Sharon Osbourne on Weight Loss

Sharon Osbourne - Official  badass apparently

Sharon Osbourne is more famous for not being famous than anything else. She became the wife of 70s rocker and former Black Sabbath front man, Ozzy Osbourne, in 1982 after being his manager for three years. Nowadays she’s a TV presenter, pundit and advocate of weight loss.

The couple built a good life together, having three children and a somewhat regular normal life given the circumstances but when MTV cam knocking and ‘The Osbournes’ hit the airwaves, the families ‘normal’ life was exposed to the world and the bawdy family became the staple for many TV viewers.

It was Sharon spoke to MTV and invited them along to talk about reality show that would capture the everyday minutiae of an otherwise quite ordinary family.

MTV aired the first episode of ‘The Osbournes’ on March 5, 2002 and on the back of it the whole family catapulted to fame; the public ultimately having to endure four years of family disputes, teenage tantrums and enormous egos.

Sharon Osboure at her biggest

Among the more dramatic highlights of the show came jus a few months into the first season when Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer (also called ‘colorectal cancer’)which had spread to her lymph nodes.

She was given a 33 percent chance of survival by doctors but despite the grim prognosis, Sharon was insistent that MTV cameras continue to document the family’s daily life and capture her journey through the illness and subsequent treatment.

She eventually underwent surgery to remove the cancer and that was followed by a course of chemotherapy. As a result she suffered hair loss and donned a wig to keep up appearances.

The whole cancer episode took a huge toll on the family and Ozzy admitted that he nearly fell apart during her treatment. Their son Jack suffered from deep depression which led to a suicide attempt.

Since being declared cancer free, Sharon has been back in front of cameras, hosting a myriad of shows including ‘The Sharon Osbourne Show’, ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Rock of Love: Charm School’. In March of 2009 a new variety show called ‘Osbournes: Reloaded’ was launched and aired in the United States.

Sharon Osbourne before and after plastic surgery

Sharon is no stranger to the surgeon’s knife and she freely admits to undergoing extensive cosmetic surgery. Among her remodelling she has had rhytidectomy (a type of cosmetic surgery that involves removing wrinkles for a more youthful appearance), abdominoplasty (a procedure to give the abdomen a firmer appearance by removing excess skin and fat), as well as mastopexy, which is a breast augmentation. Her procedures totalled a whopping $500,000.

The list does not end there: in 1999 also underwent lap-band surgery, in which an adjustable band was wrapped around her stomach. This method – also called an ‘Adjustable Gastric Band’ – is used in obese people to shrink the size and volume of their stomachs, causing them to eat much less. Sharon lost 100 pounds through the procedure, but her weight troubles didn’t end there.

Always a little on the heavy side, she has attempted to countless weight loss ventures which led to yo-yo dieting and fluctuating weight. Despite the success of her lap-band surgery, she admitted she still suffered with eating disorders – namely bulimia.

Bulimics binge on food and induce a method of ridding themselves of food immediately thereafter. The most common type of bulimia involves patients self-inducing vomiting after a binge, but other methods include the use of enemas and laxatives. The ‘binge and purge method’ is extremely harmful to the body.

To say that Sharon Osbourne’s medical record is extensive would be an understatement, yet the witty, well-respected TV personality and matriarch of the kookiest family on television has proven her perseverance when facing pitfalls in regards to her health.

Kirstie Allie's yo-yo weight

kirstie alley before and after

Actress and TV host, Kirstie Alley, enjoyed her greatest television success in the 1980s and early 90s but she still hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the decades following her career.

In the early days, best remembered as Rebecca Howe in the hit series ‘Cheers’, she was almost a pin-up model. Her striking looks and slim figure were the focus of many viewers’ attention and she was much sought after because of it.

After the ‘Cheers’ days she enjoyed several years playing opposite John Travolta in the popular ‘Look Who’s Talking’ trilogy and further success with three years in ‘Veronica’s Closet’. But in the years following her pinnacle as a TV ‘hottie’ she slipped into an ongoing battle with her weight and the spotlight shifted from her charm and good looks to her increasing dress size.

After her active TV career ended, Alley ballooned and she was plagued by the paparazzi who were quick to publish very unflattering photos of her in the media (yes, just as we have).

 

Kirstie Alley has become like a pair of bellows.  Her weight loss and gain has been well covered by the press

At the time she weighed over 200 lbs (over 90kg) and was declared clinically obese. In 2004 she admitted to battling her severe weight issues by becoming the spokesperson for Jenny Craig, a weight loss and management company.

In 2006, after following the Jenny Craig program for two years, Alley appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show in a bikini to show off her success and the American public lapped it up. Her achievement was celebrated in the United States and gave hope to a growing nation of obese couch potatoes who were searching for a cure to their own weight issues.

Although painful at the time, Kirstie says that one particularly hideous photo of her in a tabloid publication made her realize it was time to do something about her excessive weight and take better care of her health in the process.

The successful weight loss didn’t last though and after she walked away from the role of spokesperson for Jenny Craig piled on the weight once again.

Kirstie Alley as seen when she first appeared on Cheers

 

During an interview with Oprah she said: ”When you’re a spokesperson for a weight loss company … somebody weighs you every week. It’s pressure but it’s good pressure. I do better if I have some pressure on me,”

When I didn’t have that anymore … I just said, ‘I’m going to cut myself some slack.’ Big mistake.”

She stopped weighing herself and it was almost 18 months before she stepped up onto the plate again. The worst aspect was the guilt she felt, thinking that she let a lot of people down, people who looked up to her and admired her strength of will.

She admits that she has never really had control over her weight but says the best thing that came out of trying to lose weight and battling the bulge was quitting smoking.

John Goodman's Incredible Weight Loss

John Goodman looking in good shape after his weight loss adventure

John Goodman first rose to prominence as the sarcastic, chubby, working class father and foil to Roseanne Barr in the 1990s hit TV show ‘Roseanne’. As a big man, John was well aware of the implications to his health, especially as he got older; he knew he ran the risk of heart disease, diabetes and worse. Never one to shirk from a fight, he decided to do something about his oversized physique and set about a drastic weight loss program that would eventually reap healthy benefits and draw compliments and plaudits from many quarters.

He premiered his new, svelte self at the AFI Life Achievement Award for Mike Nichols and shortly afterwards photos of the new-look actor found their way onto the pages of a glut of magazines and websites.

His transformation was both striking and inspirational and during an appearance on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ shortly after showing off his new body on the red carpet, the host pressed him on the thorny issue of his peak weight.

John Goodman pushing around 400lbs

Plenty … pushing 400 … somewhere up around there.”

John went on to explain how for years, especially during his work on ‘Roseanne’, his body had to endure a vicious cycle of gaining and shedding weight.

I’d get off of ‘Roseanne’ every spring. I’d lose 60 lbs every spring. Then I got too fond of the barley corn… I’d gain it back and then some, every year.”

A happier looking John Goodman who has battled with his weight for years

The exact amount of weight Goodman lost remains unknown and unconfirmed, some media outlets claim to know that he lost as much as 200lbs!

But for John that’s just not enough and his desire to lose even more weight was something he was all too happy to discuss.

[I’m] getting a lot of exercise, I feel great. It’s going to be an ongoing process for the rest of my life.”

 

Drew Carey's Amazing Weight Loss

Drew Carey fits into spaces he could only have dreamed of a few years ago

For an age, Drew Carey fell into ‘the cute and cuddly’ category; a status which is as cursed as it is revered. The pudgy, bespectacled comedian was always overweight but at 52-years-old ‘The Price Is Right’ host realized how much of an effect his obesity was having on his health. Drew was diagnosed with diabetes and even underwent angioplasty in 2001, at the age of 43, to pry open clogged arteries in order to allow blood to pass through properly.

It sucks being fat, you know.”

I was diabetic with type 2 diabetes.”

The old Drew Carey - overweight and uncomfortable with himself

But health wasn’t the only factor behind his weight loss – his new family were a huge part of the reason he shed an incredible 80lbs.

My fiance has a 5-year old, and wow, I’d love to see him graduate, I’d love to be able play with him without getting tired, enjoy my life and watch him grow.”

After losing the 80lbs, Drew happily announced he was “not diabetic anymore. No medication needed.”

But what was his weight loss secret and how did he shed 80lbs in such a short space of time?

No carbs,” was the long and short of it. “I have cheated a couple times, but basically no carbs, not even a cracker. No bread at all. No pizza, nothing. No corn, no beans, no starches of any kind. Egg whites in the morning or like, Greek yogurt, cut some fruit.”

Drew also claims his new diet came hand in hand with working out. He’s been doing “lots of cardio.”

About 45 minutes of cardio, at least 45 minutes of cardio. I’ve been kind of lazy like lately, so I’m not doing it six days a week, but I will be for this next month.”

After dropping several dress sizes, Drew said it was motivation to keep going, and intends to lose another 10 lbs so he can fit into a size 32.

Drew Carey weighs up his options and comes out healthier because of it

His diet of choice is similar to the ‘Atkins Diet’ and although that proved very popular during the early 2000s it has since been proved as a false hope as when people return to eating carbs, the weight returns with them.

Successful weight loss comes through a balanced diet and exercise. Not over eating, cutting out sugar and eating plenty of healthy green vegetables is a step in the right direction. The human body needs carbohydrates and healthy fats but not so much proteins so by cutting out carbs you are effectively starving the body.

John Candy died of a heart attack aged 43

John Candy in 'Uncle Buck'

John Candy’s unexpected death in 1994 came as a shock to his fans and was a loss to the film community. The larger than life comedy actor died aged 43 while filming ‘Wagons East’ in Mexico. He was found in his hotel room according to his spokesperson, Anna Perez. She spoke to the New York Times to inform them that the ‘Cool Runnings’ star had passed away.

None of us believed it would happen,” said Frank Hober, John’s brother-in-law.

John Candy in his healthier days

Candy was known for his size and it became almost a part of his ‘act’ but despite being overweight he always managed to look healthy which is incredible considering he was carrying 330lbs in weight and enjoyed smoking a pack-a-day.

John perhaps didn’t heed the lessons learned by his father’s death; a man who also died due to heart problems.

But John’s excesses were fuelled by deeper issues and it is widely reported that he suffered with anxiety and panic disorder while on set. His friend and producer, Peter Kaminsky, was among the first to flag the actor’s panic attacks.

He would just stand backstage before he went on with his eyes shut, breathing in and out,“

Eating, ingesting, smoking, for John, it was a way of swallowing that anxiety.”

John Candy goes Grizzly Adams

He was a likeable character and his choice of role reflected that. Viewers will always be able to look back on a man who made them laugh right from his early days with the SCTV Network to some of his most memorable films such as ‘Splash’, ‘The Great Outdoors’ and the excellent ‘Uncle Buck’.

 

Bill Clinton turns to veganism after heart operation

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High levels of cholesterol are a growing problem these days and are attributed to the types of food we eat and the stressful lifestyles many of us have. Furthermore, If “bad” cholesterol isn’t dealt with quickly it can have dire consequences, as former president, Bill Clinton found out.

On September 7, 2004, three years after his presidency ended, Clinton went to hospital complaining of chest pains. He was rushed into surgery and underwent a successful quadruple coronary artery bypass.

Although Clinton had a healthy diet, his low-density lipoprotein levels (or “bad“ cholesterol) were well known. According to a report by CNN at the time. Clinton’s cholesterol levels in his final year of being president were at 177 but rose to over 200 within the following year. An acceptably healthy reading of cholesterol levels is below 130.

Bill Clinton now

Clinton underwent the bypass when results from angiograms showed that he had a partial coronary blockage, which was reportedly a result of fatty “plaque”.

In an interview with Larry King on CNN, Clinton said: “Some of this is genetic, and I may have done some damage in those years when I was too careless about what I ate.”

He also said that without the surgery, “there is virtually 100 percent chance I’ll have a heart attack.”

Since then he has extolled the virtues of the raw food diet which has seen him shed weight and regain a vitality he’d forgotten since his youth.

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Clinton, the 42ndPresident of the United States, led the country from 1993 to 2001. He was regarded by many as the Golden Boy but will more likely be remembered for his less decent actions, namely impeachment after the sex scandal involving 22-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky. Despite the public disgrace Clinton continues to be a public figure and a representative of his nation, recently involved in pushing Obama’s successful drive for a second term.

His post-presidential career saw him explore many different areas, including creating the William J. Clinton foundation, which supports a variety of humanitarian causes. He continues to be involved in his nation’s politics, including Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008.

Oprah Winfrey chooses veganism for health reasons

oprah winfrey

TV stalwart, Oprah Winfrey decided to experiment with a raw vegan diet for seven days, and just for kicks she took 378 of her staff at Harpo along for the ride. She was joined by NY Times best-selling author on health and conscious eating, Kathy Freston who provided the queen of television with a diverse selection of vegan food to try.

Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that excludes the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavour not to use or consume animal products and it is a lifestyle that is becoming more and more popular with the rich and famous as well as us ordinary earthlings.

A vegan plant-based diet – which is just that, might sound a little dull but is in fact a very clever and inventive way to eat. The diet contains mostly fruits and vegetables and is said to have the ability to reverse cancer, heart disease and diabetes, reduce high-blood pressure and positively affect most degenerative diseases – not to mention obesity.

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Nutrition researcher, Dr T Colin Campbell, details the connections between what we consume and the diseases that humans constantly battle with in his book, The China Study. His research spanned twenty years but by the outcome of its compilation he found that diets rich in protein, in particular animal protein, were the causes of liver cancer and obesity to name but a few. By switching people to healthy plant-based diets these cancers started to reverse.

Earlier in his career, Dr Campbell worked as a researcher promoting the healthy effects of a diet rich in eggs and meat. He conducted his studies diligently and with great enthusiasm, convinced that the American diet was the healthiest in the world. His later studies led him to research the role of protein in the development and treatment of cancerand his startling findings could not be ignored.

“People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease,” he reported.

For those of us willing to make changes to our diet but worried that a life full of limp lettuce and fruit salad will drive us to culinary suicide, fear not. Consummate vegan chefs are more than capable of preparing delicious, inventive gourmet dishes that are rich in goodness but tasty and filling with it. Restaurants such as Pure Food and Winein New York City and Café Gratitude(which has eight locations across California) specialize in raw vegan cuisine.

oprah winfrey vegan

Through centuries of meat and dairy consumption we have lost touch with the natural way of eating. What’s worse is that heavy meat and dairy based diets are condoned and encouraged by the food industry, opportunistic scientists and even the FDA/WHO. There is a vicious circle of bad food and unnecessary medication that accompanies it; all keeping us consumers unhealthy and mega-rich food and pharmaceutical corporations, well, mega-rich.

Oprah’s lead is a good one to follow as she threw herself into it and spoke of the virtues of the diet, the health benefits that she felt for herself and the compassion extended towards animal life as a result.

In her show Oprah also discussed introducing “meatless Mondays” at the network, adding “let’s try not to get sued for it,” referring to the risible case in 1996 when she disparaged the quality of beef on her show during the ‘mad cow disease’ outbreak and was subsequently sued for food defamation by Texas cattle farmers.

Kelly Osbourne a Yo-Yo Dieter?

Kelly Osbourne at the 2012 Grammy Awards with a slightly fuller figure

The last thing you’d expect to find as a cause of obesity is dieting; it’s like discovering that abstinence causes alcoholism, exercise makes you fat or marriage makes you happy.

But that fact remains that one of the major causes of obesity, both physically and psychologically, is dieting; extreme dieting (which is commonly known as yo-yo dieting) and leads to a kind of ‘self-starvation’ that ultimately leads to illness and cravings.

People who are naturally thin have a good relationship with food; they don’t eat excessively but rather finish when they’ve had enough instead of feeling the need/want to clean their plate, just because the food is there.

They listen to their bodies’ signals, eat when hungry and don’t understand why anyone would want to eat when they weren’t.

For some of us our relationship with food is unhealthy; we gorge, eat the wrong types of foods in abundance (carbs, sugar, white flour, etc) and dodge the healthy stuff because we don’t find it filling or appealing.

Another mistake overweight people make is to binge eat prior to a diet, cramming in as much junk as possible because ‘the diet starts tomorrow’. This kind of behaviour throws the body into turmoil and actually simulates starvation. When that happens the body goes into ‘survivor’ mode and burns fat to produce energy. Sounds great, burning fat, but when the diet ends the body goes into replenishment mode and the fat comes back with a vengeance. This is how eating disorders escalate.

We cut down on our intake, focusing on bland calorific stuff to sustain us while it does nothing for our taste buds or stomach (which is used to being stuffed with goodies). We also pride ourselves on false promises of weight loss and gym work; hurling ourselves into repetitious and dull rowing machines, cycling machines, weights, treadmills and swimming that only the superhuman, or subhuman can persevere with.

And yet for misguided dieters everywhere this is the modus operandi.

We might tough it out on our extreme, unsatisfying, bulimia inducing diet for a short while, but eventually we will fall off that wagon straight into a bowl of full-fat cheesecake, deep fried and wrapped in bacon. And once we fall, we fall hard.

All of a fat sudden we ‘allow’ ourselves all the things we feel we have gone without. The weight we lost returns, plus some more and probably some more because once we start eating badly, we somehow lose the will to do the gym exercises we didn’t enjoy doing anyway.

Kelly Osbourne goes ultra skinny

Kelly Osbourne goes ultra skinny

In the celebrity world Kelly Osbourne is a very good example of a yo-yo dieter; her weight has fluctuated throughout her public life and it’s plain to see that her relationship with food is an unhealthy one.

But healthy weight loss isn’t a great mystery; it’s just logic and a bit of self-imposed discipline with a clear aim. Once you begin to eat healthily, on wholesome, quality food, you will start to eradicate the desire to eat junk because you realise just how much better you feel eating a balanced diet of nuts, fruit, vegetables and sugar-free drinks like, well, water or rice milk – all of which can be combined into some of the tastiest meals around.

Our modern diet is based on chemicalised foods that have played their part in the increase of diabetes, heart disease, alzheimers and cancer to name but a few common diseases. Stepping away from those types of food opens us up to a world of healthier living and sustained weight loss which we never realised was possible because we listened to the television with all its advertising and falsities too much.

Listen to your body and you’re one step closer to your goal and keep away from faddy diets and snake oil quick fixes as the problems will quickly return.

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Lady Gaga Wants You to Join the Body Revolution

Lady Gaga piling on the pounds

As role models go there is a vastly divided opinion on Lady Gaga. Sure, she’s done a lot to try and help young, disenfranchised people find their place in the universe and been an advocate for anti-suicide and depression, but her methodology is questionable as she has a budget and backroom team that most of her ‘little monsters’ could only dream of.

Her latest venture though is an admirable one. Having come under criticism for an off the cuff remark on twitter in which she posted the hash tag #PopStarsDontEat, she has hit back by starting the ‘body revolution’; an idea that she hopes will inspire people to be comfortable in the skin they inhabit.

Her track record of attention seeking shenanigans doesn’t help her cause and it’s easy to say “I had an eating disorder” so that all those suffering with the same problem suddenly see you as a saint or saviour, but if she gets this right she could actually do more good for raising awareness of eating disorders then harm.

She recently posted pictures of herself in her undies with the caption “I’ve battled Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15.”

Lady Gaga in her undies

Lady Gaga in her undies aimed at encouraging her fans to love themselves

It appears the media have gotten to her of late and the picture comes in response to criticism of her weight gain; 25 pounds according to her, of which she claims not to care. And so she shouldn’t because journos are fickle and so is she. What might seem like a big issue now will probably be swept under the carpet in a few months when she has a new bone to bite on.

The danger of celebrities highlighting eating disorders is that they often trivialise them by suggesting they had an eating disorder but got over it after a moment of clarity. The truth of it is that if you suffer with an eating disorder you generally suffer with it for life unless you can find help for it, because the problem isn’t with diet but with the mind.

Yes, eating disorders are a mental illness.

So is this another opportunity for Gaga to take her clothes off for another glut of publicity or is she really putting herself on the line to make her fans feel better about not being perfect?

Whichever the case, the core of the message is absolutely correct – be happy with who and what you are, regardless of the opinions of others.

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Jennifer Hudson's weight loss

Jennifer Hudson

It doesn’t take a super sleuth to work out that Jennifer Hudson has lost a load of weight recently, dropping from a size 16 to a size 6. However, it was only yesterday revealed exactly how many pounds the singer has lost during an interview with fellow dieter, Oprah.

Having buttered the  29-year-old up by telling her how amazing she looked, the talk show host suddenly asked: “Will you tell us how much you’ve lost?” After a little hesitation, Hudson finally admitted that she has lost an impressive 80 pounds, and that she has never felt better.

Jennifer, who is the spokesperson for Weight Watchers, went on to say: “It’s like a brand new me. Sometimes I don’t even recognize myself.”

The star of Dream Girls, who attributed her healthy weight loss to dynamic exercising (switching between routines such as playing basketball, jumping ropes and running on the treadmill)  declared that she has no desire to lose any further weight. “That 4 and 2 and 0 is not for me,” she said.  She also said she prepares her own food.

Jennifer Hudson’s weight loss has also been inspiring other members of  her family to lose weight with her, and between them they have lost almost 2000 pounds.

Other celebrities who have battled with continued weight issues include Sharon Osbourne, Kirstie Alley, Sara Rue, and Oprah herself.

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