How Celebs Keep The Weight Off

kelly-osbourne-attending-the-emmy-awards-2010I rarely have any sympathy for celebrities who whine about their difficult lives. NO TIME? How about all the “real life” moms and dads out there who are juggling jobs, parenthood and everyday responsibilities without the help of managers, nannies and drivers? NO PRIVACY? Puh-lease. You know you crave the spotlight. (I’m talking to you Diddy, Kardashian clan and Jersey Shore cast.) CAN’T GET A DATE? Well, I’m single and… well, let’s not go there.

At times, my inner green-eyed monster makes an appearance while leafing through magazines or watching the red carpet pre-awards show specials. What can I say; I’m a girl and comparing myself to others is in my DNA. So yes, I do get a tad envious watching some of these real-life muses of perfection glide towards the Kodak Theatre without a bump, lump, sag or zit in sight. Perhaps money can’t buy you love, but it can certainly snag you a top-notch fitness trainer and personal chef. (0r, a lifelong membership to one of those meal home delivery services for a $800 a month.)

This week, Kelly Osbourne and Drew Carey adorn the covers of US Weekly and Parade respectively, as Ozzy’s daughter and ‘The Price is Right’ host reveal their recent weight loss milestones. Osbourne has gone from a size 14 to a size 2, and Carey has 77 pounds with a goal to lose 15 more.


The former ‘Dancing With The Stars’ contestant tells US, “Everyone always asks ‘What is the secret’? but there is no secret. It is the old-fashioned way of making a commitment to yourself and waking up every day and doing it.”

Interesting. No surgical procedure? No super-cleanse? No detox diet? No extreme… anything?! I kept reading and realized that despite the difference in our bank accounts, I could actually apply the stars’ tried and true lifestyle tips by just making a few changes in my diet and exercise routine. (The same US article featured some other celebs who have successfully beat their battles of the bulge the right way.)

• Jennifer Hudson’s Tip – Watch portions
• Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Tip – Find what (exercise routine) motivates you
• Reese Witherspoon’s Tip – Keep workouts varied
• Ricki Lake’s Tip – Always set new goals
• Kourtney Kardashian – Stick to little meals (5-6 per day)
• Carrie Underwood – Keep a food diary (I’ve tried this but eventually get tired of my pens running out of ink. But it does help!)
• Katherine Heigl’s Tip – Chase after the baby
• Tyra Banks’ Tip – Walk off the extra pounds

Their advice isn’t rocket science or expensive and truth be told, each tip is attainable and manageable no matter what our schedule or budgets. I’m not saying that losing weight is easy (if only), but it’s good to know that these ladies – who oftentimes feel like inhabitants of another planet {Planet Hollywood!} – have (or, had) the same issues and challenges as us everyday folk. And that we can share in their solutions to a better us and bask in our own little spotlight! (Paparazzi not included.)

About the Author

Hi there! My name is Susan Gernhart and after spending my entire life in New York, I moved to Tampa, FL in May 2009. Speaking of changes, I fulfilled a lifelong dream by transitioning to a freelance writing career full-time in winter 2010 (having spent most of my career in the sports and entertainment industry) and have been working 7 days a week ever since! I've been published in several different outlets and have met some incredible people/subjects along the way, so I'm not complaining. I'm far from a health & fitness expert, but love writing, running, and snacking (!) and I look forward to contributing, learning and sharing on this site. Check out my work at - thanks!

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  1. Great post! 🙂 And so true! There is no easy way to losing weight, only with honest hard work and ALOT of sweat!! But it is so rewarding and once you get in to it, really enjoyable and fun!

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