15 Celebrities Open Up About How and Why They’re Done With Dieting

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Diet is a four letter word. If you go by the definition that a diet is what you are, we’re all technically on a diet, even if it’s an unhealthy one, but most people think of the word “diet” to mean limiting what you eat in some way, often with a goal of losing weight.

Dieting can be done in a healthy way, but many diets are very restrictive. Sometimes they can backfire, leaving you feeling deprived and resulting in weight gain when you go off the diet.

Many celebrities have been on diets, and some of these celebrities have said never again. They are forever done with dieting. Scroll down to find out why 15 different celebrities have sworn off diets for good.

  1. Mia Kang

    Model Mia Kang told TODAY’s Megyn Kelly, “The industry has a standard of beauty that is unattainable and isn’t focused on health and that needs to change. It creates this dysmorphia. It creates us versus ourselves.” At one point, Kang saw the scale hit 99 pounds. She told Kelly, “I remember being thrilled that I’d made it to double digits. Your body gets used to it. You learn to function off nothing. It was normal for me to go four days without eating.” No more. She is done with dieting. Now, she prefers to eat what she wants and stay in shape with Muay Thai boxing.

  2. Jameela Jamil

    Jameela Jamil shared on Instagram, “I was so riddled with eating disorders when I was young. I listened to irresponsible celebrities and bought all these bad products and followed their TERRIBLE and toxic diet tips for how they maintained the tiny weight they were… and I fucked up my metabolism and digestive system for life. I damaged my fertility, I was consumed and mentally ill. I was obsessed and didn’t eat a meal for over three years as a growing teen. I am not going to stop until we teach people to be better allies to women and stop selling this not at all medically sound shit and rhetoric to us. UNFOLLOW THE PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU THINGS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL BAD.”

  3. Lili Reinhart

    Actress Lili Reinhart called out Kim Kardashian in her Instagram stories. She slammed the celebrity for dropping 16 pounds in just 3 weeks. Reinhart wrote, “To openly admit to starving yourself for the sake of the Met Gala. When you know very well that millions of young men and women are looking up to you and listening to your every word… The ignorance is other-worldly and disgusting. Please stop supporting these stupid, harmful celebrities whose entire image revolves around their bodies.”

  4. Ashley Graham

    Supermodel Ashley Graham brushes off comments that she’s “plus size.” She refuses to ignore her cravings. Although she mainly eats nutrient-dense foods like salmon and quinoa, she lets herself have hamburgers and french fries once in awhile as well. She told Good Morning America, ““I’ve done every yo-yo diet you can imagine and none work for me. I’m at a comfortable weight and I know that I look good, and more importantly, I feel good. So why am I dieting? I now know what works for me.”

  5. Bridget Malcolm

    Former Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcom decided in 2018 that she was done dieting. She told 60 Minutes, “My body was malnourished, my mind was malnourished, it was relentless.” She added, “There was this culture that was created that was like, if you just stay, if you get a bit skinnier, if you keep doing what we want you to do, you’re going to be an Angel and you’re going to be world famous and it’s going to be amazing.”

  6. Jennifer Lawrence

    In 2018, actress Jennifer Lawrence went on a diet for a role in “Red Sparrow.” After that experience, she vowed to never diet again. She told Vanity Fair, “I can’t work on a diet.”

  7. Kirsten Dunst

    In 2017, Sofia Coppola told Kirsten Dunst that she needed to lose weight for a role in “The Beguiled,” which was shot in Louisiana. She refused. She told Variety, “I’m eating fried chicken and McDonald’s before work. So I’m like, ‘We have no options! I’m sorry I can’t lose weight for this role.”

  8. Demi Lovato

    For singer and actress Demi Lovato, dieting resulted in an eating disorder. Now, the star is anti-diet. They explained on Instagram, “I’m protective of the little girl inside of me that didn’t get that representation at a young age of someone saying, ‘All of this diet stuff at a young age is not OK. You’re worth more than that.'”

  9. Lena Dunham

    Lena Dunham believes the obsession with weight loss is ridiculous when they are so many more important things to think about. She shared on Instagram, “Why, after all these years spent fostering self-love, do I still feel like weight loss is an item for my to-do? When I could be adding ‘learn Spanish?’ or ‘fall in love with a firefighter?”

  10. Adele

    Adele shocked everyone with her dramatic weight loss, but she told Oprah, it wasn’t about weight loss. She turned to exercise as a way to cope with her divorce. She result was weight loss, but that was not the goal. She told Vogue, ““It became my time. I realized that when I was working out, I didn’t have any anxiety. It was never about losing weight. I thought, ‘If I can make my body physically strong, and I can feel that and see that, then maybe one day I can make my emotions and my mind physically strong.’”

  11. Chrissy Teigen

    In 2021, Chrissy Teigen told People magazine, “I think now at this point in my life it’s more important for me to enjoy things as they come… I eat things when I want them. Because if I don’t my mind personally goes crazy.” She added, “I’ve spent way too many years counting calories, scheduling way too many workouts, and trying to figure out what my term for wellness was for myself.”

  12. Amelia Gray

    Amelia Gray once struggled with anorexia. Her wake up call was when her family confronted her and took her to UCLA to meet with a doctor. She told Skinny Confidential, “I woke up one morning at my best friend’s house. My parents, my sister, they’re all outside, like waiting to pick me up. And I’m like, ‘What are you doing here?’ Like it’s Saturday morning. And they’re like, ‘Get in the car. We’re going to UCLA [to get treatment].’” She added, “…We show up, it’s like this really scary old man’s office. … He looked at me and he was like, so yeah, basically at this rate in about four months, you’re going to be 45 pounds and you’re going to be dead.”

  13. Gigi Hadid

    Gigi Hadid told Harper’s Bazaar, “Nowadays, people are quick to say, ‘I used to love Gigi’s body, and now she just gave in.’ But I’m not skinny because I gave in to the industry. When I had a more athletic figure, I was proud of my body because I was an amazing volleyball player and horseback rider. But after discovering that I have Hashimoto’s [an autoimmune disease], I needed to eat healthy and work out. It was weird as a teenager, dealing with this when all of my friends could eat McDonald’s and it wouldn’t affect them.” She added, “I loved my body then, and I love my body now. Whoever is reading this, I want you to realize that three years from now you will look back at a picture from this time period and be like: ‘Wow, I was so hot. Why did I feel so bad about myself because of some stupid thing someone said?'”

  14. Iskra Lawrence

    Model Iskra Lawrence wrote on Instagram, “’m disgusted that people/companies profit off of toxic diet culture, a perfected unrealistic beauty ideal, (including photoshop), and promoting that health looks like one thing. Millions of us have been and still are fighting our eating disorders, seeing weight watchers targeting children – showing before and afters, congratulating restrictive guilt ridden eating behaviors is awful and heart breaking.”

  15. Sam Claflin

    Women aren’t the only ones who struggle with body image and feel pressured to lose weight. Actor Sam Clafin told The Sydney Morning Herald, “I remember doing one job when they literally made me pull my shirt up and were grabbing my fat and going, ‘You need to lose a bit of weight.’ This other time they were slapping me. I felt like a piece of meat.”