There’s been a heap of exciting, tragic, and inspiring celebrity news stories in 2014. We lost some too soon (Robin Williams), are sending some to prison (Teresa Giudice), and saw many bring new babes in to the world. We also saw some lose and gain, for better or worse. The year brought to light a new roll of celebrities who now have before and afters to show off.
For a montage you won’t likely see at the early January Golden Globes, we present the biggest and best celebrity diet and weight stories of 2014.
The famously silent director and actor dropped more than 20 pounds this year. Couple that with a clean-shaven face and he’s darn near unrecognizable. You’ll get a glimpse of his trimmer body and baby face in his new movie Yoga Hosers.
Biggest Loser experienced maybe their biggest controversy yet, when season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson came out on stage looking not quite as healthy as winners in the past. The Biggest Loser lost 60 percent of her body fat — a dangerously unhealthy final weight.
Speaking of (former) Biggest Losers, Jillian Michaels stripped down to show off her gorgeous body for Shape Magazine this summer. At 40 years old, the star trainer is truly in the best shape of her life, and quite the inspiration to us all. Her online weight loss program came in at #7 on our Most Popular Diets of 2014 list.
Kim Kardashian seems to always keep her name in the headlines, and this year was no different. After gaining 50 pounds during her pregnancy, Kardashian did an incredible job getting her body back into shape, sparking the idea that she might be prepping for another baby. Break the internet, indeed.
Another queen of controversy, Alley came “home” to Jenny Craig this year, sparking a bit of concern when she referred to herself as “not circus fat.” Alley spoke with us about the comment, claiming that “circus fat” was used to describe her own body, and not a representation of how the diet company feels about their clients.
Celebrity chef Alton Brown’s name was in the news for gaining seven pounds while eating at Wichita’s best restaurants. Some of the food he indulged in? Donuts, bread, and brisket tacos.
Fellow Food Network star Bobby Flay was noticeably more fit than in years prior, claiming that fitness, moderation, and some solid motivation were to thank for trimming down this food-loving chef.
Beautiful country star Miranda Lambert lost approximately 45 pounds this year! Lambert credits high fiber foods, moderation, a great fitness regimen, and a Britney Spears-laced playlist.
Famously quiet comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis shed quite a bit of weight this year, largely by cutting out alcohol. Galifianakis starred in Birdman, the highly anticipated quirky comedy-drama, where he appears in the best shape of his life.
The most talked about couple of the year — as usual! — spent a lot of time together in 2014 starring in their own On the Run tour. We reported how Beyoncé and her mogul husband Jay Z stayed fit while being on the road all year long. Their secret includes working out together with a great personal trainer.
Quirky, talented designer Betsey Johnson joined the celebrity dance show Dancing with the Stars this year. Johnson was paired with Tony Dovolani, a dancer and the show’s health expert. Johnson, at 72, appeared to be in the best shape of her life while on the show, something Dovolani claims was due to a better diet and a continually active body.
We have been used to Richard Simmons dancing the fat away for years and years now, but 2014 brought a less-than-active Simmons. He recently discussed how a knee injury paired with depression had kept him out of the spotlight.