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'Dancing With The Stars': 13 Celebrities Who Have Lost Weight Competing

Posted: Updated: 05/23/2012 10:27 am

Hours and hours of training go into each performance on "Dancing With The Stars," as week after week, celebrities and their professional dance partners compete for America's votes.

While all that practice certainly comes in handy when it's time to perform the next foxtrot or rumba or waltz, all that training has also helped a number of stars off of the dance floor. Viewers have witnessed some astounding transformations over the past 13 seasons (and during this one, too!) as celebrities have toned and trimmed their way to healthier weights.

It's no surprise. Dancing is a serious cardio workout that also builds muscle and increases flexibility, balance and agility, Fabio Comana, exercise physiologist and senior fitness education for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, told HuffPost last month.

But a "Dancing With The Stars"-fueled slim down is becoming so common, stars are now signing up for the reality TV show to dance with specific weight-loss goals in mind, reports ABC, thanks to the inspiration drawn from famous (and slimmer!) faces of seasons past.

There have been many transformations over the seasons of "Dancing With The Stars," but here are a few of the most dramatic.

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  • Marie Osmond

    The singer and actress had a troubling time in 2007 with the loss of her father and her son entering rehab, but her stint on "Dancing With The Stars" helped her stay healthy. "I'm <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21889394/ns/today-entertainment/#.T6ApX59Ytdp" target="_hplink">down 31 pounds so far</a>," Osmond told <em>OK!</em> magazine in November, 2007. "I've lost about five inches off my hips and five inches off my waist. I've added muscle mass and I am much more toned. It's incredible."

  • Nancy Grace

    The TV personality was sent home <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20543966,00.html" target="_hplink">25 pounds lighter</a> than she was when she started the show, she told Anderson Cooper. <br><br> After gaining weight while pregnant with twins, Grace said "I never really cared about it, or bothered to lose it. I lost it like this, so I'm happy about that."

  • Chaz Bono

    Bono <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20524807,00.html" target="_hplink">lost five pounds</a> in his first six days of dancing, partner Lacey Schwimmer told <em>People</em>. <br><br> He continued to lose, totaling at least <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/dancing-stars-diet-contestants-lose-weight-14896427" target="_hplink">18 pounds shed</a>, ABC reported. "It's getting me into <a href="http://www.accesshollywood.com/chaz-bono-dancing-is-getting-me-into-the-best-shape-ive-ever-been-in_video_1360637" target="_hplink">the best shape I've ever been in</a>," Bono told Access Hollywood.

  • Kirstie Alley

    The actress told "Entertainment Tonight" she <a href="http://www.organicliaison.com/videos/kirstie-alley-dramatic-weight-loss-ive-lost-100-pounds" target="_hplink">lost 100 pounds on "Dancing With The Stars"</a> and 10 dress sizes. <br><br> "I feel like I'm back in my element," she said of her transformation.

  • Kelly Osbourne

    The TV personality (and Ozzy's daughter) discovered just how unhealthy her eating habits were, when French fries and pizza were causing her to get sick during "Dancing With The Stars" rehearsals, she told <em>SHAPE</em>. <br><br> While on the show, she made over her diet and <a href="http://www.shape.com/celebrities/interviews/kelly-osbourne-weight-lost-confidence-gained" target="_hplink">shed 20 pounds</a>. After the show, despite a few-pound setback, Osbourne lost another 30 pounds, and has kept it off.

  • Ricki Lake

    The TV personality, famous for her weight struggles, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/01/nancy-grace-ricki-lake-weight-dancing-with_n_1069727.html" target="_hplink">dropped more than 20 pounds</a> during her time on "Dancing With The Stars", the AP reported. <br><br> "I've <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20537443,00.html" target="_hplink">lost a lot of inches all over</a>," she told <em>People</em>. "Definitely in my arms, and my arms were particularly one of the things I hated most about my body, so it's nice to see them slimming down."

  • Margaret Cho

    The comedian admitted to <em>People</em> that she had <a href="http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2010/09/29/dancing-with-the-stars-margaret-cho-i-went-40-years-without-any-exercise/?xid=fitsugar" target="_hplink"><em>never</em> exercised before joining "Dancing With The Stars"</a>! <br><br> She said she wasn't tracking the weight loss with a scale, but could feel the difference. "I can see it in my face," she said. "I can feel it in my whole body. I have lost a lot of weight. It's the first time I've ever been there, and I feel great about it."

  • Gladys Knight

    While already eliminated from season 14, Motown legend Knight is one of the season's biggest success. She <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/watch_with_kristin/dancing_with_stars_backstage_scoop_alum/311183" target="_hplink">dropped 60 pounds</a> during her six-week "Dancing" stint, she told E! Online! "I feel amazing," she said. <br><br> She told reporters backstage it was a combination of <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20590125,00.html" target="_hplink">physical activity and the right diet</a> that did the trick. "You've got to eat healthy and you've got to put a little movement into it," she said, People.com reported.

  • Tia Carrere

    The actress, who joined the <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/03/03/dancing-stars-weight-loss-competition-dancing/" target="_hplink">second season of "Dancing With The Stars"</a> seems to have been the first celebrity to get attention for her dramatic slim down, reports FoxNews.com. <br><br> "Tia was not svelte at that moment," wellness coach Jackie Keller, who helped Carrere lose, told the website. She found DWTS to be a great <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20156647,00.html" target="_hplink">whole-body workout</a>, telling <em>People</em>, "The waltz works different muscles from the rumba, which works different muscles from the cha-cha, so you're getting a whole-body thing. The twisting through the midsection is quite taxing."

  • Katherine Jenkins

    The Welsh-born singer and actress told the <em>Daily Mail </em>she'd lost a stone and a half, or about 21 pounds, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2127651/Katherine-Jenkins-loses-stone-half-Dancing-With-The-Stars-2012.html" target="_hplink">while competing on "Dancing With The Stars"</a>. "I'm burning so much energy now that it's hard to put the weight back on," she said.

  • Mya

    The R&B singer told <em>OK!</em> magazine "Dancing With The Stars" helped her <a href="http://www.okmagazine.com/news/mya-works-it-out-gets-fit-dwts" target="_hplink">shed fat and build muscle</a>. <br><br> "I started at 138 pounds and went down to 127 within a month, then down to 121 pounds," she said. "Now, I am back at 127 because I've gained muscle from dancing."

  • Jane Seymour

    The actress, who sticks to a diet of "fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, lean protein, no sodas or alcohol", she told <em>People</em>, <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20160674,00.html" target="_hplink">lost too much weight </a>on "Dancing With The Stars". After shedding 20 pounds, she was trying to put healthy weight back on, according to the magazine.

  • Lisa Rinna

    While we're not sure of how many pounds she shed, the actress told CBSNews.com that her body definitely changed during her time on "Dancing With The Stars". <br><br> "I think the highlight for me was the body that I got while doing it. It was pretty nice," she said. "The byproduct of that show is you just get in the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/20/entertainment/main6503660.shtml" target="_hplink">most amazing shape of your life</a> and you feel so good."

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