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9 Celebrities Who Are Losing Weight the Right Way

Melissa McCarthy

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To be a good example for children. "Melissa knows that fans love her big and beautiful, and she’s not obsessed with dieting; she’s looking for a happy medium," a source close to the star said about Melissa McCarthy's recent weight loss which the star credits to a high-protein diet. "She realized she wasn’t being as healthy as she could be. She wants to set a good example for her kids and wants to be around to become a grandmother too." (We love talking about Melissa's smart approach. But here are 20 Celebrity Bodies We Need to Stop Talking About.)

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Anne Hathaway

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To build strength. While Anne Hathaway didn't necessarily need to lose any weight, the svelte star recently shared why she gave up veganism to embrace a paleo-style diet. "I just didn’t feel good or healthy—not strong," she said of being vegan. When she started filming Interstellar, she realized that to pull off her stunts in a 40-pound space suit she needed to toughen up—and quick. After adding fish and meat back into her diet, her energy levels soared and now she's flaunting her tighter, more toned figure in Harper's Bazaar.

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Christina Aguilera

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To try new things. "I've been through my highs, I've been through my lows. Being too thin. Being bigger. I've been criticized for being on both sides of the scale," Christina Aguilera said to Marie Claire. But when the Voice judge showed up for filming looking noticeably smaller she chalked it up to finally taking some time to herself and trying new things. "It's amazing what having some personal time can do, not only for the body but also for the mind and the spirit. She has been trying new types of foods and exploring new methods of exercise," said a source to People. Not for diet or weight, but more for her mind, well being, and overall sense of good health." (Losing weight has tons of health perks aside from a firmer body. Here's some Weight-Loss Motivation Beyond Fitting into Skinny Jeans.)

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Kelly Osbourne

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To build confidence. "I would look at myself and think, 'Ugh!' I was miserable," Kelly Osbourne, a former Shape cover girl, told us. "To get to the gym—when you already don't like yourself—is really hard. So I had to make it fun. I started wearing cute outfits and putting on a little bit of makeup. And as vain as it sounds, it really helped me because eventually I stopped hating the way I looked."

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Jessica Simpson

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To feel proud. When Jessica Simpson lost weight earlier this year, she made international headlines. Not just because of how hot she looked in her wedding dress but also because so many people could relate to her rollercoaster struggle with the pounds. Now all her hard work in the gym and willpower on Weight Watchers has paid off. "This body made two amazing little human beings. I love this body and what it’s capable of—no matter what size," she says. "But this version feels really good.”

Rosie O'Donnell

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To live longer. After suffering a heart attack two years ago, Rosie O'Donnell shared on The View how she hit rock bottom, realizing that it was down to losing weight or losing her life. She chose to get weight loss surgery saying, “It can save your life, it’s a last chance thing.” But to those who think she took the easy way out she adds, "It’s a tool, it’s not an answer. You can’t just get surgery and go ‘I’m done.' You have to change the way you eat, you have to exercise." Now she says she's happy and healthy for her new wife and baby.

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Janet Jackson

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To fend off disease. Janet Jackson has always been open about her battle with emotional eating. Then just a couple of years ago, her eating and emotions caught up with her and her doctors worried she was on the brink of diabetes. To save her health, the gorgeous singer became a spokesperson for Nutrisystem and says she finally learned the basics of healthy weight loss. "It’s a matter of maintenance and keeping the weight off,” she said. “My success plan was to feel good about myself and be healthy."

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Jenni "JWOWW" Farley

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Because exercise feels good. "People are saying I got cheek implants, my chin shaved down, and a nose job. If I got work done, I would be open to talking about it. I didn't," Jenni "JWOWW" Farley told InTouch Weekly. Instead, she says the big changes came from a healthy diet and lots of exercise. Now she feels great about where she's at, adding, "I don't want to lose any more weight. I just want to keep toning and eating healthy."

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Jennifer Hudson

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To prove that lifestyle changes do produce results. Ever since Jennifer Hudson lost an impressive 80 pounds several years ago, rumors of surgery and crash diets have dogged the beautiful singer. But not only has she maintained her weight loss for over two years, she wants people to know it's possible to do it naturally. "When people say, 'I want to get my J. Hud on' or they want to go to the gym, and I’m the role model for what they want to look like, it’s like, really?," Hudson said to The Huffington Post of her surprise over her new role-model status. "How did that happen, to go from not being that person to being that person?" (Hudson has also confessed that she throws pancakes across the room to help maintain trim figure in The Weirdest Weight Loss Tricks Celebs Swear By.)

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