Stars Who Underwent Incredible Weight Loss Transformations
When it comes to weight, even Hollywood celebs don’t escape ridicule. Many stars have been criticized by the media — particularly snarky tabloid publications and social media sites — for their fluctuating figures over the years. Sadly, some celebrities stepped quietly out of the spotlight, never to be the subject of public adoration again, but others took all that negativity and rose above it to embark on a weight loss journey that prioritized health and wellness as well as a sleeker physique.
Ready to get some weight loss and lifestyle tips from attractive and talented entertainers like Adele, Christina Aguilera, Drew Carey and Oprah Winfrey? Let’s get started!
Meghan Trainor - 20 lbs Lost
When Meghan Trainor first hit the music scene, she became instantly famous for her catchy tune that focused on body positivity. "All About That Bass" was a huge success that catapulted Trainor to the top of the pop world.
Kelly Osbourne - 20 lbs Lost
Kelly Osbourne always struggled with body image. She frequently gave in to emotional eating, which was detrimental to her health. Dancing with the Stars changed Osbourne’s life after her dance partner taught her everything she knows about proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Kim Kardashian - 20 lbs Lost
Over the years, Kim Kardashian has shared plenty of tips on how she stays happy and healthy. Need a recap? Here they are! She is a huge advocate for a plant-based diet and — wait for it! — sea moss smoothies. She believes in treating herself when she has cravings but only in moderation.
Christina Aguilera - 30 lbs Lost
Christina Aguilera has been on an incredible health journey over the last decade. She revealed that stress from working in an intense industry contributed to her weight gain, so she took a break to focus on her wellness. The break has had a very positive impact on her lifestyle.
Mariah Carey - 30 lbs Lost
Mariah Carey has definitely been a huge inspiration over the years when it comes to her singing career. Now, the singer has added to her ability to inspire her fans by adopting a very healthy lifestyle that helped her drop an impressive 30 lbs.
Jonah Hill - 40 lbs Lost
Jonah Hill has opened up about his body image issues plenty of times, revealing how stressful it is to maintain a healthy weight in the public eye. Throughout his career, Hill has gained weight, lost weight and gained it back plenty of times.
Rebel Wilson - 40 lbs Lost
Rebel Wilson shocked everyone when she revealed she has lost 40 pounds in 2020. Way to stick to your New Year’s resolutions! Wilson said that 2020 will be her year, and she is off to a great start on making that happen. She started by hiring a personal trainer who helped her hold herself accountable.
Khloe Kardashian - 40 lbs Lost
Khloe’s changing weight has been in the spotlight for quite some time. Her figure has been the subject of many debates — Kris Jenner even said that her size hurt the family brand. Of course, this Kardashian sister fought back against her momager and refused to conform — at least for a time.
Melissa Joan Hart - 40 lbs Lost
Melissa Joan Hart rose to popularity due to the iconic Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show in the ‘90s. She gained some weight in the years that followed the show, but in 2016, she wowed people with her healthy physique. Everyone wanted to know her weight loss secret. Hart is all about a healthy lifestyle, and she’s not afraid to show it.
Snooki - 42 lbs Lost
The Jersey Shore star was nicknamed "meatball" during her years on the reality show — yes, even though she already had a nickname in Snooki. Fortunately, this meatball eventually left her intense drinking days behind her. Nicole Polizzi’s weight loss was noticeable on the show, and it became even more obvious after Jersey Shore officially wrapped.
DJ Khaled - 43 lbs Lost
If you were on Snapchat in the early days, you probably know that DJ Khaled was one of the biggest motivators on the platform. However, the true motivation came in 2018 when he showed off his pretty impressive weight loss.
Charlotte Crosby - 44 lbs Lost
In the U.K., Charlotte Crosby is one of the most recognized reality TV stars of all time. After Geordie Shore, she quickly became the U.K.'s version of Nicole Polizzi. Much like Snooki, Crosby also struggled with weight, and she managed to go from a size 16 to a size 8.
Sam Smith - 50 lbs Lost
With 50 pounds lost, Sam Smith has had a dramatic body transformation. He revealed that body image issues have been the main reasons behind sadness in his life, and he admitted that he was bullied for it in school.
Wendy Williams - 50 lbs Lost
Wendy Williams has also been extremely open about her struggles with weight. The popular TV host has been in the spotlight for years — and so has her figure. She revealed that she has tried out a lot of fad diets but was unable to stick to a healthy routine for long.
Jordin Sparks - 50 lbs Lost
Jordin Sparks’ weight loss journey took some time. She noted that it took around four months before she started seeing any noticeable changes. She stated that her health was a priority over her jeans size, and the key was to find exercises that she actually enjoyed doing.
Zach Galifianakis - 50 lbs Lost
Jonah Hill isn’t the only star from The Hangover that managed to shed some significant weight in the last few years. Zach Galifianakis revealed that the best thing he did for his health was quit drinking.
Oprah Winfrey - 67 lbs Lost
Oprah Winfrey revealed that she was once at a high risk of developing diabetes. That health warning was what prompted a massive change in her lifestyle, including implementing a healthier diet and a workout regimen. She swears by the Weight Watchers program, which helped her lose an amazing amount of weight.
Raven-Symoné - 70 lbs Lost
Raven revealed that she was pressured to lose weight and stay thin from an early age, despite her resolve to stick to her motto of being "thick and fabulous." Her 2011 weight loss came as a huge surprise to fans, and Raven admitted that the motivation behind it was to pretty much shut up her haters.
Kirstie Alley - 75 lbs Lost
Hollywood actress Kirstie Alley revealed that she never struggled with her weight during her younger days. That probably explains why she didn’t realize how bad things had gotten until she noticed how writers talked about her in the tabloids. Hint: It wasn’t pretty.
Melissa McCarthy - 75 lbs Lost
Melissa McCarthy is known for her relatable humor, but her changing lifestyle is also incredibly inspiring. She has always been open about her journey to better health, and her weight and her figure are frequent topics in gossip magazines. Over the years, McCarthy has been many different sizes.
Jennifer Hudson - 80 lbs Lost
Jennifer Hudson’s weight loss has been extremely impressive. The Oscar winner revealed that she previously struggled with mental health, specifically when it came to body image and food. "I used to deprive myself, thinking that was healthy."
Mo'Nique - 80 lbs Lost
Nineties babies definitely remember Mo’Nique! The good news is she’s still working and thriving today. In fact, she’s better than ever! Everyone knows the star had weight issues for years, but now she finally feels comfortable in her own skin.
Drew Carey - 80 lbs Lost
Drew Carey and John Goodman have something in common. They inspired their millions of fans to start a healthier life journey and learn to take care of their bodies. In Carey’s case, his weight loss made him almost completely unrecognizable. Reportedly, even the red carpet press didn’t realize it was him after he dropped so many sizes!
John Goodman - 100 lbs Lost
Throughout his career, John Goodman has always been typecast as the "big guy." From his role in Coyote Ugly to playing the dad in Roseanne, his roles definitely contributed to Goodman’s personal lifestyle.
Roseanne Barr - 100 lbs Lost
Roseanne Barr’s weight loss journey is just as impressive as that of former co-star, John Goodman. This Hollywood celeb seems to constantly pop up in the news for her controversial views, so her journey to health has often been overlooked. Barr opted for gastric surgery to jump start her weight loss, it’s truly inspiring that she made other life changes to help her maintain it.
Adele - 100 lbs Lost
Adele is one of the celebrities who recently made headlines for her incredible weight loss transformation. In fact, her new look was dramatically different and left everyone speechless. Her former personal trainer revealed that the songstress completely changed her diet after a difficult year.
Graham Elliot - 150 lbs Lost
Celebrity chef Graham Elliot made a staggering life transformation when he dropped 150 pounds off his original 400-pound weight. Being a chef constantly surrounded by delicious food makes it incredibly difficult to follow a healthy diet, but after years of being in the public eye, Elliot decided to take matters into his own hands and make a change.
Shonda Rhimes - 150 lbs Lost
And now for a look at a behind-the-scenes transformation at ABC, let’s take a look at the Emmy-winning producer Shonda Rhimes. The Grey's Anatomy creator revealed that her shocking weight loss didn’t necessarily make her life a lot better — at least not in every way. In fact, when she noticed that people treated her differently, she didn’t like it at all.
Tina Malone - 168 lbs Lost
Tina Malone is another U.K. star whose weight has been a big subject of discussion over the years. After undergoing gastric surgery, Malone lost 168 pounds and adopted a new diet as well as a brand new exercise regimen to help maintain her weight.
Mama June - 215 lbs Lost
June Shannon, a.k.a. "Mama June," became hugely popular after sharing the limelight with her daughter on Toddlers & Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The family’s dietary habits have been widely criticized, but Mama June saw it as an opportunity for another reality show.