Celebrities Who Have Lost Weight and Kept It Off

Reviewed on 8/21/2020

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera lost weight with the help of a balanced meal plan designed by a dietitian.

A balanced meal plan provided by a dietitian helped this five-time Grammy Award winner and former coach on The Voice lose 50 pounds in 2015 and keep the weight off. Her typical breakfast is half an avocado, some turkey bacon, and blueberries. She then has a salad or vegetables with chicken for lunch, and chicken or fish for dinner. Her no-nos? Condiments and alcohol, two items with wasted calories.

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin lost weight to avoid becoming diabetic.

Learning that he was a candidate for diabetes scared the three-time Emmy award-winning actor into losing 30 pounds in 4 months. Baldwin's secret? Giving up processed foods with sugar. He also took up Pilates and spin cycling.

Drew Carey

Drew Carey lost weight to help his heart health.

This comedian, TV actor, and game show host realized he was carrying too much weight after chest pains led to a coronary procedure in 2001. In 2010, Carey began a diet and exercise plan that's helped him lose more than 100 pounds. How does he do it? He eliminated carbs and cut back on drinking. He also does at least 45 minutes of cardio on most days.

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott shed excess pounds by following a low-carb diet and doing cardio and strength training.

Elliott rapped her way to four Grammy awards and more than 30 million records sold. She's also the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott told her fans on Twitter and Instagram how she lost 30 pounds in 2014 by cutting out soda and bread. Elliott maintains her weight with a low-carb diet plus cardio and strength training. She's also drinking more water but admits junk food is still a temptation.

John Goodman

Cutting out drinking and sugary foods helped John Goodman shed more than 100 pounds.

The man best known for playing Dan Conner on Roseanne once weighed nearly 400 pounds. That's when he decided to stop drinking, avoid sugary foods, change his diet, and hire a personal trainer. Goodman has lost more than 100 pounds. He's kept it off by following a diet full of lean meats, fruit, veggies, and protein shakes. He also works out 6 days a week.

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart lost weight after having children with the help of diet and exercise changes.

The actress known for her roles in Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Melissa & Joey wanted to drop the weight she gained after her third baby. She lost 40 pounds in 2014 and has kept it off, crediting diet and exercise. She added low-carb, high-protein, and high-fiber foods, along with workouts that include treadmill work, swimming, lunges, and squats to help burn calories. She also does dance and Pilates classes.

Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill lost more than 40 pounds with the goal of landing more serious roles.

Hill lost 40 pounds in 2011 in an effort to land more serious roles. It worked, and he earned Oscar nominations for best supporting actor in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. Hill credits two things for his weight loss: a healthier diet of sushi and other Asian foods, and a martial arts-based exercise routine designed by a trainer. Hill says he still splurges with a beer on occasion, but he balances that through diet and exercise.

Jennifer Hudson

Eating meat and vegetables helped Jennifer Hudson lose weight and keep it off.

An award-winning star of Dreamgirls and an American Idol finalist, Hudson credits her diet for helping her lose 80 pounds. For her, it's all about a high-protein breakfast, followed by meals full of lean meats and vegetables. If Hudson's in a snacking mood, she reaches for celery sticks, popcorn, or an apple. And she still allows herself one small piece of chocolate each day as a reward.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert prefers judging how her clothes fit while pursuing weight loss instead of watching the scale.

This country star struggled with her weight for years until she made a lifestyle change in 2013 that resulted in a 20-pound weight loss. How did she do it? Lambert snacks on almonds and bananas while touring, makes sure she eats lots of veggies, and mixes up her exercise routine to keep it fresh. One big tip: Lambert says the scale can be your worst enemy. Instead, she says, judge your progress by how your clothes fit.

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy lost 70 pounds by following a doctor-supervised "all liquid" diet.

This star of Gilmore Girls and Mike and Molly once lost 70 pounds in 4 months on a doctor-supervised "all liquid" diet, but she's not in favor of fad diets. Instead, she said her 50-pound weight loss in 2015 happened "the boring way." She made simple changes to her diet and exercise routines, and stopped worrying about how she was being "categorized and judged" by her body.


Mo'Nique lost weight by eating raw foods and exercising.

Around the time she filmed Precious in 2009, this actress and comedian weighed about 300 pounds. Since then, she's lost more than a third of the weight. How? She shared on social media that "it was just putting in the work and not giving up." Mo'Nique's secret? Eating more raw foods and getting plenty of exercise, particularly dancing.

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt lost weight by eating a low-carb, high-protein diet and drinking plenty of water and working out.

How did Pratt go from Andy Dwyer in Parks and Rec to Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy? He lost 80 pounds. Pratt eats a low-carb, high-protein diet and drinks plenty of water. In addition, he's upped his exercise game, with running, swimming, and boxing. He's even completed a triathlon.

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes tells others to cut portion sizes and enlist the help of a doctor to lose weight.

The head writer and executive producer of Grey's Anatomy struggled with obesity for years. The pressure of work and stress were partly to blame. After she lost 117 pounds, everyone wanted to know Rhimes' secret. Her suggestions: Get help from your doctor, exercise regularly, eat only when you're hungry, cut your portion sizes, and drink lots of water.

Al Roker

Gastric bypass surgery helped Al Roker to lose 100 pounds.

The Today show weatherman lost 100 pounds in 2002 thanks to gastric bypass surgery. But he's lost another 40 pounds recently by following the ketogenic (keto) diet. By eating foods high in fat and low in carbs, Roker says he looks and feels great and has lowered his cholesterol. Whether it's cooking up beef stew or lamb chops with asparagus, he says his key is eating in moderation and controlling the urge to snack between meals.

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson used the help of a personal trainer to help her lose more than 100 pounds.

After giving birth to her third child, this singer, actress, and author tipped the scale at 240 pounds. That was enough for her to decide on holistic lifestyle changes that paid off to the tune of a 100-pound weight loss. With the help of a personal trainer, she worked up to walking 14,000 steps a day and hitting the gym three times a week. Simpson then added a high-protein and high-fiber diet. She also credits getting enough sleep.

Celebrities Who Have Lost Weight and Kept It Off

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