Sitting at home the other day flipping through channels I happened to come across an interview of singer/actress Jennifer Hudson on the Ellen show. Needless to say, she looked amazing and she was there to share her story on her incredible weight loss.
I think we all have struggled with weight at some point or other in our lives, be it from having to drop 30 pounds or just work on a tiny pot belly. I myself have had my moments, a few years ago I was an experienced kickboxer with six pack abs who could run 10k easily. After a couple of years of working 14 hour days in an office I lost the killer bod and found myself having to seek working out at home to get back on track.
Every time I see celebrities who have successful weight loss stories we think “oh yea, it’s easy for them because they don’t have to sit in an office all day and can still afford a personal trainer, a chef and a stylist”. But, as I watched this interview I began to realize that maybe that’s just not the case when it comes to some celebrities, as seems to be wish Jennifer Hudson. I became curious and did some further reading, you know, just to see if I could find something in common that I could learn from.
I then came across the story of Natalie Portman, although she’s been a healthy vegan since 2009, she dropped almost 20 pounds for that Black Swan movie, that’s a lot for a tiny girl like her! Her weight-loss routine apparently just consisted of very extreme workouts and watching what she ate, “Discipline” was also a key word she used as she talked about her diet success. Now this seems a little bit extreme to me but I do get the point.
See, according to Jennifer Hudson, she just wanted her body back, no matter what that body was, and she wanted to be a roll model for her son… she had a very specific motive and determination too, she became so comfortable within her disciplined routine that the weight just kept coming off.
Seems to me there’s a theme here, it’s not about dieting at home, having a personal chef or joining weight watchers… nor is it about having a personal trainer, working out at home or just making sure you have an active lifestyle. The key ingredients that these celebrities seem to have in common are motive, determination and discipline.
Reading further I came across the story of comedian Ricky Gervais, he also lost 20 pounds together with his girlfriend. Funny enough, there were no personal trainers or chefs involved either, according to Gervais he suddenly realized one day that he was just a fat, lazy out of shape slob. His girlfriend had started a new running routine and began cooking healthier meals in the house on a daily basis, this alone was one of the key reasons Ricky lost so much weight, the rest came along when he decided to start running with his girlfriend.
So you see, maybe we’re wrong to believe that celebrities have these extraordinary powers to get in shape and loose weight, they’re humans just like we are. Although some do resort to diet specialists and expensive workout routines, most of them struggle just like us when it comes to being motivated and staying determined in reaching that goal weight. Sounds like a recipe for weight-loss success to me!
Author: Ann Brampton