Surprisingly, celebrities are just like regular people in a lot of ways. One of those ways is that many celebs struggle with their weight, yo-yo-ing up and down on the scale over the years. The celebrities on this list have lost a significant amount of weight. Some have gained, lost, gained, and then lost again. Others have kept the weight off for good. Read through the list and see if your favorite celebrity is here.
Zach Galifianakis is best known for his role as Alan in The Hangover. Since then, he has made some lifestyle changes to lose weight. He has stopped drinking, walks a lot, and eats a healthy diet. You can hardly recognize it from his rise to fame and let’s face it, he’s hot now.
Zach really emphasizes the role that giving up alcohol played in his weight loss. “I stopped drinking and I just, kind of, put the weight off,” he told Men’s Health. “I was having a lot of vodka with sausage. Delicious, but bad for you.”
Christina Aguilera has had a bit of a public struggle with weight. When she first became famous, she had an awesome body. But over the years, she gained some weight, which happens when you have kids.
Now she has adopted a new and healthier lifestyle that includes yoga for a fit body. She also uses a meal service called The Fresh Diet that keeps her food intake around 1,600 calories a day.
Raven-Symoné is another young actress who has had a public struggle with weight. A nutrition expert helped Raven-Symoné lose a lot of weight and live like a new woman. She eliminated all fast food from her diet, which is a major reason she was so successful at losing weight.
The starlet had always had a positive self-image but decided to lose weight to silence her critics. She sat down with Oprah and admitted, “I lost weight to keep them people from talking to me. I got tired and irritated.”
John Goodman is probably best known for his role in Roseanne, as Roseanne’s husband. Their weight was even a frequent topic on the hit ’90s show.
He had an amazing transformation when he started eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis. Like Zach Galifianakis, he also gave up alcohol. “It was the answer for a lot of problems,” he told David Letterman. “I hit it hard for 30 years.” These changes helped him lose over 100 pounds.
In April 2020, fans went wild after Jessica Simpson posted a photo on Instagram of herself wearing a bikini, floating in a pool. Her followers were stunned– Simpson had lost 100 pounds!
Now 39-years-old and a mother of three, Simpson weighed a reported 240 pounds in 2019. She reached her heaviest weight after her third child and went to work burning it off. Her personal trainer Harley Pasternak had her start by walking 14,000 steps daily and eating a healthy diet. Pasternak told Women’s Health that Simpson’s weight loss was the most exciting client transformation of her career.
Remember Snooki from the Jersey Shore? Ya, me either. But she has gained some popularity and is a celebrity after giving birth to her son. Not only did she lose her baby weight, she lost extra weight on top of that.
How did she do it? “I go [to a trainer] four times a week, and we do legs, arms and everything,” she told People magazine. “And after every one-hour workout, I do an hour of cardio.” Wow, that’s dedication.
Actor Tom Arnold gained quite a bit of weight after starring in True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tom started going to the gym six days a week, he cut back on carbohydrates, and began keeping track of his calories.
He didn’t follow any specific diet plan, just stuck to some general guidelines such as eating breakfast every day, staying fueled with small snacks (his faves are 100 calorie packs of chocolate almonds), and skipping carbs with dinner.
Ricky Gervais is a hilarious UK comedian (and creator of the original version of The Office!). He used to struggle quite a lot with his weight until he started doing about 45 minutes of a cardio workout and 20 minutes of a weight workout at his house. He claims he hasn’t changed his diet at all and still drinks what he wants.
After losing 40 pounds with his girlfriend, Jane, he joked that “It wasn’t so much about the weight. It was more that I was a fat, lazy, out of shape slob.”
This was quite a transformation to see! Chris Pratt rose to fame while playing the chubby character Andy in Parks and Recreation. He was never a really fit guy, until his Guardians of the Galaxy role.
He lost an astonishing 60 pounds (in just six months) by going to the gym on a regular basis. His workouts include running, boxing, swimming, P90X, and kickboxing. He also made sure to drink tons of water.
Perez Hilton knows everything that is going on in Hollywood — gossip is his job! He was having trouble with the single life so lost quite a bit of weight by adopting a holistic lifestyle. Perez says along with the physical transformations he has also had a mental transformation so he is more aware of his energy in the universe.
“I’ve lost more than 70 pounds and I’ve worked for it, he told Shape. “I’ve done it the old-fashioned way, slow and steady, by eating healthily and exercising regularly. And I feel wonderful!”
Actor Jorge Garcia became a household name on hit shows like Becker, Lost, Alcatraz, and Hawaii Five-0. He had to lose 30 pounds for his role as Hugo Reyes in Lost, but he gained it back (and then some) after the series wrapped. Jorge eventually reached 400 pounds.
He tried many different diets with no luck until adopting veganism. It drastically improved his quality of life and he soon lost 100 and continues to lose more. Jorge maintains his healthy lifestyle today and looks terrific and happy.
In 2013, Rosie O’Donnell underwent surgery to lose weight. She has been overweight most of her career, so it is possible she just needed a little extra help. She had a gastric sleeve put in place and lost 64 pounds because of it. Rosie says the weight loss has helped her change her life for the better.
She joked with PEOPLE that at her heaviest, she felt “like the Green Bay Packers’ front line, know what I mean? But it’s hard. I used to buy stretch pants size 11, 12. I’d stretch them into a 20. It didn’t matter, because the tag said 12 and that’s what counts.”
Jonah Hill has had a public battle with weight and has been compared to the buff actor Channing Tatum a lot, since they were in 21 Jump Street together. Jonah gains weight, then loses it, on a regular basis.
In 2018, showing off a newly-svelte body, he opened up to Ellen about his weight loss. “I wish there was some crazy thing that I did, like a pill or a genie or something, but I went to see a nutritionist, and he told me what to eat to change my habits and stuff,” Jonah said.
Kirstie Alley gained quite a lot of weight after she played in the Look Who’s Talking movies. She was hardly recognizable. She was fed up with how she looked, so she used the Jenny Craig program to lose 50 pounds. Kirstie became a spokesperson for the company.
She once had this to say about her relationship with food. “I always joked that my holidays lasted from Halloween to New Year’s Eve, and maybe even into Valentine’s Day. I would think it was okay for me to eat whatever I wanted during those months.”
Formerly known as the heaviest of the Kardashian clan, the youngest of the sisters has recently revealed a more svelte figure. Khloe attributes the weight loss to her new-found love of exercise and eating a balanced diet, which she discovered as she was going through the process of a difficult divorce with ex-husband Lamar Odom.
Khloe’s dedication to a healthier lifestyle has paid off. In fact, she was so into working out that she was able to drop her pregnancy weight after giving birth to daughter True in April of 2018.
Fans at the 2020 Oscar Awards were stunned to see this photo of songstress Adele (right) at an afterparty. The singer had been seen with a much slimmer frame in recent months, but her new look at the party really had some people saying “Hello!”
Adele is said to have lost all the weight with the Sirtfood Diet and a pilates regimen. Some fans have even commented that she’s looking “too thin” lately. One dietician called the eating plan “sketchy” and another said that people shouldn’t expect to see the same dramatic results that Adele has. She’s reportedly lost about 100 pounds on the low-calorie diet.
Queen Latifah made her acting debut on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Since then, she has starred in many movies and television shows and released multiple hit albums. Like many busy people, she also gained weight over the years.
She resolved to get healthy in 2008. She changed her eating habits, started working out five days a week, and took to yoga. Latifah has kept the weight off by eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins.
Khloe Kardashian isn’t the only reality TV star who wants a revenge body. Mama June, mother of Honey Boo Boo went to extreme measures to achieve her weight loss goals in time for her ex’s wedding to his new wife.
Mama June underwent gastric sleeve and skin removal surgeries in 2017 and supplemented it with a diet and exercise plan with a personal trainer. Her goal was a size four, and dropping from a size 18, it looks like she’s getting closer.
Star Jones, a former co-host of The View, has been vocal about her weight issues over the years. By 2003, Star weighed in at 307 pounds and was officially diagnosed as morbidly obese.
She has lost 40 pounds by changing her diet. She no longer eats sugar, dairy, or meat. She says she has much more confidence now at 54 years of age than when she was younger and in her 20s.
Jennifer Hudson gained her stardom on the show American Idol and is now a bona fide star with an Oscar to her name. During her weight loss journey, she went from a size 16 to a size six — 80 pounds! She looks radiant and says she’s proud of her transformation. She says the weight loss was difficult at first but maintaining it is much easier.
“I don’t really have time to do much [working out], so I really just watch what I eat,” Jennifer told Good Housekeeping.
Kelly Osbourne basically grew up on television, on her family’s reality show The Osbournes. Growing up in that household looked somewhat stressful, so it is no wonder her weight went up and down.
Kelly started her weight-loss journey in 2009 and has not looked back, 70 pounds later. She shared her diet tips with Shape: “The three things I did to really change my diet were: Start eating breakfast, drink water instead of soda, and always have a snack in the evening,” she said.
Drew Carey is best known for The Drew Carey Show and hosting Whose Line is it Anyway. When he got the hosting job on The Price is Right, Drew lost a lot of weight. He had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes so he started eating healthy, cutting out junk food, and staying active. He now is much more fit and looks healthier than before.
“Working out was the key thing,” he has said. “You can’t just diet.”
Honey Boo Boo
When her mother “Mama June” dropped a whopping 300 pounds, she was inspired to encourage Honey Boo Boo to lose weight as well. Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson was not too enthusiastic about the idea, as supportive as she might be about her mother’s healthier weight.
However, in January of 2018 June sat down with ET and said that her then-12-year-old daughter had lost around five pounds by trying to eat healthier. “Alana actually went on a no-grease diet and she’s been, actually, doing pretty good with it,” June said, adding that Alana “doesn’t eat fried food” and is “trying to cut back on soda. That’s something she did [and] that I had [not] done.”
Seth Rogan lost 30 pounds for his role in The Green Hornet. It only took him 10 weeks to lose this weight, so it might not have been the healthiest of methods. However, he got fit for the movie and he looks pretty darn good!
It seems whatever he’s been doing has worked because he still looked slim and trim at the opening of his new flick The Lion King in June of 2019.
Supermodel Tyra Banks gained some weight over the years, and it is no secret she has struggled with it, being in the public eye and all. She lost weight using a nutritionist and the Paleo diet and now says she has more energy and feels good about herself.
“I’m all about moderation, but you have to indulge,” Tyra said to Insider. “My mom and I together are very dangerous. We love ice cream!”
The Ricki Lake Show was a well-known talk show that Ricki hosted during the day. Over the years, her weight greatly fluctuated. When she decided to lose weight, she used a food service to bring her, at most, 1,400 calories per day. She also slept six to eight hours at night and now uses dance training to keep the weight off.
Ricki admits that weight is a never-ending struggle for her. “I have become a little obsessed with the scale,” she said to TODAY. “I get on the scale every morning to make sure I didn’t gain any weight or maybe I lost more. You want to be well adjusted and not get too extreme.”
Randy Jackson is a music industry mogul and one of the former hosts of American Idol. He had struggled with weight since he was young and was diagnosed with diabetes when he was older. Once he was diagnosed, he stopped drinking alcohol, started dieting, and exercising regularly. He also opted for gastric bypass surgery.
He lost over 100 pounds this way, and stunned fans when he unveiled his new, slimmed-down look.
Ruben Studdard is another celeb who gained his fame on American Idol. Because of this, he had a very public weight loss transformation. He went on Biggest Loser to keep losing weight. Ruben lost a total of 169 pounds during the course of his transformation.
He went on TODAY to discuss his weight loss, saying, “It was really time for me to make a change. I was about to turn 35, and I was just afraid that some of the things that affected some people that are really close to me would affect me. I most definitely don’t want to leave here early from things that I can prevent.”
Jordin Sparks lost over 50 pounds once she started eating healthy and living a healthier lifestyle. After she lost the weight, she has experienced a boost of confidence in front of the camera that can clearly be seen in many of her pictures.
Jordin shared her weight loss tips with Redbook. “I never felt like I was suffering by eating less and exercising more,” she said. “The key was finding exercises I enjoyed. If you don’t, you won’t stick with it.”
Angie Stone is an actress, producer, and recording artist. Along with these activities, she has also found time to lose a significant amount of weight. Angie was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After she was diagnosed, she learned how to eat properly and devoted herself to better health.
In the process, she lost 75 pounds and now says she feels much younger than her age. She looks much happier too.
Alec Baldwin had a dramatic change in weight. The doctor told him he was a pre-diabetic, which was when Alec took action. He changed his diet and started exercising. He now looks much healthier than before and continues to star in many notable films and television shows.
His wife Hilaria had a big part in his weight loss and healthier lifestyle. She is a yoga enthusiast and nutrition expert who guided him through his dietary changes.
Graham Elliot is best known for his role on Top Chef Masters. As a chef, he has sampled a lot of delicious food over the years, and the weight had caught up to him. Graham went on a diet and lost 150 pounds. He also started exercising, with his favorite workouts consisting of boxing and running marathons.
He told Mail Online about his new attitude toward food. “I now look at food as fuel and focus on my protein intake,” he said. “I’m in love with ‘pure’ flavours, things that are natural and delicious, minimally fussed with, that showcase the season. I combine that with portion control.”
Abby Lee Miller
Abby Lee Miller is a dance instructor who hosted Dance Moms. She has numerous lawsuits against her for assault, fraud, and hiding income. Apart from all of that legal stuff, she has lost a good amount of weight by using the Lap-Band procedure. She started out as a size 24 and dropped to a size 16.
Some questioned the timing of her weight loss procedure, since she was heading to prison at the time. “I think this is the right time” because “there’s no right time,” she said.
Jill Scott lost a crazy amount of weight — 200 pounds exactly. That is an astonishing success. So how did she do it? Jill credits her son for helping her make the decision to get healthy. “There’s a world of discovery in [my son’s] eyes, and I want to be around to enjoy it,” she told Essence.
She found a diet program and exercise regimen that fit her lifestyle, and she stuck with it. She now runs marathons, which is a big difference from when she had a hard time catching her breath while singing.
Adam Richman is the host of Man v. Food, so we know he loves to eat. “It’s really very easy to forget how many calories you’re consuming” while you’re taping a show, he once admitted.
Losing weight was a big challenge for him, especially because he became a vegan to lose weight. Now, he uses cleanses and detoxes after trying all of those greasy foods from different areas of the country.
Jerry Ferrara is known for his role on Entourage. He played Turtle, and as the seasons progress, you can see the changes Jerry goes through with his weight. It was a struggle, but he finally found a diet that worked and he lost 40 pounds in just 10 months.
“What happened then was a whole lifestyle change,” he told New You magazine. Jerry now lives a healthy lifestyle, works out, and quit smoking.
Wendy Williams, who happens to be the host of The Wendy Williams Show, is a comedian who had a very public weight loss. She lost over 50 pounds by doing a combination of a cardio and Pilates workouts. She also stopped eating meat and started juicing. This has helped her lose the weight and keep it off.
She credited eating breakfast for helping with losing the weight. “I have a variety of breakfasts, she said. “Like this morning, I had a sausage, egg, and cheese — everything from the vegan spot.”
Austin “Chumlee” Russell
Chumlee is one of the men from Pawn Stars. His father died when he was 54, which is what inspired Chumlee to make some life changes. He joined a gym, quit eating junk food, and starting living an overall healthier lifestyle. He lost about 100 pounds during his weight-loss journey (which also included gastric sleeve surgery).
I’ve been down, I’ve been up, I’ve been down, I’ve been up. So, when you need a little help to stay down, this is where you come,” he said.
Dr. Dre got fit over the years. He eats good food and exercises on a regular basis. He is over 50 years old now but says he feels like he did when he was in his 30s. This lifestyle transformation led him to lose over 50 pounds and lowered his blood pressure. He definitely looks good for his age!
He has more energy and confidence, too. “I’m definitely healthier now,” he said. “That has a big part to do with it, just staying healthy. It definitely keeps your confidence up.”
Shonda Rhimes is known for creating the shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Over her weight loss journey, Shonda lost a total of 117 pounds. That is quite a feat, especially because she did it without any plastic surgery. She lost all of the weight the healthy way — through exercise and dieting.
Shonda even shared details about her weight loss journey with Health. “I did not do it because I thought I would become beautiful like in the movies,” she said. “I did it because I could not walk up a short flight up stairs without stopping to take a break and wiping sweat from my brow.”
Janet Jackson gained weight as she gold older, which happens to even the best of us. To lose the weight she had packed on, Janet stopped eating junk food and started exercising on a regular basis. A personal trainer guided her along the way. In just four months, she lost a total of 60 pounds.
The trainer, Paulette Sybliss, shared details with E! News. “We were training a minimum of four times a week and the sessions were never less than 45 minutes, no more than an hour. Very intense, though. Very intense training,” she said.
Oprah Winfrey has been no stranger to weight loss ups and downs. They have been the subject of some of her talks shows over the years. Oprah opened up about her struggles with weight for Global Wellness Day 2019.
She shared a message with Weight Watchers (of which she’s now a spokesperson), “I haven’t shared with many, but I will share with you, that I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes before WW.” Fortunately, she got her numbers down to normal and continues to stay focused on a healthy lifestyle.
Gabourey Sidibe got her breakout role in Precious, which she won an Academy Award for. Sidibe is in the middle of her weight loss journey and has currently lost 50 pounds. She has starred in many television shows since her movie debut, so it will be interesting to see where she goes over the years.
In 2018, the star revealed that she’d undergone weight loss surgery the previous year. In an interview with Nylon, she admitted, “I have been struggling with weight my entire life. I realize that as long as I have a body, it will be a struggle.”
Mariah Carey is another singer who started out slim at the beginning of her career. As time went on, she gained weight, had kids, and struggled to get the weight off. Mariah used the Jenny Craig program to lose 40 pounds within a few months. She looked good and healthy — just like she used to.
“If they want to rag at me for looking like a huge boat, like that wasn’t my fault, I couldn’t help it,” Carey said after the weight loss. “Carrying two human lives inside me and doing the best I could. What am I going to do?”