Celebrity Body Comebacks

Even if we love them or hate them, celebrities are prominent in our culture. When we see their pictures in magazine or advertisements, we may  try to aspire to be as skinny or as muscular as them, as they can be viewed as our standard of beauty. But what kind of pressure does that mean for celebrities? If they decide to indulge and gain five pounds, it can have a drastic effect on their image. In this post, we are going to look at celebrities who have gained weight in the public eye and then bounced back by becoming healthy. Let’s look at how they did it.

Alanis Morissette

After Alanis’s break-up with Ryan Reynolds in 2007, the musician went to work on a new album and lost sight of her weight. She went through a stretch where she was extremely self-indulgent but it did not start after the break-up. Alanis’ history with her weight began when she was 17 and an record executive told her she needed to lose weight if she wanted to succeed in the spot light. At that age, she took extreme measures to lose weight–eating disorders.

At 35, however, she took a different route to lose the weight. She credits Eat to Live, a book that promises to show you how to lose a radical amount of weight and to keep it off by comprising your diet of nutritionally dense food. She embarked on a mostly vegan diet–she cut out all meat and loaded up on beans, greens, fruits and tofu.

The singer said in an interview with People, “I’m eating like an adult rather than like a 7-year-old at a candy store,” she says. “Now, around food, I can be trusted.”

Along with better eating habits, she incorporated different fitness routines through sports. She now indulges in kickboxing, yoga, dancing and has just completed her first marathon.

As a girl, I understand the pressures that females feel to look their best. Sometimes, we lose sight that it could be hard to guys as well.

Seth Rogen

Many people have seen Seth Rogen in some of the funniest movies of these past couple of years–Knocked Up and Zack and Miri Make a Porno to name a few. In these films, Seth is explicitly portrayed as the “chubby, funny guy.”

He seems to poke fun at himself a bit in a scene from “Funny People” below.

Although being overweight did not hurt his reputation as it may have a female, when he started doing a press tour for movie Observe and Report, he appeared to be much slimmer. Reports at the time said he lost weight for the role of The Green Hornet–a far cry from his usual comedian role. As an action figure, the weight loss was necessary.

Unlike Alanis, Rogen is not as thrilled with his transformation. “I’ve been eating better and training – and hating myself for it. I feel like a sell out, I feel lame, I feel like a guy I would make fun of,” said Rogen.

So how did he lose up to 40 pounds for his role?”Its the lamest answer ever. I eat well and exercise.” Rogen told E! news. Seth has also incorporated strength training. But does he plan to keep the weight off after he is done with the role?  Nope, the funny man says it will probably be a “matter of hours” before the weight is back on.

So what do you guys think about celebrities in their weight loss? Do some inspire you or do you just not care?

Cassandra writes about fitness in popular culture and north Austin. If you have suggestion please comment below or send her an email at Cassandrahdz@mail.utexas.edu.


20 Responses to Celebrity Body Comebacks

  1. Bill Bowman says:

    With regards to Seth Rogen, I wonder if a comedian loses some of their funnyness if they lose weight and get ripped because so much of their appeal is being an “average joe” type guy. Maybe that is why we all found Chris Farley and John Candy so funny. Also Carrot Top is in crazy good shape and he is not funny at all.

    • Cassandra H says:

      Yeah, I think the bigger guys are definitely funnier most of the time. The exception to the rule for me is definitely Neal Patrick Harris

  2. lonnyca says:

    It’s always nice to hear about celebrities losing weight the right way. Not like Gwyneth Paltrow and her many “cleanses.”

  3. dainty says:

    I like how clean Seth Rogen looks in the second picture 🙂 I’m not saying he should remain slimmer if he doesn’t want to, but the haircut and the suit are really nice.

  4. Kezza says:

    I don’t find skinny people attractive, and also to be honest I think Seth looked better chubby, but I guess thats because I find chubby people very attractive 🙂
    (they are more huggable and I just really do find chubby people attractive, and also sexy) ^_^

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  6. Victoria says:

    Comedic timing in grown through years of being ‘different’; by losing weight Seth hasn’t lost the ability to be funny – it just means that if he picks on ‘fat’ people its bigoted and not self depreciating.

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