It’s no real secret about how most of Hollywood gets themselves into shape when they have an important movie role coming up that requires them to shed the excess weight off their body. According to Jim actress Courtney Thorne-Smith revealed in a September 2009 interview that low-carb is how people in the industry eat and that it’s pretty common knowledge amongst industry insiders what you need to do to slim down is restrict your carbohydrate intake to primarily nuts, cheeses, meats, and non-starchy veggies. The problem is that while this way of eating is considered normal within the inner circles of the celebrity world, very few of them are out there talking about how the low-carb lifestyle changed their life. High-profile celebs like Brad Pitt, Jennifer Anniston, Angelina Jolie, LL Cool J, Cameron Diaz, Dolly Parton, and others all swear by low-carb, but haven’t really taken up the mantle for this cause. Earlier this year, celebrity chef Alton Brown shed 50 pounds on a semi-low-carb diet with great fanfare and notoriety. But this week People magazine is reporting that 52-year old funnyman-turned-actor-turned-game show host Drew Carey has slimmed down a total of 80 pounds and come off of all of his diabetes medications thanks to “shaving his diet of carbohydrates” and exercising “religiously.”
Carey’s career has been marked by his propensity for dibble-dabbling in a little of this and a little of that within television circles for the past two decades. As a stand-up comedian, he got his national television debut appearing on the talent show Star Search in 1988 and then later on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1991. After appearances on an HBO young comedians special and then on Late Night with David Letterman, this sudden influx of publicity catapulted Carey to superstar status in the stand-up comedy world in 1994 when he hosted his own special on Showtime called “Drew Carey: Human Cartoon.” Over the next few years he accepted a few minor supporting acting gigs on the silver screen and television until ABC gave Carey a chance to develop his own comedy television show named after him called “The Drew Carey Show” which lasted nine seasons. He also hosted the improv comedy program called “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” from 1998 to 2006. His foray into game show hosting started with a short-lived CBS-inspired one called “Power of 10” in 2007 until CBS offered him the gig to replace Bob Barker on “The Price Is Right” later that year where he remains host today. But just like fellow rotund actors Jason Alexander, Danny DeVito, Rosanne Barr, Jack Black and many others, Carey’s weight has been as much a part of who he is as his entertainment value. Well, that is, until now!
Carey admits his obesity has always wreaked havoc on both his personal and professional life and that the time was right for him to make permanent, healthy lifestyle changes for the sake of his weight and health. He talked quite openly about it at the CBS, Showtime and The CW TCA Party in Beverly Hills, California on Wednesday.
“It sucks being fat, you know,” Carey exclaimed.
Even worse than carrying around excessive weight, Carey has also dealt with having Type 2 diabetes which is a condition made worse by excessive consumption of carbohydrates. But after implementing a strict low-carb diet into his life, all the medications he was taking to control his blood sugar and insulin levels became unnecessary.
“I’m not diabetic anymore,” Carey revealed.
Technically, there is no cure for diabetes, but this Duke University study reveals that you can can thwart the metabolic effects of the disease through proper nutrition which includes the implementation of a reduced-carbohydrate lifestyle change. And when asked what he did to take off the weight and return his blood sugars to normal, the answer was obvious.
“No carbs,” Carey noted. “I have cheated a couple times, but basically no carbs, not even a cracker. No bread at all. No pizza, nothing. No corn, no beans, no starches of any kind. Egg whites in the morning or like, Greek yogurt, cut some fruit.”
While a low-carb diet is not necessarily “no carbs” as Carey describes (it’s more accurately described as controlled carb), he’s certainly cut out the culprit carbs that lead to weight gain and blood sugar abnormalities–namely crackers, bread, pizza, corn, beans, starchy carbs and more! Eliminating these foods from your diet is absolutely necessary for people with a sensitivity to carbohydrate like him. And he even realizes that certain high-sugar fruits like bananas are off limits and instead opts for low-glycemic ones such as blueberries and strawberries. And his dinner meals consist of grilled chicken and steamed non-starchy vegetables while his beverage choice is water alone.
“No coffee, no tea, no soda,” Carey expressed.
The final element in Drew Carey’s low-carb weight loss success story is the role of exercise which he said was a critical companion to his new and improved eating pattern. He said he engaged in “lots of cardio,” upwards of 45 minutes a day, six days a week to help him drop from a size 44 waist down to a 33-34. Ultimately he’d like to lose another 10 pounds to fit into size 32 pants to get back to where he was when he served in the United States Marine Corps prior to getting into stand-up comedy nearly a quarter century ago.
This newfound “skinny” body Carey finds himself in at the moment has him excited about staying motivated to never go back to the way he was ever again.
“I was sick of being fat on the camera. Really, I just got sick of it,” he confided. “Once I started losing weight, again, like once I started dropping a couple pant sizes, then it was easy ’cause once you see the results, then you don’t wanna stop.”
Now he’s incredibly motivated by this 80-pound low-carb weight loss success along with beating the effects of Type 2 diabetes. And if success breeds success, then we will surely see fans of Drew Carey inspired to give the healthy low-carb lifestyle a try for themselves to get their weight and health under control once and for all. Send him a congratulatory note about his amazing results thanks to livin’ la vida low-carb by writing to:
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Los Angeles, CA 90036
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