Incredible Celebrity Transformations
Kathleen Turner
Weight Lost: 30lbs
Name: Kathleen Turner
Birthdate: Jun 19, 1954 (63 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 200lbs Current Weight: 170lbs
Diet: High Protein, Low Grain Favorite Diet Foods: Onions
Exercises: Pilates and Yoga
Famous For: Body Heat, The War of the Roses, Peggy Sue Got Married
Name: Kathleen Turner
Birthdate: Jun 19, 1954 (63 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 200lbs Current Weight: 170lbs
Diet: High Protein, Low Grain Favorite Diet Foods: Onions
Exercises: Pilates and Yoga
Famous For: Body Heat, The War of the Roses, Peggy Sue Got Married
Kathleen Turner
Weight Lost: 30lbs
Name: Kathleen Turner
Birthdate: Jun 19, 1954 (63 Years Old)
Diet: High Protein, Low Grain
Favorite Diet Foods: Onions
Exercises: Pilates and Yoga

One of the many actresses that was able to parlay an early soap opera role into super stardom, Kathleen Turner made her film debut in 1981 in the thriller “Body Heat”. Even though it was just her first role, Turner instantly became a star throughout the rest of the 1980s. She showed plenty of range, too, appearing in more lighthearted films such as “The Man with Two Brains” and “Romancing the Stone”, as well as dramas like “The War of the Roses”. She even landed a Best Actress Oscar nomination in 1987 for her role in “Peggy Sue Got Married”.

Throughout the early parts of her career, Turner looked like she had never struggled with her weight a day in her life, especially in her roles like the one in “Romancing the Stone”. In the latter part of the 1990s, however, people started to notice a difference. Back in 1992, Turner was just 38 years old when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which hampered her mobility.

Along with that, Turner was also prescribed medication where one of the side effects was weight gain. This caused Turner to lose out on some roles due to the weight gain, leading to struggling with alcohol. Drinking alcohol in excess only resulted in more weight gain, with things coming to a head in 2002. It was then that Turner was admitted to a rehab clinic in Pennsylvania to receive treatment. Looking back on that time, Turner said “I have no problem with alcohol when I’m working. It’s when I’m home alone that I can’t control my drinking…I was going toward excess.”

Focusing on getting her life back on track after going to rehab, Turner decided to make a change both in the weight and alcohol departments. It was estimated that she had gotten up to over 200 pounds, up from the 130 pounds that the 5’8” actress was listed at back in the early 1980s. It was a painful recovery, but Turner took it one step at a time.

Turner was told that walking might be out of the picture due to her rheumatoid arthritis, but she didn’t let that deter her. She focused on regaining flexibility in her joints with low-impact workouts. “I do Pilates twice a week,” she said. “I do yoga twice a week and I walk as much as I can stand. I’m a master of balance. My yoga teacher can’t believe it. I have no toes.”

Focusing on getting back into acting also helped Turner to take her mind off of arthritis, and was getting her active once again. “Whatever it takes, I’ll do it,” she said. “I don’t think there’s any amazing virtue to it. I want to keep acting and I want to keep on being an activist. It’s a big part of who I am. I speak about things that are important to me.”

Part of the reason that Turner had put on so much weight when she was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis was because of what she was eating, as well as the steroidal drugs like Prednisone that cause weight gain. To reduce flare-ups, Turner had to turn to foods that were better for her overall health and reduced inflammation.

This included eating more protein while avoiding most grains. “I don’t eat wheat or rye because they support inflammation, or dairy because it does the same,” she said. “I cook with turmeric and onions because they’re naturally anti-inflammatory. Luckily I love onions. You’re prone to a flare-up if you’re under stress, so I have to be careful.”

Though not as slim as she was in her early acting career, Turner has dropped some of the weight that she gained in the 1990s and early 2000s, and her confidence is still at an all-time high. “Do you know what? I don’t look like I did 30 years ago. Get over it,” she said with supreme self-worth. “No one is sexy if they don’t like themselves. I don’t care how they look. When high definition photography came out on film everybody thought they looked fat and the Botox craze started. It’s destructive.”

Even as producers told her to lose five to 10 pounds here and there for roles, Turner suggested that she was happy with the way she looked, and would only change for health reasons. In one instance, Turner received a box from a producer with low calorie foods. “I taped the box up and sent it back to his office,” she said. “I thought, ‘What the hell is this?’ It was male chauvinist c***, that’s what it was. I like to enjoy life. I like food, I like wine. I don’t want to spend 15 hours of my day wondering how I look. For some people, men and women, that’s their primary focus and that’s so boring.”

Turner has no interest in slimming back down to 130 pounds like she was a few decades ago. The primary focus these days is on her health, and staying at a weight that allows her to manage her rheumatoid arthritis and increase her mobility. If she had it her way, Turner would still be indulging in the finer foods, but she’s been able to put those aside to regain her health. Losing a few pounds in the process just happens to be a side effect of her healthier lifestyle, and it’s certainly helped her achieve a career revival.