surgery, the singer also made changes in her eating and exercise habits that prompted a healthy transformation. The singer-songwriter is fondly remembered as the “Queen of Soul” music. From a young age, she was a musical prodigy known for her powerful voice and talent for playing the piano. Aretha went from singing at her father’s congregation to recording chart-topping singles with major music labels, earning a total of 18 Grammys. She also became the first female singer in 1985 to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In August of 2018, the singer passed away at her Detroit home due to pancreatic cancer.
Kirstie Alley has always been in the spotlight. And that is one of the reasons why her personal weight loss journey ended up being a highly publicized affair. In fact, Alley claims she did not even realize her actual weight gain till tabloids started publishing pictures of her plus-size look in 2004. The following year, the actress launched a show, Fat Actress, which documented the struggles of plus-sized actors in an industry that promoted unrealistic beauty standards. She joined the Jenny Craig weight loss center and embarked on a transformation journey that brought about an amazing 75 lbs. reduction in her weight. The actress’s weight fluctuated thereafter, but her first transformation inspired millions to work on their health. Alley starred in major film and TV productions that gave her big career breaks in the industry. This includes replacing Shelly Long in the NBC sitcom Cheers from the sixth season and her film debut with Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan in 1982. The actress bid adieu to her days of struggle after landing the career-turning role of Rebecca Howe in Cheers till the season finale in 1993.
Hudson’s weight loss transformation started after the birth of her son. In one of her interviews, the Grammy award-winning singer revealed that she wanted to set an example for her firstborn, David Daniel Otunga Jr. Jennifer claims she did not have any motivation to take up fitness during her formative years but didn’t want her son to grow up the same way. She went from size 16 to a size 6 within just a year, which is an impressive feat indeed. Hudson wanted to look her absolute best after adopting a healthy lifestyle. She joined the Weight Watchers program to plan and map out her diet and fitness transformation, enabling her to lose over 80 lbs! The singer gained recognition onstage as a contestant on American Idol. She established herself in the industry with hits like “If This Isn’t Love,” “Where You At,” and “Spotlight.” Not only has she won two Grammys, but Hudson has also won an Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for her performance in Dreamgirls in 2006.
Jonah Hill’s current physique will certainly motivate a lot of us to start working out, be it at home or the gym. The Wolf of Wall Street actor shares details behind his new physique–from doing just 10 pushups a day to upward of 100 reps. In fact, Hill’s personal journey began almost a decade ago. In between, the actor gained weight for several movie roles. He had to put on a massive 40 lbs. for a part in War Dogs but resumed training shortly after to achieve his previous physique. The actor gradually slimmed down over the years and continues to look after his health with a balanced diet and working out daily. He credits his personal nutritionist for changes in his eating habits over the years, enabling him to achieve healthy and sustainable weight loss without yo-yo diets. Jonah Hill today has established himself among Hollywood’s A-listers with Oscar-nominated performances in Moneyball (2011) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). He also received a Golden Globe nomination for War Dogs (2016) and has come a long way with several silver screen hits like Superbad, 21st Jump Street, and 22nd Jump Street.
Simon Cowell could very well be the most hated reality TV show judge, but even his amazing weight loss transformation received a collective “woah!” from audiences who heckled his style of critiquing. A health scare back in early 2017 prompted Cowell to make a number of healthy dietary and fitness changes in his routine. This included switching from a red meat and gluten-based diet to a white meat and plant-based diet. It is something that is very hard to do when you have the best chefs working in your private kitchen. Nevertheless, Cowell’s dedication to eating healthy and working out regularly helped him lose over 60 lbs. over the years. Cowell is an executive producer and a judge on three most popular global talent hunt shows, including America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, and The X-Factor. As of 2021, his net worth is estimated at a whopping $600 million.
If you take one look at the most recent pictures of the singer, saying that she has lost a ton of weight would be a major understatement. While she continues to reassure fans that there is absolutely nothing to worry about, many are shocked by her transformation. Celine Dion was already slim, to begin with. This, obviously, had people wondering if the singer had a medical condition that would put her on a strict weight loss diet. However, Dion revealed in an interview that exercising and healthy eating was merely a coping mechanism to overcome the loss of her late husband, René Angélil, and brother Daniel Dion. Since then, the singer has also started adult ballet training, a dance form that requires a slender physique. She considers her new diet and routine as a source of strength and energy and maintains that the transformation is solely for her peace of mind.
Abby Lee Miller battled cancer, endured chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and underwent several weight loss surgeries to achieve her transformation. Miller admits that her weight loss journey has been most unconventional. It was due to and at times necessary during the treatment of critical medical conditions. But she is appreciative of the 100 lbs. lost in the process. Lifestyle choices, including filming for the reality series Dance Moms in a studio with no air-conditioning, intermittent fasting between shoots, and even unexpected reactions to her prescription medications added to the drastic weight loss. Abby Lee Miller, born to George L. Miller and Maryen Lorrain, who was a member of the Dance Masters of America, was bound to follow in her footsteps as a professional dancer. In fact, she started her own dance company at the age of 14, and by 1980, she became the owner of a dance studio to inspire generations to come. But starring in her own reality show Dance Moms on the Lifetime network earned her much fame and recognition on national television.
Angie Stone weighed over 300 lbs. and her girth drew her a lot of unwanted attention, unsolicited comments, and criticism from onlookers. This was also during the time when she was dating D’Angelo, who was considered a sex symbol in the early 2000s. However, her weight gain was mainly triggered by diabetes, blood pressure, and a medical condition called sarcoidosis. It was also a side effect of heavy steroid medications taken for managing these conditions. The singer had to undergo gastric sleeve surgery to lose over 75 lbs. “The Sequence” singer overcame a lot of criticism targeting her personal life and relationships to achieve a healthy transformation in the last few years. Angie Stone’s singing prowess was always compared to that of legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. The singer established herself in the ‘90s with the popular hit single “Seems You’re Too Busy Now” and two albums, A Matter of Time and Head First, which were released in 1993 and 1995 respectively.
Ed Sheeran has been a victim of body shaming in the past. At the time, when he was just about dominating every Billboard Top 100 list, the singer used to be quite conscious about his appearance. He would compare his physique to other pop singers and boy band troupes who had chiseled jawlines and six pack abs. The “Perfect” singer had to make drastic changes to his lifestyle to lose weight. From cutting beer and take-out from his daily diet to exercising for 45 minutes every single day, Sheeran did it all. He chose to adopt a healthy lifestyle for his daughter. He lost over 50 pounds and even quit smoking to meet his weight loss goals. From a young age, Ed Sheeran showed a lot of promise as an up and coming musical prodigy. Sheeran, who was inspired by singer songwriter Damien Rice, left home at the age of 14 and set out to London one summer afternoon. There was no turning back from that point as the young star began to perform at live gigs and established himself in the local underground circuit. Some of his best chart topping hits include “Shape of You,” “Perfect,” “Thinking Out Loud,” and “Photograph.”
The talented actor from HBO’s Entourage did not undergo a major physical transformation for TV or film gigs. When he realized that his weight could put him under serious health risk, the actor had to make some conscious lifestyle changes. This was after a routine health checkup before his 30th birthday revealed that he was overweight at 200 pounds for his height. In just ten months, the actor lost over 40 pounds by making changes in his diet and following an exercise routine. The actor claims the most challenging part was the diet, as he had almost given up in the first 20 days. Jerry Ferrara earned much fame and recognition for his character, Salvatore ‘Turtle’ Assante, on HBO’s comedy series Entourage. The actor, who is based primarily out of Brooklyn, has spent two decades in the industry and has acted in major films, including Last Vegas and Battlefield.
Gabourey Sidibe, an Oscar-nominated actress and director, is best known for her performance in Precious. Over the years, Sidibe has set an example by unapologetically loving her body and encouraging her fans to do the same. And, as the years have gone by, fans have noticed that Sidibe has been looking slimmer and slimmer at every red carpet event she attends. The Empire actress has lost over 50 lbs. so far and is reportedly aiming to hit the 100 lbs. mark. Sidibe has also elaborated on the fact that growing up with all the extra weight affected her social life and mental health. As a result, she has been attending therapy to learn how to love herself. She encourages others to do so, too. Besides prioritizing her physical and mental health, Sidibe has also been focusing on her career and pushing herself to achieve more and more.
The world was first introduced to Raven-Symoné when she played the iconic character in Disney’s That’s So Raven. After getting less-than-ideal medical tests results, the actor decided to change her lifestyle for a healthier one in order to be happy. She embarked on a weight loss journey and has since lost almost 30 lbs. in a matter of just three months. The Disney star credits her weight loss success to her wife, Miranda Pearman-Maday. Symoné’s weight loss routine consisted of minimal exercise and was focused more on consuming a healthy, low-carb diet. The star also admitted that intermittent fasting was a large contributing factor to her results. Symoné revealed that she had to face a lot of body shaming during her time on the Disney Channel in the early 2000s, which put a lot of pressure on her mentally. One of her recent projects include Raven’s Home, a spin-off of That’s So Raven.
Austin Russell, better known as Chumlee, became famous because of the popular reality show Pawn Stars. He has admitted that he has always struggled with his weight and body image and has found it difficult to control his weight. He went through a lap band surgery after being inspired by his best friend Corey Harrison, who also went through it for health reasons. Post-surgery, Chumlee was required to adhere to a dedicated diet and exercise routine. Tanya Hyjazi, who is a chef and nutritional expert, has been a huge influential force in his weight loss journey and has helped him stay true to his diet. In the beginning, he had to eliminate all processed foods from his diet, except for mustard, fruits, vegetables, and juices. Now he has the liberty to eat everything in moderation. Moreover, he is required to go to the gym six days a week to get the best possible results. He has lost almost 100 lbs so far and has gone from being 320 lbs. to being 225 lbs.
Jordin Sparks became a household name after she won American Idol in 2007. She became the youngest winner in the series’ history at only 17 years old. She has since appeared in several Broadway shows and movies like In the Heights and Sparkle. Moreover, she has also released several top-selling albums Sounds Like Me, Jordin Sparks, and Cider & Hennessy. When Sparks was promoting her film Sparkle, fans couldn’t help but notice that she had shed some weight and was glowing! Sparks later admitted that she had gone through a major weight loss transformation and had lost over 50 lbs. in a matter of 18 months! One of the most significant changes that she made in her life was cleaning up her diet and cutting out all sugary and processed foods. Sparks has also transformed the way she sees food and now leans towards intuitive eating.
You may recognize Graham Elliot, a famous chef, restaurateur, and TV personality, from USA’s Masterchef and Masterchef Junior. After struggling with his weight for the majority of his life, Elliot finally made the decision to undergo sleeve gastrectomy. At 400 lbs., Elliot was having a hard time carrying out simple everyday tasks because of his weight and was determined to make a permanent change. However, unlike most people who opt for gastric bypass and gastric banding, Elliot chose to go for the restrictive sleeve gastrectomy. He made this decision after carefully considering his field of work. Since his job requires him to consume several ingredients, he decided this would be the best for him. He also revealed that if he had gone for any other surgery, it could pose a hindrance. A sleeve gastric gastrectomy only restricts the amount of food that a person can consume and not its ingredients. Elliot lost nearly 150 lbs. over the course of several months after the surgery.