There’s an old saying in show biz that warns “the camera adds 10 pounds.” In an effort to lose those 10 pounds — and a lot more—celebs have chosen to go to expensive spas, have weight-loss surgery or follow the tenets of popular weight loss plans as paid brand ambassadors. Some celebs have even lost 100 pounds and continue to maintain their weight loss. Other celebs famously endorsed diet plans and were paid to lose the weight — but gained it all back.
Jessica has gone from a low of about 110 pounds to 210 pounds at her heaviest, the singer has yo-yo’d up and down since the birth of her two kids in 2012 and 2013. With the help of a $4 million deal with Weight Watchers, she lost about 50 pounds but has continued to fluctuate between fit and not-so-fit.
Seinfeld star and Broadway actor Jason Alexander was one of the few male celebs who took on the role of brand ambassador, this time for Jenny Craig. The Craig program is similar to the Weight Watcher’s program of reduced calories and offers frozen meals for convenience and variety. The Seinfeld star lost 30 pounds in 28 weeks back in 2010, even going so far to show off his body in a “mankini” commercial.
Another proponent of the Jenny Craig program was Cheers darling Kirstie Alley. She was initially successful, but quickly gained back all the wright and more. A decade later, the company rehired her as the spokesperson with her goal of losing 30 pounds. She lost 10.
Janet Jackson is one of the most well-known stars on the planet, and she’s traveled the yo-yo road more times than anyone can remember. Janet’s figure has ricocheted from boasting a six-pack to carrying around too much junk in the trunk…and everywhere else. She collaborated with Nutrisystem (a plan similar to Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig of prepackaged frozen meals, ready-to-eat snacks and shakes) and lost 50 pounds.
This talented actress, show host and ex-wife of Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen lost 50 pounds on the Jenny Craig weight loss system about a decade ago. Since then, she’s gained the weight back, and says it happened because of getting older and breaking her foot.
Songstress Mariah Carey gained a lot of weight when she was pregnant with her twins (with ex-husband Nick Cannon) Monroe and Moroccan. Her first step involved the Jenny Craig program and while she lost 70 pounds on it, managed to gain some of the weight back. A few months ago, she appeared publicly looking more like her old self, and it was revealed that she underwent gastric sleeve surgery.
Carnie Wilson used to weigh around 300 pounds, and lost half her weight after having gastric bypass surgery. She then went on to struggle with ups and downs, gaining nearly all the weight back, but then tried the Fresh Diet, a now-defunct gourmet food delivery service that, for a fee, would deliver three meals and two snacks to customers’ doorsteps every day. Wilson lost a total of 19 pounds on the plan and appears to be holding steady.
Actress, activist, comedienne and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg lost weight on the Slim-Fast program about 15 years ago. The plan consists of meal replacement bars and shakes, but it wasn’t enough to help her keep the weight off. Her off-handed remarks about then-President Bush forced the company to dump her as its spokesperson.
Back in 1988, Oprah Winfrey lost nearly 70 pounds and managed to fit into a size 10 pair of Calvin Klein jeans. Optifast was a system that used meal replacement shakes exclusively for 12 weeks before slowly reintroducing solid food to the dieter. Winfrey was reported to have consumed no more than 400 calories a day during her stint. In the years since, she has ballooned back up and yo-yo’d, but now that she’s an investor in Weight Watchers, seems to have settled at a lower weight that suits her.
Melissa Joan Hart:
The girl-next-door actress famed for her role in “Sabrina: The Teenage Witch” lost more than 40 pounds on the Nutrisystem plan, but has slowly regained a lot of it over the years.