In 2011, Adele was at the height of her fame and enjoying massive wealth due to the success of both her debut album – 19 – and her recently released second album, 21. Because she was arguably the most famous person in the world at this time, she was appearing in newspapers, in magazines, and, of course, all over social media. While most outlets praised her for her voice and music, many of internet users utilised Facebook and Twitter to share cruel jokes mocking the superstar for her weight. While there is no justification for making fun of somebody for their struggles with obesity, it’s was hard to deny that those jokes were rooted in reality. The singer was overweight and had been for much of her life.
Adele, to her credit, never let jokes like that get her down and it speaks volumes about her talent that she was able to reach such a great level of success and fame at a time when appearance was the at the centre of everything (not that it isn’t anymore). The songstress was a regular performer on talk and variety shows and unashamedly displayed her body in clothes which complimented and highlighted her curves. Of course, a bad diet is a bad diet no matter how body positive you are and as time went on, it seems Adele began to realise that she wasn’t doing herself any favours by consuming unhealthy snacks and drinks. In late 2011, she embarked on a workout regime which left her looking slightly slimmer, but all weight loss plans were derailed in the summer of 2012, when she announced that she was expecting a child with her boyfriend, Simon Konecki.
Adele took a well-deserved break after the birth of her child to focus on raising her family and almost dropped off the radar entirely. At one point, she became so reclusive that many in the media began to speculate that she had no intention of returning to performing or recording at all. Thankfully, she made the comeback to end all comebacks when she released “Hello”, which swept the internet in much the same way as the ice bucket challenge or Pokémon Go. Around this time, the singer began to up her public appearances, proudly flaunting a slimmer figure. Although she refused to say just how much weight she had lost, it was obvious that she had shed a significant amount of excess body fat. This was not like one of her previous weight losses, which saw her drop only a few pounds. She somehow managed to completely transform her body at the same time as raising a child and revitalizing her career. When questioned about her weight loss, Adele made it clear that she had not dropped weight to impress the media or the public or anybody but herself. She had changed her diet and begun exercising because she wanted to feel better about herself. She wanted a greater quality of life and knew she wasn’t going to achieve it if she didn’t make some drastic changes to her day-to-day life. But just what changes did she make?
A common excuse a lot of us “regular” people use to justify our own continued mistreatment of our bodies is that celebrities who lose weight only manage to do so because they can afford personal trainers, dieticians, and in some cases even liposuction. While it is true that a lot of wealthy people take shortcuts or employ a team of professionals to ensure they have the best body possible, Adele’s weight loss came in at a much lower price. She transformed herself both physically and mentally with a simple and straight forward diet and exercise plan which anybody with a bit of self-control can stick to. To achieve her enviable slimmer yet healthy figure, Adele utilized the Sirtfood diet, which you may or may not have heard of. The Sirtfood diet is composed of foods which active sirtuin proteins in the body. Surtuins have a baffling influence on the body’s metabolism and speed up the burning of fat, often times resulting in a seven-pound weight loss per week. To sweeten the deal (though that might not be the best phrase to use), sirtuins manage to maintain muscle while ridding the body of fat. Among the most popular foods in the Sirtfood diet are apples, kale, and blueberries. But unlike a lot of diets, this diet doesn’t force you to cut out everything enjoyable. In fact, it actively encourages the moderate consumption of sirtuin rich dark chocolate and red wine! The Sirtfood diet also includes green tea, which likely came as great consolation to Adele, who at one point was consuming ten cups of regular tea a day. To make matters worse, she would take two sugars in each cup, meaning she was consuming at least 20 sugars every 24 hours.
We know most people hate to hear this, but any diet, even the Sirtuins diet, is not enough to achieve the kind of body you want. If you want to get yourself into peak physical condition, or even off-peak physical condition, you’re going to have to make regular trips to the gym. Adele, recognising this, fused her new diet plan with a gym routine which consisted of circuit training, cable machines, and weight lifting.
In a world where celebrities are constantly touting the benefits of various health products which they are being paid to promote and likely don’t even use themselves, Adele is the kind of person women and teenagers should be looking up to when it comes to achieving a desirable body. She lost weight because she wanted to feel better about herself, not because she wanted the tabloids to print and post articles about her skinny waistline. While Victoria’s Secret models may seem untouchable, almost like another species, Adele openly discusses her struggles with weight loss and finding the motivation to stay healthy. She has, on more than one occasion, expressed her dislike of the gym or of even looking at herself in the mirror. Still, she forces herself to stick to her workout schedule because she knows it is the key to a long career and a happy life with her young family. Adele is perhaps the most accessible, most human celebrity on the face of the earth. She has her problems just like the rest of us, but if she can overcome them and lose all that weight, so can you!