From Hollywood heavyweight to red carpet slim, John Goodman has successfully managed to shed 90 kilos of his weight thanks to his years-long fitness journey.
The 71-year-old Big Lebowski star left fans stunned after recently making a red carpet appearance at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco, where he showed off his incredibly slimmed-down physique.
The actor credited his weight loss to more than a decades worth of hard work after starting his fitness journey back in 2007.
According to Goodman, he wanted to set a good example for other people who are struggling with their own weight loss journey.
“I don’t want to be an example to anybody when the weight comes thundering back on — when I start eating Crisco out of the can with a spoon and a side of confectioner’s sugar,” he told AARP.
During an interview with David Letterman back in 2011, Goodman revealed that he was “pushing 400” pounds (180kg). The actor then later told People, his motivation behind wanting to get healthier was simply “to live life better”.
“I know it sounds sappy, but it was a waste,” he told the publication.
“It takes a lot of creative energy to sit on your ass and figure out what you’re going to eat next.”
And as he told ABC, “I just got tired, sick and tired of looking at myself. You’re shaving in the mirror and you don’t want to look at yourself. It gets dangerous.”
Five years later, Goodman’s health coach Mackie Shilstone revealed to the New York Post that the actor had lost 50kg after he helped him give up sugar and work out six days a week.
“This didn’t happen overnight – it’s been an ongoing process,” Shilstone told the Post, explaining that he made Goodman follow a “Mediterranean-style eating plan,” which is a diet heavy on fish, nuts, vegetables and fruit.
On top of that, Goodman quit drinking and said his weight loss success relied on being consistent with his workouts and diet.
“In the old days, I would take three months out, lose 60 or 70 pounds, and then reward myself with a six-pack of Bud or whatever and just go back to my old habits,” he said.
“Then this time I wanted to do it slowly, move, exercise. I’m getting to the age where I can’t afford to sit still anymore. And it gives me the energy to work, ‘cause work is very draining.”
Nowadays Goodman does his best to keep active by “getting out and walking the dogs,” aiming to do 10,000 to 12,000 steps a day.