Missy Elliott wowed fans during Katy Perry’s halftime show at the 2015 Super Bowl on Feb. 1 (see video). Elliott raised eyebrows for her electrifying dance moves and 30-pound weight loss.
Missy dazzled fans with her hit tracks, “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control,” looking fit and healthy. Elliott has credited a low-carb diet and Shaun T workouts for her dramatic weight loss.
Missy denied tabloid reports that she had lost 70 pounds, confirming she lost 30 pounds with celebrity trainer Shaun T’s Insanity and T25 workout videos. “Didn’t lose 70 pounds,” Missy tweeted in October 2014. “That was during my ‘Under Construction’ album.
Elliott continued: “This time I lost 30 eating healthy/work out to @shauntfitness T25 videos. I do Insanity workout to @shauntfitness videos. Sweets/bread/ fried foods is my weakness it’s not easy but health comes 1st :) “
Shaun T, whose celebrity clients include Mariah Carey and Nick Carter, said interval training is the key to weight loss. Shaun T, creator of the best-selling Insanity workout DVD, recommends exercising 25 minutes a day, but said even a five-minute mini-workout can fire up your metabolism.
Lost 71 Pounds In 2002: Worried She Might Have Stroke
In 2002, Elliott lost 71 pounds after doctors warned she could have a stroke if she didn’t lose weight. Missy has since made exercise and a healthy low-carb diet that limits fried foods, bread and sugar part of her daily lifestyle.
Other celebrities who have experienced weight loss success on low-carb diets include Tim McGraw, who lost 40 pounds with the Paleo diet and CrossFit, and Kim Kardashian, who shed 56 pounds with the low-carb ketogenic Atkins diet.
Low carb diets such as the Atkins, Paleo and ketogenic diets promote rapid weight loss without hunger by forcing your body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
In 2008, Missy Elliott was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder. Graves’ disease attacks the thyroid and can cause weight loss, anxiety, excessive sweating, insomnia and heart palpitations. Family history, stress and smoking are risk factors. Without treatment, Graves’ can lead to heart problems.
Missy, 43, said her disease is a lifelong condition that has to be carefully managed. Elliott, a four-time Grammy winner, initially treated Graves’ disease with drugs, but said she manages it now with diet and exercise.