1. Holly Madison.
The Girl Next Door actress decided to follow a simple and effective weight loss plan based on exercise and a healthy diet to get rid of the 19 pounds that she somehow managed to put on in one year and a half. Her success story revolved around many hours spent at the gym going yoga and Pilates, and a low-carb diet that is replicated in many ways by most Hollywood A-listers who feel the need to shed a few pounds, and get in the best shape of their lives fast. Manson got back her envy-generating curbs by replacing her beloved bagels with fruits and protein bars. The sugar she gets from fresh, organic fruits enables her to keep her cravings in check. Also, the Peepshow star ditched fast food in favor of healthier and dare we say, equally tasty snacks and foods, such as chicken and avocado. To take her healthy weight loss plan one step closer to success, Holly used weight loss supplements to boost her energy during the entire day, and suppress her appetite.
2. Jennifer Hudson.
The famous singer, spokesperson and actress takes pride in her massive 80-pound weight loss story, founded on healthier eating habits, incredible motivation, and a partnership with Weight Watchers. Here’s how the singer sensation managed to get in great shape without putting her health on the line: she ate in moderation, kept track of Weight Watcher points, and after a while she even allowed herself to reintegrate guilty pleasures such as icecream and pizza into her daily diet, to control her cravings. This simple recipe for success has enabled Jennifer to drop 10 sizes- from size 16, she is now down to a size 6, and feeling healthier, slimmer and more confident than ever. Fun fact: Jennifer Hudson recently declared that she used to toss her pancakes on the floor to prove to herself that she is not intimidated by food. While this strategy may not bring you any closer to achieving the perfect beach body, it’s definitely worth a try!
3. Alec Baldwin.
Alec Baldwin, 57, proves that achieving and maintaining an ideal weight is doable at any age, as long as you turn a sugar-free diet and a workout regimen into the two key pillars of your new lifestyle. Diagnosed as a pre-diabetic, Baldwin decided to terminate his love story with sugar- a hard decision that he described as “truly a battle” in a Twitter post. To fend off unhealthy food cravings and keep his body toned, he attends Spinning classes, and does yoga and Pilates. Naturally, for Baldwin all fitness-related goals should be fairly easy to achieve, considering that his 32-year-old wife is a renowned yoga instructor.
4. Mariah Carey.
Mariah Carey is no stranger to weight gain issues that could take quite a toll on one’s health, wellbeing, self-esteem levels and singing gigs. After putting on more than 30 pounds during the pregnancy with her twins, Monroe and Moroccan, Mariah Carey felt the need to lose a lot of weight fast. At the same time, she didn’t want to rely on any extreme dieting measures, so she decided to take things one step at a time. Considering that she had a C-section, she couldn’t exercise immediately after giving birth, so healthy diet constituted about 90% of her weight loss program. The singer ate calorie-controlled meals, including salads and soups, and relied on low-intensity physical activity, such as exercising in the ocean or walking her four-legged friends to stay fit. Instead of obsessively checking her weight after each meal, she used to assess her progress based on how her clothes looked on her.
5. Jordin Sparks.
After winning the 6th edition of American Idol in 2007, Jordin Sparks succeed in dropping no less than 50 pounds. How? She relied on a revised food regimen meant to make her (and help her stay) slimmer. She decided to forgo junk food, and cross unhealthy snacks off her menu. Jordin Sparks has to say goodbye to her Starbucks coffee too, considering that she chose to drastically lower her sugar intake. At this point, when she feels the need to munch on something, she goes for SmartFood Popcorn or apples; also, she finishes her last meal for the day at least two hours before going to bed. When it comes to keeping her body perfectly toned and preventing weight gain, Speaks turns to Zumba for cardio, even when she’s on tour. No excuses, remember?
6. Kelly Osbourne.
For many years in a row, Kelly Osbourne has been the victim of her own misguided dietary plans. At this point, the British television presenter, singer, actress and fashion designer has successfully put all those ineffective crash diet behind her, thanks to an improved weight loss repertoire that fits her like a glove. The start lost more than 70 pounds in total by eating 3 meals and 3 snacks a day. Instead of eating diet foods that, in her opinion, don’t do a great job at filling you up, and only make you miserable, she enjoys yummy grilled chicken salads, turkey burgers with steamed vegetables, spinach salads with low-fat dressing, apples and sliced cucumbers as snacks. Oh, did we mention that her workout regimen is just as fun, and involves Pilates and The Bar Method?
7. Drew Barrymore.
As a former acting child prodigy turned into one of the highest paid Hollywood stars, 41-year old Drew Barrymore has always felt the pressure to maintain a sculpted body and win the final battle with those annoying extra pounds. Since 2004, she has been graciously flaunting an enviable beach body achieved through a combination of running, yoga and portion-controlled meals. Once a vegan, Barrymore is now relying on animal proteins once again to get the energy she needs daily. Her diet is based monthly on nutrient-dense foods, including organic fruits and vegetables. Instead of opting for a highly restrictive diet, the actress defies her cravings by eating her favorite foods in moderation. Thanks to her mindful approach to weight loss, she can now smile with confidence while stepping on the scale and rocking those glamorous dresses on the red carpet.
8. Kim Kardashian.
In all honesty, Kim was never fat. However, she did get a bit extra curvy during her two pregnancies, and felt the need to count on healthy weight loss programs to get back in shape as soon as possible. After giving birth to her son Saint West, she got back to her ideal weight-130 pounds-by avoiding junk food and hitting the gym regularly. Her gym sessions with Don Brooks, her devoted trainer, started at 6 in the morning. On top of this intense workout regimen, Kim also relied on Atkins 40, a super popular low-carb diet based on the consumption of 40g of net carbs per day. She ate plenty of healthy fats and protein, correlated with a combination of high-fiber carbs. For instance, she used to start the day with two eggs served with spinach and cheese, a salad with low-fat dressing for lunch, and chicken breast, salad and broccoli for dinner. Snacks included Greek yogurt with blueberries, veggies and hummus, and almonds. Her weight loss plan is effective because it involves 5-6 meals a day; since she is never really hungry, she is less inclined to cheat.
9. Kirstie Alley.
We couldn’t possibly talk about remarkable weight loss stories without mentioning Kirstie Alley. Unfortunately, the talented actress is no stranger to the dreadful yo-yo effect, fueled by her serve soda and candy addiction. As one of the most popular celebs whose extreme weight gain and weight loss episodes made headlines, Kirstie Alley felt even more motivated to get and stay in great shape, and win the final battle with the guilty pleasures that were compromising her dieting efforts. After starting the Organic Liason weight loss and management program, Kirstie has already managed to shed no less than 50 pounds. By combining the key elements of the Jenny Craig’s meal program with her own Organic Liason line, Kirstie has improved her approach to shedding more pounds than we could count on all fingers. The basic principles of her weight loss and management system are sugar reduction, and the consumption of the right balance of fresh, organic foods to suppress hunger.
10. Christina Aguilera.
If you’re looking forward to shedding a few extra pounds rapidly and painlessly, then maybe you should try the not-so-secret weight loss program that helped Christina Aguilera get rid of 46 pounds in just three months. Tired of being fat-shamed by her fans and peers, the Candyman singer decided to change her workout and improve her diet with help from a personal chef. She lost more than 30 pounds in 2013 due to her personalized low-carb diet based mostly on healthy protein sources, such as fish or chicken. Just like Kim Kardashian and Mellissa McCarthy, Aguilera relies on a reduced carb intake, which is the core principle of effective Paleo, Atkins and ketogenic diets that are very popular among Hollywood starts, due to their rapid, visible results.