Hollywood is not a forgiving place if you’re carrying an extra few pounds. Celebrities are subject to body shaming on one hand, and idolization on the other. Celebs do have a tendency to look super human to us ‘regular people’, so when they lose weight and make a big reveal about it, we’re usually shell shocked and extremely pleased about it. Here’s a list of celebrity weight loss transformations that are sure to make you squeal.
The fact the people thought Tyra needed to lose weight in the first place is kind of crazy. The super tall model was never big, but with tightening up her fitness and nutritional regime, she’s managed to lose some lbs and look even better than her usual spunky self. Tyra was put in the spotlight for the unnerving reason of slight weight gain. The standards for models are so high that as soon as Tyra showed any weight gain, the media pounced.
Before her breakup from husband, Blake Shelton, country singer and resident beauty, Miranda Lambert, dropped 25 pounds from her small frame. 25 lbs may not sound like a lot to you, but on her it was a major transformation. We aren’t sure if she was already preparing her breakup body before her actual breakup, but Miranda has also kept the weight off since then and is looking wonderful and healthy as can be.
It’s no secret that the princess of pop has struggled with weight issues of her own, something her ex-husband Kevin Federline can sympathize with. Throughout her career Britney has been known to take off and put back on the pounds but these days, she’s looking better than ever. With her Las Vegas residency and a stable bill of mental health, Britney is finally reigning supreme again with the rock-hard abs she used to sport during her teen years. Currently, she’s down to 117 lbs.
Adele: Adele has always been and will always be a beautiful woman. With that said, it’s hard to ignore the recent weight loss transformation she’s undergone within the last few years. She has lost a total of 30 lbs thanks to a clean-diet and regular trips to the gym. The singer admits that she doesn’t enjoy the gym but she does lifting weights, as long as she doesn’t have to look in the mirror. Also, a small sidenote, Adele cut tea and curry out of her diet to contribute to the weight loss. Now, Adele weighs in at about 187 lbs.
On the left: 2014 Shonda looking adorable yet a little overweight. On the right: 2016 Shonda, after shedding 127 lbs! Looking lighter and more refreshed than ever. The super talented writer now leads a healthier lifestyle and is happy to show it off. Shonda is the brains behind the hit show Grey’s Anatomy, and has become one of Hollywood’s heavy hitters when it comes to her writing. No one mess with Shonda!
Jimmy Kimmel may have been a little pleasantly plump back in the day but as of 2014, he’s seemed to make a lifestyle change for the better. He lost the bulk of his weight in the oddest way, though – actually, it’s quite dangerous. Kimmel doesn’t exercise (it’s not really his thing), so instead, he opts for calorie deprivation and occasional starving. He eats less than 500 calories two days out of the week and when he first began he weight loss journey, he was on a strict 2,000 calorie a day diet. The late night talk show host looks great but we wouldn’t advise readers at home to use his method of weight loss.
Jessica Simpson’s career began as a competition amongst the elite pop stars of her day – Britney, Christina, and Mandy Moore. Her body was one of the most appealing things about her (admit it, she looks like a swimsuit model!) and of course, she is talented. Jessica’s weight has fluctuated throughout the years amidst her public, messy, high-profile breaks and with the birth of her two children. Now, Jessica has managed to lose the weight that plagued her on tabloid covers and she’s back to her old self after dropping 60 lbs. How does she do it? Working out like, 6 days a week, obviously.
The late Carrie Fisher did not have it easy. She famously battled a drinking problem, which lead to a serious weight gain, all while dealing with her Bipolar Disorder. She did however, manage to lose 40 lbs for her revival role as Princess Leia in the new Star Wars, The Force Awakens. She managed to film the 8th chapter of the film before her untimely death in December 2016.
It’s hard to believe Chris Pratt’s physical transformation. He went from love chub to muscle man for a movie role, but he kept the weight off (and then some) and looks healthier and happier than ever. It’s amazing what losing some weight can do to a person’s overall wellbeing (and our side stare). He is happily married to actress Anna Faris and the couple have an adorable son named Jack.
The Big Lebowski and Flinstones actor, Goodman had always been a big guy in Hollywood; so when he revealed a stunning 100 lbs weight loss, we were all ecstatic for him. He said he wanted to lead a healthier life, so he stopped drinking, dropped sugar altogether, and started working out six days a week. Way to go, John! He looks so much better than his Coyote Ugly days, as adorable as he was, we like the healthier version better.
The Hangover star looks totally different after losing some serious, much needed, weight. He went from the blubbery best friend to the scruffy leading man with his new take on life. He said that he wanted to be healthier for his children and so he stopped drinking and started being more active in his daily life. We’re kind of seeing a pattern here regarding alcohol and weight fluctuation… Guess all of those celebrity fitness instructors had a point when they said to drop the glass.
Granted, Bale’s weight loss was for his role in The Machinist, but this is what losing too much weight looks like – gaunt. It was obviously on purpose but we’re happy to report that he’s back to a normal weight after the films release. Phew! It was hard for us to see the usually buff, former Batman, main man looking as thin as a substance abuse individual. Thank goodness it was all an act.
The Cosby Show and That’s So Raven leading lady looks absolutely radiant after her pretty dramatic weight loss. Raven usually doesn’t care what people think, being as outspoken as she is, we we’re hearing a lot of what was on her mind, but the scrutiny regarding her weight must have gotten to her if she actually did something about it. Either way we like Raven’s attitude about life and if she decided to change her ways, we are all about it.
To be fair, this weight loss transformation has more to do with giving birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe than anything else. Mariah took longer than is accepted in Hollywood to lose the baby weight so everyone got to talking. Eventually though, the diva lost the remaining weight and came back with a vengeance! The pressure on Hollywood’s women to get back to their pre-baby weight is very high and sometimes backfires on these women.
Kevin Federline may have been formerly known as Mr. Britney Spears but after his divorce from the pop star in 2006, he quickly became known as “K-Fat.” The former backup dancer claims that the unwanted nickname made him want to drop the extra weight he had put on and he soon joined VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club to make that happen. K-Fed was able to transform his look and take his total weight from 240 lbs down to 190. Today, healthy and fit, Federline has more energy and stamina to be active with one of 6 children.
The former hip-hop star was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which prompted her to changer her habits and lose some weight. What she (and us) didn’t bank on was her losing 75 lbs! She looks absolutely wonderful these days, and most importantly, healthy. She started out with an unhealthy eating and lifestyle situation, and once she decided to take matters into her own hands, she totally won!
This is an example of spot light pressure. The talented American Idol singer was not remotely overweight to begin with, but felt the need to lose some weight after she was thrust into the lime light. Luckily she didn’t drop too much weight and now looks strong and healthy to boot. Like we mentioned earlier with Mariah, the pressure on women in Hollywood to look a certain way can be healthy at times but in other moments can be downright dangerous.
Ronnie is known for his stint on the reality show, The Jersey Shore. After the show wrapped, and the interest in him died down, he gained a bunch of weight. After a while though he realized he wanted to tone up, so he got back into his fitness regimen and lowered his fat percentage while upping his muscle tone. Ronnie had the knowledge of how to do what he wanted when it came to his body, so now he is also sharing on his social media accounts.
The Queen of the talk show circuit, Oprah has always had an issue with her weight. It fluctuated many a time during her talk show years; from very heavy to downright thin. These days Winfrey managed to lose a whopping 160 lbs and keep them off! She has a personal trainer and nutritionist to help her keep a balanced diet and fitness lifestyle. When in doubt, bring in the help!
Our lovable chunky monkey, Seth Rogan! He is chunky no more though. The Knocked Up and Pineapple Express funnyman has lost some serious lbs, having him look more sophisticated than his usual beach bum style. He credits his weight loss to cutting down on alcohol, partying, and all around hedonistic behavior. He is now happily married, and it totally shows. He is though, an avid herb consumer, which he states has nothing to do with his weight fluctuation.
Sam Smith shocked all of his fans with his drastic weight loss transformation. As he kept rising to the top of the charts, the numbers on his scale kept climbing downward. At first, Smith worried the public with his 14 lb weight loss in just two short weeks but now, he’s gotten his diet needs on track and exercises occasionally. The singer claims that when he wants to indulge on a vice he does it, but only if he wants the goodie super bad. What’s the hardest part of Sam Smith’s food regimen? No coffee or tea, unless it’s a part of a daily meal.
Adam is known for his role on the show star of Man vs. Food. Obviously the show played a major role in his weight gain, not to mention giving him some health problems along the way. He dropped out of the show in 2012 and has taken back control over his eating, assisting in his tremendous weight loss. Well it all makes a lot of sense, considering his job on the show was to eat as much as possible.
50 Cent is a good looking, successful rapper. So when we saw his weight loss we we’re extremely concerned. We calmed down when we learned that he lost the weight for a move role (although we weren’t happy with how he looked); he played an athlete who was diagnosed with cancer in the film, All Things Fall Apart. 40 lbs later and he looked truly ill. He did gain the weight back, thankfully.
Music executive Kevin Liles, got a gastric bypass surgery in order to lose the weight he wanted. That’s one extreme method, if you ask us, but it certainly got the job done. These days he looks healthy, happy, and svelte. Gastric bypass surgery is the most extreme a person can go in order to lose weight, so when Kevin decided to go that route there were those in his life that were concerned. Luckily he went for it anyway.
Nicole Richie’s weight loss transformation is a bit different than your average celebrity. The Simple Life star struggled with substance abuse issues for a moderate portion of her young adult life and has often been accused of hiding an eating disorder. While these wild, food allegations have never been proven, Nicole continues her restrictive diet of juices and vegetables to stay thin. The House of Harlow designer currently weighs 88 pounds for the first time since 2006, when she was arrested for driving under the influence and in the opposite direction on a highway.
Holy moly. Dr. Dre went from heavy to beefy and we didn’t even think to blink! The music producer and rapper had an incredible transformation, both in physical features as well as the way he is perceived. We wouldn’t mess with him, that’s for sure. He is one of those men in Hollywood who you don’t think of often, or see in the news, but he is always there in the background, creating things you didn’t know were his.
The Queen of Soul herself can do no wrong. But her weight got to a point where it was downright unhealthy and she was struggling with health issues. Aretha took control and lost an impressive 85 lbs to regain control over her weight, health and life. Aretha is 74 years old these days and the weight loss means that she is going to be around for far longer, which we are over the moon about!
At his heaviest, Entourage best friend and resident smoker, Jerry Ferrara, weighed a little more than 200 lbs; as you can see from the photo on the left. But just look at him after losing 50 lbs! Jerry looks amazing, almost unrecognizable. His weight loss landed him several other roles that he otherwise would not have gotten due to the need for a certain look, Jerry helped himself and his career at the same time.
The talk show host got the world talking about her weight loss. Granted she made sure everyone talked about it on her show, but she should be proud of her hard work paying off. Just look at that tiny waist! That’s what a 50 lbs weight loss will get you. Obviously losing weight isn’t going to help Wendy gain any tact while on her show, but we see that that wasn’t really the point anyway.
Perez Hilton made us do a double take. We didn’t believe our eyes when we saw this before and after. Perez may not be loved by all in Hollywood, but he sure knows how to transform himself. The celebrity personality and blogger lost an astounding 70 lbs and really transformed himself. Perez is known for his website, where he discusses celebrities and has a hold nothing in attitude about their lifestyles and gossip.
Tom’s weight has always been on the heaver side. His drug and alcohol habit only made the scale tip in the unfavorable direction. So when Tom became a father, he decided to throw out the bad habits and bring on the good. Clearly he did something right, he looks incredible these days. The funny guy and Rosanne Barr’s ex-husband has gotten on the wagon big time, and looks to be staying that way.
Jill is an inspiration for post-baby hard work paying off. After she gave birth, Jill weighed in at 250 lbs. She then spent two years exercising and dieting, losing the baby weight and looking as fabulous as ever. What a lady! She is a perfect example of not losing weight fast but slow and steady. You know what they say, slow and steady win the race! She certainly did.
The Office star and award show host isn’t everyones cup of tea. He is however a really good example of someone who went from pudge to inspiration. Ricky lost an impressive 40 lbs, mostly from the midsection, and looks (and says he feels) amazing. They say that midsection fat is the worst for you, so we hope that with this weight loss, Ricky will also improve his overall well being and health.
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It’s the dance instructor we love to hate! Abby became note worthy while on the reality show, Dance Moms, as the no hold barred, mean spirited dance teacher that always produced incredible dancers. Coming into the Hollywood spotlight made Abby realize she needed to lose some pounds. She went from a size 24 to a 16. Nice! Surrounded by dancing thin little girls must have been quite the inspiration for Abby.
Funk and soul go hand in hand with Chaka Khan. What also goes hand in hand with her? weight issues. Khan decided to take back her life, after a Diabetes diagnosis, and started eating better; so much so that she lost 60 lbs. Just look at this before and after shot! pulling off a black sequined mid length dress isn’t for everyone, but she’s nailing it! We’re rooting for this one for sure.
Kim’s body is almost always a topic of conversation. When she had each of her children though, she gained a lot of weight for her five foot frame. She always manages to drop it, with a strict diet and exercising plan, assisted by her personal trainer and chef. She most recently has lost a lot of weight with the birth of her son, Saint, proving to women everywhere that with the right help and determination, you can achieve anything.
What? WOW! Graham Elliot lost 150 lbs and is literally a whole different person (well he did lose the weight equivalent of a whole human). It’s tough being a chef and lose weight, but the star managed to do it just right. He made his health a top priority and did what he had to do to get in the normal range again. He said that food was still his love, but for him he made a conscious decision to make it a healthy one.
Baldwin saw his weight climb in the last decade as his career spiked. But in 2013 he discovered he was pre-diabetic. Since then he’s taken steps to change for the better and lost over 60 pounds. Granted he’s had help from his yogi wife, Hilaria Thomas, who put him on a strict diet and got him moving again. He is looking great these days, yoga really does a man good.
Transgender Dancing with the Stars personality, Chaz has battled his weight since before he changed his gender. The son of Sonny and Cher made it his mission to use the dance contest as a way to lose some weight. Success! Chaz danced away a good 85 lbs! There’s a reason Zumba is such an internationally beloved trend nowadays! You can dance yourself fit as well, it’s all about the attitude and dedication.
Queen Latifah has been and always will be a curvy beauty. She lost a fair amount of weight while also getting a breast reduction, all of which make the Queen look more slender and beautiful (as if she needed help with that!). When in Hollywood curves are not usually promoted, Queen Latifah made it her signature move. She is known for not listening to any negativity about herself, knowing who she is and how she leads her life.
American Idol winner, Rubén Studdard, was thrown into the spotlight post-win. We all know this guy has the voice of an angel, but the music community recognized it too, nominating him for a Grammy. That’s when Studdard made the decision to lose the weight he wanted. There is just something about this city that makes people want to look a certain way, which we have no issue with, as long as it’s in a healthy way.
Rosie has publicly battled with her weight for many years. Being on TV and in the public eye can’t make it easy. Her health forced her to undergo surgery, and now she’s impressively 175 pounds lighter. These days she is on the talk show, The View, expressing her thoughts and opinions on the masses, whether they want to hear it or not. Rosie’s method of interaction has always been questioned, but she’s doing something right.
Rapper, Paul Wall, astounded us when he went from baseball caps and oversized shirts, to suit, tie and waistline! Not only did he lose an impressive amount of weight, he totally transformed his image along the way. Paul was quoted as saying, “You can look in the mirror and try to hide it and cover it up, and it may work here or there, but there ain’t no shirt or hat you can put on or haircut you can get to hide the fact that you’re morbidly obese.”
Kirstie Alley has been very vocal about her weight battles in the past. At one point she even became the spokesperson for Jenny Craig. At her heaviest she was around 230 lbs, but more recently managed to lose double digits worth of pounds, at 65 years of age! She looks younger and more energized than ever, especially since being very vocal this past presidential election about her favorite candidate. Her weight loss made her more spirited!
Music producer and former American Idol judge, Randy Jackson, showed the world what a transformation really is. With the help of a gastric bypass surgery, Jackson lost the weight he needed to take control over his Diabetes and lead a healthy life again. When it comes to health, Randy was not messing around; he wanted to lead a better and more energized life so that he could enjoy everything he had worked so hard to build.
50 lbs. We didn’t think Jordin had that much to lose but boy does she look AMAZING. Sparks looks fit and healthy, curvaceous and stunning. We can give her compliments all day long over here. She decided to really get her body together when she and her long time boyfriend decided to break up. She took breakup body to a whole new level, and we are loving it!
Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne’s little girl, used to be troubled, and overweight. She eventually grew out of her teen angst, lost 50 lbs and is now a business woman in her own right. Now that’s what we like to call a transformation! Kelly is highly active on social media, sharing with her followers what she does to stay fit and healthy, while trying to balance the entertainment in her life – she says it’s all about balance.
Jennifer may not have one American Idol, but she most definitely won at life. She has since won an Academy Award, become a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, and lost an astounding 80 lbs. Making her look amazing and solidifying her mark on Hollywood. She is also a mom and wife these days, making her healthy way of life even more important to her and her family. It’s all in the family now!
It’s incredible to think that these two photos are of the same woman. The television star used to be downright obese. She used the help of surgical measures, but when it comes to health, it doesn’t matter. Star dropped an exorbitant amount of weight to look healthy and manage her life. Star Jones is still looking great these days and managing to keep the weight off in a healthy and balanced way.
When you want to lose weight, the classic measure is cutting the junk and hitting the gym. That’s exactly what Drew Carey did to lose 80 lbs! His workouts were an impressive six days a week, and his diet consisted of all things healthy. We honestly thought that over time he would get sick of that only healthy way of life, but Drew truly embraced the lifestyle and has never looked back.
Our favorite Good Morning America co-host used to be one heavy guy. Al Roker lost a mind blowing 150 lbs by way of gastric bypass surgery. He stated once that he had to do the surgery since he, on his own, would not be able to do it. Either way he looks great; managing to keep the weight off for years now. We think that he is the poster man for healthy living since his surgery.
Taking a cue from his friend, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill lost a ton of weight and was looking more youthful and healthy than ever. He has since gained all of it back, but he can do it again if he wants to! This cam be a problem for those who lose a lot of weight, they always run the risk of gaining it all back if they don’t get to the root of their initial weight gain to begin with.
Ricki! Ricki! Ricki! The 90s talk show host has always been on the yo yo dieting bandwagon. In 2007 though, Ricki had enough and lost the weight for good. She looks refreshed, youthful, happy an rested. Love it! She has laid under the radar over the past few years, focusing on her family and less on a talk show comeback, although we would be absolutely delighted if she returned to prime time television!
The legendary Snooki from Jersey Shore. She was a big drinker and party girl, until she got married and had a couple of children. Once she became a mom she decided to forego the party life and get healthy. She lost 42 lbs and has never looked better. We all remember those scenes from the show where she was too drunk to move, we bet having none of that now only makes her feel better.
Chumlee from the Pawn Stars gang lost a crazy 75 lbs. He looks 10 years younger without the excess weight, not to mention healthier and quicker on his feet. Now he can pawn twice as fast! In all seriousness though, Chumlee decided to lose weight after a short stint in prison for theft. Perhaps hitting rock bottom had something to do with his weight epiphany?
Janet Jackson can be purple and the size of a hot air balloon and we’d still love her. She’s had her ups and downs on the scale, most recently losing the pounds again and looking slender and chic as ever. The 50-year-old has a body of a 30-year-old, honestly. Fast forward some more and Janet has perhaps gained a little more weight now that she is PREGNANT for the first time!
100 lbs! Mama June has lost (so far) an incredible 100 lbs. Wow. The Honey Boo Boo reality mom still has a ways to go but so far she seems truly committed to her weight loss. We can only imagine what she’ll look like in six months! She already seems happier and more confident in her skin, which, after all, is the ultimate goal for us people, no?
Christina was bullied for her weight gain after having her children, incredibly uncool of Hollywood and the general public if you ask us. The gorgeous Xtina has since lost the weight and is looking as sweltering as ever. She is now engaged to her son’s father, but she also has another son with her ex-husband. Christina is as gorgeous as ever, looking healthy and happy, and that’s all that matters.
Gabourey got her big break in the film, Previous, back in 2009. As with fame, people made inappropriate comments regarding her weight. As such, Gabourey decided to start the process of losing weight. She has lost 50 lbs so far, already looking beautiful and hopefully, with time, even more. She was morbidly obese when she started her journey, doing it in order to make her quality of life much higher, and knowing that if she wanted to be healthy she would need to lose weight.
Charlize is yet another exception on this list. She gained weight for her Oscar winning role in the film, Monster. She did however say that gaining the weight was easy, but losing it was harder than she expected. Lucky for her she is super tall and has incredible genes. She is Charlize Theron after all, the super tall actress is hardly flawed, which we love and hate about her at the same time.
Now Kate Hudson is nowhere near fat. But when she was pregnant with each of her sons, the actress managed to gain 70 pounds each time! Kate managed to drop every single pound, thanks to work outs and food planning, but wow. Her main fitness focus to this day is her Pilates routine. She often posts on social media what she does to keep her body in tip top condition, inspiring us all to try that much harder.
Jason became a dad in 2013, as a result he decided to take his health seriously (and wife, Olivia Wilde wanted to also lose the baby weight), so they started working out together. Jason lost 20 pounds from the health kick and has actually never looked better. Jason is landing leading man roles these days, making his weight loss a double success – from side kick role to leading man material.
America is one of the up and coming talents in Hollywood. Known for her role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films. She told the media that she decided to be healthy for herself but that she refused to diet, that it didn’t work for her. It’s all about health for America, and de-stressing about it. We like how America’s method worked for her, and we actually find that her method of leading a healthy lifestyle rather than dieting, works for many people.
The former How I Met Your Mother and Forgetting Sarah Marshall star, Jason felt like he had to lose weight so as to be a credible on-screen husband to British bombshell, Emily Blunt. He lost a nice 35 pounds in just under a year. He did the slow and steady method to his weight loss, keeping off the pounds to this day. He has never looked better, age is truly agreeing with him.
Drew was never fat by any means, but she did carry a tiny bit of extra love, lets say. Recently, after filing for divorce, Drew took it upon herself to lose said extra love and gain some serious tone. She looks absolutely gorgeous, even though that was never up for discussion. Drew is all about the hot yoga these days, posting on social media sweaty photos of her post-yoga session, promising that it’s the best thing ever.
English actor, Timothy Spall, is known for roles like Wormtail in the Harry Potter films, and Alice Through the Looking Glass. You may remember him as a relatively chubby actor, but when he was seen recently at the Venice Film Festival, he was debuting a much slimmer frame. He credits a no alcohol diet to his weight loss success. There is something about dropping the booze that really gets that job done.
The outspoken member of the Kardashian clan, Khloe has always been labeled the ‘fat sister’, well fat no more! Khloe has lost 30 pounds and is looking amazing. She monitors her food intake and has near-daily workouts to help her with the weight loss. She is now the host of a new E! Channel reality show about weight loss, inspiring others to follow her path to healthy and happy, all the while being in front of the camera.
The Scottish singer who had left the judges on Britain’s Got Talent pretty much speechless when she came out and started to sing, had had an amazing weight loss transformation and Boyle is healthier than she’s ever been. The 55 year old singer has been diagnosed with diabetes was told by her doctors that she needs to start losing weight ASAP. Boyle claimed that her Asperger’s syndrome may affect her live performances in the future, but she did however release her new album, A Wonderful World earlier this month.
One of the funniest women in Hollywood, Melissa McCarthy (cousin of another funny lady – Jenny McCarthy) got her name out there when she played role of Sookie St. James in the practically cult series, Gilmore Girls. These days Melissa is way more famous and as a result much more in demand. She has been in films like, Ghost Busters, The Boss, and on the show Mike & Molly. On the personal side of things, Melissa has recently dropped a serious amount of lbs in an effort to lead a healthier lifestyle (and look amazing while doing so!).
There is something about the funny women on this list that just keep on coming! Young and carefree, Rebel Wilson has never needed anyones seal of approval on her body. She has been very vocal of her love for her physical figure and thinks that people need to embrace who they are and keep out of other people’s pantries. That being said, the Pitch Perfect alum, has indeed lost a few pounds of her own. She is looking healthier and more radiant than ever, but then again, that was never in question.
Rachael Ray is another public figure with amazing weight loss transformations and yes, we mean to say transformations in the plural sense. In 2015, Rachael had lost two jean sizes after sharing her weight loss journey over social media with her fans. As of 2016, Rachael has gained back at least 37 lbs since entering menopause. The gourmet beauty with the bubbly personality will continue to feel comfortable in her own skin during this natural, yet difficult time each woman experiences at some point in her life and when she’s ready to lose weight again… she will!