We often believe that celebrities have perfect bodies because they eat healthy all the time and workout like every day. That might be true for a lot of them most of the time, but it’s not always the case. Sometimes they let themselves go and then have to get in shape super quick for an event. Other times they have to lose a lot of weight for a certain role. And while they could do it the slow and steady way, they don’t always have the time. So what do they do in those situations? Go to pretty unhealthy and and dangerous extremes. Today we decided to share with you 9 most shocking ways celebs chose to lose weight quickly.
1. Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway always looks beautiful, stylish and graceful. But there were two roles for which she’s had to go to extremes in order to look the part. When she was playing Fantine in Les Miserables she only ate about 500kcal a day in order to look like she was a factory worker dying from TB. Her daily meals consisted of 2 portions of dry oatmeal and a couple of radishes with hummus. What’s even more shocking is that for the role of Catwoman, in order to look great in that skintight catsuit she says she basically lived on kale and dust.
2. Christian Bale
You probably remember how dreadfully skinny Christian Bale looked in The Machinist. He lost 60 lbs in 4 months, which is a ridiculous amount of weight to lose in such a short period of time, especially for someone who was in a good shape to begin with. In fact, Christian had to lose not only bodyfat, but also muscle. To achieve this frightening result he only ate a can of tuna and an apple every day. His daily “meal” was only around 300 kcal. Just for reference, that’s about how much cats need a day.
3. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is already quite a tiny woman, but for her role in Black Swan she had to get even tinier. It was all about actually getting to the size of a ballerina and looking believable. She only ate about half a grapefruit, a carrot and some almonds to achieve that look and worked out like a crazy person. Ballet workouts are actually incredibly gruelling, especially for those who aren’t used to them. But had hard work paid off and she did win an Oscar for that role.
4. Matthew McConaughey
Speaking of going to the extremes for an Oscar, Matthew McConaughey also went on a ridiculous diet in order to achieve the sicky look he sported in Dallas Buyers Club. In 4 months he lost 40 lbs by going on a liquid diet. He only had protein and lots of liquids in order to fill his stomach up. That Oscar better be worth it.
For many women Beyonce’s body is #goals, but the famous Queen B clearly thinks there’s no limit to perfection. For her role in Dreamgirls, Beyonce refused to eat solid foods for 2 weeks. She would only drink lemon water with cayenne pepper and maple syrup, and occasionally she’d agree to eat a couple of fresh veggies. She lost 15 pounds in just 2 weeks, but was that really necessary?
6. Reese Witherspoon
All women feel out of shape after having a baby, and Reese is no exception. However, her way of losing the extra weight was amusingly fitting for the occasion. She chose to eat only baby food. The logic here is simple – pureed food is easy to digest and the baby portions make sure you don’t overeat.
7. Nicole Kidman
Speaking of losing weight after becoming a mother – Nicole Kidman had to deal with this too. Her diet was even more extreme. She chose to only eat 4 hardboiled eggs a day. One for breakfast and lunch, and two eggs for dinner in order to feel full before going to bed. As you can see the diet worked, but even Nicole says that you won’t last on such a skimpy amount of nutrients for long.
Madonna is in great shape, especially if you consider how old she is. What’s her secret? Well, whenever she feels like she needs to lose weight she just stops eating. She cooks the meals, which allows her to smell them and feel like she ate them, but instead of actually consuming the food she cooks, she just drinks saltwater soup. Leave it up to Madonna to function on yummy smelling air alone.
9. Christina Aguilera
When Christina wants to lose weight she goes on a special diet that consists of eating something crunchy, cold, hot and soft every day as long as all those foods are of the same color. So for example on mondays she’ll have white beans, cottage cheese and white kale. On other days she’ll pick a different color and only eat foods of that color.