Rebel Wilson Shares Her Weight Loss Journey Was Motivated By Fertility Concerns

Rebel Wilson recently shared more details about her ‘Year of Health’ transformation on “Sunrise,” an Australian morning show.

By Paula Gallagher2 min read
rebel wilson yellow instagram

Rebel Wilson, 41, told hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr that since she embarked on her health journey she has “lost about 35 kilos [77 pounds].”

Wilson also revealed that it was fertility concerns that motivated her to lose weight. 

"It first started when I was looking into fertility stuff and the doctor was like, ‘Well, you’d have a much better chance if you were healthier’,” she said. “That’s kind of what started it, that if I lost some excess weight that it would give me a better chance for freezing eggs and having the eggs be a better quality. It wasn’t even really myself, it was more thinking of a future mini-me, really.”

But Wilson has reaped the benefits, saying her life has “changed dramatically” in the past year. She described how her doctor was impressed with her improved health, saying, “I went to the doctor's and got my yearly check-up last week, and he's like, ‘Oh my God, all your labs and your blood work is the best it's ever been,’ and you know, it's kind of remarkable.” 

She has also experienced improvements in dealing with the challenges of filming and traveling for work. "After a big, long day at work – we'd often shoot 16-hour days – my feet would get really sore and I'd have to kind of lie upside down and put my feet up on the couch at the end of a big day at work, and now I don't have that kind of thing happening," she explained.

“And with jetlag as well, I used to suffer a lot from jet lag...and now it’s like much easier to deal with," she continued. "I guess I didn’t know I had a lot of inflammation in my body and stuff, but I didn’t really realize because it was just my every day.”

Losing weight is one thing, but maintaining your new, healthier weight is another. Wilson attributes her success there to her work around emotional eating. 

“It worked because it was the whole lifestyle approach and dealing with emotional eating," Wilson said. “I’m not totally cured. I don’t think you can be. But I’ve learnt to manage it – and it’s not by reaching for a bowl of ice cream.”

“I'm proud of myself for doing it and also maintaining it this year...I'm proud of myself for improving my life for the better," Wilson added. 

Rebel Wilson recently published her first children's book Bella the Brave, loosely based on her own childhood experiences with overcoming shyness. She also just finished shooting two movies, Senior Year and The Almond and the Seahorse.