Kirstie Alley didn't gain weight during her younger years – not until she reached the age of 52.
American actress and TV personality Kirstie Alley faced a lot of challenges throughout her weight loss journey. She didn’t gain weight during her younger years, not until she reached her early menopause stage. During that time, she decided to change her lifestyle and live healthily.
The “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” star revealed in an interview with Wendy Williams that she mostly indulged in fattening foods, like brownies, pies, and cheeseburgers. But after reaching the age of 52, she noticed that she started gaining weight.
The actress never struggled with her weight when she was young. Speaking to OK! Magazine, she admitted that “she spent her whole life thin.” However, in 2004, she told Oprah Winfrey that she didn’t realize she was starting to gain weight at first.
“Honestly, I didn’t know how fat I was,” she said. “Thanks to the tabloids, I went, ‘Damn, girl, you’re fat!'”
She believes that one of the reasons why she gained weight was because she always ate whatever she wanted. She admitted to PEOPLE Magazine that it’s not her “nature to plan” what she eats. She added, “I’m a very spontaneous person, and that’s how I got fat.”
Everything changed when she hit 52 and reached the early menopause stage. The TV personality re-evaluates her lifestyle, particularly the food that she eats. She began with her weight loss journey in order to live a healthy life.
Kirtsie Alley's Weight Loss Tricks
The main keys to Kirstie’s successful weight loss:
- She joined weight loss program, Jenny Craig
- She lose weight after joining Dancing With The Stars season 12 due to hours of rehearsal and diet
- She removed cookies, linguini with clams, and cheese from her diet
- She exercises three times a week
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Kirstie Alley's weight loss journey is full of ups and downs.
After realizing that she was gaining weight, the TV personality embarked on a journey to cut down some pounds. She launched “Fat Actress” on Showtime in 2005. It is a TV show based on reviving her career in Hollywood while living in a world that often prefers a certain body type.
“I think women across the country will identify with her,” Brenda Hampton, Kirstie’s co-creator, told TODAY. “It’s difficult to lose weight and find a relationship, no matter where you live. It makes it all the more painful when you’re in the spotlight.”
However, the network did not renew the program after the first season. That didn’t stop the actress from losing weight. Around the same time, she published a book titled “How To Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life: Reluctant Confessions of a Big-Butted Star.”
In 2004, the TV personality became a Jenny Craig spokesperson. In her guest appearance on “The Oprah Show” in 2006, Kirstie revealed that she lost 75 pounds after joining the weight loss program. She stayed as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig until 2007.
While the actress maintained her weight loss three years after joining the Jenny Craig program, she began gaining weight again. In fact, PEOPLE Magazine reported that she gained 230 pounds before “Dancing With The Stars” kicked off its season 12 in 2011.
Kirstie’s weight gain didn’t discourage her from backing out of the dancing competition. She even came in second place, and after finishing the show, she said she lost 100 pounds. The TV personality thinks that her significant weight loss was due to hours of rehearsals and diet.
However, after losing 100 pounds following her stint in “Dancing With the Stars,” there were speculations that the actress went under the knife to achieve her slim figure. But then, she immediately shut down this plastic surgery rumor and took to social media to clear things up.
“NO surgery, NO Flippin lasers, NO barfing, NO starving…Jeez …my products, organic food, dance,” she wrote on Twitter.
Kirstie Alley returned as a Jenny Craig spokesperson after gaining weight.
The actress became a Jenny Craig spokesperson again in April 2014. She rejoined the program as she wanted to combat her 30-pound weight gain. She explained to Women’s Health that it’s important for women “to look the way they want to look and feel the way they want to feel for their own reasons.”
“Losing weight is losing weight, but just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean you’re happy,” she added.
In 2015, she lost 50 pounds after returning to Jenny Craig. But while she stayed in the weight loss program, Kirstie shifted her focus to other things. During her appearance on “The Today Show,” she said that she wanted to maintain her current weight rather than continuously losing it.
Kirstie Alley maintains her weight loss by avoiding unhealthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle.
The actress revealed to PEOPLE Magazine in 2017 that she lost 50 pounds by not cutting off certain foods on her diet. She was once indulged with Holiday treats, but she’s avoiding them now. She removed other foods from her diet, including cookies, linguini with clams, and cheese.
The TV personality doesn’t eat after 7 PM and doesn’t follow a specific diet. She admitted that she could have everything she wanted, although she’s very particular in counting the calories. For instance, she knows “how many calories 6 oz. of tenderloin is” and “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,” she noted.
Kirstie works out three times a week when it comes to her exercise routine. She wanted to stay active but also admitted that she hated the gym. The actress said she doesn’t do lunging or squatting. Instead, she engaged herself in dance or yoga class or walked or ran around.
The ultimate goal of Kirstie in her weight loss journey is to feel good about herself. She revealed in “The Dan Wootton Interview” podcast in 2018 that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2017, which had contributed to her weight gain.
When asked whether she’ll ever be satisfied staying at a heavier weight, the actress responded: “No. I don’t think I look good when I’m overweight. … I know when I’m on the thinner side, I love the way I feel. I have more energy.”