How did Rebel Wilson lose weight? Actor’s 2021 weight loss regime explained - and why her team were against it

The Australian actress is best known for her roles in films like Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids and Jojo Rabbit

Australian actress Rebel Wilson has been selected by the BBC to be on its list of 100 “inspiring and influential women from around the world”, and in an interview she opened up about her weight loss, health and fertility.

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Why did she decide to lose weight?

Wilson has said that committing to her new fitness regime was all about improving her health.

Speaking to the BBC, she said: “Even though I was still very confident being bigger, and you know, would walk a red carpet, even though I was probably double the size, sometimes triple the weight, of other actresses, but like, I still felt confident in that.

“But I knew deep down inside, some of the emotional eating behaviours I was doing [were] not healthy.”

In 2020, Wilson told The Sun that she has been naming her years, and that “[2020] was always going to be the year of health”.

Rebel Wilson at the 2021 AACTA Awards (Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for AFI)

She said: “Weirdly, this year was always going to be the year of health. I’ve been naming my years now, and, that’s kind of having these resolutions but for the whole year.

“I always thought that I may be psychic and I always felt this year I wasn’t going to work much.

“I turned 40 as well in March and so I thought, this is gonna be it. 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.”

In an Instagram video, titled “Year of Health 2020”, Wilson also explained that she was motivated to improve her health by the desire to freeze her eggs, in case she wanted to start a family in the future.

She said: “I was thinking about fertility and having good quality eggs in the bank, so I was like, “Okay, I’m going to do this. I’m going to get healthy”.”

Why was her team against her weight loss?

In her BBC interview, Wilson said that she experienced pushback from her team when she revealed she was embarking on her fitness journey.

She said: “I got a lot of pushback from my own team actually, here in Hollywood, when I said “Okay, I’m gonna do this year of health”. I feel like I’m really gonna physically transform and change my life.

“And they were like “Why? Why would you want to do that?” Because I was earning millions of dollars being, you know, the funny fat girl, and being that person.”

Rebel Wilson at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

It was her role as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect that saw Wilson become a household name.

In the 2020 Sun interview, Wilson said that she was being paid “a lot of money to be bigger” for the good of her acting career.

She said: “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.”

How did she lose weight?

Talking to the Sun, Wilson said that there’s “no real simple answer to it” and that she had been “trying lots of different things and to be healthy”.

She added that she had been doing “a lot of personal training” and focusing on nutrition.

Rebel Wilson at the AO Inspirational Series Lunch (Photo: Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

In the past, the actress also credited a stay at Austria’s VivaMayr wellness centre with leading her to change her diet and start exercising more.

Wilson teamed up with personal trainer Jono Castano to help her on her weight loss journey.

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