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Gwyneth Paltrow Gains Weight For Movie Roles

Find Out Why Gwyneth Paltrow Packed on the Pounds

When it comes to fitness and health, Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her super slim frame, a love of detoxing, and an adoration for trainer Tracy Anderson. So imagine our surprise to hear that she packed on the pounds for not one, but two movie roles! It must have been hard work — Gwyneth herself says as much to Us Weekly:

"My trainer, Tracy Anderson, basically, like, pummeled me into submission and made me do all kinds of crazy things. She really changed my body for this movie [Iron Man 2]."

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We're not exactly sure what "crazy things" she did, but since Gwyneth mentions her workouts included high-intensity dance aerobics, we think she may have been doing these strange dance moves that Tracy developed to help Gwyneth get rid of her "bat wings." In the end — as Gwyneth tells Us Weekly — she managed to put on 10 pounds of lean muscle. Unfortunately, she had to get rid of it almost as soon as she got it turning the muscle into "softer" weight.

For her role in Love Don't Let Me Down, the director wanted Gwyneth to quit exercising altogether. She needed Gwyneth to be believable as an alcoholic country singer, which Gwyneth tells Access Hollywood wasn't easy, "Yeah, I tried to gain more, but I think I was also working so hard and such long hours that, you know, it was offset — my Bridget Jones attempt."

But even harder for the star was taking those pounds off after the movie wrapped. Luckily, it all worked out and Gwyneth says she is back to her daily routine of cardio and eating anything she wants.

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northen123 northen123 7 years
I'm sorry, 'packed on the pounds'. If she had put one, say, 30lb then fair enough. But I can't even notice any change!
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
We're not exactly sure what "crazy things" she did, but since Gwyneth mentions her workouts included high-intensity dance aerobics, we think she may have been doing these strange dance moves that Tracy developed to help Gwyneth get rid of her "bat wings." This isn't accurate, if you do a little more research into Tracy's method you will understand that her high intensity dance aerobics is cardio and the video for the "bat wings" is actually arm toning work. Think of it as kind of like pilates for the arms. Without actually getting some background on how to execute her method I'm sure it looks weird and probably wouldn't work as well - just like if you did pilates without any background it would look weird and you probably wouldn't be doing it correctly.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
TLSgirl - I agree! I started liking her a lot more after reading her newsletter. It can be bizarre at times, but it seems like she's honestly trying to be helpful - she just doesn't have any concept of how "normal" people actually live. I'm not a fan of Tracy Anderson, but you can tell by looking at Gwyneth that she's getting great results, so more power to her.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
I like Gwyneth and I think her body is amazing. She obviously works hard for it and good for her.
sarasonne sarasonne 7 years
"really changed my body for this movie"....really? you don't look "really" that different in Iron Man 2
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Wait, 9.783 pounds is pretty close to 10. That was sarcastic, right? I actually kind of like Gwyneth. She used to annoy the heck out of me, I started reading her newsletter, and yes, she is totally misguided sometimes, but it's like reading advice from your incredibly flaky but well-meaning friend. It usually makes me giggle a little.
Rock-Star125929 Rock-Star125929 7 years
LOL @ Spectra. I admire that she's happily commited to exercising & a healthy lifestyle. She obviously loves these two things & enjoys them so much that she loves to talk about them. And it shows in her GOOP letters how passionate she is about healthy living. So, I think it's not so bad that she talks a lot about dieting. She's just passionate! Plus, the press always seem to ask her about the same thing. That's why I think we feel bored from her. I guess she's one of those girls who never stop talking about things they like. U know? Also, some people are interested in her diet & exercising habits. Like me! she seems to me as a good example of a healthy looking woman.. Not skinny nor overweight.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Ugh, she annoys me so much. She makes herself sound so self-absorbed: "Oh, I TRIED to get fat, but I just couldn't because I was SO stressed out!" Yeah, ok, we get it, Gwyneth is obviously one of those twigs that can't gain weight; does she have to brag about it so much?
Retro23 Retro23 7 years
Re: Anon -- That's actually not true that she gained ten pounds for a movie role in Nashville (she gained 9.783 pounds which is a far cry from 10). She has since lost it though.
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