The Year Of Health: Rebel Wilson’s Body Positive Weight Loss Journey

Rebel Wilson’s charm and wit made her an international star, but there was one thing about her dream life that Rebel still wanted to change. That’s why she declared 2020 her “Year of Health.” The celebrity committed to a diet and exercise plan to start feeling better than ever before. Rebel is the most fit we’ve seen her and more inspirational than ever as she proves it’s always the right time to make a positive change.

The Start Of Something Good

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Back in 2016, Rebel announced to her fans that she was down 33 pounds and ready to begin her weight loss journey. Her goal was to get down to 165 pounds, something that would take patience and discipline.

There’s no way to rush that kind of a journey, especially since it has just as much to do with mentality as it does physicality. Rebel was committed to sticking it out for the long haul, and that’s what she did.

She Lost Weight While Preparing For Cats

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Rebel’s next bought of weight loss came while filming Cats. The musical required a ton of dance practice, and Rebel shared one detail that made the rehearsals especially gruesome. She told Entertainment Tonight that the thermostat was kept high so that the dancers couldn’t cool down.

She explained, “These people are like, the best dancers in the whole world, so they can’t cool their muscles down or they could get an injury and they’d be out of the film.”

The Jumpstart Motivated Her To Get Moving In 2020

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By the time Cats premiered in December of 2019, Rebel was feeling more motivated than ever to reach her weight loss goals. The high heat and strenuous rehearsals put her in better shape than the start of production.

It seems only fitting to keep the momentum going now that she was on her way. As she went to events at the start of 2020, something glowed about Rebel. It was clear she was ready to commit to a new lifestyle.

The Year Of Health

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Rebel announced to her Instagram followers that 2020 was going to be her “Year of Health.” It’s an ironic title given the coronavirus pandemic, but perhaps that’s part of what motivated Rebel to do something good for her body.

Plus, her fans loved seeing something inspirational during a historically tough year. Rebel’s commitment to health became a bright spot during a time when so many were fighting just to get by. With so many people cheering her on, Rebel couldn’t let them down.

Keeping Her Fans In The Loop

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Rebel didn’t just announce her plans to get healthy and then disappear while she got in shape. The star made sure that she kept her fans in the loop every step of the way.

Anyone who was struggling to get into shape could feel like they had a partner by their side and vice versa. Accountability is so important when it comes to weight loss, so having that support could help both Rebel and others who were inspired to match her journey.

Waking Up Determined

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@rebelwilson/Instagram

Can you imagine if everyone woke up with this much determination? Rebel is putting her fists in the air like she’s just won a championship. She even had to stand on her couch to get that feeling of rising above.

We love how she’s facing the window as if to say, “I’m ready to tackle you, world!” An important part of Rebel’s success is getting up early to make sure she has time to workout.

Her Celebrity Personal Trainer

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A major part of what has gotten Rebel so far in her fitness journey is working with a personal trainer. She picked Jono Castano, a celebrity trainer in Syndey who also owns the Acero Training Series.

Rebel got a jumpstart on her Year of Health by hiring Jono in November of 2019. He says that he and Rebel train almost every day together, as she only has one day off per week for recovery. Considering Jono used to be a professional football player, we aren’t surprised that his schedule is so rigorous.

She Does A Lot Of High-Intensity Interval Training

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Jono broke down Rebel’s workout plan saying that she does high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on days one, three, four, five, and seven. This kind of training consists of short bursts of very taxing exercise that quickly gets your heart rate up.

The activities are usually a mixture of resistance training and aerobics and are believed to be a more productive alternative to traditional cardio. Though the workouts are intense, a major perk is that they are usually only 30 minutes or less.

Rebel Also Trains With Weights

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Jono’s workout plan make day two all about weights and resistance training. Day five may be the most challenging day for Rebel as it consists of both HIIT and weights! The key is to build both endurance and strength.

While burning calories during exercise is great, growing muscle is equally important as it helps you move faster and burn extra calories. In this photo, Rebel is showing off her muscles after Jono just had her and Australian actor Hugh Sheridan run the Sydney Opera House steps.

Her Workouts Aren’t Her Only Exercise

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As strenuous as Rebel’s workouts are, they aren’t the only way that she gets exercise. Jono says that he encourages all of his clients to get in their 10,000 steps each and every day.

To do this, Rebel often goes on hikes and walks outdoors. In the caption of this photo, Rebel said she made up for her busy week by getting up super early to go hike. She even threw in some sprints to up her heart rate!

She Mixes Up Her Workouts

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Though Rebel has a tight workout routine with her trainer, that doesn’t stop her from mixing it up every now and again. Here she is flipping a tire as part of her workout with Chris and Liam Hemsworth.

With so many fit celebrities in Rebel’s group, we can only imagine how many workout buddies she must have. Jono also trains Rebel’s core and balance with a TRX System, which is equipment that focuses on suspension.

Exercise Was Only Half The Battle

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Rebel showed how far she’s come when she posed in her Gym Shark athleisure outfit while hiking in Florida. Though her exercise routine is certainly a major component of her success, it was only half the battle.

The term “abs are made in the kitchen” is popular for a reason. Diet plays a huge role in weightloss, and for Rebel, that was where her journey began. As it turns out, it was a brand new diet plan that motivated Rebel to make this year different.

A Life-Altering Trip With Carly Steel

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People reports that the thing that got Rebel set on altering her lifestyle was a trip to Austria. The actress went with TV host Carly Steel to a wellness center there in 2019 and was impressed at the results clients of the center were able to attain.

The center is named VivaMayr after Dr. F.X. Mayr, the late physician whose medical treatments are the root of the wellness retreat’s philosophy. The holistic system combines medical treatment with diet and exercise regimens to launch clients into a new way of life.

The Mayr Method Diet

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Though the VivaMayr center includes various programs, from cooking classes to oxygen therapy and much more, it’s an expensive commitment. Plus, there are only a handful of treatment centers: three in Austria and one in London.

That’s why the program’s medical director, Dr. Harald Stossier, coauthored The Viva Mayr Diet: 14 Days to a Flatter Stomach and a Younger You. The book shrinks Dr. F.X. Mayr’s century-old philosophy down to a comprehensive, two-week-long diet plan.

Not Your Average Diet

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Unlike many diets, the Mayr method doesn’t have many restrictions on what you can eat. Generally, it emphasizes eating vegetables and fish and encourages dieters to avoid gluten and dairy.

The diet is more concerned with habits. VivaMayr medical director Dr. Maximilian Schubert told Today some of the critical components of the diet. The guidelines include chewing your food at least 40 times, drinking in between meals instead of with them, cutting out snacks, and not eating past 4 or 5 p.m.

It’s All About The Gut

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Gut health is at the core of the Mayr diet. The program’s habits aren’t meant to put tight restrictions on dieters but are there to help them revamp their relationship with food and repair their gut.

Chewing more times is meant to help dieters break down their food more so that their gut has an easier time and their brain knows when they’re full. That’s also why dieters are told to avoid distractions, like watching TV, while eating.

Incredible Results

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@rebelwilson/Instagram

The combination of Rebel’s commitment to her diet and exercise amassed incredible results for the 40-year-old actress. Though she hasn’t revealed her weight to the public, she has said she’s near her goal of 165 pounds.

More important than what the scale says is how she feels, which is why Rebel named 2020 the Year of Health. Rather than obsessing over how she looks, Rebel focused on being the most fit she could be.

An Inspiration To Her Fans

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Rebel’s body-positive priorities are a huge inspiration to fans, especially those who are in need of a healthier lifestyle. Many celebrities rely on expensive treatments to look above average, but Rebel’s diet and exercise plan is something anyone could do.

On her Instagram, fans comment things like “You’re so inspiring” and “Looking healthy and gorg!” Some even solicit Rebel’s advice or ask what diet she’s been doing or to share their weight loss journey with the star.

A New Flame

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@rebelwilson/Instagram

Having a healthier lifestyle isn’t the only way that Rebel has transformed her life in 2020. Around the same time she discovered the Mayr diet, a friend introduced Rebel to Jacob Busch.

Jacob is a descendent of one of the cofounders of Anheuser-Busch brewery, but you wouldn’t guess that based on his down-to-Earth disposition. The two reportedly hit it off right away, but Rebel waiting until September 2020 to show off her new flame to her Instagram followers.

She Authored A Children’s Book Called Bella The Brave

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Given how impressive Rebel’s 2020 transformation has been, it seems only fitting that she’s also begun work on a children’s book called Bella the Brave. According to bellathebravebooks.com, the picture book pulls from Rebel’s real-life experiences.

It also states that Rebel’s goal is to teach kids some of the life lessons she discovered on her journey from being a “shy girl from Sydney” to becoming a worldwide movie star. That’s what we call a role model for all ages!