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Celebrity Weight Loss – Extreme Stories of How They Did It

No one goes to extremes like Celebrities do. While anyone can lose weight with hard work; Celebrities always seem to take it that extra mile. Cases of Celebrity Weight Loss are legendary. When it comes to losing weight, celebrities have a solid reputation for embracing the latest diet trends.

It is common knowledge that everything from traditional calorie counting & cutting carbs to the latest supplements are among the select few constant staples in Hollywood fitness circles. However, the extremes some of these celebrities have gone to for weight loss will absolutely shock you.

So…what’s YOUR favorite celebrities secret to weight loss & how did they do it?

Christian Bale

Christian Bale is known for his dramatic and extreme celebrity weight loss transformations. Most recently, Bale gained 50 pounds for his role in the movie “American Hustle” by eating cheeseburgers. Most notably, the time he dropped over 70 pounds for his role in “The Machinist” by drinking black coffee and eating salads.Our next celebrity dropped over 100 pounds…

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John Goodman


After becoming tired of being type casted as a “The Big Guy”, celebrity John Goodman ditched the “crapola” he was eating and made a change for the better. Goodman dropped 100 pounds when he decided to focus on finding purpose in his personal life; instead of filling himself with food. This “Jersey Shore” cast member gained weight after an illness…

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Ronnie Ortiz


Ronnie Ortiz became known for his role on the show Jersey Shore; but after being diagnosed with kidney stones he gained a lot of weight. In an attempt to regain his bodybuilder reputation, Ortiz dived into a dedicated gym routine 5 to 6 times a week and got back in shape. Ortiz’ celebrity weight loss motto was “If it tastes good, don’t eat it”.

This next former Disney star lost over 70 pounds…

Raven Symone


Tired of being talked about, Raven Symone used that irritation as motivation for her celebrity weight loss . She lost 70 pounds by learning how to cook food for herself and avoiding temptation to finish every plate.

Our next celebrity was at 462 pounds before he made a change…

Ruben Studdard


Defeating Clay Aiken in 2002 to win American Idol; Ruben Studdard’s larger than life image caught up to him when his weight reached a shocking 462 pounds. Ruben Studdard lost 119 pounds by focusing on taking care of himself no matter how busy his life got.

Our next celebrity is known as “The Princess of Pop”…

Aretha Franklin


The “Princess of Pop” Aretha Franklin’s battle with her weight has been in the public eye since her career took off in the 1960’s. When her fans began to grow concerned over her obesity when she reached over 300 pounds; she decided to take action. Aretha Franklin dropped an astonishing 85 pounds simply by avoiding fried foods and processed foods.

Next on our celebrity weight loss list is a world famous rapper…

50 Cent


Ever since busting onto the rap scene in the early 2000’s, famous rapper 50 Cent has been known for his love of fitness. He took that dedication to a whole new level entirely when he was cast as “Deon” in the movie “Fall Apart”. To lose weight for the role, 214 pound 50 Cent ran for 3 hours a day and had an all liquid diet. After 9 weeks, the rapper was down to only 160 pounds.

Our next celebrity is another former “American Idol” contestant…

Lauren Alaina


American idol star Lauren Alaina famously shocked everyone when she walked down the red carpet after an incredible celebrity weight loss transformation. Alaina says she lost 35 pounds by starting a low carb diet. She spent time in the gym and she made sure to control her portions.

The next celebrity on our list has had her own talk show on television for years…

Tyra Banks


Talk show host Tyra Banks has been in the modeling industry since she was just 15 years old. Recalling being called an “ugly duckling” as a child; Banks lashed out at tabloids for printing unflattering pictures of her. Banks told critics to “Kiss my fat a**” ; before adopting a new mixed work out routine and a healthier lifestyle- the foundation of which relies heavily on maintaining a healthy self confidence.

This next celebrity dropped 80 pounds late in their career…

Drew Carey


Beloved Comedian and host of the show “The Price is Right”, Drew Carey, was well known for his large size. When he underwent a heart surgery in 2001, Carey decided that it was time to make a positive change in his life. Carey went to the gym 6 days a week and he threw out the junk food. He started eating fruits and vegetables along with maintaining a regular cardio excersice routine.

This led to him dropping over 80 pounds and 58 year old Drew Carey is now healthier than ever.

Losing over 70 pounds, our next celebrity weight loss star dedicated his life to fitness…

Perez Hilton


When he found himself gaining massive notoriety as a notorious celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton found before long that he was the one in the spotlight. Hilton decided to change his sluggish computer based lifestyle for good – supplementing his lazy habits with yoga, cycling and cardio exercise. This resulted in him losing over 70 pounds and partnering with FitOrbit to bring healthy lifestyles to others.

Our next celebrity and star of the show “Pawn Stars” lost over 75 pounds by eating healthy…

Austin “Chumlee” Russell

Well known star of History Channels “Pawn Stars” show; Chumlee became famous as a 320 pound goofy employee.
He decided in 2009 after his father passed away form cancer that he wanted to make a change. He asked his girlfriend for help and started eating healthy. Because of this, Chumlee has dropped over 75 pounds.

This next “Jersey Shore” star lost an impressive 51 pounds…

Nicole “Snooki” Pollizzi

Nicole “Snookie” Polizzi was both loved and hated for her part in the show “Jersey Shore”. At only four foot eight inches tall; she was overweight at 150 pounds. After cutting alcohol out of her diet and counting her calories; along with adding cardio exercise to her routine; she was able to lose 51 pounds.

Next on our list is a world famous talk show host…

Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake became a celebrity after being noticed in the movie “Hairspray” and going on to host her own talk show on television.When her weight became unhealthy to the point of causing her depression; she decided to do something about it. She joined “Dancing With The Stars” and lost over 20 pounds.

This chubby comedian decided to drop 50 pounds after Brad Pitt told him to “Get in shape” for his next role…

Jonah Hill

After his breakthrough performance in the movie “SuperBad”; Jonah Hill went on to star in many movies as the “chubby” guy. Then one day while Hill was working on the set of “Moneyball”‘ Brad Pitt told him that he should shed some pounds for his upcoming movie.

Hill stopped drinking beer and gave up carbs; along with exercise and lost 50 pounds.

Next on our list is a famous weather anchor who turned to surgery to lose over 100 pounds…

Al Roker

Al Roker started broadcasting the weather reports in 1974. All the way up until 2002; he continued his career at one point reaching over 320 pounds. Then he decided to make a change. He underwent gastric bypass surgery and lost over 100 pounds within only eight months.

This next famous singer changed her habits to drop 50 pounds…

Jordin Sparks

Yet another famous celebrity well known from American Idol; Jordin Sparks came into the public eye in 2007. After being in the spotlight for the next 8 years, she became overweight. In 2013 however, Sparks was able to drop 50 pounds by eating clean and working five days a week with a personal trainer.

This next famous rapper turned to surgery to lose weight…

Paul Wall

Southern rapper Paul Wall bust onto the rap scene in 2005. Initially weighing about 320 pounds; Wall dropped over 130 pounds by undergoing gastric sleeve surgery & exercising with his wife. Next on our list is a famous comedian and movie star who lost 75 pounds…

Rosie O’Donnell

Rosie O’ Donnell got her start doing stand up comedy in the early 1980’s. Since then she has become famous for her roles in such movies as “A League of Their Own” & “Sleepless in Seattle”.

When she realized her weight had gone over 240 pounds; O’Donnell dropped down to 175 pounds by having a gastric sleeve surgery.

Our next celebrity lost an incredible 150 pounds…

Graham Elliot

The youngest four star Chef in Chicago; Graham Elliot’s weight began to go well over 400 pounds. Elliot turned to surgery to lose over 150 pounds; he says he also began running regularly ( eventually even competing in a 10k ) and eating healthy.

This next celebrity is a world famous vocal artist and poet…

Jill Scott

Spoken word poet and vocal artist Jill Scott came to fame in 2000. After giving birth in 2009; she weighed in at 263 pounds. Scott adopted an exercise regimen and a new diet – two years later; she was down to around 200 pounds; crediting her new gym lifestyle along with cycling for the change.

Our next famous weight loss story involves a “Grey’s Anatomy” producer who lost an incredible 127 pounds…

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes is famous for her work as a writer and producer on “Grey’s Anatomy”. When her weight became out of control to the point where she couldn’t buckle her seatbelt she decided to make a change. Rhimes dedicated herself to health; began eating healthy and lost an incredible 127 pounds in just a little over a year.

This celebrity dropped an amazing 75 pounds after starring in a reality show…

Angie Stone

Musician Angie Stone has been making music since the 1970’s. She tried to lose weight first in 2006 on a VH1 reality show; but wasn’t very successful.
However, Stone lost an amazing 75 pounds since then, Looking younger and feeling younger; she manages her weight by challenging herself daily.

This next well known “star” worked on a very popular television show…

Star Jones

Star Jones was well known for her work on “The View”. Over her career she became morbidly obese; at over 300 pounds.
Then one day she began to lose weight fast. She lost 160 pounds over the next 3 year. When she left the show in 2006 she admitted to Glamour magazine that she had gastric bypass surgery.

Our next celebrity was also a contestant on “American Idol” in 2004…

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson became famous after being noticed on American Idol in 2004 and even won an Academy Award for her role in “Dream girls” in 2006.

Hudson went on to become a spokesperson for Weight Watchers in 2010; losing 80 pounds within just four years.

This next star of the show “The Osbourne’s” turned her life around and dropped 50 pounds…

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne received negative feedback and attention due to her weight during the filming of “The Osbourne’s” in 2002.

However, when Osbourne was cast on “Dancing With The Stars” in 2009; she dropped an impressive 50 pounds in only 10 weeks due to her intense dancing training.

This next famous singer changed her life when she lost 45 pounds…

Mariah Carey

Singer Mariah Carey gained weight when she was pregnant and gave birth to twins in 2011. It didn’t take her long to set her sights on losing that weight. Mariah Carey quickly lost an impressive 45 pounds all thanks to her dedication to exercising and eating healthy.

The next celebrity on our list is a famous judge from “American Idol”…

#23 – Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson is best known for his role as a Judge on the show American Idol.
In 2003, Jackson had gastric bypass surgery and went from 350 pounds all the way down to 220 pounds.

The next celebrity on our list dropped an astonishing 50 pounds by getting help…

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley rose to fame on the show “Cheers” in the late 1980’s before continuing on to make many films.

When she realized her metabolism caused her to gain weight after menopause in the early 1990’s; Alley weighed 228 pounds. After contacting Jenny Craig for help; she was able to drop 50 pounds.

This female rapper turned actress shed pounds when she turned her lifestyle around…

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah became famous for her role on the show “Living Single”. She built an extensive career spanning multiple platforms over the next couple decades. When Latifah realized she wanted to set a better example for her fans; she reached out to Jenny Craig for help with her weight loss. She struggled but was able to lose 30 pounds by implementing a healthy lifestyle and diet.

The next celebrity on our list dropped an astonishing 50 pounds by getting help…

Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono was born to extremely famous parents Sonny and Cher. After being cast on the show “Dancing With The Stars”‘; Chaz decided to keep up with the active lifestyle.

Bono was able to lose 85 pounds in 2011 – mainly by maintaining a healthy diet of meat, fruits and vegetables and saying goodbye to junk food.

Next on our list is a celebrity who starred in “The Departed”…

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin has appeared in movies such as “Beetlejuice” and “The Departed”‘; but during a doctor visit in 2011 he learned that he needed to make a change – he was pre-diabetic. Immediately making an impact on his health; Baldwin began Pilates and spin classes while giving up sugar completely and was able to drop 40 pounds; regaining his health.

A sex tape scandal made our next celebrity famous…

Kim Kardashian

After being thrust into the spotlight with a sex tape scandal in 2007; Kim Kardashian has become one of the most famous faces on the planet.

Known for being thin, when Kardashian was pregnant with her second child in 2015, she gained over 60 pounds and weighed an astonishing 200 pounds. Thanks to exercise and eating healthy; Kardashian was able to shed those pounds and return to her weight of 130 pounds.

The “Queen of Funk” is next on our list…

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan is the Queen of Funk music. After a career spanning four decades; Khan took to the stage in 2015 on the show “Dancing With The Stars” looking completely different. Khan used a vegan diet combined with more careful monitoring of her blood pressure to lose over 60 pounds.

Next on our list is a famous reality show star…

Abby Lee Miller

Abby Lee Miller became famous when she was cast on the reality show “Dance Moms” in 2011. Miller found that she was gaining weight despite her active lifestyle.

After being diagnosed as a diabetic, Miller took control of her health and began being “turned off” by food; which led to her dropping from a size 24 to a 16.

This next famous comedian took his health into his own hands…

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globe awards and was not happy that he received a reputation for being a “fat, lazy slob”. He decided to do something about it.

By the time the Golden Globes invited Gervais to host the ceremony for the second time; he had lost 40 pounds due to his rigorous running routine and avoidance of snack foods.

Our next celebrity dropped 100 pounds before appearing on the red carpet…

Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold rose to fame on the sitcom “Roseanne” in the 1990’s. Becoming addicted to food, Arnolds weight spun out of control.

Years later due to the birth of his son, Jax, Arnold dedicated himself to counting calories. He fanatically tracked his portions of food and showed up to a photo shoot 100 pounds lighter in 2014.

This “Guardians of The Galaxy” star gained 30 pounds of muscle for the role…

Chris Pratt

Famous “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Chris Pratt really wanted to get the part of “Scott Hatteberg” in the movie “MoneyBall”; but was told his weight of 280 pounds was a problem.
Determined to get the role; Pratt hit the gym religiously and lost over 30 pounds of fat and gained 20 pounds of muscle and was able to get the part.

Cardio helped our next celebrity transform her life…

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams became famous for her talk show “The Wendy Williams Show”; where she would have on air arguments with celebrities, and the 51 year old recently reappeared looking thinner than ever.

Williams was able to drop 50 pounds by simply avoiding junk food and hitting the gym every day to do cardio exercise.

The next celebrity on our list dropped 50 pounds fast….

Jerry Ferrara

Jerry Ferrara got his start on the show King Of Queens, but is most well known for his role as a chubby character named “Turtle” on the show “Entourage”.

Ferrara lost an impressive 50 pounds by taking his time ( it took him over a year ) and forming a serious commitment to his health.

The next celebrity on our list began her career as a singer before skyrocketing to success…

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera has been famous since her song debut in “Mulan” in 1998 and has since then enjoyed a long career in the limelight. After reaching 200 pounds from retaining weight gained after the birth of her second child; Aguilera famously returned to “The Voice” after a dramatic weight loss looking much healthier.

Next on our list; a famous funny man who dropped 60 pounds by living healthy…

Zach Galifianakis

Star of the movie “The Hangover”; Zach Galifianakis became known as the “chubby” one. That all changed when he showed up on day on the red carpet looking slim and surprising everyone.

Galifinakis dropped 60 pounds by giving up vodka and sausages; along with a healthy lifestyle.
The next celebrity on our list is a billionaire rapper…


Founder of N.W.A and famous rapper Dr.Dre was up to 270 pounds in 2003. That’s when he decided to make a change. Dre became obsessed with the gym and after years of hard work on his routines, this 51 year old says he feels 30.

Our next celebrity was the President of Def Jam Records…

Kevin Liles

Former President of Def Jam Records Kevin Liles became famous as a larger than life man. Liles turned the tables on that perception of himself in 2007 by showing up to a red carpet event completely different; due to his weight loss surgery.

Our next celebrity was well known for his role on his “Travel Channel” show…

Adam Richman

Adam Richman is famous for his food challenge show on Travel Channel – Man versus Food. Working on the show led to gaining unwanted weight and depression.
After losing 70 pounds in the span of 10 months, Richman says that his enthusiasm for soccer and a new vegan diet were the keys to his success.

Our next celebrity starred in the “Star Wars” series before battling depression and weight issues…

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher will forever be known for her iconic role in the Star Wars series.

When she was re-cast in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015; Fisher reached out to her friends to help her get back in control of her weight and lose 40 pounds.

Known for his roles as the “Chubby” guy; this next famous comedian changed his ways…

Seth Rogen

Famous comedian Seth Rogan came to be well known after appearing the movie “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”. At 220 pounds Rogan became typecast as the chubby, funny guy.

However, Rogan decided to drop 30 pounds to play his role in “The Green Hornet” by focusing on healthy eating and exercising.

Our next world famous celebrity reached 237 pounds before she changed her lifestyle…

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is world famous for her success in life, but after reaching 237 pounds in the 1990’s; Winfrey decided to take control of her health.
Winfrey dropped carbs and ate fish instead; losing 160 pounds and making national headlines in the early 2000’s.

Next on our list is the star of a “TLC” hit reality show who shocked everyone and dropped 100 pounds…

Mama June

Mama June is known for her role on TLC’s hit show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”. After gaining weight through having children; the reality show star wanted to improve her health to be around for her grandchildren. June dropped over 100 pounds recently according to her twitter; and that incredible celebrity weight loss can be attributed to healthy diet, excersise and possible a gastric bypass surgery.

Our final celebrity weight loss story is about one of the most famous singers on the planet…

Janet Jackson

One of the most well known singers in the world has her own celebrity weight loss story; Janet Jackson started her solo career in the early 1980’s. After disappearing from the lime light in the early 2000’s, she reappeared in 2007 looking noticeably heavier. Jackson decided to make a change; by cutting out all junk food ( except caramel apples ); she was able to lose her extra weight and now age 50, she looks better than ever.


Susan Boyle