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Kelly Clarkson and Celebrities' Weight Loss Journeys and before-and-after Photos

Edduin Carvajal
May 22, 2021
06:40 A.M.
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Losing weight is not always easy, and avoiding bouncing back is quite challenging. Celebrities like Kelly Clarkson, John Goodman, and Adele know it firsthand.

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They’ve shed several pounds over the years and some have shared how they’ve done it. They’ve also been candid about facing body-shaming, a common problem that increased due to social media.

Read on to see some of your favorite celebrities' before-and-after photos and learn some details of their weight-loss journeys.

Adele on February 24, 2016 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

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ADELE

British singer-songwriter Adele has been on everybody’s radar ever since her debut album, “19,” was released in 2008. While she has not officially said how many pounds she’s shed, it is thought she’s lost about 100 pounds.

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Unfortunately, Adele’s dealt with some body-shaming, including the time when late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld said she was “a little too fat.”

Adele eventually admitted she never wanted to look like magazine models as she proudly represented most women. She also said music is for the ears, and she doesn’t make music for the eyes.

Gabourey Sidibe on October 26, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

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GABOUREY SIDIBE

Gabourey Sidibe’s weight-loss journey is one of a kind. She had surgery to help her lose pounds in May 2016 but admitted it was not an easy way out because she wouldn’t have lost as many pounds as she did without the medical procedure.

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This year, Sidibe told her “Empire” co-star Taraji P. Henson that she struggled with bulimia and depression. During that challenging time, people would tell Sidibe she looked good, so she didn’t think she should stop.

Eventually, the actress realized it was a negative self-defense mechanism. At the time, she thought bulimia helped her control her emotions. Over time, she noticed it was getting out of control.

John Goodman on May 19, 2004 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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JOHN GOODMAN

“Roseanne” actor John Goodman is another example of impressive weight loss. According to Express, he used to weigh in at 400 pounds but has lost over 100 pounds because he got sick of looking at himself.

John Goodman on May 15, 2018 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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In Goodman’s case, he stopped eating all the time and began shedding pounds. He also focused on losing weight slowly by exercising and frequently moving to avoid bouncing back.

Some of [Jonah Hill’s] body insecurities were worsened by media scrutiny.

Kelly Clarkson attends KISS 108's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at TD Garden on December 10, 2017 in Boston, Mass | Photo: Getty Images

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KELLY CLARKSON

Kelly Clarkson’s weight loss has attracted a lot of attention over the years, too, especially because she’s lost over 30 pounds without actually working out.

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The singer-songwriter once revealed she had an autoimmune disease and thyroid problem that began in 2006, but after reading Steven R. Gundry’s book “The Plant Paradox,” her life changed.

Clarkson pointed out that she’s been eating the same she’s always had. The only difference is the flour, sugars, and some other ingredients of her diet.

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JONAH HILL

For Jonah Hill, growing up as an actor wasn’t easy as he would frequently be body-shamed. He revealed he listened to people call him “fat, gross, and unattractive” most of his young adult life.

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To lose weight, Hill didn’t do anything “crazy.” He just visited a nutritionist who told him what to eat and how to change his habits. Still, the actor had to call out the Daily Mail in February 2021 for posting shirtless photos of him.

He pointed out that some of his body insecurities got worse due to media scrutiny. Hill admitted he finally loves himself and told the “kids who don’t take their shirt off at the pool” that they were "wonderful, perfect, and awesome."

Rebel Wilson on April 28, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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REBEL WILSON

Rebel Wilson’s weight-loss journey has made some headlines as she lost 60 pounds during what she called her year of health. For the actress, 2020 was the first year she “overhauled” her lifestyle and really focused on her health.

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Earlier this year, Wilson confessed the challenge was keeping all those pounds off because she’s never done it before. Even if it’s probably going to be hard, she’s proud for doing a life transformation during such a tough year.

Jessica Simpson on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia | Photo: Getty Images

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JESSICA SIMPSON

Actress Jessica Simpson lost 100 pounds in 2020, too. Her weight-loss journey is fascinating as she never wanted to give up on snacks or comfort foods. Instead, she’s making healthier eating choices.

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Simpson is also working out with a plan her trainer created. She began with simple exercises but included more as time went by, which helped her go from 240 to 140 pounds.

You could definitely find some weight-loss motivation in any of these celebrities, but it is also important to remember what Jonah Hill said: no matter how you look, you’re "wonderful, perfect, and awesome."

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