Eight celebrity participants split up into two teams of four, and each week these stars tackled different physical challenges.
Before TLC’s My 600-lb Life, or USA Network’s The Biggest Loser, there was VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. For a long time, people have loved watching weight loss transformations. The premise of Celebrity Fit Club was straightforward. Celebrities who were well outside of their Body Mass Index (BMI) tried to lose weight. Eight celebrity participants split up into two teams of four, and each week these stars tackled different physical challenges. Then, the celebs had to weigh in to see if they reached their target weight. A nutritionist, psychologist, and physical trainer monitored each star.
One catch was that team members could switch out one team member. Typically this happened when a contestant wasn’t doing so hot. Celebrity Fit Club was a sobering and eye-opening viewing experience. Viewers learned that regardless of how much money a celebrity has, they can still have insecurities, struggles, and potential health scares. Let’s see which stars appeared on Celebrity Fit Club and how much weight they lost.
10 Angie Stone
Angie Stone is an R&B singer and songwriter with a timelessly soulful sound. Her solo debut album Black Diamond went gold, and one of her most popular songs is No More Rain (In This Cloud). She appeared on season four of Celebrity Fit Club. Stone had one of the lowest weight-loss scores in the show’s history, losing 18 pounds and 7.9% of her body fat.
9 Bone Crusher
Wayne Hardnett Jr., professionally known as Bone Crusher, is most known for his song Never Scared. The rap track went all the way to number one on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts. He also appeared on season four of Celebrity Fit Club and lost the most weight in the show’s history. He lost a whopping 51 pounds and 12% of his body fat.
8 Tempestt Bledsoe
Tempest Bledsoe is most known for her role as Vanessa on The Cosby Show. People reported that Bledsoe decided to go on the show because she wanted to lose her body fat percentage, but she wasn’t worried about the pounds. Bledsoe revealed that working out was always a part of her routine, but focusing on it solely for 100 days would be beneficial for her. She kept a vegetarian diet and gave up ginger ale. Bledsoe lost 19 pounds, which was 10.5% of her body fat. Her goal before starting the show was 25%.
7 Countess Vaughn
Countess Vaughn is most known for playing Kim Parker on The Parkers. Vaughn’s team, Ebony Flame, switched her out because she was the first (and only) fit clubber to gain weight. Vaughn gained four pounds. Her goal was to lose fifteen pounds. She dreamed of being a pin-up cover girl and posing on a men’s magazine cover. According to Amo Mama, the Moesha actress has been the victim of body shaming ever since she was young. The star took to getting extensive liposuction to transform her body in 2020.
6 Toccara Jones
Toccara Jones was a contestant in season three of America’s Next Top Model. She was famously known for being one of the few plus-sized models on ANTM and was often treated poorly because of her size, but she embraced her curves. Although Jones’s team traded her, she lost 32 pounds and 15.6% of her body fat in season two, coming in third place.
5 Jackée Harry
Jackée Harry’s breakout role was Sandra Clark in 227. She is also known for playing Lisa Landry on Sister Sister. Harry’s weight loss was impressive. In season two, she lost 39 pounds, which equated to 19.3% of her body fat. According to the Chicago Tribune, Harry expressed that it wasn’t easy to reveal your flaws on TV and that “you don’t want to show your fat butt on TV.”
Harry confessed on Rachel Ray’s show in 2018 that she knows she gained all of her weight back and that potato chips are her vice. Dr. Ian Smith, the physician who helped Harry lose weight on the show, said that clean eating is beneficial in weight loss.
4 Gary Busey
Gary Busey played Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story. In the past few decades, Busey is more known for his erratic behavior. A lot to contributes to this. In 1988, he wasn’t wearing a helmet while riding his motorcycle, and an accident led to permanent brain damage. Busey has also dealt with drug addiction. Nonetheless, in season two of Celebrity Fit Club, he lost 39 pounds and 18.7% of his body fat even after being traded as a team captain.
3 Biz Markie
Marcel Hall, better known as Biz Markie, is most known for his 1989 single Just A Friend, which R&B singer Mario sampled in 2002 on his track Just A Friend 2002. He lost a whopping 40 pounds in season one and lost 11.6% of his body fat. In 2014, Markie lost 140 pounds and decided to live a healthier lifestyle to get off the meds after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, in 2020, the rapper and DJ went to the hospital because he slipped into a diabetic coma, and he also suffered from a stroke. It’s unclear how his health is doing now.
2 Phil Magera
Phil Magera is best known for appearing on Viva La Bam, a spin-off of Jackass, which he also made appearances. He broke Biz Markie’s record and lost 41 pounds, making him the second person to lose the most weight next to Bone Crusher. He lost 11.6% of his body fat.
1 Chaz Bono
Chaz Bono’s parents are Sonny Bono and Cher. Chaz Bono is known for his female-to-male gender transition, formerly being Chastity Bono. He’s also known for being an LGBTQ+ activist. Bono was a team captain in season three of the show and lost 10.7% of his body fat and 23 pounds. Around this time, he weighed over 200 pounds and contributed to getting his weight from his dad’s side of the family. Bono revealed that they had a weight problem. He joined the show not to be skinny but to be healthy.
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