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1. Forest Whitaker Before

Forest Whitaker Before

Forest Whitaker has always been a big guy, but he put on 70lbs for his role as Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.”

2. Forest Whitaker After

Forest Whitaker After

Now Forest is looking rather svelte these days, dropping those 70lbs to lose some of his excess weight. He implemented hiking and martial arts, but he has also praised his vegetarian diet.

3. Jordin Sparks Before

Jordin Sparks Before

Jordin Sparks used to be 50 lbs heavier. When she first came on the scene on the hit TV show American Idol, she was a lovable young girl with a big voice.

4. Jordin Sparks After

Jordin Sparks After

Jordin dedicated 18 months of her life to lose 50 lbs by eating less and finding exercises she enjoyed.

5. Jennifer Hudson Before

Jennifer Hudson Before

Jennifer Hudson was a petite child, but gained a lot of weight in high school and didn’t realize it was an issue until she came to Hollywood.

6. Jennifer Hudson After

Jennifer Hudson After

With the help of Weight Watchers she dropped 80 lbs, telling the LA Times how she keeps off the weight: “I’ll get up and dance. I just try to move as much as possible. I also consider shopping part of my activities because you’re not thinking about eating — you’re moving around. I’m all about […]

7. Kevin Liles Before

Kevin Liles Before

Kevin Liles has made a career building brands, but got himself in much better shape.

8. Kevin Liles After

Kevin Liles After

These days, Kevin Liles is fit and loving life.

9. Anthony Anderson Before

Anthony Anderson Before

Anthony Anderson used to be a big boy, but after a diabetes diagnosis, he started living a much healthier lifestyle.

10. Anthony Anderson After

Anthony Anderson After

The Black-Ish star dropped 47-pounds following a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis through healthy eating and has never felt more secure.

11. Drew Carey Before

Drew Carey Before

“The Price Is Right” for Drew Carey, but the game show host was much bigger back in the day.

12. Drew Carey After

Drew Carey After

Back in 2010, Drew began losing weight, eventually dropping over 100lbs. He told Parade, “I had to change my whole belief system [around dieting],” to control his diabetes without medication. “It wasn’t like, ‘Eat this for 90 days and lose 20 pounds.’ It was: ‘Eat like this for the rest of your life.”

13. Christina Aguilera After

Christina Aguilera After

When Christina Aguilera had her baby, the weight didn’t fall off easily. The singer struggled dropping the lbs.

14. Christina Aguilera Before

Christina Aguilera Before

Considering she came in the business very thin, she was able to lose 46 lbs after her pregnancy to get right back into a weight she feels comfortable with.

15. Chris Pratt Before

Chris Pratt Before

Chris Pratt used to be around 300 lbs, but changed his habits in order to take his career to the next level.

16. Chris Pratt After

Chris Pratt After

Pratt dropped more than 50lbs for his role in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and kept it off for his role in “Jurassic World.”

17. Jared Leto Before

Jared Leto Before

Jared Leto put on 67lbs for his role in the movie “Chapter 27” and wore it like a champion by “eating everything you think you’re not supposed to—pizza, pasta, ice cream, but my little trick was I would take pints of chocolate Häagen Dazs and put them in the microwave and drink them.”

18. Jared Leto After

Jared Leto After

Jared Leto found himself bigger and unemployed. But the weight came right off. Now he’s the Joker in the upcoming “Suicide Squad.” Winning.

19. Dr. Dre Before

Dr. Dre Before

When Dr. Dre came into the game, he was a portly gangsta rapper.

20. Dr. Dre After

Dr. Dre After

Now the billionaire mogul is fit and has muscles on top of muscles, but you may have forgotten he used to be chubby.