Celebrities living in front of the camera have the same weight problems as the rest of us. If you’ve ever struggled trying to lose a few pounds, you have to have some respect for anyone who’s dropped a hundred pounds or more. Here are seven celebs who did just that.
Goodman told David Letterman in 2011 he was pushing 400 pounds. He says he was in bad shape emotionally when his series Roseanne ended its original run. “I had a lot of resentment. There was an emptiness inside me.” He says he learned to recognize it and that, “you don’t have to fill it with another pork chop or a drink.”
Goodman used portion control and reminded himself when thinking about food, “I don’t need it.” Looking trimmed down for the reboot of Roseanne, Goodman’s fans are hoping he keeps up his healthy lifestyle for The Conners spin-off.
TV and movie star Melissa McCarthy turned her health around by eating clean and losing over 100 pounds.
Melissa is committed to a low carb, high protein diet plan similar to Atkins, Paleo, Zone, and ketogenic diets. The Bridesmaids star also hired a personal trainer to get her in the best shape of her life.
Her weight loss secret? “I truly stopped worrying about it. I think there’s something to kinda loosening up and not being so nervous and rigid about it that, bizarrely, has worked,” McCarthy said.
Jonah Hill first made headlines for his weight loss in 2011, but since that first step his weight has fluctuated. He gained 40 pounds back for his role in 2015’s War Dogs. In 2017, he made headlines for once again undergoing a tremendous transformation and reaching his lowest weight ever.
Hill credits a nutritionist and an attitude change to his weight loss success. The worst part is he’s had to cut down on one of his favorite treats, beer. “When I drink beer, I get a little bigger,” he told ABC News.
Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto isn’t known for weight issues, but he is known to go to extreme lengths as a method actor. That includes gaining and losing incredible amounts of weight for his roles.
In 2007, Leto packed on the pounds for his role in the film “Chapter 27,” playing obese killer Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon. Leto went from 151 pounds to 210 pounds for the role, gaining weight so quickly with unhealthy eating habits that he actually contracted gout.
Then, in a reverse move several years later, he starved himself to 114 pounds to play an AIDS patient in 2013’s “Dallas Buyers Club.” The role won him an Oscar, but all this extreme weight loss and gain can’t be good for Leto’s health.
Reality TV star “Mama June” (real name June Shannon) didn’t just lose 100 pounds — she lost 300 pounds! The 38-year-old star first rose to fame as a stage mom on the 2012 TLC reality show Toddlers & Tiaras before getting a spin-off with her daughter called Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
June’s 2017 weight loss transformation was documented in yet another reality series, WE’s Mama June: From Not to Hot, in which she underwent gastric sleeve surgery. At her heaviest, June weighed 460 pounds. Now she has devoted herself to a healthier lifestyle, although she told People that her cheat snacks are Little Debbie jelly cakes.
Over the years, too much of the good life brought Randy’s weight up to 350 pounds. Randy had music industry fame as a session musician playing bass in the ’80s and ’90s, and in 2002 he got in front of the camera on American Idol. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2001, Jackson tried just about every diet he could but was unsuccessful.
In 2003 he opted to undergo gastric bypass surgery, which creates a smaller stomach pouch. When the show started in 2004, Randy showed up 114 pounds lighter. He takes his health much more seriously now and even wrote a book, Body with Soul: Slash Sugar, Cut Cholesterol, and Get a Jump on your Best Health Ever.
Celebrity chef Graham Elliot was nearing the 400-pound mark in 2013 when he decided to get surgical help to lose weight. “Weight is something I’ve battled all my life,” Elliot, who previously acted as a judge on Fox’s “MasterChef,” told People when he underwent a gastric sleeve procedure in 2013.
Elliot, a father of three, knew he needed to lose weight and get healthier if he wanted to see his boys grow up. He said he got inspiration from his “MasterChef” co-judges Gordon Ramsey and Joe Bastianich as they talked about running marathons. “My biggest goal is to start running,” the dapper chef noted.