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Amber Riley’s Weight Loss Journey: See the ‘Glee’ Star’s Stunning Transformation

The Glee alum Amber Riley has had quite an impressive transformation over the last decade. In her latest snaps on the social media platform, Instagram, Amber can be seen looking not only fitter than ever but also Happier Than Ever.

Today, we are going to tell you everything about the weight loss journey of the Hollywood actress Amber Riley. Continue reading further to learn all the tips and tricks used by Amber to lose weight.

Amber Patrice Riley is an American actress and singer. She was born on February 15, 1986, in Los Angeles, California, the U.S. She is most noted for playing the role of Mercedes Jones on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee (2009–2015).

For her brilliant performance in the show, Amber and the rest of the cast of the series bagged a Screen Actors Guild Award. Along with this, Riley and the cast of the show were also nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, and a Grammy Award.

Riley was cast as Effie White in the West End debut of Dreamgirls in the year 2016. For her work in the Broadway musical, she took home the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical Performance in 2017.

The 36-year-old actress participated in season 17 of Dancing with the Stars in 2013 and she ended up winning the dance reality show with her partner Derek Hough. Her debut album, Songs from the Stage, saw the light of the day on November 17, 2017. To date, she has been a part of several movies including Single Black Female, Nobody’s Fool, Infamous, Let It Shine, and My One Christmas Wish among many others.

All you need to know about the weight loss journey of Amber Riley

The Wiz Live! star has been open about her weight loss journey since the beginning. During an earlier interaction with People magazine, Riley said, “When I receive letters from girls that say, ‘You give me confidence,’ I think, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’ That’s my goal: to let people know it’s truly what’s on the inside that counts.”

During her initial days in the entertainment industry, Riley saw a lot of hardships but Robert H. Schuller said it perfectly, ‘tough times never last only tough people last.’ All those hurdles didn’t stop her from following her dreams and with time she learned to overcome them.

Back in the day, Amber said that all those harsh comments “hurt for a minute, but being told no just made me work harder. I wasn’t going to be held back by my size.”

For those of you who are unaware, let us tell you Riley was turned down by American Idol and after that, she said, “I was crushed but I didn’t let it be a setback. I made it my motivation to do better.” We must say all her hard work has paid off.

When did Amber decide to lose weight?

Riley kickstarted her weight loss journey in the year 2011. In July of the same year, she paid a visit to a doctor after having some chronic stomach pains. It was like a big health scare for her and then, she decided to make changes in her diet.

At that point in time, the American actress told People magazine, ‘I decided I was going to make a change and eat healthier. ” She went on to say that the fast foods she was consuming were attacking her stomach.

After working on herself for a total of seven months, her hardwork started showing off. Amber lost a considerable amount of weight and also told the magazine, “I’ve dropped two dress sizes!’

At that point, Riley also stated that her weight loss brought a positive change in her life but then also she insisted that she had always been confident in her own body. She continued, “I’ve always been comfortable with my size. I just decided it was time to get healthy.”

Now that, Amber was slimmer, the makers of the show Glee had to switch her wardrobe and her set outfits had to be changed. She further added, “We had to revamp the wardrobe. They bought a lot of new clothes for me and we have to take in a lot of my pants and dresses.” She also confessed that she felt dressing up for the red carpet was an easier task after she lost weight.

Riley told the publication, “‘I’m a lot more comfortable in dresses, especially gowns.” Around the same time, she was seen flaunting her slimmer figure at the NAACP Image Awards. She donned a form-fitting blue sequined evening gown that clung to her curves for the award show.

Amber celebrated her 26th birthday a day after the award show in Las Vegas. For her special day, she was seen wearing a black tutu dress that cinched in at her waist.

Amber Riley took the help of various activities to lose weight

 Amber did a lot of different activities to shed those extra kilos. She ran for an hour three times a week and made sure she took a healthy meal that gave her body all the energy to work on the sets of the show Glee. She avoided junk food and instead opted to have healthy food.

Throughout her weight loss journey, Riley didn’t deprive herself of eating. In the modern times that we are living in, everybody wants to look great but we must ensure that all of us are taking a good route to lose weight and becoming a better version of ourselves. An individual can try to strike a perfect balance between eating healthy and working out to lose weight.

In 2017, Riley took to her Twitter handle to share her exercise routine with her fans all over the world. At that point, she wrote, “So I decided to take the stairs as a little pre workout getting out of the station instead of the elevator. Rookie mistake lol. My legs were on FIRE! But it was a good burn. “

The Single Black Female actress might have had some self-doubts in the past but then also she loved and embraced her body just the way it was. In a media interaction, she said, “I love my breasts, my face, my butt,” but most importantly, “I love myself.”

During an interview with Yahoo Life in October 2021, Amber talked about self-love and said, “I think self-love is a journey and it’s an everyday decision. I don’t think it’s a complete destination where somebody just sits in it and then they’re confident all the time, they love themselves all the time. It’s an ongoing journey and it’s a decision that you make every single day.”

Recently, Amber Riley dropped a message for all the ‘Fatphobic’ folks sliding in her DMs post her great transformation

In June of 2022, the Hollywood actress put out a message for all the “fatphobic” people who were sliding in her DMs after her stunning transformation. She has a good fan following on various social media platforms, due to her acting talent and role in Glee. The fans also love her for her no-nonsense nature.

The Dancing With The Stars winner took to her Instagram on June 15 and called out all ‘fatphobic’ people sliding into her DMs. At that point, she posted a video of herself at the gym on the social media platform Instagram. She wrote, “I’ve known for years falling into my DMs because I’ve lost weight…”

Riley went on to bash all the ‘fatphobic’ people and further added, “Keep that same fatphobic energy player. Ain’t 💩 changed over here but the scale”, in her DMs.

Just like Amber, Drake and Josh star Yvette Nicole Brown also went through her own weight loss journey so she could relate to her post. She took to the comments section of Riley’s post to express her thoughts on the whole situation.

Yvette commented, “Right?! They straight up act like we’ve taken off an ‘invisibility cloak’ or something. I’ve BEEN here playa! And you were uninterested. Keep that same energy and kick rocks!” The Sun Is Also A Star actress Yara Shahidi’s mom Keri Shahidi wrote, “never been anything less than Fine AF and a Ray of sunshine.”

How did the fans react to the weight loss journey of Amber Riley?

The audience has witnessed the weight loss journey of Amber Riley right from the start. Some viewers took to the social media platform Twitter to voice their thoughts on Riley’s weight loss journey.

One user wrote, “Chileeee Amber Riley and that quick weight loss … let me hush.” Another user tweeted, “Amber Riley looks so good after her recent weight loss transformation!”

Followed by a user who penned, “She’s always been beautiful. If it took some weightloss to notice, you’re the one with the problem. Bye! Love you Amber!”

These were a few reactions of the fans to the stunning transformation of Amber. Did the weight loss journey of Amber Riley inspire you in any way? Kindly let us know what you think in the comments section below. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.
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