Celebrity weight loss

by SheKnows
Jan 12, 2011 at 2:23 p.m. ET
The gorgeous Jennifer Love Hewitt was photographed playing in the waves on a Hawaiian vacation in November 2007. Critics -- from the blogosphere to mainstream media -- pointed out the extra pounds she seemed to be carrying. After an initial defense, Love lost the weight -- and, as you will see in the next photo, made sure everyone knew about it!

1 /13: Jennifer Love Hewitt after losing weight

1/13 :Jennifer Love Hewitt after losing weight

Jennifer Love Hewitt posed for this Shape magazine cover in the summer of 2009.

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2 /13: Jennifer Hudson before her weight loss

2/13 :Jennifer Hudson before her weight loss

Here is Showgirls and American Idol star Jennifer Hudson as she was at the beginning of her fame.


3 /13: Jennifer Hudson loses weight

3/13 :Jennifer Hudson loses weight

Jennifer Hudson lost some major weight in 2010, after becoming a first-time mom.


4 /13: Jessica Simpson looking large

4/13 :Jessica Simpson looking large

Jessica Simpson was panned for looking overweight -- even fat -- onstage in 2009. But was it just the outfit, the pose, and/or the picture?


5 /13: Jessica Simpson looking skinny

5/13 :Jessica Simpson looking skinny

The same year that Jessica Simpson was said to have gained a lot of weight, she was looking thinner than she had in awhile.


6 /13: Nicole Richie before losing weight

6/13 :Nicole Richie before losing weight

Here is Nicole Richie with her baby fat, at about age 21 in 2003 -- the year "The Simple Life," her reality TV show co-starring Paris Hilton, debuted.

7 /13: Nicole Richie super skinny

7/13 :Nicole Richie super skinny

Here's Nicole Richie looking skeletally thin, in the summer of 2006. Not surprisingly, this is around the time she actually fainted while shopping. "I know I'm too thin right now, so I wouldn't want any young girl looking at me and saying, 'That's what I want to look like,'" She told Vanity Fair in the spring of that year. "I'm not happy with the way I look right now."

8 /13: Nicole Richie at a healthy weight

8/13 :Nicole Richie at a healthy weight

Now the mom of two, Nicole Richie looked better than ever -- and at a healthy weight -- debuting a new collection in her House of Harlow clothing line in December 2010.

9 /13: Valerie Bertinelli young and thin

9/13 :Valerie Bertinelli young and thin

As a young actress (on One Day at a Time, which ran from 1975 to 1984), Valerie Bertinelli was thin -- and her pictures adorned many walls in teenage boys' bedrooms!


10 /13: Valerie Bertinelli bigger in her 40s

10/13 :Valerie Bertinelli bigger in her 40s

By the time she reached her mid 40s, Valerie Bertinelli had packed on some weight -- as can be seen in this "before" picture from her campaign for Jenny Craig diets.


11 /13: Valerie Bertinelli after losing weight

11/13 :Valerie Bertinelli after losing weight

In 2009, Valerie Bertinelli debuted her new, lean figure on the cover of People magazine!


12 /13: Mischa Barton on the plus side

12/13 :Mischa Barton on the plus side

Actress Mischa Barton has had weight ups and downs for most of her career. Here she is on the heavier side.


13 /13: Mischa Barton in a bikini

13/13 :Mischa Barton in a bikini

Mischa Barton looked great in a bikini poolside in 2010, certainly silencing any critics of her current weight!