By Emma Dooney
Rebel Wilson has revealed that she decided to lose weight after a doctor told her it would enhance her egg quality and increase her chances of conception after the age of 40.
The Australian actor has undergone a major health transformation over the last few years, shedding 4.5st (63lbs) to boost her fertility and improve her overall wellbeing. After committing to a healthier diet and exercise routine at the beginning of 2020, Rebel reached her goal weight of 11.7st (165lb) just before the Christmas holidays.
The Pitch Perfect star has now shared more details on her motivation for slimming down, recounting one particular life-changing conversation she had with her doctor.
"When I was going through and looking into fertility stuff, the doctor was like, 'Well, you'd have a much better chance if you were healthier'," she said on Instagram Live.
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"I was actually a bit offended. I thought that even though I was bigger, I was pretty healthy," the lovable comic added. "So that's what started it—that if I lost some excess weight, it would give me a better chance of freezing eggs and having better quality eggs."
With the knowledge that a higher BMI could negatively affect her fertility, Rebel jumped headfirst into her healthier lifestyle.
"At first it wasn't even for myself, it was thinking of a future mini-me and their quality. That's what kick-started it," she added.
The success of her weight loss has been a proud achievement for Rebel, who admits she harbors regrets over postponing the journey for so long.
"Now that I know I can do it, sometimes I feel sad that I didn’t do it earlier," she told InStyle in May 2021. “Maybe I should have tried when I was 30, not 40. But everybody’s journey is different, and it’s not a race or competition.”
Rebel's health journey commenced with a stint at Austrian wellness retreat VivaMayr, where she was taught the basic rules of losing—and keeping off—excess weight. One crucial takeaway lesson she gained was the power of walking for weight loss, as well as the importance of a fiber-rich food plan for long-term health.
"While there I learned that moderate—not even fast-paced—walking is the best way for me to lose unnecessary body fat," she told Shape magazine. The luxurious medical clinic also upgraded her eating habits, introducing her to the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. Rebel was placed on a nutritious meal plan of high-alkaline foods, such as vegetables, fresh fish, and sheep’s milk yogurt, as well as a complete detox from caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
The Hustle star enjoyed the experience so much that she even returned for another stay in November 2020, to "boost my immune system and lose my last two kilos.”
"The goal was never to be skinny," she said. "It was never to fit into a certain dress size. I put in a weight [goal] because I needed some tangible thing."
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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