Rebel Wilson's personal trainer shares the secrets to her weight loss

Australian actress Rebel Wilson became a household name for her role as the self-deprecating character Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect franchise, but at 42, the star's gym-honed physique is a far cry from the "fat funny girl" brand she cultivated throughout her career.

In 2020, Wilson announced that she was embarking on a "year of health" with the aim of reaching a target weight of 11st 8lb (roughly 75kg) - a goal she achieved in November that year. According to reports, the Bridesmaids star has since shed an impressive 70lbs (30kg).

Yet not everyone was supportive of Wilson's intensive weight loss journey. In December last year, Wilson revealed that her own team had reservations about her decision to lose weight, fearing it would take away from her successful career as the "funny fat girl"

"And they were like, 'Why? Why would you want to do that?' Because I was earning millions of dollars being the funny fat girl and being that person," she told BBC News

And when Wilson announced on Instagram that she would be hosting the 2022 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday night, she joked: "I know I'm not going to be funny because I am no longer fat."

But now, Wilson's personal trainer has shared the secrets behind her dramatic transformation. 

Speaking to The Sun, Los Angeles-based personal trainer Gunnar Peterson, the new chief of athletics at F45 Training, revealed just how the Sydney-born star has achieved her weight loss. Peterson, who has trained the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, says the key is switching up your workouts to ensure you're targeting all areas of the body. 

"There's no such thing as typical. The workouts I do here are similar to F45 [a global fitness community specialising in high-intensity group workouts and functional team training]," he told The Sun.

"You're not just working on one piece of equipment like a treadmill or a bike or a rower, you're working in different planes of motions (moving different sections of your body up, down, side to side and backwards/forwards). The movements are functional, they will serve you in real life."

When working with Wilson, Peterson says he opts for a gentle mix of HIIT cardio [high-intensity interval training], resistance training and movement patterns.  

"You'll be on the treadmill, squatting, pushing a sled, doing dumb-bell rows. Think two to three sets of eight to 12 reps across five different exercises," he said.

"You say, 'Let's get a couple of workouts in', and then on your own, find time to walk. Step outside your front door, turn left or right, walk 20 minutes, turn around, try to get back in less than 20. It's about exercises that elevate the heart rate, plus HIIT intervals - for example, 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off for six to eight minutes on a VersaClimber machine, or 15 kettlebell swings."

He reiterated that he doesn't approach Wilson's training with specific areas of the body in mind, instead focusing on workouts that use the body as a whole and incorporate different types of exercise. 

"There's not a ton of work done in isolation, just because it's not good bang for your buck, time-wise. You might think, 'I have time to do weights, but I can't fit in cardio', or, 'I have time to do cardio, but I couldn't do any mobility or flexibility'. In here, you're getting all that."

And if Rebel Wilson can find the time to prioritise her health and focus on her fitness, we all have no excuse. 

"Her work schedule is not enviable. I work a lot and then I look at Rebel and I go, 'Good lord, this woman!' She's producing, she's writing, it's a lot. She's non-stop. Kudos to her for finding time to fit fitness in."

Above all, having a sustainable approach to fitness is paramount. It's not about setting personal records each day, Peterson says - "it just has to be something."

Of course, diet also plays an integral role in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. It's well-known that Wilson is a proponent of the Mayr Method, a way of eating that focuses on whole foods, improving digestion and mindful eating.

According to People, Wilson began exploring the Mayr Method while visiting a luxury medical detox and wellness centre in Austria called VivaMayr. 

The Mayr Method was the brainchild of Dr Franz Xaver Mayr, an Austrian physician, nearly 100 years ago. Mayr, who believed most people were poisoning their digestive systems with the wrong foods and how they consumed them, developed a diet that focuses on improving digestion and encouraging mindful eating habits. 

A source close to Wilson told People that the approach is based on eliminating snacking and food intolerances, such as reducing sugar, gluten and dairy intake, and encouraging slow and mindful chewing and eating without distractions. 

According to reports, the meals are centred around whole foods with high alkaline content, like vegetables, fresh fish and sheep's milk yoghurt.

Despite the naysayers, it's safe to say that Wilson looks fab - and more importantly, she's feeling happy and healthy.

"I like to think I looked good at all sizes and stuff and I've always been quite confident," she told Australian breakfast radio show The Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin last year. "So it wasn't like I wasn't confident and then now I'm, like, super confident."