Rebel Wilson has revealed that she is finally prioritising her health after years of film bosses ‘paying her a lot of money to stay bigger’.
The Australian actress, 40 – who has shed up to a whopping 18kg this year according to diet experts – explained that she suffered emotionally after staying overweight for the sake of her Hollywood career.
‘I had a job where I was paid a lot of money to be bigger, at times which kind of can mess with your head a bit,’ the Pitch Perfect star explained in a new interview where she highlighted the lack of plus-size actresses in the industry.
‘It messed with my head’: Rebel Wilson, 40, has revealed that she is finally prioritising her health after years of film bosses ‘paying her a lot of money to stay bigger’
Rebel – who has been littering her Instagram with incredible snaps of her transformation – told The Sun: ‘I turned 40 as well in March and so I thought, this is going to be the year for me to just concentrate on the health benefits.
‘It’s not like I want to lose weight and get to around a certain number. It’s more than that, it’s about dealing mentally with why I was overeating’- she continued.
Rebel – who has seen significant fame with roles in Bridesmaids and How To Be Single – said she was affected emotionally from having to stay a certain size by Hollywood execs.
‘Year of health’: The Australian actress – who has shed up to a whopping 18kg this year according to diet experts – has explained that she suffered emotionally after staying overweight for the sake of her Hollywood career (L- this month, R- 2011)
She said she is now adamant about ‘working on her mental side’ as well as the physical, in order to stay happy and healthy.
On Thursday, Rebel continued to show off her slimmed-down frame when she posed in a plunging blue dress on Instagram.
She offered a sultry gaze as she confidently posed in the eye-catching number, which drew attention to her ample cleavage.
Looking good! It has all been a learning lesson for the star – who is now adamant about ‘working on the mental side’ as well as the physical, in order to stay happy and healthy
Rebel’s glamorous blow-dry wasn’t a strand out of place, and her pretty features were enhanced with a simple coat of makeup.
‘Miss you… when is the world reopening again?’ she captioned the image, which showed her posing in front of the Sydney Opera House.
She also documented her day on Instagram Stories, sharing a video of herself eating a healthy salad lunch with Australian TV presenter Richard Wilkins.
Meanwhile, it seems all that hard work in the gym is paying off for the comedian.
Nutritious: On Thursday,Rebel documented her day on Instagram Stories, sharing a video of herself eating a healthy salad lunch with Australian TV presenter Richard Wilkins (left)
She’s the new Adele! Rebel has already lost 18kg, according to a team of diet experts. Pictured left in December 2017, and right in May
Dietitian and exercise physiologist Kate Save told Daily Mail Australia that she believes Rebel has lost up to 18kg (40lbs or 2.8 stone).
Save, who is the director of Peninsula Physical Health and Nutrition and CEO of Be Fit Food, arrived at the estimation by studying before-and-after photos of Rebel.
‘My team aligned at 16 to 18kg given that her height is quite short [5ft 2in],’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Rebel, who hopes to slim down to 75kg, updated fans on her health and fitness journey during an interview on Sunrise on Monday.
Go Rebel! Dietitian Kate Save who is the director of Peninsula Physical Health and Nutrition and CEO of Be Fit Food, arrived at the estimation by studying before-and-after photos of Rebel
Kindred spirits: Rebel’s weight loss journey is similar to that of British singer Adele. The Hello hitmaker is pictured left in 2016, and right earlier this year
‘There’s been a lot of working out, which was hard with the coronavirus restrictions,’ the star said.
Rebel added that she was happy gyms were finally reopening in Australia because she was ready to step up her training and ‘pump iron’.
‘I had to go out to the park and lie on the dirt doing my sit-ups,’ she laughed. ‘It’s a bit brutal, and it’s getting cold in the mornings.’
Last month, the Hollywood star vowed to slim down to 75kg (165lbs or 11.8 stone).
Going for gold: In an interview with Sunrise, Rebel added that she was happy gyms were finally reopening in Australia because she was ready to step up her training and ‘pump iron’
‘Even if you have to crawl towards your goals, keep going – it would be worth it,’ Rebel wrote on Instagram.
‘Try and give a little bit of effort each day. I know some days are frustrating as hell, you feel like giving up, you get annoyed at the lack of progress [but] good things are coming your way.’
Rebel’s personal trainer, Jono Castano Acero, recently shared the star’s workout routine with E! Australia.
During a typical week, she does a combination of HIIT workouts, mobility, weights and resistance, and has just one day per week of rest.
Keeping fit: Rebel’s personal trainer, Jono Castano Acero (left), recently shared her workout routine with E! Australia. During a typical week, she does a combination of HIIT workouts, mobility, weights and resistance, and has just one day per week of rest
‘Rebel and I are just focusing on enjoying training and getting the body moving,’ he said, adding that she was ‘pleasure’ to work with because of her sense of humour.
In March, Jono revealed his top tips to help people lose weight.
The Sydney-based gym buff told Daily Mail Australia that people should be working out for at least 45 minutes a day to shed the kilos.
And while calorie intake is important, dieters don’t have to sacrifice cheat days.
‘At a minimum, I preach to always get in 45 minutes daily. Whether that be a workout, a walk or something else that’s physical that you enjoy doing,’ Jono explained.
Just do it: In March, former soccer player Jono said that people should be working out for at least 45 minutes a day to shed the kilos
Rebel’s weekly workout
DAY ONE: HIIT and mobility
DAY TWO: Weights and resistance
DAY THREE: HIIT
DAY FOUR: HIIT
DAY FIVE: HIIT and weights
DAY SIX: Recovery
DAY SEVEN: HIIT
He believes that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the best form of exercise for weight loss.
‘What I do for most of my clients looking to shed some pounds is incorporating a mix of different exercises into their session. Short bursts of intense cardio combined with resistance training and weights is my special formula,’ he said.
‘It fires up the heart rate and calorie burn as well as builds lean muscle so your body continues to burn calories at a high rate throughout the day.’
Diet is just as important as exercise, and Jono recommends eating at a ‘calorie deficit’ if you want to lose weight.
‘Think about it, if you train one hour a day, it’s very important what you do in the other 23 hours,’ he added.
‘If you’re looking to shed some pounds, it’s important to eat at a calorie deficit meaning your total daily calorie expenditure needs to be higher than your calorie intake through what you eat.’
But cheat days are still okay, so long as you burn off the junk food with exercise. ‘Find what works for you and stick to it.
‘Try not to cheat during the suggested time until you feel confident enough to have a treat and know that you will get right back on it after.’
Balance: While calorie intake is important, Jono says dieters don’t have to sacrifice cheat days