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    Drastic weight loss has always found takers in tinsel town. We hunt down the celebs who shocked the world with their recent physical transformations

    Selena  Gomez

    In April last year, the actor and singer was photographed in a pink bikini, splashing around on a Mexico beach. While she looked happy, her full figure received a barrage of harsh comments from the online community. New to the experience of body shamming, the 23-year-old decided to go topless for her second studio album, Revival, after she drastically dropped 20 pounds in three weeks. Gomez even channelised the experience into music lyrics for the same.

    John Goodman

    Though hefty, Goodman’s character in The Flintstones endeared to us all, back in 1994. More recently, his beefy looks added to his character Dan Conner in the television series Roseanne (which even earned him a Golden Globe). But last October, when Goodman turned up at the BFI London Film Festival, the world unanimously gasped as he had dropped about 100 pounds from his initial 400 pounds. The 63-year-old—who confessed that his battle with weight is an “on-going process”—follows a Mediterranean-style diet plan, along with exercising six days a week. In fact, he makes sure he takes between 10,000 and 12,000 steps a day. Phew.

    Zach Galifianakis

    Who doesn’t remember the adorably annoying Alan, pudgy and pot-bellied, cracking us up in The Hangover series. One cannot  recognise him easily anymore. While Galifianakis is being coquettish about his weight loss, after he was spotted at the Screen Actors Guilds Awards in October last year, it is believed that he lost about 50-60 pounds. The 46-year-old actor said he was “done with” drinking when he decided to lose weight and that he felt much lighter in his current physique. He cut down on his favourites like pizza and opted for fresh fish, egg whites, vegetables and, of course, a lot of green tea.

    Jimmy Kimmel

    To feature in Kimmel’s eponymous show is a coveted feat. This Emmy-winning comedian recently achieved a milestone of his own. No, we are not talking about the fact that Jimmy Kimmel Live is now ABC’s longest running chat show, but about the drastic weight loss of the host himself—that too with no exercise. All he does is fast two days a week, and then eat “like a pig” on the other days. From 208 pounds, he went to a fit-looking 182 pounds, following this same diet plan. And those who are exercising diligently to lose weight, the joke’s on you.

    Chris Hemsworth

    To lend authenticity to Owen Chase, the ship-wrecked and starved sailor he plays in The Heart of The Sea, Hemsworth, along with the other cast members, restricted himself to just 500 calories a day. Despite warnings from actor and friend Matt Damon, the Australian actor pursued his “starvation diet” and dropped 50 pounds. This role came as a huge digress from playing the brawny Thor. The 32-year-old was quoted saying that his wife would snap at him and say, “Oh shut up and eat something” if he went through diet-induced mood swings.

    — Compiled by
    Seema Rajpal

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