“I Throw Pancakes Across The Room”: What Celebs Give Up To Lose Weight And Keep It Off

July 7, 2015  |  
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Celebrity-caliber bodies don’t just happen. These stars revealed what they had to give up to drop the pounds and to stay in tip-top shape.


What did Mo’Nique give up on her journey to her goal weight? Red meat and chicken.

Christina Aguilera

Christina didn’t give up any particular food to lose the baby weight, but she did opt for low-calorie substitutions for some of her favorite meals.

Rick Ross

Rick Ross used to “wake up in the middle of the day and want some tacos” made by his personal chef. But now that the rapper has lost more than 100 pounds, his days of scarfing down tacos are over:

“Now, they, they, you know, they give me fruit to eat. I forgot what fruit, you know, tasted like. I eat pears now and s–t like that.”

Who says grown men can’t change?

Drew Carey

How did the Price is Right host lose 80 pounds? By giving up on carbs. Completely:

“No carbs. I have cheated a couple times, but basically no carbs, not even a cracker. No bread at all. No pizza, nothing. No corn, no beans, no starches of any kind. Egg whites in the morning or like, Greek yogurt, cut some fruit.”

It looks like it’s working. Could you do it?

Jordin Sparks

Good-looking food is Jordin Sparks’ weakness. She avoids it by asking herself a serious question: “Am I really hungry, or am I having this because it looks good?” Thanks to her simple diet trick (and careful portion control), Sparks has been able to keep off the 50 pounds she has lost.


When Blue Ivy came into the world, along with 65 extra pounds of baby weight, Beyoncé made a serious change in her diet: no more meat or dairy. Now she’s below her pre-baby weight and encouraging others to go vegan.

Kate Walsh

Former Private Practice star Kate Walsh said, “I try to eat healthy and stay away from processed foods.” Her one weakness? Potato chips. When she feels that salty urge is coming on, she makes sure that she only snacks on them “in moderation.”

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock eats healthy around the clock. But she has one weakness: sweets. Bullock limits her indulgences to a treat once a week, like “a nice bowl of Lucky Charms.”

Bethenny Frankel

What does the Real Housewives of New York cast member avoid to stay a Skinnygirl? Pot. Or at least the kind that gives you the munchies.

As marijuana is becoming legal in many states, Frankel is actually developing a line of Skinnygirl marijuana to keep dieters from getting the munchies.

Jada Pinkett Smith

What does Jada Pinkett Smith give up to stay slim? Nothing. But she does burn around 500 calories a day working out. Smith said, “You can eat whatever you want as long as you’re willing to put the work in.”


Rihanna said her diet can be summed up in one sentence: “Carbs are the enemy.” Other than that, her diet regimen is pretty easy.

“It’s all about trying to eat healthy and be in the gym to feel better. If you look at it that way, and not like you’re trying to lose weight, then it’s more successful.”

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara said, “I actually enjoy eating healthy; I love a good salad or a piece of grilled chicken.” But what throws her diet off every time? “My downfall is the sweets — I could eat an entire cake in one sitting. I need to control how many desserts I eat. My new thing is to try to eat them only on the weekend.”

Jennifer Hudson

Now that she’s 80 pounds thinner, how does Jennifer Hudson deal when foods that are not part of her diet show up in her dressing room?

“I throw the pancakes across the room!” Hudson said. “I don’t let the food intimidate me. If it’s too much, I just get rid of it.”

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj said she lost 10 pounds alone just by giving up “Snickers and sides of potatoes.” Now before each shoot, she cuts out sugar and starch. The unfortunate side effect? “I’m always hungry! I wish I could eat whatever I wanted.”

Me too!

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