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On top of making headlines for their scandalous behavior, accolades and relationship woes, celebrities often become known for their intense diet and fitness regimens—ahem, Beyoncé’s pre-Dreamgirls Master Cleanse. And while some stars go from one extreme to another to shed weight, others have really figured out how to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

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Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best tips from stars like Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett and First Lady Michelle Obama, among others – all whom know how to drop pounds without completely depriving themselves of some of life’s pleasures – food and festivities!

1. Eat clean. If you’ve ever wondered how Angela Bassett maintains her insane figure — at 57-years-young at that — the big screen veteran credits a healthy diet (duh). “I try to watch my diet so I can fit into whatever I am wearing. Cut the sugar, the alcohol, and the bread, and eat a lot of protein and veggies,” she once told Us Weekly.

2. Get excited. Kelly Rowland shed 70 pounds post baby by keeping her energy up. “Jeanette Jenkins is the secret, SoulCycle is the secret,” Rowland told “Extra” in March 2015. She added, “When I go in there and it’s the wee hours of the morning she is a great secret, so motivational.” She continued, “Jeanette comes in with so much energy and this huge smile on her face and you can’t help but to get excited about working out.”

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