Natalie Portman and Gwyneth Paltrow Take Bodies to Extreme


In the end, she became frightened by her own reflection. "I could see why this industry is so f**ked up, because at 95 pounds, I would literally look at myself in the mirror, and I was like, 'Oh my God!'" the five-foot-three-inch actress told E! Online. "I had no shape, no boobs, no ass. ... All you saw was bone. I was like, 'This looks gross.'"

New York dietitian Ayoob figured that Kunis was already at the low end of the normal range on the body mass index, or BMI, when she began training for the role, but afterward she dropped far below the miminum of 18.5.

"She would not be allowed to walk a runway in Spain," he said.

But, he said, there's no question that dancers sink to those levels.

"Their whole world is about deprivation and suffering," he said. "It's a very mascochistic lifestyle."

One that Kunis was apparently happy to abandon. She told E! that it took her only five days to put the weight back on.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow, left, in "Country Strong" and, right, last year.

Paltrow packed on 20 pounds to play an alcoholic singer in her latest movie, "Country Strong," but admitted she panicked at the thought of not being able to stick to her strict diet and workout regimen, which includes exercising two hours a day, six days a week.

"The nightmare thing about it is I had to stop working out," she told Chelsea Handler on "Chelsea Lately." "At first I panicked, so I would work out a little bit and then I had to lie and be like, 'No I didn't work out.' I'd be on the treadmill and be like, 'I really have to stop this'."

Her trainer, Tracy Anderson, who's also responsible for Madonna's body makeover, also had a hard time watching Paltrow bulk up.

"That was tough for me because we've worked so hard on her body," Anderson told WABC-TV in New York. "She went down from six days a week of training to three, and she ate everything in sight. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes. They filmed in Nashville, so it's a good place to have some comfort food."

But even if few others seemed to notice a heavier Paltrow, the actress couldn't wait to shed the excess with Anderson's combination of dance, cardio and weight exercises.

"It didn't take her very long to lose the weight. It only took her a couple of weeks. It didn't want to be on her anyway. Extra weight isn't something that she owned," Anderson told WABC.

And it was just in time for her debut singing appearance at the Country Music Awards.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, left, at the August premiere of "Salt," looks much thinner than she did in 2006 at the "Good Shepherd" premiere, right.

Jolie's slim frame is often the subject of much speculation, and earlier this year when her summer thriller "Salt" was released, the buzz intensified.

Reportedly, Jolie tried to lose 20 pounds in 21 days through a liquid detox diet less than a year after giving birth to prepare for her role in which she's disguised as a man. According to an industry source, she succeeded in losing eight pounds at the beginning of the shoot.

That doesn't sound like much, but for Jolie, it was enough to generate headlines about whether the star looked too thin.

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