Because they live their lives in the spotlight, celebrities are often scrutinized and criticized for all aspects of their looks. In particular, weight is a commonly discussed issue, with gossip magazines and TV shows dedicating their whole focus to analyzing celebrity weight changes. Because of this superficial nature of the industry, many stars have expressed the high pressure and unrealistic pressures this sets upon them. Stars like Demi Lovato have been particularly critical of the industry and the effect this can have on celebrities, with many resorting to yo-yo dieting or suffering from eating disorders as a way to deal with the pressure. Other stars, like Melissa McCarthy and Gabourey Sidibe, have been able to overcome these stresses and carve out a unique niche for them, where their excess weight has helped advance their careers. Below are 10 stars who have undergone extreme weight loss, some in order to deal with pressure from the industry, others to lead healthier lives, while others have done so to achieve a look desirable for certain roles. Read on to find out some of the most impressive cases of celebrity weight loss and how much these stars have lost.
10 Jonah Hill (Lost 40 pounds)
9 Christina Aguilera (Lost 50 pounds)
8 Raven Symone (Lost 70 pounds)
7 Jennifer Hudson (Lost 80 pounds)
6 50 Cent (Lost 50 pounds)
5 Kirstie Alley (Lost 100 pounds)
4 Randy Jackson (Lost 130 pounds)
3 Rachel Frederickson (Lost 150 pounds)
2 Star Jones Reynolds (Lost 160 pounds)
1 Christian Bale
Over his career, Christian Bale has become known for his great dedication to his various acting roles, which involves many shocking and rapid body transformations. In one of his most infamous transformations, 2004's The Machinist, Christian lost 63 lbs and reached the weight of 121 lbs by living on a diet of a coffee and an apple a day, for four months. A year later, he began filming Batman Begins, a role which required him to achieve a muscular look for his role as Bruce Wayne. By following a high-carb diet and daily 3 hour training sessions, he gained 60 lbs of muscle before filming, and an additional 39 lbs while filming. By 2010, Christian was required to shed 60 lbs again, to play the role of a crack addicted former boxer in The Machinist, only to have to bulk up again for his role as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises, in 2012. In 2013 he played a con artist in American Hustle, a role which required him to develop a heavy set physique - he achieved this body by eating a lot of fast food, and gained a total of 40 lbs. At his heaviest, Christian was 200 lbs for his roles as Batman, and at his lightest, he weighed 121 lbs for his role in The Machinist. With such incredible dedication to his roles, it's no wonder Christian Bale would be number 1 on our list.
Sources: okmagazine.com, hngn.com, people.com, essence.com, usmagazine.com
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