When celebrities have babies or start to gain weight, it only takes a few months that they’ve lost it all. They’re back to their original shape and size, and it leaves the rest of us jealous.
If only we could manage something as amazing as that. If only it could take us weeks to shed the pounds and drop the dress sizes.
Well, we could. Celebrities aren’t aliens. They’re not some out-of-this-world creatures that have superpowers of weight loss. They’re human, just like you and me. Celebrities all have the same worries, challenges, and goals as us.
But how do they seem to lose weight so quickly? How do they miraculously get to their goals within weeks? Can we do it too?
Here’s a look at the celebrity secrets for weight loss, so you can do it too. And yes, you really can do it!
It’s All About Hard Work and Determination
You want to know the biggest secret? It’s not a miracle pill or some magical cure. Weight loss is all about hard work and determination.
What? That can’t be true, right?
Well, as much as we wish the celebrities had some secret, they really don’t. They just know that the hard work pays off in the end. We just have to look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s strict diet plan or Madonna’s raw food diet to know that it really does take grit and hard work.
That’s good news, though! It means that you can do it all too. You just need to be in the mindset to be able to succeed—and find the diet plan that really works and really works for you. If you don’t enjoy it or find it something that you can stick to, you’re more likely to stop following it. There are so many plans out there, and there will be one that you find easier than all the rest.
But it’s not all about the diet. The celebrities know that workouts are just as important. In fact, weight loss is about 80% diet and 20% exercise. Some exercises will burn more calories while others will tone muscle and keep your strength up. You’ll need to do a mixture of the two.
Getting Into the Right Mindset
While you have the diet and exercise plan, you’re not just instantly going to start losing weight. Most of the celebrities happen to be in the right mindset. They have goals that they desperately want to achieve, whether it’s to get their post-baby figures back or make it easier to land roles—because let’s face it, as much as we want the world to be equal skinnier people do happen to have more success. There is prejudice in the world, and the celebrities know that.
So, to be able to lose weight like the celebrities, you need to get yourself in the right mindset. It’s time to do this for you—and not because other people have told you to.
Start by setting some of your own weight loss goals. Decide what you want to get out of this, whether it’s to lose a certain amount of pounds or drop a few dress sizes. You could also have health goals if you’re losing weight because of a medical scare.
Once you’re in the right mindset, you’ll find the hard work much easier. You’ll find that it’s all worth it and you’re happier sticking to whichever strict diet plan you decide to follow. Those negative thoughts won’t creep through as much, and when they do you’ll find them easier to kick away.
But Celebrities Just Have More Time, Don’t They?
Celebrities still have the same 24 hours in a day that we do. The difference is how they get to use it. Because of their lifestyles, they get to hire personal trainers and some will even work around the clock to make sure they lose weight. Dancers and gymnasts are constantly training, meaning they get to burn more calories throughout the day much easier than the rest of us.
The celebrity secret is being able to focus on their exercise and diet plans. They have more control over their lives.
That doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight. It’s still possible for us to lose weight, but we may find that it takes a little longer. That’s simple because money and time are not completely on our side. Don’t give up, though! You know that the hard work will be worth it in the end.
This is all well and good, but what are all the celebrity secrets? What type of diet plans do they follow and how do they end up losing the weight?
Here’s a look at the most common celebrities you’ll hear about when it comes to weight loss.
There’s no denying that Paltrow is one of the most successful dieters on the planet. However, her healthy eating plan is more than a diet: it’s a way of life for her. She focuses on a very strict diet to help put her health first.
There are some debates over her plan, but it does work for weight loss. It’s all about raw food, and she follows a vegan lifestyle. It helps her get her nutrients, although she has to work a little harder to make sure she gets all her proteins since she doesn’t eat the animal fats that have the best protein in them.
Sometimes she will get off the vegan train and have some meat. That’s because her vegan diet isn’t because of her beliefs over animals but because of her belief that meat isn’t necessary to survive. When she does eat meat, it’s poultry and fish because they are healthier options than red meat.
Kale green smoothies and handfuls of almonds are her treats. The benefit of the kale is that she gets a lot of iron, zinc, and calcium in her diet. The smoothies also help to replace some of the nutrients lost during her workouts.
She is most strict when trying to slim down for a movie role. One of the strictest diets she followed was just before Iron Man 2 to make sure she was ready. She even doubled up her exercise to burn more calories. She always has a personal trainer on hand to help keep her motivated while exercising.
You will see Aniston in the celeb news regularly because of her diet and weight loss efforts. She has tried all sorts of plans, including the baby food diet because her trainer Tracy Anderson recommended it.
The good news is the baby food diet wasn’t a lifestyle. It was a short-term plan to help cleanse the body and lose weight. Anderson explained that she wanted Aniston to follow something that wasn’t a liquid diet because they just lead to a big weight gain afterwards. Baby food is designed to cleanse the system. It offers nutrients that the body needs and keeps the digestive system in full working order. There’s a reason the food is given to babies, after all!
One of the great things about the baby food diet is that it isn’t too restrictive. The main focus is on pureeing food, but treats and puddings are still allowed. There are rice puddings, chocolate desserts, and much more available.
That isn’t the only diet that Aniston has followed. She has followed one that is full of vegetables and lean proteins in the past. This diet plan includes kale, poultry, whole grains, and more. It is one of those that could be followed as a lifestyle, but to lose weight Aniston had to be strict. When she wanted cheat days, she would have to settle for kale chips, which weren’t quite what she wanted.
There are times that actresses have to slim down specifically for roles to make them look believable. Sure, there are tricks with CGI and clothing, but authenticity is a great way to pull viewers into the roles and stories.
Hathaway played the role of Fantine in Les Misérables. Her character was a destitute factory worker, who spends all the money she earns on her daughter, who is being looked after by an inn-owning couple. She eventually dies in the film, after contracting an illness.
To be able to slim down and lookfor the role, she ate two squares of dried oatmeal paste. That was all she had every day until she got her bodyweight down to the necessary amount for the role.
The good thing is that she won an Oscar for her efforts. She always went back to eating normally after the film. I wouldn’t suggest following that diet plan for your weight loss efforts, but it’s an idea of how she did it.
She now follows the paleo diet. Originally she was a vegan, but she explained that she didn’t feel strong and she wanted to make sure she was giving her body all the fuel she needed. This isn’t a plan that she follows to lose weight but to be healthy and happy with herself.
The singer and coach on The Voice have never been one to shy away from the cameras. At the same time, she’s found herself being the centre of controversy because of her size. People are never happy: she is either too big or too small.
While she is happy with herself, there have been diets that she’s followed. One to make sure she lost her baby weight quickly was called the colour diet.
This is just as it sounds. You eat a certain colour of food on a certain day. That’s the only colour of food you have on that day, whether it’s red for Mondays and green for Tuesdays.
It’s not a diet that she’s stuck with, and I can see why. There are many restrictions to this, even if it does help to slim down quickly.
When it came to her role on Burlesque, she needed to slim down quickly. Instead of a fad diet, she focused on having more personal time. This meant that she was able to train more and lose the weight through exercise. Not only did she slim down, but she also toned up and created the perfect body shape for the movie.
There was also a healthy lifestyle diet in mind. She spent time trying different foods and creating new meals to enjoy the food that she ate. It wasn’t all about losing weight, but about being happy with herself and feeling healthier.
The superstar is no different when it comes to weight loss. It’s important to her, especially when it comes to roles in movies and being on stage. She is always in the limelight and needs to look her best at all times.
So, when it came to her role in Dreamgirls, she needed to lose 20 pounds in the space of two weeks. She managed it and did it through an extravagant liquid cleanse. She mixed lime juice with cayenne pepper and maple syrup. All of that with some water, she drank the liquid six to 12 times a day. She would also enjoy herbal teas with laxative properties.
There is a cheat day. Beyonce admits that she would have pizza and wine during her cheat day. Some days oatcakes were also allowed to help keep the calories up and avoid any starvation.
Despite losing the weight, she has promised that she will never go to that extreme again. The problem is that the cleanse now known as the Maple Syrup Diet and Lemonade Diet (because the lime juice can be switched for lemon juice) and one that Beyonce always follows.
After the birth of Blue Ivy, she also followed the Herculean diet. This involved egg whites, turkey slices, plenty of greens, and sushi. It is a strict but nutritious diet, and Beyonce got plenty of proteins, vitamins, and minerals on a daily basis. With this diet, she was able to shed 60 pounds in the space of three months.
Jersey Shore reality star Snooki needed to lose 100 pounds to get down to her goal weight. She wanted to do it as quickly as possible and decided to follow the “Cookie Diet.” This is a real diet, and she is not the first or last person to try it.
The diet isn’t as great as it originally sounds. You don’t get to eat any and all cookies that you can find. That means the Oreos and chocolate chips need to be put down!
The Cookie Diet involves specific types of cookies, each formulated to have 90 calories in them. You can easy six of them throughout the day, and then have a small 500 calorie meal right at the end. The aim is to have something that involves vegetables, whole grains, and some protein. It’s not going to be easy to get a lot in, though! Some plans will allow you to consume more calories for your dinner. They suggest “sensible” dinners, which means a basic meal with protein and fibre to help you feel fuller overnight.
There is absolutely no alcohol or pop allowed on a diet. You’re allowed a small amount of caffeine but are encouraged only to drink water. When you feel hungry, drink more water to help fill you up!
Exercise is recommended while working out, but not everyone is able to manage it. The diet is restrictive, and you end up with very few calories going in, while much more are going out.
Rather than diet, Alba decided to go to the extreme when it came to losing weight after having her children. She opted for a corset, which she wore both day and night. It was the Victorian version of a diet!
She does admit that this option was difficult, and not just for her. She was always sweaty, but that helped her lose some weight. She was also able to make sure the weight came off in certain places, creating the hour-glass figure that she is known for having.
Alba kept the corset on for three months to drop her dress sizes. In fact, she wore two corsets just to make sure she lost all the weight! They stayed on until she got to her weight loss goal.
While wearing the corset, she did think about the food she ate. Rather than follow some fad or quick weight loss trick, she opted for a healthy diet and exercise. She would also make sure she drank plenty of water to help with her weight loss efforts.
There are mixed thoughts on the use of corsets. They can be damaging, especially when not worn safely. They also don’t help with weight loss without the right type of diet.
Alba is not the only celebrity who has used corsets for weight loss. Paltrow and Aniston have been rumored to use some sort of waist-training device to slim down.
It’s not only women who have to drop the pounds fast. Backstreet Boy Carter needed to go from 224 pounds to 175 pounds as quickly as possible. At the same time, his waist size dropped from a 38in to a 34in one.
To help he reduced his daily calorie intake to just 1,400 calories. This made sure he was creating a calorie deficit. Experts estimate that you can lose 2lb a week by dropping your daily calorie intake to 500 less than your body needs, and he dropped it by around 1,000 calories.
He also completely cut out alcohol. He did allow himself a cheat day once a week though to satisfy the cravings. While his was ice cream, there are plenty of celebrities that use treat days for chocolate, chips, and more.
During his diet plan, he trained six days a week, with a lot of his sessions being weight-based. He now keeps his training to around five days a week and follows a healthy diet to maintain his current level of fitness and size.
Carter isn’t the only celebrity to adopt a calorie-deficit diet plan. Janet Jackson followed a plan that allowed her to eat 1,300-1,600 calories a day and used interval training as her exercise plan.
Hudson became an official ambassador for Weight Watchers after following the diet to help her lose 60 pounds. It wasn’t just Weight Watchers that helped, though.
While focusing on a healthy diet plan, she worked out at least twice a day. She would get up at 4am every day to go for a run and would then fit an hour-long exercise program later on in the day to burn off extra calories. She had a personal trainer to help her lose weight. The hour-long session in the gym would allow her to build muscle while losing weight.
The Weight Watchers plan certainly helped her, though. She made sure she had a healthy serving of protein—usually lean meat—with plenty of vegetables and some complex carbohydrates to keep her body going.
Now It’s Your Turn!
There are plenty of diet plans up there that look scary. In fact, some of them are definitely not recommended, especially not if you don’t have an expert by your side to guide you.
That doesn’t mean you can’t take some of the celebrity weight loss plans to help create your own successful plan. You could make a switch to the paleo diet to get the lean frame that Hathaway has, or your couple opts for a 1,400 calorie diet to shed the pounds like Carter quickly.
Find something that you know will work for you and put your health first at all times. The problem with some of the diets is that you’ll just gain the weight back when you go back to eating properly afterwards. You want to find something that has a maintenance option, so you don’t keep yo-yo dieting.
Are you ready to lose the weight like a celebrity? Now is your turn, so get your head in the right mindset and be prepared to work hard.