John Goodman on losing 100 pounds: exercise good, alcohol bad, new clothes already too big

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John Goodman’s been noticeably skinnier of late on ‘Treme’ and in that maybe-not-so-controversial ‘Be the One’ Gulf Coast restoration video. About 100 pounds skinnier, in case you were keeping track.

Goodman just shared a few of his tips with People: He quit drinking three years ago, hired a health coach, exercises six days a week now and doesn’t eat sugar.

The Emmy nominee said in the July Men’s Health that his transformation started after he played Santa Claus in a 2006 TV movie and didn’t like what he saw. (Decide for yourself -- there’s a picture from that film at the bottom of this post.)

‘For years, at Christmas-time I’d get fed up and make a resolution, and I’d lose 60 pounds, 65 pounds,’ he said. ‘And then I was off to the races again in the summer. I’d just eat whatever I want, and the big key was drinking. I’m an alcoholic.’


About his workouts, Goodman told People, ‘I’m breaking a sweat but I’m not going nuts.’ Those workouts, he told Men’s Health, include cardio on the elliptical machine and recumbent bike, strength training with resistance bands, and boxing twice a week.

[Updated at 1:54 p.m. Aug. 9: For those commenters wondering about the speed of Goodman’s weight loss: According to a June article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Goodman has been working with fitness coach Mackie Shilstone since shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, with ‘accelerated progress’ since ‘Treme’ began filming in March 2009.]

And about the clothes? Some ‘nice slacks’ he just ordered finally came, he told People, and they’re already too big.

Better not shop too early for that Emmy Awards tux, John.

-- Christie D’Zurilla

Top photo: John Goodman in the Treme district of New Orleans on May 24, 2010. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Lower photo: John Goodman with Delta Burke as Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the 2006 NBC movie ‘The Year Without a Santa Claus.’ Credit: Paul Drinkwater / NBC