Although Rebel Wilson’s “Year of Health” officially ended on December 31, 2020, it appears that she’s ready to go plural…now she’s going on Year #3 of her “Years of Health.”
“We’re off to a great start in the new year! HAPPY NEW YEAR, you legends, with love from Australia! “Wilson rang in the year 2022 in Australia, and she posted a beautiful festive snapshot of herself on Instagram.
Wilson has been updating her friends and followers on her progress via candid Instagram photographs and captions:
And rejoicing in her accomplishments. Wilson recently said in her 2021 wrap-up, “You have to celebrate—life is brief and all you have to do is love and live it.” “You know how for the past few years, I’ve been theming my years?
Well, this year was The Year of the Rainbow… the rainbow always follows the storm “She goes on to say something about rebounding back from a break-up with her prior boyfriend, Jacob Busch. (In early February 2021, the duo broke up.)
True, that relationship ended, but Wilson’s health habits haven’t. However, this does not imply that it has always been simple.
Wilson says she decided to declare 2020 her “Year of Health” on Instagram because she “did want to make a lasting change and I wanted to be accountable for it,” according to a BBC World Service interview from December 6, 2021.
Making it extremely public helped a little, although I suppose it was dangerous. I had lost weight before and gained it back, and you get chastised for that.”
The actress, who mentions briefly that she graduated from law school in 2009, went on to star in the film Pitch Perfect as “Fat Amy,” one of her most well-known characters.
According to the actress and comedian on Instagram, her girth was part of her “comedic persona,” and she’d been on a weight roller coaster since she was about 20; dropping a few pounds, then gaining them again.
Wilson says in the BBC interview that when she decided to make her health a priority in 2020, she “got a lot of pushback from people on my own team, actually, here in Hollywood,” implying that her team was concerned that her career success in films like Bridesmaids,
That didn’t stop her, though: “I knew deep down that some of my emotional eating habits weren’t good. I didn’t need an ice cream tub every night.
That was me masking my feelings with food, which wasn’t the best thing to do.” (If you think you’re eating out of stress or boredom, here are 5 dietitian-approved methods to assist.)
However, all of the attention she received when she shed 10, 40, and eventually 80 pounds was at times uncomfortable.
“In 2019, I released four pretty successful films and had accomplished so much other in my career. But in the next year, all I managed to do was shed 80 pounds.
And the attention that comes with that is far more than starring in an Oscar-nominated film, producing a film, and all of that “Wilson tells the BBC straight up. “I’ve observed that it’s gotten a lot of attention…does a woman have to lose weight to receive attention in this world?
It wasn’t about size, a number, or anything else for me—it was about becoming the healthiest version of myself. However, it’s fascinating! Why are people so fixated on it?”
It was also eye-opening to see how others handled her differently, Wilson recalls in the same BBC interview.
“I know what it’s like to be a woman who is virtually invisible…when no one holds the door for you or treats you as if you have no value because you aren’t considered attractive.
You get this bias against you based only on your appearance, which you can’t deny is incorrect.”
“Some people asked, ‘Oh, well, will she be funny now?'” And I’m like, ‘Check out my new movies that are coming out in a new year [presumably referring to Senior Year, which will be available on Netflix in 2022] and see what you think, guys.’
What it has done for her career is opened up a whole new world of serious possibilities “Wilson goes on to suggest that at her prior size, she would have been pigeonholed into exclusively comedy roles.
Wilson is looking forward while also reflecting on how far she’s gone and sharing what she’s learned along the road.
Read on for more nuggets of wisdom from the rest of the BBC interview, a November 2021 sit-down with Women’s Health magazine, and an hour-long tell-all she gave in December 2020 on Instagram Live.
While we’ve all seen the physical improvements, Wilson claims the most significant alterations have been placed on the inside.
Wilson has enjoyed the “Year of Fun” and the “Year of Love” in the past, and she is determined to make 2020 the “Year of Health.” She had made the decision to put herself and her well-being ahead of work, citing her 40th birthday as motivation.
Wilson says on the Live, as she explains what she’s learned along the way, that “I’m not a doctor…
I can only speak from personal experience and provide some advice. You can’t buy one book, one right product, or one right thing; you can only learn little nuggets about what works for you.”
Rebel Wilson’s 7 Weight-Loss Secrets
1. Accept flaws.
Wilson hasn’t been stingy with his workouts or worked out “like a beast.” Instead, she wants to “address health from all angles” and offer herself grace if she misses a day or eats something that doesn’t fit into her Mayr Method eating plan.
2. Define your “why.”
Wilson’s “why” was to get healthy so she could freeze her eggs and have children later. (Wilson was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome when she was in her twenties.) It was also about feeling better and defeating emotional eating while remaining loyal to herself.
3. Get down to business with yourself.
Wilson drafted a letter to herself at the start of 2020 to make her commitment to her health more concrete. (FYI, we have some helpful guidelines for creating realistic weight-loss goals!)
4. Figure out what your preferred way to stay in shape is.
Walking is where she receives the majority of her exercise. In Live, Wilson states, “That is free, it is safe.” She’ll listen to a podcast or read a book while walking around whatever city she’s in.
Wilson intends to work out for 60 minutes six days a week (walking or working with one of her personal trainers). Every week, one day is set aside for rest. Wilson has also taken to Instagram to show off how she works her arms while on the run with a vodka bottle!
Wilson tells Women’s Health that now that she’s reached her goal weight, she’s sticking to mostly walks and treating her muscles properly in between them by soaking in her bath with Epsom salt or bath oil.
5. Make sure your nutrition is dialed in.
“You can’t out-train a lousy diet,” Wilson said, “which is something I should have understood but didn’t fully understand until this year.
” She used to eat fast food many times a week as a kid, or she’d believe that a strenuous workout gave her permission to consume 3,000 or 4,000 calories that day. Wilson’s goal during the “Year of Health” was to stay under 1,500 calories per day when losing weight,
but now that she’s in maintenance mode, she’s increased to 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day. Wilson realized that a high-protein diet makes her feel her best after some trial and error.
She doesn’t “eat clean” every day, but she focuses on how her body feels after she eats—and tries to eat everything mindfully.
Wilson tells Women’s Health that now that she’s not attempting to shed any more pounds, she’s adding additional snacks to her diet, as well as the odd ice cream and chocolate, to make it more “maintainable.”
She’s also adding more healthy components to her favorite dishes, such as shredded carrots and avocados in tacos.
“The most important thing I’ve learned is how to deal with my emotional eating, learning to analyze and deal with my feelings better,” she tells Women’s Health. “That’s what’s made a genuine difference in my life.”
6. Take care of yourself.
“I’m a really confident, skilled, accomplished person,” she says on the show, “yet I still suffer from low self-worth and just don’t love myself,”
Wilson remarked that purging emotional writing was quite beneficial. She sets a 12-minute timer, then writes down all of her feelings so they don’t become bottled up inside her, followed by one to five things she’s grateful for on that particular day.
During her reflections, she recognized the number on the scale has no bearing on the situation. Wilson says to the BBC, “I’m glad that the message that it wasn’t just about losing weight,
but about improving my general health came across. That’s what I’m trying to inspire others to do…that should be the aim, not to conform to whatever beauty standard society judges to be the beauty standard of the year.”
7. Consider meditating.
Wilson explains in the Live that when she’s worried, she uses a meditation app (here are five we like here at EatingWell!) to “get back into her body.”
“Get out there, boys, and walk, walk, walk. Drink water, learn what foods are best for fueling your body, and if you’re like me and suffer from emotional eating, research how to help yourself “Wilson comes to a conclusion in the Instagram video. These are wise thoughts from a woman who calls herself “Fit Amy.”