The biggest news in weight loss for 2011 has been celebrity weight loss and new data about the obesity crises in America.
Celebrity Weight Loss 2011
Kirstie Alley weight loss tops celebrity weight loss news for 2011. According to People magazine, Alley’s organic dieting helped her reach a loss of 100 pounds during the summer of 2011. Alley reportedly hit her bottom in 2008 when her weight ballooned to 230 pounds. Alley credited her success to an organic diet and organic supplement program she helped design and market called Organic Liaison.
Jennifer Hudson also garnered a lot of publicity in 2011 when she went from a size 16 to a size 6 with help from the new Weight Watchers Program. Hudson also become an official spokesperson for Weight Watchers’ point system. She attributes her success to working out with trainer Harley Pasternak. Hudson said she didn’t realize she was overweight until someone asked her how it felt to be a plus-size actress in Hollywood.
In 2011, actor Russell Crowe started Tweeting about his weight loss workouts. He vowed to get back into shape after gaining 63 pounds for his role in the film Body of Lies. Twitter fans received daily Tweets from Crowe like “Sore legs, sore [expletive], be worse tomorrow and the next day,” and “if i stop exercising my body tries 2 return 2 its heaviest weight.”
Actress Carrie Fisher, famous for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, reached a 50 pound loss in 2011. Fisher credited her success to the Jenny Craig weight loss plan.
American Idol star Jordin Sparks went from a size 14 to a size 8 in 2011. She said watching her portion sizes and taking Zumba classes helped her slim down.
Drew Carey reportedly lost of total of 80 pounds in 2011 by following a no-carb diet and doing cardio workouts.
Raven Symone was noticed as being a lot slimmer at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards. Symone has been reported as saying she never thought her fuller figure was an issue. She said she thought she looked fabulous before she lost several pounds.
Leann Rimes lost a significant amount of weight in 2011. She reportedly said that she lost her weight naturally by working out. Rimes said, “I was a baby! I was fat. I had baby fat. I grew up. I work out. There’s nothing else to explain.”
Except for the few weight loss news stories about celebrities, there really was no significant decrease in overall weight for obese Americans.
Updated obesity statistics on August 1, 2011 by the National Council on Strength showed that 38 states have obesity levels over 25 percent. Twelve states have obesity rates above 30 percent: Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Arkansas, Michigan, Missouri and Texas. These statistics are quite alarming considering that just twenty years ago, no state had obesity levels above 15 percent.
As the country’s waistlines expanded in 2011 so did the increase in the role of obesity in child custody battles. In the past few years more parents have been playing the obesity card in attempts to persuade judges in their favor by saying that their future ex-spouses contribute to their children’s obesity problems.
Best Diets in 2011
The best way to lose weight in 2011 according to US News is the Weight Watchers Diet. Here is the top ten list for 2011:
- Weight Watchers Diet
- Jenny Craig Diet
- Raw Food Diet Plan
- Volumetrics Diet
- Slim-Fast Diet
- Vegan Diet
- Atkins Diet
- DASH Diet
- Eco-Atkins Diet
- Mayo Clinic
“Best Weight Loss Diets.” US News.
National Council on Strength
“Obesity Fuels Custody Fights.” The Wall Street Journal. October 29, 2011.
“LeAnn Rimes Defends Weight Loss: ‘I Had Baby Fat. I Grew Up!'” Radar Online. February 11, 2011.