Earlier this year, comedienne and co-host on 'The View'Sherri Shepherd announced that she had become engaged to writer Lamar Sally. Her engagement came months after an appearance on "Face-Off," an ABC Nightline special featuring a panel of black men, including actor Hill Harper, in which she discussed her prior marriage and divorce, as well as the hardships she faced as a black woman seeking a husband.
Shepherd has also talked openly about her struggles with her weight on 'The View,' so perhaps it comes as no surprise that she lied about her waist size while shopping for her wedding dress.
Recently, when picking out her Rivini wedding dress, Shepherd says she gave the designer "my fantasy size," and that she has now started the South Beach Diet so she can fit into it.
"I still have this fantasy that I'm going to be a size two. I'm hesitant to give everybody my real size," Shepherd told PopEater while flashing her 3-carat princess-cut diamond-and-platinum engagement ring earlier this year.
In 2009, she was motivated to lose weight because of her son. "My mom passed away at 41 from diabetic complications - I want to be here for my son," Shepherd told Chris Cuomo on Good Morning America.' After hard work exercising and dieting, Shepherd debuted her bikini body on 'The View.' Since then, though, she has gained back the weight she lost and more.
"Elisabeth [Hasselbeck] told me to tell the truth, but I lied," said Shepherd. "So I'm going to the gym and starting Zumba tomorrow."
She's also practicing a choreographed dance to a Chris Brown song for the reception, and awaiting co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck's robot dancing solo. "Elisabeth has a robot solo. She does a very sexy robot, so I cannot wait to get that going!"
Shepherd's six-year-old son Jeffrey will be walking his mom down the aisle to help calm her nerves. "Yes, I'm very nervous. It's the second time - I want to do it right!"
Forest had to gain 70 pounds for his role as Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland," but when cameras stopped rolling and it was time to take the weight back off, he shocked everyone by going far past his original size. In fact, he was downright skinny! Apparently he owes it all to becoming a vegan.
"I did meet with a nutritionist … and he talked to me about the way I was eating," Forest told Rachael Ray. "I shifted the way I was eating, the way I was living. I started working out. I just wanted to be able to live a really good life."
When someone suddenly goes from stocky to super skinny, rumors are sure to arise. Such was the case for singer Freddie Jackson, who seemed to be suspiciously svelte out of the blue.
"Why can't a Black man just lose weight without having to die of AIDS or having a kidney problem?" he asked in respond to accusations of sickness. According to him, he simply got tired of being large and went on a diet!
The singer and Weight Watchers spokeswoman went from a size 16 to a size 6, stating that it was her son that prompted her to hit the gym.
"I realized [that] when I was pregnant, I was like, 'Man, I was wearing the same clothes I was wearing before I was pregnant.' That was kind of like a wake up call and I wanted to set a good example for my son," she told Ellen DeGeneres.
Though Hudson is keeping the pounds off, she has publicly stated numerous times that she has no desire to be super skinny.
Right after Jill Scott lost 30 pounds, Tyler Perry asked her to put it back on for a movie role! Still, the singer loved reaping the benefits of diet and exercise so much that she kept at it after she finished filming, and recently showed up to the premiere of "Why Did I Get Married Too?" looking great.
According to Juanita Bynum, a little bit of self-actualization will get you a long way. The singer realized that she would never get back to her original weight without the proper plan, so she turned to diet, exercise and self-motivation to drop 30 pounds the all-natural way. However, she's not done there – she still plans to lose a few more!
We cheered comedienne Kim Coles on when she was on her way to losing almost 30 pounds on "Celebrity Fit Club," and it was hard to find that she'd gained it all back over the years that followed the show.
Now, Coles is on a new regime that has kept the weight down and is keeping her trim to this day. Sometimes you just need to find a plan that sticks!
Formerly the proudest plus-size girl in Hollywood, even actress and comedienne Mo'Nique has debuted a new her. However, it was her doctor and her husband, Sidney Hicks – not her – that motivated her to lose some weight.
"I was very comfortable at 262 pounds," she told Oprah. "I'm in the bathroom mirror one day admiring 262. And Sid says to me when he comes out of the shower, 'Mama, how much do you weigh?' I said, '262.' And he said to me in the most gentle, loving way, 'I want you for a lifetime. I started working out right then."
Love, plus a diagnosis of high blood pressure, is making Mo'Nique really change for the better!
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