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.

Kirstie Alley doesn't just want sex anymore

At the (wise) age of 60, Kirstie Alley has finally realised that there is not too much to be said for casual sex.

“The easiest thing on this planet is to [find sex], but I don’t see the merit in that,” she says. “What I’m looking for is someone who loves me deeply and is madly in love with me, for me.”

Alley, who has been married twice and rediscovered the goddess in herself after having dropped 100 lbs, tells us that it is important to acknowledge your own mistakes when relationships don’t work out. “I think when you get into the mind-set of, ‘Oh, this guy did this to me’, you aren’t taking responsibility. In the final hour, it’s actually what you did to you.”

Kirstie Alley used to be a porker

But she hasn’t given up hope! Will true love come her way?

“Certainly. For me, it’s all about love,” she says. “I wasn’t looking for the right thing before. … I want someone who has my back. And if I’m being attacked, they fricking attack back. Now, that’s bravery.”

And with the new weight loss, the sky’s the limit. If you think 60 is an age to start reconsidering the length of your skirt and how low your top goes, think again. When Alley hit the 100 lb mark, it was time to paaaarrrtaaayyyy like she was 40.

“When I hit that mark, I went, ‘That’s it!’ ” Alley tells PEOPLE during her stay in a villa outside Florence, Italy. “I have more energy than I’ve ever had in my whole life.”

Wistfully, she recalls her fat years: “My body had gotten really weak,” says Alley, whose weight at that time hovered around 230 lbs. “There was nothing positive about being fat.”

It was when Alley was invited to appear on Dancing With The Stars (for those of you who don’t know, this is a programme where z-list celebrities try to boost their profile by attempting to learn how to dance with the help of professionals and be judged by a bunch of equally unimpressive celebrities and the be voted off by a drooling audience). As the calorie-busting moves had started to help shift some pounds off Alley’s hips, she decided to boost what had been set into motion by making her diet exclusively organic and following a diet plan of her own creation, Organic Liason – a magical combination between organic food and Scientology.

Now, all is dandy. “I feel back to normal,” says Alley, now a proud size 6. “I have my game again. What I’m looking for is to be madly, deeply in love. “For the first time in my life, I know exactly what I want in a man,” she says. “I want someone who has my back, who is courageous and brave.”

Yes, we already heard that. But good luck to you.

Click here to read more about the Organic Liason diet and more fascinating information on Kirstie Alley’s battle with the bulge.

Dieting Leads to Obesity: the all or nothing approach leads to failure

Obesity. The last thing you’d expect to find as a major cause of obesity – is dieting itself. It’s like finding out that abstinence causes alcoholism or exercise makes you fat or marriage makes you happy.

But one of the major causes of obesity – both physically and psychologically, is dieting; extreme dieting and that which is commonly known as yo-yo dieting in particular, which involves starving yourself or pretty much starving yourself until your stomach tries do digest itself in order to keep what’s left of you alive and alternately gorging on excess quantities as a reaction to the preceding period of almost starvation.

Fat Kirsty Alley

Kirsty Alley ate all the cake.

One of the main differences between those hate-worthy naturally thin people and fat people is the ‘all or nothing’ mentality. Naturally thin, non-food obsessed happy people, who us fatties or serial dieters believe to be able to eat whatever they want, generally eat a healthy combination of foods depending on what they feel like eating at the time. Ergo they listen to their bodies’ signals. They eat when they are hungry and cannot understand why anyone would want to eat when they weren’t. Not something us sugar craving, carb-loading fatties can even begin to imagine. Finishing eating the cookies whilst there are still some in the packet? – ridiculous concept. If there’s one slice of pizza left – shame to waste it. Thinnies don’t binge eat; they eat until they are satisfied and not a bean/biscuit/bite beyond. They don’t mentally try to compensate for periods of severe abstinence from food with excessive intakes. Nor do they prepare for periods of dieting by binge-eating on enough fodder to keep a small village in Argentinan sustained for a fortnight because as of tomorrow/Monday/1st of January etc the diet proper really begins and this time, oh this time, it will be different. I am going to be thin, even if I die trying. Which if I carry on this way and develop an eating disorder, I stand a proper chance of doing. But I’ll be thin and I’d rather be dead and thin than fat and alive. Sadly, people do think like this.

So the day/week/month before the diet commences, I gorge myself on everything I think I will be unable to eat for the rest of forever, and in excessive quantities, for tomorrow/next week/next year – I diet.

Come tomorrow/next week/1st of January, I might start well. One Weetabix (a food type so tasty it is essential to drown it in milk and inter it in sugar or honey or something to disguise its insipid taste and texture of packing materials) without sugar or honey, because they are not only tasty but calorific, so I will eat my lonesome Weetabix with a drop of skimmed milk. And instead of a tasty milky sugary cappuccino, I will have a black coffee with no or little skimmed milk, even though I don’t like unsweetened coffee. Skimmed milk doesn’t taste of anything and will taste of nothing even more so after last night’s final binge on pepperoni pizza, Haagen Daaz, a family pack of Doritos, a quarter ton of sugared popcorn and several other family sized portions of toxic bullshittery and then that KFC bucket at quarter to midnight, as tomorrow and the official diet is still a massive fifteen minutes away. I throw in enough coca cola to drown a football team because the colonel’s secret recipe sends my taste buds into an orgy of chemical delight and dehydrates my mouth so much that I feel like I’ve eaten the deep fried wings of Big Bird – the monstrous yellow abomination from Sesame Street.

[adsense]It’s the next morning and although I feel like I ate a double-decker bus before I went to sleep, I’m already driven wild by the pains in my stomach commonly associated with a shark bite so that the sight of my ‘naturally’ thin work colleague having a pain au chocolat for breakfast and a coffee with real proper milk that hasn’t been de-fatted is enough to drive me to do something sociopathic like rape her handbag whilst she is out of the room, probably buying a fat coke.

By 11am someone stands next to the steaming photocopier for so long that I’m convinced they are beginning to cook – I swear I can smell bacon. How many calories are there in an accounts clerk anyway?  And then old skinny bitch tucks into a slab of John’s birthday cake (that she struggles to finish, even though I could swallow it whole like it was a single M&M and then finish off the rest of the cake using my favorite method of eating – face down whilst no one is looking).

Dinner? No really, I couldn't possibly eat all that.

By lunchtime I’m already contemplating suicide. I devour my 8 ounces of fat free yoghurt that has been especially processed to not only remove the fat, but also to reduce any flavour it once had: white liquid with a suggestion of yoghurt anyone? I supplement this with a piece of fruit. No bananas though – too fattening. But all the water I can eat without throwing it back up. By 2.30 I’m berating myself for feeling hungry again (well still actually) having spent the entire morning considering buttering my own forearm. There’s not much difference between me and a ham baguette after all. Minus the cardigans and elasticated trousers, we’re all just sandwich filling to a carnivore.

It’s not all bad though. At 4pm, dieting me is allowed 8 almonds, and a slice of lean ham, followed by a humiliating half a peach. I think about sneaking an extra almond but realise I will only be cheating myself.

By the end of the first day, I climb into bed, still hungry, depressed and start to wonder if the self loathing I’m so full of is fattening.

I join a gym again that I will soon stop attending because I don’t like going to the gym. I never have done. It’s a futile exercise. And much as I like performing repetitions of repetitions of really dull exercises, I don’t enjoy being surrounded by twats with deeper suntans than a mahogany armoire.

A week of this and hoorah, I’ve lost some weight, quite a bit in fact (because I’m starving my body); but I spend the entire day and every night thinking about food, I can hear a packet of Doritos being opened in another part of the building, even with headphones on. I’m jealous of the people around me who seem to be able to eat what they want and remain thin; and I’m depressed. This is the start of an eating disorder. Welcome bulimia. Come in, take a seat and make yourself comfortable.

Only the superhuman, or subhuman can persevere on this regime. And yet for dieters everywhere this is our modus operandi. We starve ourselves but we need to eat and we need to enjoy what we eat. We need freedom of choice. Even nature’s dustbin, the dog, will turn its little wet nose up at food it doesn’t like, unless it is truly starving.

We might stick at our extreme unsatisfying, bulimia producing diet for a while, but eventually, unless we are super/subhuman or unless we die, 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. Strange that.

Our embarrassingly slim friend doesn’t binge eat. She has normal eating patterns and will eat what her body tells her to, when she is hungry and stops as soon as she is satisfied. Imagine that fatties!

These so-called friends can leave a half opened chocolate bar on their desks for weeks because they don’t ‘feel like’ chocolate. If I tried to leave an M&M on my desk, it would appear to be doing semaphore and wearing a beacon on its head in my peripheral vision, until I finally succumbed.

The reason I got fat was from dieting. From deprivation. From eating the wrong foods. From eating the wrong quantities. At the wrong times.

Cambridge Diet

The Cambridge Diet: also known as starvation.

I first suffered with eating disorders caused by excessive dieting in the 80s. Back when there was no advice available. It was the dieting dark ages. To lower your weight you under ate or did something even more ridiculous like the Cambridge Diet where you ‘exist’ barely on vitamin-enriched shakes, that were unsatisfying, unfilling and tasted mildly of someone else’s sick. Or you ate slimmers’ meals; half the fat, half the calories, half the size and not half as satisfying as food. I didn’t know how to prepare a healthy meal or even what one was. At school we learned how to make cakes and biscuits. If it didn’t contain animal fat and sugar it wasn’t on the curriculum.

Dieting generally makes us miserable. Extreme diets don’t satisfy us or nourish us. They make us lose weight. Often too quickly. Often very temporarily. Then we stop the diet, because starving makes you hungry, we return to our old ways, but worse and we pile on the lard.

But dieting ‘experts’ tell us to eat low fat, count our calories, chew our food and spit it out, avoid carbs after 5pm, eat protein only, or if we are hungry chew a piece of gum or go for a walk instead. That would be hilarious if I hadn’t tried it. My favourite piece of dieting advice ever is to moisten a baked potato with water rather than using calorie heavy butter or olive oil. Fuck off.

Obesity and food binging

Extreme dieting leads to binging and binging leads to obesity.

The only way to lose weight properly is to eat properly, allow yourself some freedom and so-called unhealthy foods if that’s what you need to make yourself happy and because you are human and make a promise to yourself to never ‘diet’ again or binge eat. The more healthy food you eat the better, but don’t berate yourself if you eat a deep fried suitcase full of chocolate spread. If you eat two croissants for breakfast, don’t chuck in the towel and have pizza for lunch and takeouts for dinner. And don’t starve yourself for the rest of the day either.  Most importantly – eat when you are hungry. You need food to eat and you need to eat to live.

The best diet you can eat is high in vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds and low in McDonalds, animal protein and coca cola.

Never go on a silly diet again and avoid at all costs, the all or nothing mentality.

Famous yo-yo dieters include Oprah Winfrey, Kirstie Alley and Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter, Kelly Osbourne.

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Kirstie Alley’s Organic Liason diet is not a Scientology front

Kirstie Alley is no stranger to dieting and has been a practicing Scientologist for 30 years. So perhaps it is only natural to suspect that her new weight loss initiative, called Organic Liason, might somehow be connected to her beliefs.

Indeed, it might be coincidental that the Organic Liason headquarters are in the same city, indeed  the same building as those of Scientology, The Buzz points out. Among Alley’s executive team are prominent Scientologists such as Michelle Seward, Thomas Lovejoy, Anne Archer, Saul Lipson and Kelly Preston – the wife of Scientology champion John Travolta. Although this is seemingly coincidence too.

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In fact, Alley claims that merely 10% of her company is made up of Scientologists. The 59-year-old felt an urge to speak out about the accusations and told People:

“That I would need to clarify or defend the intentions or affiliations of my LLC business corporation in the year 2010 is indicative of the intolerances that we as a country still need to overcome.”

Kirstie Alley's new diet Organic Liason advocates eating organic food

Alley, who formerly claimed losing weight helped her quit smoking, was reportedly dismayed by her confrontation on the Today Show, where presenter Meredith Vieira asked the star outright whether or not the diet was connected to Scientology, given its base address and the number of Scientologist company directors.

“It’s not true. It’s not true,” Alley assured Vieira. “I’m the top executive. The address in Clearwater is my accountant, and he’s a Scientology Jew. I don’t know what to say to it.”

“Here’s the deal: if I wanted this to be a scientology company exclusively, I would have made it that way,” she later told People. “And I would have told the world ‘This is the first-ever Scientology whatever!’ I have nothing against doing that.”

Organic Liason claims to be a brand new and innovative approach to dieting. Members are encouraged to take weight loss supplements and eat more organic products. They also receive 24 hour support and guidance, such as recipes, meal plans and organic grocery store finders, to help them achieve their goal.

Celebrities who have experienced problems with their weight include TV presenter Russell Brand, beauty queen Kirsten Haglund, Oprah Winfrey and actresses Tracey Gold and Stephanie Pratt.

Kirstie Alley quits smoking as side effect of losing weight

‘Fat Actress’ star and former ‘Cheers’ hottie Kirstie Alley is perhaps more famous for her weight issues than she is for her acting. Yo-yoing constantly, Alley’s attempt to lose weight is well documented.

While she first stacked on the weight before losing it, Alley admits she went backwards before she actually began to lose weight. She reportedly gained 16 pounds when she began her diet because she quit smoking at the same time.

The then-Jenny Craig spokeswoman realized it was time to lose weight, she said to Oprah Winfrey while on her show, when she saw extremely unflattering and hideous paparazzi photos of herself.

Kirstie has been the victim of cruel tabloids for years with the paparazzi hounding her relentlessly with every outfit being criticized, every meal being reported and wild guesses at her current weight being splashed across magazines around the world.

After losing 75 pounds, she proudly displayed her body in a bikini on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’. She said the best thing losing weight is that she’s managed to give up smoking.

She told Oprah on her show: “When I was on [your show] and fat, you said, ‘You really have to stop smoking, because you can’t be fat and smoke.'”

“So I haven’t smoked since. … I think that this should be celebrated.”

Kirstie is an actress best known for her role in the TV show ‘Cheers’, ‘Veronica’s Closet’ and the ‘Look Who’s Talking’ movies. The star decided to document her attempts at weight loss with the show ‘Fat Actress’, a show that is marginally based around her own life.

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Kirstie Alley and her battle with weight loss

Kirstie Alley is an actress who had her prime in the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, though still active as an actress, most of the attention focusd on Alley in the past decade has been because of her battle with the bulge.

In the beginning of her career Alley sported a svelte figure. She rose to fame in 1987 with the role of Rebecca Howe on ‘Cheers’, in which Alley played a sexy manager. In 1989 she embarked on the successful ‘Look Who’s Talking’ trilogy alongside John Travolta. Following this, she had the lead in TV show ‘Veronica’s Closet’ for three years.

After her active TV career ended, Alley ballooned, and was plagued by papparrazzi photos of her in the media. She weighed over 200 lbs (over 90kg) and was obese.  In 2004 she admitted to battling her severe weight issues by becoming the spokesperson for Jenny Craig, a weight loss and managemant 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. She was celebrated in the United States for having combated her weight issue. She says a hideous photo of her in a tabloid publication made her realize it was time for her to do something about her weight, and her health.

When she was no longer the spokesperson for Jenny Craig, Alley stacked on the weight once again. On ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, Alley 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,” she says. “When I didn’t have that anymore … I just said, ‘I’m going to cut myself some slack.’ Big mistake.”

She says she didn’t weight herself for a year and a half, and that she feels she let down a lot of people who believed in her. Despite not having her weight issue completely under control, she says the best thing that came out of trying to lose weight and battling the buldge was that she quit smoking.

Other  celebrities who have battled weight issues include Oprah Winfrey and Sharon Osbourne.

In 2010 Kirstie Alley started a new weight loss initiative called Organic Liason.

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