Many film enthusiasts will recognize Gabourey Sidibe as the obese sexual abuse victim from the movie Precious. The film actress rose to fame from her amazing performance in the movie Precious that earned an Oscar nomination.
Believe it or not, she was picked over 400 other ladies for the role – and Oprah had a lot to do with it. Oprah suggested to the producers and director of the movie that Gabourey get the lead role – and she absolutely nailed it!
Gabourey weighed over 350 lbs. during the filming of the movie Precious – and got a lot of negative feedback from health enthusiasts due to her extreme obesity.
Since she shot to fame as the Precious star – Ms. Sidibe is working extra hard on her personal goals and that includes weight loss. She set a goal in 2015 that she wanted to lose a total of 50 lbs, and she finally reached her goal in 2016.
She now is less than 300 lbs. – and admits that she feels better than ever. What changes did she make to lose a whopping 50 plus lbs. in only 4 months? How much farther does she want to take her weight loss?
This article is going to break down the details on how Gabourey Sidibe lost so much weight, as well as her shocking goals on how far she wants to take it!
Weight Loss Meals and Supplement Plan
Being a Hollywood film star has its perks – and having access to a celebrity trainer and private nutrition expert is one of them.
Her nutrition coach started her off slowly on her new diet and the first order of business was eliminating the 3 highest sources of calories from her diet. Her coach says that it makes it nearly impossible to lose weight when you have numerous items in your diet that have a high amount of calories.
This is what her trainer calls “calorie density” as some foods contain way more calories than other even though they have the same serving size.
Take for example 2 tbsp. of peanut butter. Peanut butter has 200 calories per 2 tbsp. Compare that two 2 tbsp. of lean chicken breast – which only has 40 calories!
Here are the 3 high calorie foods that she eliminated from her diet the first month of dieting:
- Sausage pizza
Pizza is one of the highest calorie foods on planet earth – so the first order of business was to eliminate it from her diet. Just two slices from her favorite pizza joint (Papa Johns) packed in over 900 calories.
To make the transition easier her trainer had her switch to thin crust and organic veggie pizza, which has just 310 calories per 2 slices.
- Chocolate Ice Cream
Ice cream is another high calorie diet buster – and her chocolate lovers ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s packed in over 1,000 calories per pint. Her trainer suggested a type of ice cream called “Artic Zero” – which is high in protein and has just 150 calories for the entire pint!
- Snickers Bar/Candy Bars
Candy bars usually pack in well over 400 calories – so to make her transition into a healthier lifestyle easier – she swapped out the candy bars for Cookies and Crème power crunch bars, which contain only 200 calories and 15 grams of protein.
What does her diet and supplement plan look like? Let’s take a look:
Usually for breakfast she would consume whole grain oatmeal with an egg white scrambler – or she would have her trainer’s weight loss green smoothie recipe.
Here is the exact recipe below.
Weight Loss Green Smoothie Recipe:
- 1 Cup No Sugar Added Almond Milk
- Large handful of organic spinach leaves
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- ½ Cup Frozen blueberries
- ½ Cup frozen pineapple
- ½ Scoop Vegan Protein Powder
- ½ tsp matcha green tea powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp MCT Oil
This is a super powerful weight loss smoothie as it contains three ingredients that stimulate your metabolism and help you lose weight quickly: matcha green tea, cinnamon, and mct oil.
On top of this its loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep you full for long periods of time.
About 30 minutes after breakfast she would consume 2 powerful all natural metabolism boosters, which helped to burn extra calories for the next 3-4 hours as well as give her amazing energy levels to work out in the late morning with her trainer.
The go to lunch was always a combination of slow digesting carbohydrates and lean protein. This is the perfect weight loss fuel as it keeps you full and helps your body repair after the intense workout.
Some of her favorite lunch time combinations were the following:
- Grilled Chicken Breast, 1 cup brown rice, steamed veggies
- Wild caught cod, 1 cup quinoa, steamed veggies
- Seared Ahi Tuna, fresh mango salsa, riced cauliflower
Dessert would typically be a big bowl of fresh pineapple and melons.
About 30 minutes after lunch she will take 2 more powerful all natural metabolism boosters. These help her eliminate the afternoon cravings and turn her body into a fat burning machine throughout the day.
If it happens to be a workout day, she will consume about 30 grams of whey protein with 10 grams maltodextrin for workout recovery.
For dinner her trainer made sure that she followed a few simple rules in order to ensure she didn’t gain any body fat.
- Keep your carbs really low for dinner
- Stay away from high calorie sauces and dips
- Don’t drink any calories for dinner
- Eat lots of veggies to keep you full throughout the night
Here are a few of her favorite dinner time combinations
Grilled Shrimp with fresh garlic and lemon juice, steamed asparagus
Pan seared sirloin steak cooked in coconut oil, steamed broccoli on the side
Grilled Halibut fish cooked in olive oil, spaghetti squash on the side
Gabourey Sidibe Workout Plan
Although for many overweight and obese ladies following a proper diet and supplement plan is enough for speedy weight loss, she knew that she could speed up things by exercising 3-4 times per week.
Since Gabourey started off the workout plan obese – her trainer made sure that she did a lot of low impact exercises that would be easy on her joints and wouldn’t hurt her knees and ankles.
This is what her trainer suggests if you are starting off a workout and weight loss regimen “obese.” Better to start slow and work your way up to higher intensity than the reverse – because if you get injured you are going to have a very hard time losing weight and you will lose progress!
Keep in mind that she would typically workout about 1 hour after breakfast when her energy levels were at their peak from the all natural metabolism boosting pills.
Gabourey Sidibe Weight Loss Routine
Legs and Cardio Routine For Maximum Calorie Burning:
This is the routine that she would do 3-4 times per week with her trainer. It’s a great weight loss routine because it incorporates several cardio exercises performed on an incline for extra calorie burning, as well as several other lower body exercises performed at a lower intensity.
Although she performed the lower body exercises at a lower intensity she still burned a ton of calories as your quadriceps, gluteus, and hamstring muscles are three of the 5 largest muscle groups in your body.
Her trainer suggests that If you want to be a fat burning machine you need to train your body’s largest and strongest muscle groups frequently.
10 minutes – Elliptical training warm up
15 Minutes – Fast speed walking on an incline usually about 10.0 MPH
Body Weight Squats: 5 Total sets of 12-15 reps with about 90 seconds rest between sets
Quadriceps Wall Sits: 3 total sets holding the wall sit position for as long as possible. She could usually hold this position for about 45 seconds.
Body Weight Walking Lunges: 3 sets of 8 reps on each leg. This was a total body blaster and the hardest exercise she performed during her workout
Abdominal Training Routine: Bicycle Crunch, pillar holds, horizontal leg crunch (30 seconds each)
10 Minute Cardio cool down on the incline treadmill (usually at a speed of 4 mph)