Jenna Jameson Talks Struggle To Lose Weight In Sobriety

By Beth Leipholtz 08/17/18

"I kept telling myself if I could beat addiction and stay sober, I can easily lose the weight… and I did. The healthy way.”

Jenna Jameson
Photo via Instagram

Jenna Jameson has made some major lifestyle changes—again. 

According to People, the 44-year-old former adult film actress, who has been outspoken about her sobriety, struggled to lose weight after giving birth to her daughter in April 2017. But on Monday, August 13, she shared a before and after photo on Instagram

“Let’s talk about the mental aspect of losing weight and getting healthy,” she wrote. “I’m going to be honest with you, when I was heavy I hated leaving the house. I felt judged. I felt eyes on me everywhere. I could hear others' internal monologue saying 'Damn, Jenna Jameson let herself go.' All of us do this, we worry so very much how we are perceived. But beyond that shallow thinking there was deeper shame. I was disappointed in myself.”

Jameson also referenced her history of substance use disorder, stating that she wasn’t sure how she could lose weight while sober. 

“I was worried I couldn’t lose the weight sober,” she wrote. “I’m being real with you. When I was in my addiction it was easy to stay thin. Sobriety and being overweight was new to me. I kept telling myself if I could beat addiction and stay sober, I can easily lose the weight… and I did. The healthy way.”

Prior to her recent post, Jameson also shared on Instagram that she has been on the ketogenic diet, which, according to Women’s Health, is a diet that involves decreased intake of carbohydrates and increased fats. 

“On the right I weight 187,” Jameson wrote on Instagram. “On the left I’m a strong 130. I was lethargic and struggled with the easiest of tasks like walking in the beach sand with Batelli. I felt slow mentally and physically. I took the pic on the right for a body positive post I was going to do and decided against it because I felt anything but fucking positive. I’m now a little under 4 months on the #ketodiet and it’s not only given me physical results, I feel happier, smarter, and much more confident.”

Now, Jameson says, she feels better not only physically, but mentally as well.

“And as of today I can say my mental game is STRONG,” she added on Instagram. “I feel I can do anything, I conquered abuse, addiction, PTSD and depression. Thank you for listening and please tell me your stories below, I read every comment.” 

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.