Losing five or 10 pounds doesn’t seem too hard, but when you’re aiming for a 30, 40 or even greater, weight loss can get challenging. You may argue that celebrities have all the resources at their fingertips—and that’s certainly true—but they still have to put in the work to lose weight the same as you. So why not borrow their star-powered suggestions and incorporated them into your own routine? Follow these 50 tips from celebrities who have been in your shoes and successfully dropped the pounds and kept them off.
Everything in Moderation
The sultry singer Jennifer Hudson dropped an amazing 80 pounds and has kept it off for eight years. Her secret is portion control. “If you’re on a strict diet that says you shouldn’t have any carbs or this or that, your body won’t function the way it should,” the Dreamgirls discussed on talk show Lorraine. “I know now that I can eat anything I want and still lose or maintain my weight. It’s about portions and balance.”
Stop the Sugar
Alec Baldwin was a pre-diabetic when he met his then-girlfriend Hilaria, but he didn’t even know it. He admitted, however, that when he was done shooting 30 Rock he would eat pints of ice cream. He told USA Today that his diet was “sugar, sugar, sugar,” but when a doctor’s appointment uncovered a serious health concern, Baldwin decided to eliminate sugar and pastas, bread and refined carbohydrates from his meals. He dropped 35 pounds.
Work Out Together
We loved Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but she didn’t love her extra weight that piled up over the years. So she partnered with Nutri-System to take some control over her weight and dropped 40 pounds. She gives props to her husband, Mark Wilkerson, for making exercise fun and something that she didn’t want to stop. The couple spends about one hour, three days a week on weight training and Hart also does cardio and spinning classes. “The best part is that when we work out together, we just want to keep going so sometimes we end up working out for hours at a time,” Hart told E! News.
Pump Up the Protein
Kim Kardashian lost her baby weight by pumping up the amount of protein in her diet. She ate six ounces of protein at every meal, helping her to stay full and preventing picking at high-calorie, sugary treats.
Do it For Your Family
Drew Carey, the host of The Price is Right had been heavy for quite some time, but when he couldn’t catch his breath or keep up with his then-five-year-old son, it was time to make some changes so he could be there for his son. He told Parade magazine that he works out six days a week and does a lot of walking and running.
Eat a Plant
Well not quite, but Kelly Clarkson says her 37-pound weight loss is thanks to following the book The Plant Paradox, by Dr. Steven R. Gundry, which cuts out most starches, from brown rice to potatoes; vegetables that are thought to cause inflammation and has other restrictions. The newest coach on The Voice also said that she has a thyroid condition that she’s been treating and has helped with her weight loss too.
Set a Goal
Ciara is the mother of two, who had her own post-baby weight to shed after her last pregnancy. So she set a goal to get it done. “It was just my own personal goal that I set for myself. It’s a whole different animal when you have two kids, and it felt really good,” she told People magazine.
Depending on the role he played, actor Russell Crowe has packed on the pounds and then taken them off, so he was no stranger to having to do it again. How did he drop the 52 pounds he put on for his movie Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling? He hopped on his bike and started riding.
Stop the Bad Habits
The legendary Adele has dropped weight, but nobody knows exactly how much and speculation is that she’s on the Sirtfood Diet, which has become popular in the United Kingdom. The Sirtfood Diet focuses on certain foods that activate sirtuin, a type of protein that may help with anti-aging. Adele hasn’t admitted to this, although she has admitted to kicking some bad habits, including smoking and drinking a bottle of wine a day. “I was trying to get some stamina for my tour,” she told Vogue. “So I lost a bit of weight.”
Take Time to Destress
Christina Aguilera lost weight when she finally took some time off from all of her engagements and decided to focus on her. Keep stress at a distance so you can take care of you.