John Goodman on his 100 pound weight loss

We covered John Goodman’s weight loss when he appeared on the Late Show a few weeks ago and credited his much-thinner figure to giving up drinking and taking up exercise. Goodman didn’t specify exactly how much weight he’d lost, but said his weight would yo-yo so much in the late 90s when he was on the Roseanne show that he’d drop around 60 pounds when the show wasn’t filming in the spring and would gain it all back plus more when they started filming again throughout the fall and winter. He also said that he was 400 pounds at his top weight.

Goodman now tells People that he’s lost an incredible 100 pounds through giving up sugar and exercising six days a week with a trainer. His trainer is impressed with his progress too, and calls him “very agile.”

John Goodman is no longer a couch potato.

“I know it sounds sappy, but it was a waste,” the 58-year-old actor tells PEOPLE. “It takes a lot of creative energy to sit on your ass and figure out what you’re going to eat next … I wanted to live life better.”

Mission accomplished: The Treme actor has lost more than 100 lbs. thanks to his healthy new lifestyle. He quit drinking three years ago and hired Mackie Shilstone – a health coach who has trained many athletes including tennis player Serena Williams. Now Goodman has cut sugar from his diet and works out six days a week. “I’m breaking a sweat but I’m not going nuts,” he says.

He is excited about the results though, says Shilstone. “He remembers what it feels like to be extremely heavy and it’s something he doesn’t want again.”

Now, says Shilstone, “John is very agile. When I see him running I get out of the way! He can be a different type of actor now. He can take on athletic parts.”

Before Goodman becomes an action hero, though, he needs to focus on getting a new wardrobe. “I just ordered some nice slacks,” he says. “I finally got them and they’re too big now.”

[From People]

Aw I love John Goodman and find him so funny. I’m so happy for him for losing the weight and improving his health so dramatically. Good for him for giving up drinking too! Goodman’s HBO series, Treme, will return for a second season on HBO next year. It focuses on musicians and residents rebuilding their lives in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The 38th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols held at The Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California on June 10th, 2010. John Goodman                                    Fame Pictures, Inc

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  1. kelbear says:

    I gave up drinking also. The weight I gained from drinking had to go.

  2. Chris says:

    Yay! John Goodman’s is my favorite part on Treme.

  3. Canucklehead says:

    He’ll always be Walter Sobchak to me.

    sniff, I love you man…

  4. aenflex says:

    I am seriously tearing up. He reminds me of a much-loved, happy uncle who maybe drinks a bit too much and divorced a bit too much, but whom I loved just the same for his sweetness. I love John Goodman, may he live forever.

  5. denise says:

    I heart Dan Conner. He always looks great.

  6. KateNonymous says:

    I’m glad that he lost the weight–it can’t have been healthy–and I’m glad he’s talking about it. During the Rosanne years, it seemed like every ounce she gained was tabloid fodder, but he would balloon up and down and no one noticed.

    He looks great now, and I’m glad he’s addressing the issue–it balances out the previous double standard.

    And I don’t care whether people lose through diet and exercise or through surgery, because in cases like this the outcome is more important than the method. Neither is easy, and both require major lifestyle changes. Congratulations to Goodman for working hard on his health and succeeding.

  7. Linda S says:

    love John Goodman and loved him on Treme…don’t see a real good chance of him coming back to the show seeing how he died on the last episode…

  8. lucy2 says:

    Oh…spoiler? I haven’t it watched yet, keep meaning too.

    He looks good, and I too am glad he’s talking about how he did it, because he’s doing it the right way.

  9. GatsbyGal says:

    My dad cut out sugar too earlier this year and has probably lost 25/30 pounds since then, and all he does is go for walks.

  10. Raven says:

    Much better story than Lea Michele. He looks great and this is the kind of weight loss that is a good model for kids rather than the anorexic nonsense we see so frequently. I also like the fact that he makes clear that he is not doing some ninja exercise program. His trainer seems like she really knows what she’s doing. That also makes clear that you don’t have to kill yourself to get in shape. Give up the sugar and move a bit is the right message.

  11. Juice in LA says:

    I am totally thrilled for him and his health BRAVO!!!

  12. Mentok the Mind Taker says:

    Hollywood will never be forgiven for not giving him the Oscar for Lebowski.

    They’re amateurs.

  13. oduroyal says:

    John looks great…he has always been so underrated in Hollywood. I feel that he’s one of the greatest actors of my generation.

  14. Chris says:

    Good on him. I always felt that actors staying fat so they could play the fat person in movies was an unhealthy and potentially dangerous career choice. John is an underrated actor. I loved him as Dan Conner, Mad Man Munt and Walter Sobchak.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: John Goodman is a good looking man! Even in his heavier days, I thought he was very handsome!

    I am so happy to see him lose the weight! It seems, if he can lose it and keep it off, we’ll have around to make us smile for many years to come! (:

  16. Michael says:

    this great… he has lost almost a whole person! I work at a gym and see people everyday trying to take off the pounds it a simple process but you have to stay the course… there are a few things we use to make the weight come off faster but its still takes hard work.

  17. Great tips, I find if you drink lots of water eat the right food and exercise at least 3 times a week, you will see results. Its sticking to it that is the problem for me, great post.

  18. Wow.. he must have working out very hard. Salute to Mr. John Goodman for his success on losing weight. Losing 100 pounds is not a small feat.

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  19. the bunny lover says:

    i LOVE john goodman. LOVE him. he was incredible on roseanne. i am so happy he has lost 100 pounds and hope he continues to get healthier.

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  21. Anny says:

    I am so happy for him! He looks a lot better and I’m sure his body is feeling better too. I’m proud of him for quitting the drinking and for taking better care of himself. I hope he stays around a lot longer.

  22. Kalbert says:

    He looks really good considering he’s been overweight most of his adult life.

  23. Boy o Boy. If all you people only knew Johnny like I now know Johnny. You are all in for one hell of a shock. actor John Goodman just ain’t the squeaky clean guy you think he is. Lmao