The recent Instagram photos of Kirstie Alley will take your breath away. The 60-something Star Trek II- The Wrath of Khan actress has lost about 50 pounds (22 kg) and looks 20 years younger. Although age is just a number, women do go through a lot of hormonal ups and downs that affect their body composition, appearance, and mental health. But if you follow a healthy lifestyle, whatever age you are, you will look ravishing, feel better about yourself, and glow with confidence. Read on to know how Kirstie Alley tackled her fluctuating weight and maintained her womanly curves successfully. Get inspired and get back on track. Swipe up!
When Did Kirstie Alley Start Gaining Weight?
In an interview with Wendy Williams, Kirstie Alley revealed that she was a foodie and loved to overindulge in all kinds of fattening foods, such as cheeseburgers, pies, and brownies. However, until she was 52, she did not gain weight. But after hitting early menopause, she started gaining weight. It never occurred to her that it was due to her eating habits because consuming high-calorie foods was what she did all her life.
And this is where age and a woman’s changing physiological functions come into the picture. So, if you are over 30 and lead a sedentary life, start taking care of your health.
In another interview, she said, “I always joked that my holidays lasted from Halloween to New Year’s Eve, and maybe even into Valentine’s Day. I would think it was okay for me to eat whatever I wanted during those months.”
Do you feel the same way? If yes, you are not alone. Most dieters tend to cheat on the weekends, and we all know how that goes. Kirstie Alley started gaining weight, and before she realized it, she weighed 228 pounds (103 kgs).
How Did Kirstie Alley Lose Weight?
Kirstie Alley lost about 75 pounds and got back in shape and the right weight (145 pounds) for her age and height (5’8”). And she did it with the help of Jenny Craig. She worked with Jenny Craig from 2005 to 2008 and was also her spokesperson. She took the help of exercise and healthy eating and had to get rid of all her bad eating habits. She appeared in a bikini on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her tremendous weight loss and womanly curves made her look hot (somehow, she doesn’t like it now!), and this gave many women a new zeal to take their health seriously. But was she able to keep the weight off? Find out next.
Why Did Kirstie Alley Regain The Weight?
In 2011, Kirstie Alley launched her weight loss products and did a small stint in Dancing With The Stars. Many believe that she lost the weight by dancing 5 hours a day and consuming 1200 calories. But Shape Magazine experts predicted that once she’d lose her motivation to show off her body on TV shows, she’d regain the weight. Unfortunately, they were right.
Now that she was not a spokesperson for Jenny Craig and not in the public eye, she started with her now-famous emotional eating. Various reasons, like her career and personal life, made her an emotional eater. Why only her? In fact, I am sure most of us are guilty of it. A little bit of stress, and we reach out to the high-sugar and high-sodium foods in our kitchen cabinets.
Kirstie also appeared in the TV series, Fat Actress, and told that she was just not able to figure out her meals. She also told the Today Show, “The main thing I realized about myself is I really need to be held accountable for things because I have a tendency to go sort of wild. Food is one of the things where I can go sort of wild.”
But things were about to change. She lost the weight again.
Wait! Kirstie Alley Lost The Weight Again?
In 2015, Kirstie Alley started the Jenny Craig program again. And not because she was motivated by TV shows or her own line of weight loss products – she did it for her health. The result? She lost a whopping 50 pounds and looked stunning.
She works out three times a week. She said, “I do stay active, but I hate the gym. It bores the bejeezus out of me. I’m not a lunging, squatting human, I’ll do things that sound fun like a dance class or yoga, or I’ll walk or run. Sometimes it’s just whatever my friends are doing.”
Also, she doesn’t eat after 7 p.m. However, she says that she doesn’t follow a “diet” diet. She told People magazine, “I can have anything I want, I’m just counting the calories. I know how many calories 6 oz. of tenderloin is. I know that pasta is 200 calories in a cup. So as long as I keep steady that way, and count it up, it’s easy to count because I know how many calories those foods that I really love are.”
So far, she has maintained her new weight successfully. And the points that you can take away from her weight loss story are summed in this last segment.
How Can You Lose Weight And Maintain It?
Here are a few points that you should keep in mind to lose weight and maintain it:
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
- Do some light stretches and exercises.
- Fix a quick breakfast before you head out.
- Keep yourself hydrated.
- Eat every 2-3 hours.
- Do not overeat cake, ice cream, pizza, burgers, etc.
- Consume veggies, fruits, healthy fats, dairy, nuts and seeds, spices, and herbs.
- Avoid soda, packaged fruit juices, and energy drinks.
- Run or walk if you are under a lot of stress.
- Sleep 7-8 hours.
- Cook your food at home or give special instructions to the chef.
- Keep track of your progress.
- Do group exercises so that you stay motivated.
- Limit your consumption of alcohol if you are partying.
- Avoid late night snacking.
- Do strength training and cardio.
- Have extra time to kill? Learn a new skill and develop it.
All in all, weight loss boils down to one thing – lifestyle. If you follow a good lifestyle, you will always be healthy and in shape. Yes, your weight will fluctuate a bit, but that’s how women’s bodies are. Don’t blindly follow diets that others are following as your body may not react positively to them. Always consult a dietitian to know what’s the best diet for you. Fine tune your food habits and exercise routines according to your body, and you will see great results. Cheers!