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6 Celeb Weight-Loss Strategies You Can Steal Right Now

You don’t need private chefs or personal trainers to follow their leads.
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Often, when a celebrity makes headlines with an eye-popping weight loss transformation, it's thanks to some extreme diet or workout regimen—not to mention, access to a staff of cooks, nutritionists, and fitness coaches to get them across their weight-loss-goal finish line.

Well, not this time! These six stars dropped almost 300 pounds collectively in ways that anyone (read: you!) can copy. Here's how to steal these A-listers' best slimming secrets for yourself. And for more, don't forget to follow these 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work.

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Tiffany Haddish grew veggies and found love

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Hilarious actress Tiffany Haddish has shed 40 pounds since last spring, thanks in part to a veggie-rich diet. She told People that she uses her home-grown strawberries, kale, Swiss chard, celery, and other garden goods to make her morning juices and other meals throughout the day.

She also credits her health kick to dating rapper, actor, and quarantine partner, Common, who recently launched his own wellness-driven YouTube channel, Com & Well. As research shows, your romantic life can have a significant impact on your lifestyle. This study of over 3,000 couples found that when one person makes a healthy change (like quitting smoking or upping physical activity), the other is much more likely to follow.

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Peter Facinelli ditched sugar and takeout

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Actor Peter Facinelli used his pandemic quarantine time to shape up… way up. His main methods? Ditching takeout food, leaning into at-home cooking, and forsaking sugar. He managed to drop a reported 30 pounds to reveal chiseled abs, which he proudly flashed on Instagram.

Peter is onto something: Cooking at home helps control food quality and quantity. When you eat at restaurants (even the healthiest ones) you don't know exactly what's going into your meals (like excess oil, salt, and sugar). Most often, the focus is on flavor, not health, which can lead you to gain weight if you're dining out or ordering in all the time. Need more inspo? Here are 30 easy dinner recipes that keep the ingredients in check.

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Rebel Wilson ate more protein and fewer carbs

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Australian actress Rebel Wilson dubbed 2020 her "year of health" and set out to replace emotional eating with a high-protein, low-carb diet, she told Drew Barrymore in a recent interview. It worked. To date, Wilson has lost over 40 pounds and feels "so much healthier."

There are many benefits to following a low carb, high protein diet—one of which is definitely weight loss. Protein fills you up while decreasing levels of hunger hormones. Plus, sticking to a high-protein diet while working out can boost fat loss and improve muscle mass. Check out these 19 high protein, low carb snacks.

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Ciara tracked her food and workouts via apps

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After welcoming her third child, singer Ciara shared her post-baby weight-loss progress with her nearly 27 million Instagram followers. "Down 28 pounds thanks to @WW." She credits the program (for which she's an ambassador) for making her weight-loss journey "easy, stress-free, and fun." Adding, "The WW app has been a game changer!"

Indeed, studies show that using technology to self-monitor (logging meals and activity, for example) can be a significant predictor of weight loss. Check out these other 15 apps to support your slim-down goals. Ciara also uses a fitness app—Peloton—to compliment her food program. Her husband, NFL player Russell Wilson, told GQ that cycling on Peloton was his and his wife's "favorite thing."

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Kelly Osbourne used therapy and surgery

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On the podcast, Hollywood Raw, TV reality star and host Kelly Osbourne revealed she's lost 85 pounds after getting gastric sleeve surgery and committing herself to healthy eating and regular workouts.

Osbourne has emphasized the importance of mental health and the role it played in making her decision. Before going through with the surgery, she reportedly dedicated herself to a year of therapy, saying: "I had to fix my head before I could fix my body."

The relationship mental and emotional health have to eating is well-documented. Intuitive and mindful eating are two methods that leverage the mind-body connection, and food itself can also be a form of therapy by helping to manage stress and improve your mood.

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Ed Sheeran drank less booze and did more cardio

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 Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran found it difficult to maintain a healthy routine while on tour, telling the running podcast "Behind the Medal" that, after shows, he'd sit in the back of the bus and unwind with "a tray of chicken wings" and "a couple bottles of wine," which became his routine every night. Of course, studies show that drinking alcohol often leads to weight gain and obesity.

In an effort to kickstart a healthier lifestyle, Sheeran traded some of his bad habits for better ones. He ditched two other vices—pizza and beer—and started exercising regularly, aiming for at least 10 minutes a day, no matter what. He also quit smoking. All this, and the singer was able to drop a whopping 50 pounds.

Can't part with your wings? Try these healthier chicken wing recipes. And for more weight loss tips, here are 50 ways to lose 10 pounds fast.

Caitlin Kilgore
Caitlin is a freelance health and wellness writer who is always in search of science-backed tips to living a healthy and balanced life. Read more