Forget fad diets and fleeting fitness trends. Turns out, at least in Hollywood, one of the best ways to transform your body might be by competing on “Dancing with the Stars.’’ And while celebrity contestants may initially sign up for a chance to win the coveted mirrorball trophy and bragging rights, they often leave with much more than just the ability to samba.
Certified weight-loss coach Alicia Hunter explains, “Most people burn between 400 and 500 calories per hour while dancing, so it’s no surprise that the celebrities we’ve come to love watching on ‘DWTS’ are whittling their bodies into excellent form.” Curious to see which celebrities successfully shrunk their waistlines and lost the most amount of weight while “Dancing with the Stars?’’ Scroll through to find out.
1 Kelly Osbourne
According to The Hollywood Reporter, British star Kelly Osbourne struggled with her weight and her self-esteem for years. But thanks to competing on the show in 2009, she underwent a dramatic transformation when she dropped 20 pounds from her frame and a further 30 in the months that followed. Osbourne initially didn’t realize what an incredible impact the show would have on her life and her physique. She told Access Hollywood, “Louis Van Amstel and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ changed my life, as cheesy and cliché as that sounds.” Osbourne was so proud of her new body she posed for the cover of Shape in a swimsuit, a testimony to her incredible weight loss.
2 Drew Scott
HGTV and ‘Property Brothers’ star Drew Scott looked lean before he even learned how to foxtrot, but in the first five weeks of the competition, he shed 30 pounds. And by the end, he’d lost a total of 34. He told Us Weekly, “I’m seeing my abs like I’ve never seen them before.” Adding, “I have not been a 32 waist since I was in grade eight.”
Weight-loss coach Alicia Hunter says his results are not surprising. “Dancing uses most muscles in our bodies, especially core muscles and glutes, and increase in muscle mass is a sure-fire way to increase calorie burning, even while sedentary.’’
3 Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley may have come in second place on the 2011 season of “DWTS,’’ but she was an absolute winner in the weight-loss department. According to People Magazine, the serial dieter lost a whopping 100 pounds, giving her, quite possibly, the most significant body transformation of all the seasons. And if that wasn’t enough, Alley returned for a second run three seasons later.
Between the premier and the finale of her first appearance, she told the magazine that she went from a size 12 to a size 6. In a dramatic move, Alley wore the same dress on her last performance as she did on her first, revealing to the Associated Press that it had to be taken in 38 inches.
Jane Seymour competed on the dance show back in 2007 and lost an almost inconceivable 20 pounds from her already svelte frame. “I was 128 lbs before I started which was heavy for me,” Seymour told TV Guide. “That’s a good seven or eight pounds heavier than I ever like to be.” She left the show weighing just 108 pounds and said, “it’s all muscle.’’