As individuals who are constantly in the spotlight, celebrities face a lot of media scrutiny and pressure to look a certain way. While the added attention certainly ups the ante, it also gives stars a platform to inspire others with their head-turning weight-loss transformations.
For everyone struggling to lose weight, watching a celebrity publicly fight the same weight-loss fight as we do can be a source of motivation. And for those of us who get caught up in a numbers game, it’s refreshing to see celebrities prove that the number of pounds lost—be it 15 or 50—is secondary to the way you feel. Losing weight should be about feeling great again, not about just hitting goals. Besides, on a small frame, even dropping 20 pounds can make a heck of a difference—just look at Christina Aguilera’s weight loss transformation.
Whether they shed the pounds the old-fashion way, with hard work and a heathy diet, or they turned to expensive surgeries and diet plans, it all goes to show that it is possible to lose weight. And though every celebrities’ weight-loss journey should be applauded, it’s important to remember that every actor, actress, tv host, and musician was, and still is, just as talented as they were before the weight loss! After her weight loss, Melissa McCarthy said it best: “There has to be something more. There are so many more intriguing things about women than their butt or their this or their that.”
Watch the video below to see the most dramatic celebrity weight-loss transformations.
NEXT: Scroll through to see more inspiring weight-loss before and after photos.
Kelly Clarkson Weight Then And Now
The beloved singer's weight has fluctuated since she won American Idol, but she's gotten into kickboxing. That's her on the left in 2015 before getting pregnant with her second child, and on the right in October 2016.
Weightloss Melissa Mc Carthy
The hilarious actress has reportedly lost a whopping 75 pounds since 2014, all thanks to a new workout regimen and diet. via Getty Images
The singer has lost quite a bit of weight since 2013. She credits eating healthier as well as quitting smoking to her slimmer physique. via Getty Images
Gabourey Weight Loss
The "Precious" actress secretly underwent weight loss surgery back in 2016 after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Months after the procedure, she continues to lose weight. "I have a goal right now, and I’m almost there," she said. "And then once I’ve got it, I’ll set another. But my starting weight and my goal weight, they’re personal. If too many people are involved, I’ll shut down." via Getty Images; Instagram
Weightloss Jessica Simpson
Her weight has gone up and down over the years, but since having two nearly back-to-back pregnancies, she's shed the pounds through Weight Watchers. via Getty Images
Weightloss Miranda Lambert
The country star has lost 20 pounds since 2013, significant considering her tiny frame. via Getty Images
Weightloss Shonda Rhimes
The TV producer has lost more than 100 pounds since 2012. She credits eating much less food and smaller portions of food to her success. via Getty Images
Weightloss Mariah Carey
The diva is known for her fluctuating weight. But since 2013, it's estimated that she's lost about 45 pounds, thanks to a personal chef. via Getty Images
Weightloss Jennifer Hudson
Since 2008, the singer has lost more than 80 pounds and has kept the weight off by watching what she eats and by being active. via Getty Images
Weightloss Kirstie Alley
The actress has had ups and downs in her weight loss journey, but since 2010, she's lost a solid 50 pounds thanks to Jenny Craig. via Getty Images
Weightloss Mo Nique
The comedian has shed 80 pounds since 2008, and she has her family to thank for motivating her to try different exercises, including hula-hooping. via Getty Images
Weightloss Sara Rue
Sara Rue has lost 50 pounds since 2009 thanks to Jenny Craig. And she's kept it off! via Getty Images
Weightloss America Ferrera
The actress has remained mostly tight-lipped about losing weight, but it's clear since 2005, there has been a major difference. via Getty Images
Weightloss Sharon Osbourne
Since 1987, the star has had weight loss surgery and has gone on the Atkins diet to get to where she is today. What a difference! via Getty Images