Christina Aguilera was, as her own hit song says, hurt by charges that her recent, dramatic weight-drop was accomplished by means of liposuction or other surgery. Now she is hitting back, claiming that her sudden plummet on the scales was due solely to a newly-healthy lifestyle and watching how much she eats.
Based on recent photographs of the 33-year old star, who rocketed to fame at the tender age of 16, and her physical appearance on the most recent season of the NBC music competition show The Voice, doctors speaking to Radar Online estimated the 5’2″ songstress’ weight as high as 170 pounds before the loss.
Now, they say, she appears to be in a healthy, 110 to 115 pound range.
In other words, in less than one year Christina Aguilera appears to have lost as much as 80 pounds.
Quite an achievement, and one which led skeptics to opine that such a staggering slim-down would not be possible without surgery or other artificial means.
“Looks like Christina may have had liposuction of her body and/or tummy tuck for flatter abdomen and more narrow waistline,” said Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Lance Wyatt. “Her face seems a little thinner but not much, again probably weight loss by natural or surgical means.”
Not so! At least not according to the star herself, who was recently quoted in Fox News Magazine saying her weight loss secrets consisted of “laughter, happiness, breathing, and I did some yoga.”
Aguilera’s friends are sticking up for her as well, albeit from behind the shield of anonymity.
“Christina didn’t get lipo. She’s worked hard to change her eating habits, and you can see the results,” said one, quoted on the Hollywood Life website.
“The last thing Christina wants to hear is that people are talking about her losing weight with liposuction. She’s sick and tired of people assuming things about her body,” said another alleged Aguilera confidant. “She eats carbs, protein, snacks like pretzels — she just watches how much she eats.”
But can simply watching what one eats result in an 80-pound weight loss in a period of less than a year, especially when the star herself admitted that exercise is not her top priority?
“If I have to choose between working out and spending time with my son after a hard day, it’s not even a question,” Aguilera said in a recent interview, quoted in the International Business Times.
One nutritionist, at least, thinks the food-based approach can be effective.
“If you learn to control portions and also focus on eating the right quality foods — those loaded with fiber and protein — you’ll end up being healthier and lose weight,” said Keri Glassman. “It’s important not to eat until you’re stuffed and also not to wait until you’re starving.”