Why the star's dance-induced slim down is so inspiring.

By Jené Luciani
February 02, 2012

Following in the Dancing With the Stars footsteps of actress Kirstie Alley, Ricki Lake is the latest star to follow suit with a dramatic post-dancing slim-down. Reportedly losing more than 20 pounds and several dress sizes, Lake, who made it to the competition's finals, was also preparing for her walk down the aisle.

Lake reportedly credits a food delivery service (with only 1400 calories a day), getting 8 hours of sleep per night, and hours upon hours of dance training with helping her shed the pounds. While we may not choose such a strict plan for our lives, there are a few things we can learn from her fab new figure.

We spoke to several celebrity trainers to find out the top five lessons we can learn from Lake's weight-loss success.

Weight Loss is a Journey, Not a Destination


Now that DWTS season 13 is over, Lake will have to continue her healthy eating habits and exercise regularly. According to Jolene Matthews, celebrity trainer for the casts of Jerseylicious and the New Jersey Housewives, "[Weight loss] is an ongoing process. Day in and day out, through making the right food choices, challenging your body with a variety of workouts, and not getting complacent, you'll keep the weight off."

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day


"Changing your body shape doesn't happen from just hitting the gym a couple days a week," Matthews says. "Lake realizes that her new figure primarily comes from intense daily dance rehearsals that lasted several hours."

While most of us don't have the time to work out several hours a day, it's staying active that really matters. "If you really can't get yourself to the gym that often, grab some friends and go skiing, take a hike, or go ice skating. The point is, stay away from happy hour and partake in social activities that will benefit you!"

Focus on Fun


"Ricki's weight loss was so successful because she focused on a goal outside of the weight loss itself," says Joey Atlas, a trainer who has worked with NFL and PGA players. "The lesson is, find something that you are excited about doing."

John Nies, former NFL player turned personal trainer who now works Jon Bon Jovi, agrees. "Dancing is a great workout, not just something you do at weddings. Whatever activity you choose, doing something you love can elevate your spirit and change your life."

Put Yourself (and Your Health) First


In September, Lake told Access Hollywood that dancing was her "priority" and "everything else is on the backburner right now." Bottom line is that she put getting fit, first.

"Make better health your priority goal and do everything you can to attain it," Matthews says. "You'll be richly rewarded with increased energy, stamina, and a higher self esteem."

While Lake didn't walk away with the Mirror Ball trophy, feeling better mentally and physically was her true prize. "She walks away with a smaller waistline, a new sense of pride, likely a better sex life, and the list goes on and on," Matthews says.

If Lake Can Do It, You Can too!


Obesity has plagued the talk show host for most of her life. Whether you have 10 pounds to lose or 110, the bottom line is, anyone can do it. Rely on those around you to help you through the process.

"Having support is key in achieving goals," Nies says. "It helps you become more accountable. [Lake's] dance partner Derek Hough pushed her every day and never let her quit. Make yourself accountable by putting yourself out there, share your diet goals, and don't be afraid to ask for support to stay committed!"

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