Adele lost so much weight with Pilates & a personal trainer: ‘She never looked back’

Last week, Adele stepped out in LA for Drake’s big birthday party. Adele is sort of like Beyonce, in that she’s friends with everyone and she really doesn’t “do” beefs. I’m sure Adele and Beyonce can’t stand some cracker-eating bitches, but within the music industry, they keep everything professional and friendly. Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that when photos of Adele came out at Drake’s party, people were like “holy hell, Adele is THIN.” It’s true. Adele has been thin for months now – remember over the summer, there were photos of her at a Spice Girls concert and she looked very sleek and slender? Yeah, it’s still happening. Back then, we heard that she’s been doing “Reformer Pilates.” Now People Mag has more:

Adele is becoming a gym rat — and surprised herself by loving it. The superstar singer, 31, is “incredibly dedicated” to her new fitness routine, which includes regular sessions with a private trainer, Pilates classes and workouts at the celeb-favorite Rise Nation, a Stairmaster-like class.

“After Adele started working out, she never looked back. She was instantly a changed person with a different mindset,” a source close to the Grammy winner tells PEOPLE. But according to the source, Adele wasn’t sure if this new lifestyle would work for her, initially.

“At first, she was very hesitant about keeping a workout routine. It was like she was questioning if she was gonna enjoy it enough to stick with it,” the insider says. “But she has been incredibly dedicated. She continues to work out with a trainer. And she looks fantastic.”

Adele, who recently split from her longtime partner Simon Konecki earlier this year, wanted to up her fitness game for her 7-year-old son Angelo. “For her, it’s not about losing weight,” a source previously told PEOPLE. “She wants to stay healthy for her son’s sake, and though it’s been challenging for her to keep a new workout routine, she is sticking with it.”

According to another entertainment source, Adele is also “watching what she eats. She has taken a more serious interest in improving herself and is actually having a great time.”

[From People]

I think it was a combination of things – once her son was born, Adele (mostly) stopped smoking and she started with the weight loss journey, making smaller choices and then bigger choices, like not drinking endless cups of tea with milk and sugar, and then exercising more and now she’s at the point where she loves the endorphins of a good workout. Plus, I bet you anything that she really started focusing on gym time when her son started going to school full-time AND her marriage started falling apart. Anyway, good for her. She didn’t *need* to lose weight, and it’s clear that this is something she’s doing for herself, to get healthier. Good for her.

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  1. minx says:

    She looks great. I’ve always thought she had beautiful features and now you really notice her cheekbones, eyes, chin, etc.

  2. Stacy Dresden says:

    Happy for her!

  3. shells_bells says:

    LOVE her! I prefer her hair a little darker, but she looks great! And happy.

  4. Snowslow says:

    I am always a bit torn when I read these weight loss stories.
    For one I am happy for Adele because if she lost the weight in a healthy way then it means she is healthier which is good.
    On the other hand, she looked good and had already lost weight which means that the wild, crazy, south London Adele might be giving in to Celeb culture.
    So I’m torn.

    • Ariela says:

      I’m sure South London Adele is alive and well… just a little healthier. She does look happy too.

      • SuperNova says:

        Adele is from Tottenham which is north London and she has never been wild and crazy. Yes, a little more social and out spoken but never wild and crazy.

    • Esmom says:

      I hear you but it seems like she’s doing it for the right reasons, to be healthier for her son. While she is lovely at any weight, I understand her feeling better when she’s stronger. Physical fitness is a huge part of maintaining my mental health.

    • Wilady says:

      You can be a celebrity turd even if you’re bigger, and you can be a great person when you’re thin. I’m happy she’s happy.

      Exercise changed my outlook on life and my self, and it’s made me a happier person- not because of aesthetics, though that’s a cool side effect, but it changed my body chemistry into a much more motivated, positive and productive person and I love it. I’ll always cheer on anyone deciding to start an exercise routine.

      • tealily says:

        That is REAL. I always feel so much more on top of everything in my life when I’m exercising regularly.

    • Snowslow says:

      Oh come on. We don’t know what is going on in someone’s life. Working out is great (Jesus I seen to be stuck in conversations about this today), eating healthy too (I do one and the other, a hiatus notwithstanding) but we never know what is going on.
      Also, have you noticed how when a series starts all the ladies – who are already quite thin to start with – get thinner as it goes? It happened in Girls to one of the characters, and I recently saw that in Suits. So there is a lot of pressure nowadays to be even thinner than one was before and it sucks.
      If she’s doing it for her son and is healthy I am so here for it. I just hope it is not too much and making her miserable. She is such a sweetheart.

      • Earthbound says:

        Becoming progressively slimmer doesnt mean they’re unhealthy or obsessive when done slowly though.

        I hate pilates but it seems to click for some people. When I’ve done it it feels like it couldnt possibly be doing anything much but then the next day my stomach is sore. Still, it is too boring as hell for me to ever stick with.

  5. Cate says:

    I started doing Pilates after my son was born. I started doing it b/c I was waking up all the time to pee at night and I heard it would help with strengthening my pelvic floor. Well, it did and it also just made me feel SO good. I found it actually really helped with eating healthier because it’s the kind of workout that leaves you hungry for something like a salad rather than a burger or cheesecake (which I often want after, say, a long run!). And it’s great for your posture too! I wish I had Adele’s resources to do reformer classed regularly!

  6. (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

    She looks AMAZING! And good for her, doing it for HERSELF, and HER reasons.

    She’s supposed to drop a new album before the end of the year; I also hear something about a new single around 11/8…🙏🏻🤞🏻 It’s even said to be “upbeat” lol

    So excited! LOVE Adele!

  7. Eliza says:

    Yeah, i’m always skeptical when i see a celeb with this much weight loss. I suspect they had a gastric bypass, like Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson. And then they try to sell the illusion of doing it the healthy way. Nothing wrong with surgery, but don’t bullshit us

    • Ariela says:

      Wow, did Mariah Carey have a gastric bypass?

    • deezee says:

      I really don’t think Adele had surgery. She was never that big to begin with. She used to (and may still well when performing) dress to hide her body. The weight loss was gradual and stemmed from some lifestyle changes.

    • billypilgrim says:

      Eliza, iTA. I think there is some surgical intervention going on here.
      Which is fine just be honest about it.

      • Jaded says:

        Honestly, you don’t know that – she’s been keeping a low profile for a lonnnggg time and was probably dealing with the stressful aftermath of her enormous success and a marriage that was on the rocks. The best thing you can do at times like that is to exercise away the stress. I’ve done it, lots of us have done it, I started it when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, smartest thing I ever did. I too did a type of pilates-based workout that involved light weights and cardio. I lost weight, toned up and got through my medical issues in great shape, physically mentally and emotionally.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      If not surgery, then certainly a diet plan. You can’t outrun a cheeseburger. That means the extra calories you burn exercising is rarely enough to lose weight. Exercising is a good thing, and healthy. BUT, it doesn’t make you lose weight — for that, you need to address your diet. If Adele didn’t have surgery (and I’ll assume she didn’t without evidence), then she is at least doing some sort of diet plan to have dropped that much weight. Again, exercise is good, eating healthier is good — but I wish celebrities would be more honest so they don’t give a false impression regarding eating choices, exercise, etc.

  8. lana86 says:

    Good for her. Also, what’s with the feverish repeating that it’s not about losing weight?! Lol. God forbid someone assumes that you might enjoy being more good-looking?….apart from health?….

    • Yup, Me says:

      Why do you assume that losing weight equals being more good- looking?

      • Meg says:


      • broodytrudy says:

        Maybe because Lana is a grown ass woman and that’s her preference? Is that okay with you or should we start emailing our opinions to you so you can approve them? Please let us know asap before we add anything else.

      • MelissaT says:

        Stop kidding yourself…people DO generally look better after they lose weight.

      • Goldie says:

        @broodytroody the op is entitled their preference. The problem is that she’s assuming that Adele has the same preferences. Not everyone agrees that being thinner automatically makes a person better looking. I personally think Adele looked equally gorgeous when she was at a higher weight.

      • broodytrudy says:

        You think Adele, who has steadily been losing weight for two or three years now and “is having a great time”, doesn’t think she looks great? You think that Adele’s “source” is lying when she says “she looks fantastic”?

        Women are taught to be overly apologetic for everything. When we lose weight, we don’t get to talk about it for fear that we might offend someone else’s delicate insecurities, as rampant through this entire thread. Lana was very obviously commenting on that as she said, “what’s with the feverish repeating that it’s not about losing weight?!”

        Assumptions abound in this comment section ranging from drugs to stress to weight loss surgery. Are we not allowed to celebrate someone who has very obviously chosen to lose weight and is commenting about her happiness for it through her “sources”? I don’t care whether you think Adele looked better or worse at whatever weight. It’s obvious Adele is happy about it and leaking this info and we shouldn’t have to walk on eggshells to congratulate her for it.

      • Elisa says:

        Actually all people I know – including myself – look better after losing weight. And of course I mean losing it in a healthy way and not being scarily thin. I actually gained a few kilos over the last 2 months because of some health issues and my face started filling out and I simply look less attractive – and I noticed this with friends / familiy who gained weight as well.

      • Goldie says:

        Wow. I’m surprised my comment inspired such a heated response. I never stated that you can’t congratulate her on her weight loss. She seems to be happy and healthy, so good for her. I also think it’s perfectly valid to want to lose weight for aesthetic reasons, as long as you do it in a way that is mentally and physically healthy.
        I’m super skinny and would love to put on weight, in part, because I think I would look better and find clothes that fit better, if I had a little more meat on my bones.
        So I would never criticize heavier people who want to lose weight for similar reasons.
        However, I still stand by my comment that we don’t know if that was Adele’s motivation for losing weight, so I’m not going to project that onto her.

    • Paz says:

      I get this, everyone keeps mentioning if she is doing this for the “right” reasons, which fine, but can’t we also be a bit vain? Or is that not allowed? I mean, I do prefer when my body is slimmer, and no not for health reasons, but because i like how clothes look on me.

  9. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Good for her. She was beautiful when she was heavier and she’s still beautiful. Im staring to make those small choices myself. I dont do well with big lifestyle changes all at once. I start to feel pressured and then want to rebel. Making smaller changes incrementally is more sustainable IMO.

    • Erinn says:

      I agree. No matter her size, she’s an incredibly beautiful woman. And I’m glad this doesn’t seem like a super sudden thing- it seems like the trainer obviously sped things along, but it seems like she put in a lot of work to get here, and didn’t rely on fad diets/cosmetic surgery. And really, nothing against the people that do use surgery – but I do worry with the kind of pressure celebrities are under and how safe they’re being when it comes to finding doctors.

      I’ve started making a few changes here and there – I have to do it this way otherwise I’ll quit. I tend to get myself in too deep and then end up hating everything because I’m extra sore and limiting favorite foods too much lol. I’m much more likely to keep up if I just add small things in here and there.

    • CROWHOOD says:

      Good luck, Valiantly Varnished! The way you’re approaching this is often the best way for success long term. I’ll be sending you positive thoughts!

    • minx says:

      Small changes are the way to go for me. Just little choices here and there, they add up.

  10. Lisa says:

    She looks great and I am glad she found something that works for her and that she can stick with on a regular basis.

  11. otaku fairy.... says:

    Good for her, and she still looks healthy too. Hopefully people won’t be jerks about it.

  12. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I just read an article I really liked, and am going to heed and try to implement. I’m guilty of seeing anyone’s weight loss and congratulating them…”You look amazing!” How sure am I of all the variables attributing to the loss? If I compliment how incredible they look, does it sound like I thought they didn’t look great before?

    Obviously people who know me know my intentions, and I’d never ever desire to insult or make anyone feel less because of something I said. I already consciously ask different questions when I’m introduced to to women, daughters and young girls. I used to compliment their looks or beauty. “Aren’t you beautiful!” to the little ones. I now try to compliment on anything BUT looks. It’s a small shift, but one I’ve adopted throughout the years. I’m now adding weight loss lol. My main concern is are they doing alright.

    • Snowslow says:

      Thanks! Really enjoyed reading you. I noticed the same a while ago and not only I don’t compliment girls on their looks, I also don’t mention weight loss generally (there can be exceptions and I tend to compliment boys on their looks because they never are, unless they are drop dead gorgeous).
      First you never know what is behind it and secondly why validate thinness as beauty? It can be beauty if it’s important for oneself (and I don’t judge that) but it can be perfectly secondary and unimportant. Also, we never know the person’s BMI and genetic information. Some people are big-boned, others have big muscles… And they are lovely. So no, not praising it anymore.

    • Biff says:

      This! It’s so important to be mindful about this, although I’m not always the best at remembering this myself. I have ADHD and my impulse control isn’t always on fleek. If I think someone looks great it feels like I have to say it or my mouth will explode.

      • N says:

        Thank you ladies. ALL of what y’all say. And thank you for changing the small things of what we say to one another.

  13. sue says:

    I agree with all of you: Adele was and is beautiful.

  14. acakeofcheese says:

    I also think she probably wants to do a big tour again and it helps with her singing and endurance. Didn’t she have to cut out a lot of food to preserve her voice cos she kept on injuring her vocal cords?

  15. Biff says:

    I just came here to say that I pray for the day when I’ll be addicted to the “work- out high”. That’ll be the day.

  16. broodytrudy says:

    She looks great! I love pilates and am happy she enjoys it too!

  17. lucy2 says:

    She is gorgeous no matter what, but if she’s happy and enjoying herself, great!
    I hope if she tours again her tickets aren’t too expensive, I’d love to see her live.

  18. Izzy says:

    Good for Adele! I had a health crisis in January that required changing my lifestyle. I changed my dietary habits and at the doctor’s recommendation, started reformer Pilates. It is literally the only form of exercise I have ever truly enjoyed. I go five days a week now, I’ve lost 40 lbs in 9 months, and feel better than I have probably ever. With exercise, you just have to find what you like and works for you, that’s what makes you stick with a routine. And Pilates isn’t everyone’s bag, but it works great for some of us.

  19. Ali says:

    I’ve found a type of exercise I love and, even so, some days my mind plays tricks on me and tells me I don’t want to go…but I always feel better after I do. And there are some days I want to go but can’t (logistically between work and kids and when the classes are offered) and those days are the worst. Working out at home is just not the same.

    Adele is gorgeous and funny and divorce with a child is rough even under great circumstances. I wish her the best.

  20. Marisse says:

    She looks great (and she did before too). It’s concerning to me that some ppl are trying to warp body positivity into anti-health. Science isnt going to change bc it hurts feelings. Being obese is not healthy – there’s nothing wrong with feeling good about yourself while there, but let’s not pretend it’s healthy.

    • Elisa says:

      ITA, I gained weight recently and I can feel the extra-weight in my knees / joints and I’m actually still in the normal weight range, and not over-weight. Also, I worked as a case manager along-side doctors in an project a few years ago and all the patients who were over-weight had issues with their back.

  21. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Adele has always looked fantastic, and she looks great now as well. If she is healthier and happier with her weight loss, that is a good thing. Now I’m going to say something negative: her voice seems to be going. I don’t know if it was the smoking, or doing concerts without proper training, or some other reason, but I don’t think she can sing live anymore. Studio recordings (where they can “adjust” voices) will still be fine, but . . . there has been a noticeable decline in her voice over the years — to my ears, anyway.

    • Jaded says:

      She’s had a couple of vocal surgeries. People with big, powerful voices like hers often damage their vocal chords to the point where they develop polyps, lesions and infected areas which have to be excised and lasered. She has had proper training, it’s just a repetitive strain issue that many singers have suffered from – Bono, Keith Urban, Cher, Michael Buble, Lionel Ritchie, Celine Dion and many opera singers have had to have repeated surgeries.

    • undergalaxy says:

      She belts too much, too often, too loudly. You can be a powerful singer without belting all the time.

      My singing teacher is constantly like, “we’re going to sing this through and we AREN’T going to belt anything”. Since she pointed out who belts and when, I realised that most modern singers and most modern musicals really over-egg the belting, particularly for women. Compare with someone like Nancy Sinatra who had an incredibly powerful voice and didn’t belt.

  22. SamC says:

    She looked great before and looks great now. Based totally on next to nothing, she strikes me as someone who will fluctuate up and down quite a bit over her lifetime, depending on what’s going on. I remember when Lena Dunham had a big weight loss then eventually decided f it, too much work to maintain, too little fun. Could easily imagine Adele having a similar attitude (and not comparing the two in any other way).

  23. This may be the first time I’ve ever commented and I’ve been lurking for YEARS. So here’s the thing – I’ve recently lost about 13-15 lbs. I’d be happy with losing a few more but the number doesn’t particularly concern me because the impetus for my decision to make changes is that I was treating my body like TRASH and I didn’t feel good physically. I was tired, slow, struggling. Decreasing sugar and alcohol intake, combined with martial arts and regular walking, has made the difference in how I feel and also on the scale. But the decision to make change was for how i felt, not how I looked. I am so fortunate to have a partner who thinks I’m beautiful and sexy regardless the number, so I realize that helps, but my point is that we can have this conversation in a healthy way when it’s about making choices that improve our physical and mental health, regardless of whether or not they align to an arbitrary cultural standard of beauty and thin-ness. I have a 12 yo daughter and I am teaching her to use words like strong and healthy to determine the choices she makes, teaching how nutrients fuel her body and any good choice can become bad when it becomes an obsession. Anyway, rambling but just here to say, make choices that make you feel good about you.

  24. undergalaxy says:

    I can’t believe Angelo is already 7!

  25. Dendenden says:

    I bet $100 she has weight loss surgery

  26. Kimberly says:

    all this stress when people lose wait and what you say implies this or condones that…

    a simple ” you look happy ” is all that’s needed.

  27. No Doubt says:

    I think she looks great at any weight. I’m more happy to hear if she successfully quit smoking. It’s appalling to me when fantastic singers like Gaga or the late Whitney Houston smoke. Why would you wreck such a gift??