Secrets behind Adele’s amazing 7st weight loss – from ditching cups of tea to Joe Wicks workouts and diets with red wine – The Sun
LAST year she wowed her fans with a very dramatic transformation, losing an incredible seven stone and posing for pictured in figure-hugging dresses.
And it seems Adele has been sticking to the healthy lifestyle which saw her overhaul her image.
The mum-of-one was spotted partying with Brit actor Daniel Kaluuya after he picked up the Best Supporting Actor gong at Sunday's Oscars.
Dressed in a feathered green coat, the 32-year-old was seen laughing and dancing with pals and fellow A-listers including Drake at the bash, a month after she finalised her £140million divorce from Simon Konecki.
Adele has been keeping a low profile in recent months but she stunned fans on her birthday in May 2020, when she broke her 2020 social media silence with a photo of her looking super slim in a skintight black dress.
She captioned the post: "Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time."
Her followers were floored by the snap, with fellow celeb Chrissy Teigen commenting: "I mean, are you kidding me."
The star's friend Lauren Paul also shared a new image of Adele in a birthday tribute to her famous pal, showing her posing in a fitted black dress with tights and tan boots, once again showing off her new figure.
So exactly how did she do it?
From ditching her favourite sugary teas to opting for the Sirtfood Diet – a plant-based diet that allows dark chocolate and red wine – Adele has found her own unique way to shed the pounds.
Aidan Goggins, author of The Sirtfood Diet, tells Sun Online that the star has "publicly shunned conventional dieting and extreme exercise in the past", instead losing weight by eating "favourite, everyday, accessible foods".
Here's a look at the secrets behind Adele's stunning weight loss…
Fierce determination after heartbreak
Sticking to a strict diet and exercise regime takes serious determination – and that's something Adele has been brimming with over the last year.
The Sun revealed how she split up from her former husband Simon Konecki in April 2019, after the pair drifted apart.
But determined to find happiness, she declared a month later – on her 31st birthday – that while her 30th year has "tried her", she knew 31 would be a "big year" – focused completely on herself.
In a rare Twitter post, she wrote: “This is 31 . . . Thank f***ing god. 30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean into it all. 31 is going to be a big ol’ year and I’m going to spend it all on myself.
“No matter how long we’re here for, life is constant and complicated at times. I’ve changed drastically in the last couple of years and I’m still changing and that’s OK.
“Be kind to yourself people we’re only human, go slow, put your phone down and laugh out loud at every opportunity. Learning to really, truly love yourself is it, and I’ve only just realised that is more than enough.”
Red wine, dark chocolate and plant foods
Adele debuted her incredible weight loss at Drake's birthday party in October last year, just months after her split from Konecki, and weeks after filing for divorce.
But her weight loss journey really began years before – with her first trying out The Sirtfood Diet around 2017, which encourages slimmers to eat plant foods such as kale and buckweat.
These foods, known as sirtuin activators, are said to suppress appetite and activate the body's "skinny gene".
Goggins says sirtuin activators protect cells in the body from dying under stress and meant to regulate inflammation, metabolism and the ageing process.
The diet does, however, allow slimmers to eat dark chocolate and drink red wine, as they are high in sirtuins.
Goggins says: "Some of the top Sirtfoods include leafy greens, strawberries, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, dark chocolate, curry spices, green tea, red wine and coffee.
"It's a real food lover's diet as the encouragement is to pack as many of these foods into your meals as possible, creating hugely flavoursome meals as well as allowing treats such as red wine and dark chocolate.
"It also creates very positive food relationships as it's not about villainising food but embracing what makes us feel and look great."
While Adele is previously thought to have lost around two stone with the diet, there remains little scientific research around its true benefits – with some experts labelling it a fad.
Ditching her favourite sugary teas
Adele previously admitted she used to drink about ten cups of tea a day – with her famously starring on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke with a mug of tea in 2016.
However, she has since ditched the hot beverage in a desperate bid to cut down on her sugar intake.
She said previously: "I used to drink ten cups a day with two sugars in each so I was on 20 sugars a day.
"Now I don't drink it and I have more energy than ever."
Twenty teaspoons of sugar a day is more than three times the recommended daily allowance – and causes energy crashes, bad teeth and raised cholesterol.
Learning to love herself again
Earlier this year, a US holiday-maker who met Adele on her Caribbean break with Harry Styles and James Corden revealed how she was gushing about her new-found confidence.
Student Lexi Larson, 19, said at the time: “She was saying how she had lost something like 100lb. She seemed so happy and she looked amazing. She seemed really confident.”
And according to wellness guru Jedidiah Jenkins, who grew close with Adele throughout last year, she admitted to him: “I’m trying to become inspired to reignite the love for myself which is definitely there,” before asking: “How do I better myself?”
Jenkins gave up his job when he hit 30 to spend 16 months cycling 14,000 miles down through North and South America on a journey of self-discovery.
Jedidiah’s 2018 book To Shake The Sleeping Self told the story of his adventure, which he has also documented on Instagram, and he has clearly had a transformative effect on Adele with his mantra of always “living life without regrets”.
Gushing about Adele in an Instagram story to mark her 31st birthday last May, he wrote: “I’m inspired by you, I’m changed by your bravery and strength, 31 will be your best year yet.”
Home workouts with Joe Wicks
The Sun previously revealed how Adele's weight loss is also down to the Body Coach Joe Wicks, after secretly following the personal trainer’s high intensity workout videos – long before his fame amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She is also a fan of personal trainer Dalton Wong, who helps actors get into shape for roles, including her pal Jennifer Lawrence.
A source said: “Adele’s been secretly working with these personal trainers.
“She’s not the sort to exercise in front of others, so she follows regimes and plans at home, using their videos and tutorials.
“The progress she has made in the last six months is clear for all to see.”
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Meanwhile, although Adele isn't the biggest fan of the gym, she says one of the main things she does is weightlifting.
She told Rolling Stone in 2016: "I mainly moan. I’m not, like, skipping to the f***ing gym. I don’t enjoy it.
"I do like doing weights. I don’t like looking in the mirror.
"Blood vessels burst on my face really easily, so I’m so conscious when I’m lifting weights not to let them burst in my face. And if I don’t tour, you’ll catch me back down at the Chinese!"
Pilates with Robbie Williams' wife
Adele is also said to have taken up reformer pilates with pal Ayda Field.
The former X Factor judge, 40, introduced Adele to pilates instructor Camila Goodis, 36, who laid on joint workouts for the pair at Robbie’s LA home.
But Brazilian Camila has told how Adele hates exercise and believes her recent body transformation is down to “90 per cent dieting”.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Camila said previously: “I trained Ayda for a long time and it happens that they are good friends so I did Adele when she was there in Robbie’s house.
“I don’t believe she liked exercise much but she has changed her lifestyle and I believe that 90 per cent was dieting.”
She said Adele is not one of her current clients but believes the secret to her weight loss is giving up processed food, sugar and fizzy drinks.
She suggested it was down to “a healthy balanced diet, eating less calories a day and expending more energy”.
'Weight has nothing to do with my career'
Over the last year we’ve seen more and more evidence that Adele, having lost an incredible 7 stone altogether, is happier and more confident than she’s ever been and with a body she no longer hides behind baggy clothes.
But it's happened completely on her own terms – as she's always vowed never to be pressured to lose weight in the past.
She previously said: "I think no matter what you look like, the key is to first of all be happy with yourself.
"And then you know if you want to try to improve things that you don’t like about yourself, then do it after you appreciate yourself."
And while she admits to having self-image problems like the rest of us, she says there are bigger things to worry about.
She added: "I do have body image problems, for sure, but I don’t let them rule my life at all."
In fact, Adele previously revealed that she'd refuse to work with anybody who had an issue with her size, telling People magazine at the time: "Even when I was signing a contract, most of the industry knew if anyone ever dared say: 'Lose weight' to me, they wouldn’t be working with me."
She showed similar spirit in 2009, telling the Daily Mail: "I can’t be a product; no one can do that to me. I have all the say; I have power over everything I do."
In 2012, Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld blasted Adele as "a little too fat", with the defiant singer replying at the time that she is "very proud" of her appearance, adding: "Weight has nothing to do with my career."
Good on you Adele!
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