Jennifer Garner’s sudden weight loss causes concern


Life & Style has an article up about Jennifer Garner’s dramatic weight loss, but in all fairness to them, L&S isn’t being judgy about it. They don’t come down on one side (“she’s too thin!”) or another (“she looks fine!”). I’m the one who is concerned, not L&S. As I noted post-Golden Globes, Jennifer looks way too thin for my taste on the red carpet. True, she’s not emaciated, but she’s had some dramatic weight loss in just the past few months (see photos of Jennifer in September). Life & Style attributes her drop in three dress sizes to her getting serious about losing the baby weight:

When a slim Jennifer Garner stepped onto the stage recently at the Golden Globes in LA, the Versace-clad mom of two drew plenty of oohs and aahs. But her streamlined silhouette was a new look for the 37-year-old star, who was once famous for the super-muscular physique she showed off in action-hero roles.

“She’s a size 0 now,” an insider says about Jen, who has two daughters, Violet, 4, and Seraphina, 13 months, with hubby Ben Affleck. “She used to be a size 6.”

That means after having her second child, Jen dropped the baby weight and more — which was tough to do the first time, she’s said.

“I just wasn’t that motivated,” Jen said about taking time to lose the weight after Violet’s birth. Then I got on the treadmill, stopped stuffing my face and lost the weight. I cut out croissants, bagels and muffins — all the good stuff — and went back to having
a salad once a day and protein.”

[From Life & Style]

I’d be more likely to believe that Jennifer’s metabolism has gone haywire post-pregnancy rather than she was aiming to be a size zero. That, and she probably loses a lot of wieght running around after Violet and Seraphina, and she’s a busy mom. I really believe Garner is the kind of woman who would take her own health seriously, and would want to get back to her natural, slender frame, yet still have some athleticism and some meat on her bones. Maybe when she gets back to work on a film, she’ll put on some more weight?

When I was researching this, I found this little blurb from Us Weekly/iVillage. Apparently, Ben Affleck still wants a son, and he’s still trying to convince Jennifer to get pregnant again. This story has been reported before - and now they’re claiming that Jennifer is reusing to get pregnant again because she’s worked so hard to get her body back.

Jennifer Garner in LA on January 26, 2010, credit: Fame Pictures. Also, Garner at the Globes on January 17, 2010, credit: WENN.


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  1. Snarf says:

    Is Rachel Zoe still her stylist? If so then there’s reason for concern. Just sayin’….

  2. CadieBelle says:

    What’s the big deal – she finally lost the baby fat. While thin, she is not anorexic.

  3. snowball says:

    By regular people (not celeb) standards, she was on the thin/athletic side before. I don’t believe she was a 6, maybe a 2 or 4. One of our local television anchors is a 6 and if you saw her in person, you’d be shocked by how small she is, though she looks even a little pudgy onscreen.

    I wish the tabs would make up their mind about her and Ben. Either he’s having a flaming affair with Blake Lively or he’s begging Jennifer to have another baby.

    If I were her, I wouldn’t want to get pregnant right now either, Seraphina’s still practically a baby. Pace yourself, Ben.

  4. Anna says:

    Aw man, I love Jen. I hope this is accidental and not for keeps! She does look better with a few more well-spread out and muscular pounds on her frame.

    If the rumours about Ben starting to drink again etc are true, maybe it’s not just her girls and work keeping her busy, maybe it’s also worries for Ben and getting him through this rough patch. I know a few women who instantly lose weight when they are worried about something.

  5. bella says:

    I hope Jennifer is being healthy and safe. I like her, I like her with Ben, and I think they have a beautiful family.

  6. Sudini says:

    There is no way she’s a size 0. She’s thin, but for someone of her height (5’8″ ish?) to be a size zero, she’d be looking more skeletal. And her stomach would be much more concave.

    I don’t think she looks too thin at all. But I wouldn’t want to see her lose anymore weight.

  7. Anna says:

    @Sudini: you may be right about her not being a real size 0 (let’s hope for health she isn’t) but you need to remember the camera adds about 12 pounds. So what we see is not identical to what we’d see if we saw her on the street. The people writing these articles more than likely have seen her on the red carpet etc and that is probably where the “scoop”/concern comes from.

  8. Kolby says:

    I think she looks good, especially for a mom with two small children. Plus, she was breastfeeding the younger one for a long time, which helps shed pregnancy weight very quickly. I nursed my fifteen-month old until he was a year, and during that time I lost not only the pregnancy weight, but also ten pounds of pre-pregnancy weight I was carrying. I ended up a size 2, when I was a 4 before I got pregnant. It happens and as long as she’s healthy and able to take care of her family, I think she’s fine.

  9. Chicken Tetrazzini says:

    I think her weight is fine. It’s just her massive head and how her ears stick out that makes her look so skinny…and I am not trying to be mean here, not after all the sh*t I got last time!

    But I can imagine that being married to Ben Affleck could drive you to not eat, especially if you are the type that doesn’t eat when you are upset. I have a feeling that he isn’t the best husband to her, especially since she just gushed about him to the media. In my celeb gossip expert opinion, that usually means that there’s trouble. I think she is completely unattractive but I’m sure she is a nice person and is undoubtedly a stellar mother, and I hope she can make her marriage work. If it fails, I doubt it will be because of her lack of effort, that’s for sure.

  10. UglyIsn'tAsin says:

    Skinny or not, she’s still dowdy and manly looking. Ew.

  11. Ruby Red Lips says:

    “…and went back to having a salad once a day and protein.”

    Ummm…and how has she lost the weight?!

    Come on, thats not enough to feed a rabbit, no wonder the weight dropped off so quickly

  12. Sigh. says:

    **Psst Kaiser**
    Last sentence – “reusing” or REFUSING?
    Cos if it’s REUSING, this is a whoooole other story.

  13. lucy2 says:

    I don’t think she’s a size 0 either. But I also don’t see a huge difference between what she looks like now and what she did pre-kids. She was always very thin (and not really muscular) on Alias. She may be a little slimmer than then if she’s not doing the same sort of workout, but I don’t see a drastic change.

  14. Maritza says:

    She looks great! She doesn’t look anorexic nor anything like that. Good for her.

  15. Laurie says:

    And what if she has ANOTHER girl? Will Ben want to keep going?? She probably has some valid concerns and doesn’t want a family of 10 kids!

  16. Jess says:

    I think she looks too thin. Not that she’s emaciated yet – but it’s too thin for her.

  17. snapdragon says:

    yeah, i don’t think she’s a size 0 either. but everyone is hollywood is either a size 0 or a size 2, according to their publicists. i think she looks fine, but she should not lose any more weight. and if all she’s eating is a salad and “protein” (probably fish or chicken w/o the skin) all day long that is a bad idea. that’s not enough for a young mother who is probably still breastfeeding.

  18. AC says:

    she looks perfect for her. Prebaby she was always really crazy thin. I like this size for her. She looks healthy.

  19. Erin says:

    Yeah, she looks great body-wise (face looks haggard, IMO) but that doesn’t mean she’s healthy. I think, like almost all Hollywood actresses, that she doesn’t eat much of anything and works out to extremes. There’s not an ounce of fat on her.

  20. EMV says:

    She has always been very thin. Some people are just natually skinnier than others. If you see her pictures from school age years she was a rail. I think she looks fine, paler,but she looks fine.

  21. fizXgirl314 says:

    damn, why does she look so worn out?

  22. Popcorny says:

    I do believe that Ben is running her ragged emotionally.
    Firstly -he’s “that” type of guy, then all the blind items, her obnoxious impromptu rock, all the relationship overcompensation via interviews (and his pretending to protest), her weight loss, etc.,.
    I think she’s trying to live/lead a suburban/post-collegiate mom type life with a guy who “looks” the part -while Ben on the other hand may “look” the part, but he’s always been pretty shallow and craving more cheap excitement than that. (He’s extremely insecure).
    -he’s no Matt Damon.
    If they last at all (as a couple) it’s because she’s sacrificing like crazy to hold onto her fantasy/ideals/family image.
    And, yeah, wow, what a difference make-up makes with her -and the clothes (she looks quite butch when not working).

  23. Cat says:

    Lol I think size zero/two is way over-used too! If she’s a zero, what do you call a 90 lb., 4’9 foot woman? A -2?

  24. Benny says:

    If the gossip is true and Affleck wants a “son” he should adopt. That’s the only way the guarantee the gender of your child. Otherwise he could end up like those people with 8 kids – 7 girls and a boy (who’s the youngest), which means they kept trying over and over until they finally got their boy. Just adopt already.

  25. Boombeeba says:

    That chicky pooh is a dummy. If Benny wants her to have his son she better get with the program bc he has hotter finer sexier (nicer bodies too) chix on the sideline (Blake Lively destroys Jennifer Garner- I never thought she was hot even in ALIAS she’s very “plain Jane” & you know Ben has a bevvy of booties/ beauties to have his son with if he so desires! HELL this man was smashing off JLo he obviously has taste for women with healthy sexy curvy bodies & Jennifer Garner ain’t it! ( why do you think fishsticks Paltrow got tossed to the side???)

  26. Laura says:

    Really, Kaiser? Please tell me you are not that naive…

    “She probably loses a lot of wieght running around after Violet and Seraphina..”

    That’s what ALL celebrity mothers say when they’re asked how they lost their baby weight. My two favourites ::Sarcasm:: Ashlee Simpson and Victoria Beckham both say the same thing.

    And they TOTALLY don’t have issues with food.

  27. Jules says:

    Yeah Laura! I agree with you. I see plenty of fat moms running after two kids. Guess that plan doesn’t work for everyone…only celebs.

  28. Cinderella says:

    She was in great shape before the babies. She was always very physically fit. She’s still in her 30′s, so it’s not impossible to return to a pre-pregnancy weight. She’s like many women…once we are really motivated, we just do it. The key is getting motivated.

    I do think she shouldn’t lose any more, though.

  29. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    It seems like the only deciding factor here is whether you like her or not. Maybe there should be a ‘Busy Mommy Liquid Diet’ plan, that would satisfy everyone.

  30. nj says:

    I think Laura’s on the money here. Your metabolism does not speed up at age 37 after two kids; if anything it slows. And the “running around after my two kids” is a crock too when the kids are so little. They are not running far. You get run ragged from doing everything for them and cleaning up after them, but unfortunately, that won’t burn off much fat. Half the women in Hollywood are on Adderall and I wish they would just admit it rather than trot out this b.s. Jen Garner is very hands on as a parent but most Hollywood moms are not.

  31. K McFarlane says:

    Yes she looks tired (in the second photo) and thin. But not unhealthily thin. Not Calista Flockhart/Victoria Beckham/Ellen Pompeo thin. There are a lot of thinner women in Hollywood but because they have implants it seems to fool everyone that they’re bigger than they really are.

  32. Jag says:

    If she’s eating a salad once a day with protein and that’s it, that’s not enough calories. She’s starving herself to death. Get help, Jen.

  33. Mark says:

    She looked hot and at the same time odd on the Golden Globes.

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