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Star secrets: Celebs who have overcome weight gain

How did they do it?

From SheKnows Canada
Losing weight isn't easy, and having the whole world watch you attempt to live a healthier life certainly doesn't make it any easier, but these celebrities managed to make it happen! Here's how they did it.

jordin sparks

Jordin Sparks

Recently Sparks has been showing off her remarkable 50-pound weight loss, which she achieved last summer and has managed to maintain ever since. But what's even more remarkable than the weight loss itself is the simple way in which she achieved it. Sparks is the first to admit there was no miracle secret to her turnaround. Instead she credits daily efforts to eat more healthily and be more active. And how does she stay active? She explains she started off walking, then began jogging and now enjoys regular Zumba classes and 30-minute circuit training sessions with a trainer.

jennifer hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Just over three years ago, Hudson was a woman in her late 20s who had never exercised a day in her life. But after she gave birth to her son, she decided it was time to make some healthy changes. She joined Weight Watchers and even became its celebrity spokesperson. By switching to smaller portions of healthier foods and exercising up to six times a week, she managed to lose a phenomenal 80 pounds. Hudson engages in regular cardio and resistance training, even if it's for a mere 10 minutes. She recommends telling yourself you'll just do 10 minutes, and then you might find you're willing to do more. And her best little secret? Don't deprive yourself. If you're craving something, treat yourself to a tiny portion.

salma hayek

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek gained 50 pounds during her pregnancy with daughter Valentina and struggled to get it off. She credits her love for her husband for giving her the vanity and motivation to get back into shape. Hayek also recommends having an alarm number on the scale that you don't let yourself go over. When you see that number on the scale, it's time to start working harder to put it in reverse, she advises.

mariah carey

Mariah Carey

When Carey became a mom, she discovered that exercise alone wouldn't get her body back on track. Having twins caused her to put on a whopping 70 pounds. Although a good chunk of it went away after the birth, she still wasn't where she wanted to be. So she turned to Jenny Craig's structured eating plan to help her lose the remaining 30 pounds. Between her new diet and regular walks and swims, she lost the rest of the baby weight in just three months. She admits it was a lot of hard work, but she did it!

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