Actress Gabourey Sidibe’s Weight Loss 2023: Did Gabby Lose Weight?


Actress Gabourey Sidibe's Weight Loss 2023: Did Gabby Lose Weight?

Gabourey Sidibe underwent a significant weight loss of about 150 pounds in 2016 after she had bariatric surgery. Though she hasn’t lost weight recently in 2023, the actress has maintained her body. Gabby Sidibe had always struggled with weight and only she couldn’t lose weight naturally, she opted for weight loss surgery. Fans want to see her before and after pictures.

Gabourey Sidibe has been impressing audiences with her acting ever since she began her career. The actress won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and got nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in her debut film Precious. She was also praised for her work in Tower Heist, White Bird in a Blizzard, Grimsby, and Antebellum.

Gabby is much loved for her appearance in The Big C, American Horror Story, and Freak Show. She also starred in the Fox musical drama series Empire in the role of Becky Williams which pushed her to heights she had never reached before. Her acting career is impressive, to say the least. However, when it comes to her, her weight loss is more brought up than her career. Even though she hasn’t lost weight in 2023, it’s always about that. Here’s everything to know about Gabourey Sidibe’s weight loss!

Previously, we touched on the weight loss stories of Karen Martini and Yoo Jeongyeon.

Actress Gabby Sidibe’s Weight Loss 2023: How Much Does Gabourey Weigh Now? Check Out Her Before and After Pictures!

Actress Gabourey Sidibe (@gabby3shabby) underwent a dramatic weight loss of 150 pounds in 2016 after she had bariatric surgery. She was 300 pounds before and lost half her weight after the surgery. She has done a good job of maintaining her weight so far but she hasn’t lost any weight recently as of 2023.

Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe had a weight loss surgery in 2016.
Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe had a weight loss surgery in 2016.
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Gabby Sidibe had struggled with her weight ever since she was a child and she tried to lose weight for a decade the natural way but she just couldn’t. So, in 2016, Gabourey decided to opt for weight loss surgery which ended up doing wonders for her because what she couldn’t do, that surgery did. After she had the operation, she lost more than half her weight. She was 300 pounds which always caused her inconvenience. After the bariatric surgery, she dropped down to 150 pounds.

Gabourey Sidibe underwent one of the most insane and incredible physical transformations against all odds. And it was not all about her physicality but it was more impressive because she had been battling Type-2 diabetes, bulimia, and depression along with her weight issues and she emerged with victory after the surgery. However, if Gabby had her way, she would never have had the operation for weight loss because it was never her desire to be slim and look more physically appealing.

Gabby Sidibe had tried to lose weight naturally but she couldn’t. And the actress would have left it that except she hated being in pain every time she climbed a flight of stairs, she wanted to walk around comfortably in heels, and she wanted to do cartwheels. 300 pounds is a lot of baggage for that. Gabourey said that she didn’t want to get skinny and just wanted to have a weight loss that would put her at a little chubby. She would find herself beautiful even then because as she said, her beauty does not come from a mirror.

Gabourey Sidibe dropped down to 150 pounds from 300 pounds after the weight loss surgery.
Gabourey Sidibe dropped down to 150 pounds from 300 pounds after the weight loss surgery.
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So, Gabourey Sidibe went ahead and got bariatric surgery for weight loss. Her stomach was cut in half which limited her hunger and capacity to eat. Her brain chemistry then changed which made her want to eat healthier and her lifelong relationship with food changed, she wrote in her memoir This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.

Gabourey Sidibe admitted that she would not have lost as much weight without weight loss surgery but it was not all that. The Precious actress put a lot of effort into retaining her weight loss and maintaining her body after the operation. She began to follow a strict diet and exercise regimen. Gabby hired a nutritionist and changed her eating habits and she also upped her fitness regime and started working with a trainer.

To maintain her weight loss, Gabourey Sidibe started having a well-balanced, calorie-deficit diet. The Empire actress cut out all forms of soda and soft drinks from her diet. In place of soda, Gabby began drinking ice-cold water with lemon slices in it. She also said no to junk food. Oreos, pizza, burgers, fries, and other fast food which were frequent in her diet were all replaced with healthy options such as vegetables, chips, and hummus.

Gabby Sidibe has done a great job of maintaining her weight so far, as of 2023.
Gabby Sidibe has done a great job of maintaining her weight so far, as of 2023.
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In addition to that, Gabourey Sidibe began using healthy fat sources like olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados and reduced the intake of sugar and salt consumption. Gabby also started to eat on a smaller plate to reduce her eating portions while she increased the frequency of her eating and began eating  6-7 smaller meals a day. Her diet would have a heavy breakfast and a light dinner. Her other meals would be similar – light and protein-rich. These changes in her eating habits contributed to her maintenance of weight loss.

It’s not just the actress’ eating habits, however. Gabourey Sidibe’s workout also helped her in maintaining her weight loss. Gabby started with simple cardio on the StairMaster and treadmill to build her stamina and once she did it, she moved on to exercises like lunges, squats, leg press, barbell curls, and lat pulldowns. She also started doing yoga which improved her flexibility. And with all these, she has successfully retained her physical transformation and she looks the same in 2023 as she did in 2016 after the surgery.