English actress and former star of “Strictly Come Dancing,” Lisa Riley, has always had something of a weight problem. As well as being an actress on “Emmerdale” between 1995 and 2001, Riley hosted “You’ve Been Framed” between 1998 and 2002, and we’re expecting a revamp this year! Tipping almost 300 pounds, Riley was heavier and not feeling great about it. The actress, however, decided on changing her lifestyle and getting rid of the excess pounds!
With a tremendous effort, the actress and presenter lost an astonishing 140 pounds! That’s literally a whole person. With a ton of hard work and commitment, she tirelessly fought herself and her weight. Kudos!
Mama June - 200 Pounds
Ah yes, who could forget the reality TV series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." If it were us, we’d leave it far behind in reality TV trash land, but hey… it’s kinda addictive. Dammit! Anyway, the matriarch of the show, Mama June, is next up on our list of celebs who piled on the pounds. However, Mama June always had an issue with her weight and was the brunt of many jokes due to her obesity. She sure showed the world and the haters when she dropped 300 pounds after gastric sleeve surgery.
Mama June was an exception – sometimes, gastric sleeve surgery is a more viable option when the weight loss is more than substantial. She then went on to go under the knife and had some excess skin trimmed, as well as a boob job just to make her feel, well, good! You can see all the deets on her own show: "Mama June: From Not to Hot."
Drew Carry - 80 Pounds
Decorated comedian and industry heavyweight Drew Carey rose to prominence with his show “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” This particular show also made him one very wealthy man. Did you know that in 1998, Carey was listed by "Forbes" as the 24th highest-paid entertainer? That year he earned $45 million, as well as $750,000 per episode for “The Drew Carey Show.”
Anyway, despite the cash inflow, there also seemed to be a lot of food going in without much exercise to expend those calories! After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (the lifestyle kind), Carey took charge of his health and decided to focus on dropping a few pounds. The comedian was determined, however, to do things the natural way, without the assistance of surgery. So he buckled down and lost 80 pounds. Sayonara Type 2 diabetes!
Sharon Osbourne - 20 Pounds
TV personality and show host, Sharon Osbourne, is, of course, the wife of legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne. Sure, during the 80s and 90s, she had somewhat of a reputation for being a less-than-glamorous housewife, but since then, she got in shape, got a fire haircut, and now is going for “lady of the manor.”
Like our celebs on this list, Osbourne lost a decent amount of weight, slimming down via gastric sleeve surgery. Her surgery caused her to lose almost 30 pounds. However, she realized she could handle her weight without it, having it removed some 7 years later. It seems that the Atkins diet has kept her in tip-top condition, just like Kim K!
Jordin Sparks - 50 Pounds
The gorgeous "American Idol" alumna stepped onto the scene with “Tattoo” and had us all shook. Her career went from strength to strength, with her single with Chris Brown skyrocketing her to household-name status overnight. Producing chart-toppers and flashing her beautiful smile to fans, Sparks seemed to not have a care in the world! However, not all on the surface is as sleek and shiny as it seems. Then it began to show to fans and the world.
The singer slowly started putting on weight, and it became clear that the singer was struggling with weight gain. The flow-on effect saw Sparks lose confidence in her image and herself, which impacted her music-making too! But she decided to kick her own butt and started eating well and hitting the gym. The results speak for themselves – almost 50 pounds lighter, the talented singer is a vision!