How celebrities lose weight

In a world where an ability to maintain a svelte physique seems to be more about luck than skill, it can be hard to figure out how celebrities manage. Sure, they have personal trainers and chefs at their beck and call — but there’s got to be more to the story.

A look into the celebrity weight loss trends reveals some surprising truths. Some A-listers are using drastic measures such as starvation or restrictive dieting while others are opting for more natural methods like juicing or detoxing.

Here’s a rundown of how popular celebrities lost weight.

Gwyneth Paltrow

The former “Shallow Hal” star is now embracing a healthy lifestyle which involves eating well and exercising more.

Paltrow maintains a weight that is less than 120 pounds by dieting. She has also done some fad diets such as the cabbage soup diet and the grapefruit diet. However, she has stated that she would like to lose more weight in order to look thinner.

She eats a strict vegan diet made up of mostly vegetables with some salads with low-fat dressing, soy and rice milk, whole grain breads, and tofu.

Jessica Simpson 

For Jessica Simpson, the fact that she had to drop fifty pounds for her latest movie role as Daisy Duke in “The Dukes of Hazzard” meant that she needed to go on a crash diet. It was hard for her to lose weight at first. However, after a while, she managed to get in shape and by the time filming was over, she had lost more weight than was expected.

Jessica’s new diet consisted of chicken breast with broccoli and eventually turned into eating nothing but salads. She also managed to get in shape quickly through cardio exercises. She made sure that she had a workout routine in place which allowed her to lose weight at the same time.

Over the years, Jessica Simpson has gone through a myriad of weight loss diets. At one point, she tipped the scales at 240 pounds.

The reality star turned singer was a size 16, but dropped to a size eight after giving birth. Best thing, she lost 100 pounds after giving birth to her third child and she’s kept it off.

Simpson revealed she lost the weight by following a low carb diet and giving up alcohol and dairy. She also made sure she exercised for 30 minutes a day. She even authored her own weight loss book, a 180-day plan where she reveals her secrets for dropping all those dress sizes.

What are the tips inside Jessica Simpson’s weight loss book, “Size Down”?

Here are a few of the highlights from her book:

  • Lessons on becoming healthier.
  • Never mix chicken soup with tomato soup.
  • Drinking water is crucial, full stop.
  • Eat breakfast every morning, it’s like a little shot of life in your body.
  • Eat well-balanced, healthy meals throughout the day and never skip meals or snacks.

Worst thing about the diet? Sweeteners were added to some of her meals. The star said she didn’t like using them since she thinks they are artificial and unhealthy. Instead, she chose real natural sweeteners: Stevia or honey. 

How did this Dukes of Hazzard star get such a great figure?

1. Weight Watchers

Simpson partnered with Weight Watchers to help spread the word about her favorite plan. It’s a mixture of the traditional calorie-counting plan and the PointsPlus system, which allows you to eat foods you love as long as you track the number of points they’re worth.

2. Hired a celebrity trainer

Of course, we don’t all have money to hire a fancy trainer. Yet, these days you can hire a virtual coach to guide and motivate you for a very reasonable price.

Simpson hired Harley Pasternak, a well-known celebrity trainer.

His routine was straightforward. 

  • Exercise – walkting 12,000 steps a day
  • Calm/mediation – an hour away from her phone
  • Good sleep – at least 7 hours a day
  • Diet – 3 meals each having protein, fiber and fat, and 2 daily snacks with protein and fiber or protein and fat.
  • Pasternk says he took a “holistic” approach, one not only focused on diet and exercise. 

Nicole Richie

Richie was rumored to have gastric bypass surgery in 2006 and maintained a healthy lifestyle afterward in order to maintain the muscle mass that was lost during her recovery from surgery. 

Richie dropped to a size zero afterwards. When she was asked about her weight loss, she reportedly responded that she lost ‘about 40 pounds’. 

She has almost been rumored to have a diet of sunflower seeds, celery and juices. Of course, this is beyond unhealthy. You’ll see that many celebrities who’ve dieted and exercised have the most success and losing weight and keeping it off. 

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz has always had to wear clothes that were large enough for his size, weighing 160 pounds. He has been getting more exercise lately and he is finally getting a little trim. One of the best weight loss tips for tough guys like Mraz is simply to eat less and get more exercise. He started exercising and avoiding fatty foods, which made him feel better about himself while losing some weight in the process.

For breakfast, Mraz would have oatmeal followed by a protein shake. For lunch, he would eat a big salad with lots of veggies and chicken. For dinner, he might have some grilled corn or something like that with spinach. Although Mraz couldn’t see the scale moving down, he could feel it happening.

This funny guy has been able to lose weight by going for an early morning jog in the California hills. He was also avoiding fatty foods which helped him drop a few pounds. 


Beyoncé lost ten pounds for her role as Etta James in the movie “Cadillac Records.” She also worked with a nutritionist and she exercised for several hours each day. By the end of production, Beyoncé had lost ten pounds and was in better shape than ever before.

Beyoncé has also managed to keep her weight off because she still sticks to the same workout routine today. It is one that consists of cardio, strength training, and toning.

Beyoncé’s weight loss was so quick that she went from not being able to move or walk after giving birth to be able to dance again within two months. For her, the only way she was going to be able to lose the weight she gained after having twins was by following a strict exercise and diet routine.

Beyonce lost seventy five pounds for “Dreamgirls,” and she managed to do it without going on any fad diet. She did maintain a healthy diet and she exercised on a regular basis as well. 

Beyonce followed a simple, yet productive, diet that reduced  carbs, sugar, dairy, meat, fish and alcohol. She admitted to feeling hungry.

The “Hold Up” singer implemented Marco Borges’ 22 Days Nutrition program for 44 days in order to reach her goals. Beyoncé spoke about the diet in her Netflix documentary “Homecoming,” that followed her Coachella performances. She reduced carbs, sugar, dairy, meat, fish and alcohol – and admitted she was “hungry.” Beyoncé and Borges have partnered on the 22 Days Nutrition Meal Planner that provides users “access to tools and foods that empower everyone to become their healthiest self through proper nutrition,” according to the artist’s website.

What are the sample meals in Marco Borges’ 22 Days Nutrition program?

Below is one day’s food plan for Beyonce, days 13.

Day 1:

Breakfast: low-carb oat cereal with grapefruit juice and blueberries and water.

Snack: chopped almonds with homemade trail mix made from celery, raisins, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

Lunch: half of a turkey sandwich; half mozzarella cheese on whole wheat bread; half of a mixed salad. Drink lemon water to cleanse the body (water with fresh lemon juice).

Dinner: grilled salmon with mixed vegetables; 20 percent fat cottage cheese; small portion of garlic mashed potatos.

Sensible meals, nothing crazy. 

Paula Deen

Deen reveals she lost 30 pounds by avoiding fried, fatty foods and sticking to a low-fat diet. She also cut out soda and any other sugary drinks, like fruit juices. Instead, she drank water with lemon or lime juice or sparkling water.

Deen said: “I lost 35 or 40 pounds and now I’ve brought everything back into my kitchen, just like anybody’s kitchen,” Deen, 68, said. “But the thing that I’m really trying to focus on is moderation. Moderation. Moderation. Eat a cookie, just don’t eat six of ‘em! Because no one wants to go their whole life thinking they can never have anything good again.”

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne dropped from a size 16 to a size six after having stomach stapling surgery in 2009. 

How did she lose the weight?

Kelly Osbourne is a vegan and has stated that she does not eat cheese, dairy or animal products. Although Kelly Osbourne’s weight loss was not achieved by cutting out all meat or dairy products. She did say that the only food she eliminated from her diet was corn syrup and sugar (sucrose).