Losin' weight with the stars

Did I ever think in a million years I would have something in common with Snooki from “Jersey Shore”? At least in the form of New Year’s resolutions, it seems we both have ONE similar goal for 2011: to lose weight!

“(I want to) keep track with my trainer, losing more weight and just getting fit for the summer,” the “Jersey Shore” star said in a recent article in USA Today.

It seems every year when the tree has been taken down and the decorations boxed up for another year, there is one gift that just keeps on giving … and that’s what I call the “puddin’ pounds.” Even stars such as Carrie Underwood have admitted to gaining weight during the holidays.

“Expect Carrie to put on a few pounds, because I will not deny myself pumpkin pie,” she told People.

Amen, sister.

Maybe it’s because I just gave birth a mere eight weeks ago, but something about using my body as a constant milking machine makes me feel … I don’t know … somewhat justified in indulging. I seem to be desperately holding on to the phrase “one cookie for me, one for the baby” as I did during my pregnant months.

But this next year (as not-so-discreetly encouraged by my father, who bought me a pair of exercise pants for Christmas) I am resolving to shed the pounds for real. Many other celebrities are too, I’ve found. So how are they doing it?

Some stars, such as Jennifer Hudson and Jason Alexander, have been lucky enough to score weight-loss endorsement deals. Hudson went from a size 16 to size 6 with Weight Watchers, while Alexander dropped 30 pounds with Jenny Craig. Hudson also admits to keeping a food journal and doing circuit and weight training along with plyometrics.

Jack Black says his New Year’s resolution is to “drop 50 pounds.” Perhaps he could take some advice from former “Dancing With the Stars” runner-up, Kelly Osborne.

Osborne said she once considered a gastric stomach band to lose weight but instead headed the advice of former DWTS partner, Louie van Armstel, by adhering to a protein-high, carb-low diet. It worked. Besides shaking her bootie all the way to the top three on Season 9, Osborne made a personal achievement by shedding a total of 50 pounds and dropping to a tiny size 2.

“I can’t believe I just did that and my body looks this good,” she told Shape earlier this year.

Dancing seems like a fun alternative for getting trim, as does strengthening my “chi,” such as fellow yoga-goers Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon. But it seems as though no matter how hard you work – or “workout” – attitude plays a huge part in feeling great.

“There’s always going to be somebody younger or sexier,” Witherspoon said in a recent interview for Glamour magazine. “That’s why I like to say, and it’s become my famous line, ‘Funny doesn’t sag.'”

Hello, 2011: Here’s to laughing off those puddin’ pounds!

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