From Adele to Rebel Wilson, these celebrities have made the most out of COVID isolation by focusing on their health. They’re the inspiration we all need right now.
2020 hasn’t been the most motivating year to accomplish all those health goals we set ourselves back in January.
We went through a banana bread baking (and eating) phase, turned to wine to drink our sorrows away, gave up on hitting our 10k step count, attempted to create an at-home gym and binged watched the entire Netflix.
But as discouraging as this year has been for our mental and physical health, some have surprisingly managed to make the best out of their time in lockdown.
So if you need the motivation to get up and lose those COVID kilos, we’ve rounded up the best celebrity transformations of 2020. They’re impressing, to say the least.
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Best celebrity weight loss transformations of 2020
Who could forget 2020 was Rebel Wilson’s ‘Year of Health’? The Pitch perfect star set herself a goal to reach 75kg by the end of the year, and after months of intense workouts and following a healthy diet, she has officially accomplished her goal.
“Hit my goal with one month to spare!” the actress captioned her Instagram story alongside a photo of her weighing scales.
“Even though it’s not about a weight number, it’s about being healthy, I needed a tangible measurement to have as a goal and that was 75kgs.”
Adele first broke the internet when she posted a jaw-dropping birthday picture, showcasing a completely different – and slimmer – look.
The singer posted a picture of herself on Instagram outside her LA home, wearing a fitted little black dress with puffball sleeves, paired with black high heels.
Thanking her fans for the “birthday love”, the Grammy-winning British artist wrote in the caption: “I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time. I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives! You are truly angels ♥.”
She cheekily added: “2020 okay by thanks x”.
The ‘Rolling in the Deep’ singer has reportedly stuck to the Sirtfood Diet – a calorie-controlled diet of “green juices and only 1000 calories” – to achieve her slimmed-down figure.
According to US Weekly, she also hired a personal trainer to work with her three times a week.
“She really wants to be healthy and set a good example for her son,” a source told the magazine.
“She’s more focused on feeling good and the health benefits than the weight loss.”
In August, Hilary Duff took to Instagram to post a bikini selfie, explaining how she’s finally found a diet and exercise routine that works for her.
“Linda Linda Linda, I’ve still been counting my macros with my man @theflexible.dieting.coach and it’s truly helped me stay lean even while eating bread, chocolate, and wine!” she captioned the pic. “I also love my @novobodyofficial fam and grateful I have found what works for me.” (FYI, @theflexible.dieting.coach is celebrity nutrition coach Erik Young, and @novobodyofficial is Novo Body Fitness, a California-based fitness studio.)
The 32-year-old recognised that sticking to a routine is tough during the coronavirus pandemic, but she encouraged her fans to set time aside for self-care each day.
“I know it’s extra hard to keep up and find normalcy in quarantine but I truly hope you make at least 30 mins a day for yourself to stay connected,” she added. “Do whatever feels good for you even if it’s not food or fitness related!”
The Younger star managed to lose 5kg by counting her macros.
“I am really being healthy right now, and for the first time in my life, I am actually really enjoying it,” Duff said in an interview with mindbodygreen. “I was about to start shooting again, so I started to count my macros. I’d never done that before, but I love it!”
Duff praised the approach, saying it helped her embrace healthy eating without feeling deprived, as she could still eat what she liked, in moderation. “Every time I’ve dieted before and cut carbs and sugar, there’s been such a daunting feeling of ‘I’m being deprived, I’m being deprived.’ I’m a really balanced person, and I like to have freedom.”
“With the macros it’s cool because I haven’t had to cut anything out that I love. It’s just about making sure my body is getting the right amount of protein and fat and carbohydrates—and then I get to choose what those are. So if I’m feeling really hungry one day, I know that I need to eat a lot more of the healthy things to meet those numbers, but if the next day I’m not as hungry, I can have something I really enjoy… And I love to chew. Other diets have been like, oh have a soup, and I’m like no. I have to chew something.”
She also developed a love for weight training: “I’m lifting and squatting and using a barbell with lots of weight on it, and I’ve never felt so strong but lean,” she told Women’s Health.
After welcoming her third child Birdie May, in March 2019, Jessica Simpson was determined to make her health her top priority. Now, just over a year later and the singer and businesswoman is 100 pounds (45kg) lighter.
It was all part of the exercise plan Simpson, her trainer Harley Pasternak and doctor created, in to focus on helping the star form healthy habits that would help her beyond the six-month weight loss goal she set for herself.
“It had to be more than just getting back from her baby weight, but how do I keep whatever I am doing now forever,” Pasternak said in an interview with E! News. “That’s why we are not a big fan of doing any extreme diet or radical forms of exercise.”
They waited for Simpson to full recover from her birth before embarking on a 6,000 step-a-day goal. She then slowly worked herself up to 14,000. To reach this daily goal, Pasternak said the singer introduced daily family walks or would walk on the treadmill while watching TV and answering phone calls. He didn’t want her doing anything “too difficult, painful, hard or arduous”.
The mother-of-three then incorporated strength training into her routine.
“We started with doing a full-body workout, one set of each exercise, not really doing too much intensity per body part and gradually increasing the volume and intensity,” Pasternak explained. “Focusing on a few muscle groups per day. Different muscles each day of the week.”
In a candid letter on Body+Soul, founder of Elle Effect and Australian influencer Elle Ferguson, opened up about how she used the social isolation that came with COVID as an opportunity to overhaul her diet, exercise routine and her outlook on life. As a result, she lost 10kg and became a whole “new person”.
To lose weight, Ferguson booked in a Pilates class via Zoo each day.
“This made me accountable to turn up for something every day,” she wrote.
She also walked for an hour each day to hit her 10k step count, so she was basically doing two workouts each day.
The actress and fashion designer revealed her 85 pound (39kg) weight loss on Instagram in August.
“Today I’m feeling #Gucci,” Osbourne captioned a selfie with. Fans were quick to comment on her new, slimmer look.
“Oh my gosh, you lost a lot of weight”, The Real co-host Jeannie Mai, commented. Osbourne replied: “That’s right mamma Mai I lost 95 lbs since I last saw you. Can you believe it?”
In an Instagram Story, the 35-year-old shared a picture of a size 26 (size US 2) Neiman Marcus clothing tag. She wrote, “Yes… I’m bragging because I worked hard and it feel good!!!”
While Osbourne lost 13.5kg during her time on Dancing with the Stars, it wasn’t until she started eating a vegan diet and picked up physical activities – namely hiking, cardio and yoga – that she really saw the weight fall off.
“Once I learned how to work out right and eat right,” she told the HuffPost, “it’s one of those things that you just have to commit to [as] a life change rather than being on a diet. Because a diet doesn’t work. You lose weight and you stop it and it will all come back. So you just have to take baby steps, commit to something, and stay true to it.”
The star has struggled with her weight in the past as a result of her drug addiction, which she has been open about. “I replaced the drugs with food and just got fatter and fatter. I’m an emotional eater. When I get upset, my diet goes out the window,” she told the Daily Mirror.
In 2013, Osbourne suffered a seizure while filming Fashion Police, which gave her the wake-up call she needed.
“I never want to take my good health for granted. The seizure was 60 seconds, but those 60 seconds will change my life for the better forever,” she told Self magazine. I’ve worked hard to get into shape, and I’m going to continue. Not because being “skinny” is important to me, but because I want to feel good.”
Ok, not a weight loss transformation, but Chris Hemsworth has undergone a ‘bulk-up’ (?) transformation.
The 37-year-old posted a hunky shirtless snap from a recent workout on Instagram, showcasing his… incredibly… hot… body…
“Cheat day today. Decided to treat myself to this extra large donut, gosh it’s heavy,” Hemsworth jokingly captioned the snap.
Even Chris Pratt commented on his extremely muscular new look.
“Hey bud,” the Guardians of the Galaxy actor sarcastically commented.
“Just heard from my trainer and he needs you to stop working out because since we’re gonna be in the same movie and everything, he doesn’t want me to stand next to you if you look like that so I’m gonna need you to put on 25 lbs real quick cool thanks,” Pratt wrote.
We can’t wait to watch Chris and his muscles in this new movie.