The real reason Rebel Wilson lost 80 pounds in her ‘Year of Health’

As many of us had hoped, Rebel Wilson actually spent her pandemic year getting fit.

The Senior Year star recently shared how an inevitable break from the spotlight in 2020 gave her a chance to get healthy and lose over 80 pounds.

During her self-proclaimed “Year of Health,” the 42-year-old Australian comedian was inspired to lose some weight after visiting a fertility doctor to freeze her eggs a few years ago.

“He looked me up and down and said, ‘You’d do a lot better if you were healthier,'” the actress recently told People.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Rebel Wilson arrives at the world premiere of "the deb" at the Rebel Theatre, Australian Theater for Young People on April 22, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
The comedian lost about 80 pounds and regained her health in 2020.
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Her desire to one day become a mother encouraged her to put health first. Wilson also has polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that can severely affect fertility and lead to weight gain.

“I was amazed. I was like, ‘Oh god, this guy is so rude.’ He was right. I carried a lot of excess weight around with me. It’s almost as if I didn’t think of my own needs. [When] I thought about the needs of a future child, which really inspired me to become healthier,” she told the magazine.

She embarked on her wellness journey in January 2020. “It wasn’t a goal to hit a specific weight,” she explained. “It was just the healthiest version of myself.”

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: Rebel Wilson attends the Netflix Senior Year Special Screening at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills on May 10, 2022 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Netflix)
Wilson’s desire to one day become a mother drove her to become healthy and lose excess weight.
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Wilson opened up about her struggle with “emotional eating” and how it caused her to reevaluate her priorities. She finally understood that her physical transformation was about more than the number on the scale.

“It was about dealing with the emotional issues that made me eat emotionally, and that’s a process,” she emphasized. “You cry a lot, analyze things. I had never done that before. It’s really hard to understand why you don’t feel worthy when people look at my life on paper and say you’ve done all these amazing things. I’m trying to overcome that.”

When she was at her heaviest, the “Bridesmaids” alum said that despite being famous, she felt “kind of invisible.” “And then suddenly having people want to carry your groceries, do nice things for you just because you look like, that’s interesting,” she noted.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: Rebel Wilson attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
“It wasn’t a goal to hit a specific weight,” the Pitch Perfect star said of her wellness journey. “It was just the healthiest version of myself.”
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The Pitch Perfect actress also mentioned to People that she “knows what it’s like to be on the other side of that coin.”

She continued, “And now I know what it’s like to get positive attention. There is a societal bias towards what society considers good looking. That is not right. It sucks, it’s unfair. I’m sad when someone doesn’t love the body they’re in. You want to celebrate all body types, but I also want to encourage people to be healthy.”

While many fans raved about how Wilson shed weight, previous reports suggested she was using the Mayr Method — a controversial tactic that focuses on improving gut health and avoiding certain substances like gluten and caffeine.

However, she denied using the method last month, declaring on social media, “This was NEVER my diet” and that she “NEVER endorses diet pills or magic weight loss pills.”

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