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Channing Tatum: ‘I don’t know how people who work a 9 to 5 stay in shape’

Channing Tatum’s directorial debut, Dog, came in second at the Box Office this past weekend. That’s not bad for a buddy movie about a war vet and a traumatized dog. It’s getting okay reviews too. Good for Channing. I know the movie was a labor of love for him so I’m glad it’s finding some success. Returning to his more well-known roots, Channing is in the throes of his third and final Magic Mike film, Magic Mike’s Last Dance. However, he told Kelly Clarkson we almost didn’t get Mike a third time because it’s too much work to get his Magic back. Channing said he didn’t know if he wanted to commit to the workout regime to get in shape for the character. He said that not only was getting in that kind of shape a full-time job, he admitted it wasn’t healthy either.

Channing Tatum considered not stripping down again for the third installment of Magic Mike.

The actor, 41, revealed on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday that he questioned if he wanted to take on the intense fitness regimen and diet required to reprise his role as Mike Lane for Magic Mike’s Last Dance.

“That might be the reason why I didn’t want to do a third one,” Tatum shared with host Kelly Clarkson as she showed a shirtless photo of him from the second film in the franchise, Magic Mike XXL. “Because I have to look like that.”

“It’s hard to look like that. Even if you do work out, to be that kind of in shape is not natural,” he added. “That’s not even healthy. You have to starve yourself. I don’t think when you’re that lean, it’s actually healthy.”

The father of one admitted that he doesn’t know how anyone can get into shape without it being a full-time job.

“I don’t know how people who work a 9 to 5 actually stay in shape because it’s my full-time job, and I can barely do it,” he said.

In preparation for the third Magic Mike film, Tatum said he worked out twice a day and ate “completely right.”

He also talked about how much work it is to get a six-pack and how quickly it can go away.

“Why — when it takes like, I don’t know, two months to get really lean — in three days, you can lose it?” he asked. “It’s gone. I was like, ‘What happened?’ “

[From People]

It’s refreshing to hear an actor say this type of glorified physique is BS. Usually, actors talk about how it just feels right to be cut. They love to talk about their workout routine and make it seem like it’s second nature to keep up. Women celebrities do that same thing. They act like their perfectly sculpted bodies are a piece of cake to maintain, as if the full-time trainer and nutritionist are something everyone has access to. Channing also talked about food, admitting he had to cut out almost all seasoning in his diet to get to this shape. He said everything, “tastes like water.” I remember that ‘tip’ from Weight Watchers. They suggest leave off seasoning because seasoning ‘makes you eat more.’ Or, you know, makes things taste good so you want to eat them. As Channing suggested, sodium does bloat you, so I can see the logic in cutting out salt if he’s trying to get camera ready.

As for Channing’s comments about working out being a full time job, he’s not far off. A dancer would have to have to consistently train to maintain the strength necessary to dance. But if someone just wanted to look like Magic Mike for fun and, say, work as a telemarketer, it could probably be done. But they’d have to starve themselves as Channing said and spend every other waking moment lifting something.

Also, Channing has promised Magic Mike’s Last Dance is going to be “the Super Bowl of stripping.” I don’t know if that means we’re looking at a five man line or the Tight Ends will be the ones to watch, but either way, I’m here for it.

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Sherri Shepherd lost weight because she wanted to be there for her son


Sherri Shepherd, 54, has been on a health kick for quite some time. Sherri was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2007. In a new cover interview for People Health, Sherri said she got serious about her health, because she wanted to be able to keep up with her son, Jeffrey Jr, 16. Sherri recently lost 20lbs and she feels healthier than ever and more energetic. Below are a few highlights from People:

Sherri Shepherd has a new outlook on her health after living with diabetes for more than a decade…

“I had this vision of my son at 5 years old, holding his teddy bear, and he was crying because he was trying to figure out where heaven was, because that’s where everybody said mommy was,” Shepherd recounts. “And that woke me up. Anything about my son… I jolted up, and I said, ‘I’ve got to make a change, because I don’t want to die.’”

She adds that her son “motivates me every day,” helping her eat healthy and maintain her fitness. “So, he always encourages me. And I’m encouraged also because I get to do more things with him, and I have more energy,” Shepherd says.

“At 16, you need your brain. It’s a whole different thing dealing with a teenager. You’ve got to be two steps ahead of them, and you can’t do it when you’re in a fog,” she continues. “And so, just keeping up with him, I have to have energy, and that motivates me as well.”

“Diabetes, that diagnosis, has made me live again, because otherwise, I just would have been eating nonstop and not thinking,” Shepherd adds.

After her recent weight loss and her 54th birthday, Shepherd says she’s “peaking,” as she feels better than ever. “This is literally the best I’ve ever felt,” she muses. “I feel better now than I did in my 20s, I really do.”

[From People]

Sherri looks amazing and not just because she lost weight but because she looks so happy. She’s glowing and looks like she’s living her best life. I saw that Sherri partnered with HealthyWage to help people win prizes for losing weight. Incentives can be a good motivation tool. It is beautiful that Sherri said her son motivates her to be healthy because she wants to be around for him. Sherri said in an earlier interview that she smashes her potato chips and puts coffee grinds on them so she doesn’t eat them, which made me gigglw. Sometimes we have to go to extremes until we build our self control. Currently I am just trying not to buy the bag of chips when they call out to me in the store. Sherri at 54 seems stronger and more carefree. I hope she has many more years of health ahead of her. Seeing the results of Sherri’s weight loss is seriously motivating me to get this COVID 20 off.

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Ree Drummond on how she lost 43 pounds without a trainer or extreme diet

In May, Ree Drummond announced she’s been on a weight loss journey. According to Ree, who has built a small food empire, years of not paying attention to her diet had caught up to her wasitline and her health. So in January, she decided she was going to undo all of that and change her way of eating. She emphasized that her motivation was to feel better, not necessarily to reach a dress size. This week, Ree updated us on her progress saying she’s dropped 43 pounds in just five and a half months. In a blog post from Tuesday, she mentioned changes she made that helped her do it, which Ree said did not include with fad diets or a trainer.

Ree Drummond is feeling better than ever in her health and fitness journey, and now she’s sharing some of the lessons she’s learned long the way.

In a blog post on Tuesday, the Pioneer Woman star, 52, detailed some of the ways she changed her diet, exercise regimen, and mentality to lose 43 pounds over the past several months. Drummond began by emphasizing that, while weight loss was part of her goal, it wasn’t the driving factor for her.

“What motivated me the most was just wanting to feel better and have more energy,” she said. “In January, just before I bit the bullet and took the leap, I was tired, puffy, and desperate…and I knew I shouldn’t be feeling that way.”

She added that, while she doesn’t necessarily get offended if someone makes a comment about her weight, she “mostly just think[s] about how much better I feel every day and feel grateful that I’ve made it over the hump.”

Before sharing the steps that worked for her, Drummond included a few of the things that she’s tried in the past that weren’t sustainable for her lifestyle – including fad diets, intermittent fasting, weight loss programs, and personal trainers.

Instead, she said she focused simply on eating fewer calories and incorporating more movement into her day. In addition to calculating a calorie deficit and weighing her food to create the portion sizes that were right for her, she “made exercise a regular part of my day, whether I walked with the dogs or did the rowing machine.”

“I’d gotten so accustomed to excusing myself from working out because of my work schedule or travel schedule…but during the past few months, I just chose to be late on a deadline or put off work until the next day so that exercise could happen,” she explained. “It was a simple shift in mindset, but it was important!”

[From People]

In Ree’s blog post, she clearly lists everything she did and did not do. She said she did not join a weight loss program such as Weight Watchers or Noom but does not disparage them as she knows people who have had great success with them. She did, however, use an app, Happy Scale. I haven’t heard of Happy Scale but I know weight management apps can really be wonderful aids. Ree makes it very clear that she is no expert, and that readers should find what works for them and consult a doctor. She cut back on sugar but did not cut it out. She did cut out alcohol for four months but when she went back to it, she’d decreased her consumption by quite a bit and switched to less caloric choices. I have to give Ree credit, reading her plan, she is incredibly disciplined. To make that many changes and stick with them to obtain the results she did is impressive. I’m surprised how much weight she lost in that time, but she had Alex’s wedding as a goal and once she got results and started feeling better, she was doubly motivated to stick with it. And kudos to her if she created and managed this whole plan without an outside trainer or nutritionist/dietitian. It’s very well thought out. I thought for sure she’d hired a team.

Ree talked about her weight and exercise routine in her post as well. She admitted she hated working out and even though she’d once been a trained ballerina, last January she “literally could not do a proper lunge without toppling over.” She discussed how she gradually got into a routine and stuck with it. Plus she emphasizes that it took her 52 years to get here. Her approach is very reasonable and I’m sure it will inspire others.



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Raven-Symone fasts for three days or more: ‘I have a goal in mind’


Raven-Symone posted an Instagram live video a couple of weeks ago with her wife of almost a year, Miranda Pearman-Maday, revealing that she’d lost 28 pounds. She said she had “a whole different face going on” and that she had been on a “journey” of “doing a 48 hour fast.” Miranda added they’d started a “transformative” “exercise journey” together that they were going to put on YouTube. They recorded it while driving somewhere after going on a walk, which made me wonder why they didn’t just wait until they got home. It was all very performative but that seems to be their vibe. It also made me concerned about Raven, because I don’t think fasting for more than a day or two is healthy unless you’re working with a physician. In a new interview with Good Morning America, Raven said she had been fasting three days at that point and that she was drinking bone broth and electrolytes to stay hydrated. She added that she didn’t want to be a “twig” though.

On her diet

I am low-carb as much as I can be. I do very minimal exercise and I am an avid faster. I make sure I have a minimum of 14-hour fast between dinner and break-fast.

I’m not over here trying to be a little twig. Every time I lost weight in the past, it was about size.

She lost 70 pounds in 2011

The way people were treating me while I was bigger was emotionally damaging. When I lost weight, I remember the moment I went on the red carpet and in my head I was cussing everyone out. I’m like, ‘Wow, now you want to look at me because I’m skinny, thanks.’

She was on a three day fast during her GMA interview

[To sustain myself while fasting] I drink a lot of water, and I drink a lot of electrolytes. I have some bone broth now and then. I have a goal in mind, that’s what keeps me sustained. I want to make sure that my body is healthy and prepared to deal with old age.

[From Good Morning America via People]

I know people are going to tell me I’m wrong about fasting (I’m talking about several days-long fasting, not intermittent fasting, which she also does), but along with not seeming healthy, that kind of weight loss just isn’t as sustainable. Gradual changes over time are more successful for long term weight loss. I’m not saying you can’t keep the weight off after losing it quickly, plenty of people do, but it seems punishing. Plus you can’t just go back to the way you were eating before. It’s like you have to do two adjustments, once to the extreme diet and again to a more reasonable one.

Also I hate when celebrities say they’re fasting for days or that they gave up entire food groups. It gives the impression that the only way to lose weight is through massive dietary changes. You can lose weight by eating the same things you usually do in smaller portion sizes. I’d love to get down to the size I was before lockdown, but you couldn’t pay me to go without food for more than a day. I understand fasting before surgery or colonoscopy prep, but otherwise why do that to yourself?

Here’s that interview

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Ree Drummond lost 38 pounds, must not have eaten her own food

Ree Drummond has made her brand The Pioneer Woman. She’s been pushing her form of modern frontier maven for over a decade, and built a small empire on it. She has a blog, a Food Network show and has written many cookbooks (and non-cooking books). I haven’t read or used them so I can’t speak from absolute experience. Leafing through the previews Amazon provides, her recipes are hearty, farm food. CB has seen some of her shows and Ree double fries French fries and leans into the fattening food for flavor. She also feeds her many children, so her quantities are huge. Eating the food she promotes over a sustained amount of time would be a problem if you don’t work it off in a field. Like Ree herself, apparently. She recently posted a video to TikTok in which she admitted her weight had “crept up on” her over time and she found herself wanting to make a change. So she did. In January of this year, she started dieting, exercising and using weights. Ree claims she didn’t use any “gimmicks” just good old-fashioned calorie cutting, and so far, she’s shed 38 pounds.

Ree Drummond is making strides on her weight loss journey and now, she’s sharing her secrets.

The Pioneer Woman star, 52, recently showed off the results of a health journey that she started in January. In a video posted to her TikTok and Instagram story over the weekend, Drummond started by explaining that the COVID-19 pandemic had affected her diet.

“I can’t get away from food and I love to eat. Of course it crept up on me through the years, especially during COVID,” she told her followers.

“Starting in January, I decided to get busy and lose some weight,” Drummond continued, noting that she’s lost 38 pounds already. “No gimmicks at all. I just cut calories, exercised more, lifted a lot of weights. I look better but I feel so much better and that’s what really counts.”

In the clip, the food blogger stepped back and showed off her new physique, saying that despite her new body, she’s still the same “goofball,” just with a lot more energy.

“Moving more and building muscle has been the key for me! 💪 I still love fries, though,” she captioned her video.

[From People]

I applaud anyone who wants to lose weight and does. It’s a hard journey and I can only imagine harder for someone who has made a lifestyle around a certain style of food. It seems, from what I could read in her later books, that Ree has clued in to the fact that no one could eat her food all the time. I noticed some low-carb options and more greens popping up in the table of contents. But one thing I see in all of her books is a heavy reliance on canned and boxed goods, which is weird for a farmer. I know it makes mid-week meal prep easier, but it has its drawbacks in large quantities, especially in weight management. I’ll take her at her word that she didn’t use gimmicks, but I can promise you she used trainers, probably the best money can buy. And I’ll bet she turns her weight loss into her next cookbook – that’ll be the gimmick.

I also feel the motivation is slightly buried. I’m sure she wanted to lose weight, in general. But her sudden motivation in January to drop weight was more likely the family’s decision to push through with daughter Alex’s May 1 wedding, pandemic be damned.

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Gigi Hadid Lost Weight Because of Thyroid Disease

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While the topic of Gigi Hadid weight loss is still hot, here’s a new twist – the model’s significant weight loss was not intentional, but caused by a thyroid disease.

On the fact that she never wanted to lose weight and her skinnier figure is the result of a thyroid disease:

“My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year. I have Hashimoto’s disease. It’s a thyroid disease, and it’s now been two years since taking the medication for it, so for the VS show I didn’t want to lose any more weight, I just want to have muscles in the right place, and if my butt can get a little perkier, then that’s good.”

… says Gigi.

After Gigi made the revelation about her illness, various media sources started to do a little research and pointed out that Hashimoto’s disease causes weight gain, not weight loss – in addition, others said that patients do not experience symptoms major once they get the right treatment, like Gigi has for the past 2 years.


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Melissa McCarthy Models Her Fall Collection

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Melissa McCarthy, who surprised her fans earlier this year with her 50 pounds weight loss, launched a clothing line a while ago and today, she is back to show us her fall collection, with cute mix and match pieces that she is modeling herself.

Melissa on her Seven7 collection that carries sizes for all:

The fun of it is you should be able to put these things together and not have to make a choice about going out to dinner or getting the sweater. Wear the sweater to dinner!

Earlier this year, Melissa shared some details about her 50 pounds weight loss:

I actually am a size 14. No trick, nothing to tell, just super boring life. You bring it real down, you don’t do anything fun and you go to bed at 7:30 — that’s the trick. (My) husband will ask, “Is it five and are you in jammies?” “I’m gonna call them loungewear.

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