The actor showed up to the red-carpet premiere of his new TV show, The Freak Brothers, and proudly flaunted his weight loss. He wore jeans, an orange V-neck sweater and a sport coat while posing with co-star Pete Davidson.
When asked about his weight loss, John was honest and said that he had been working on becoming healthier since 2007. The actor has a history of yo-yo dieting.
“In the old days, I would take three months out, lose 60 or 70 pounds, and then reward myself with a six-pack or whatever and just go back to my old habits,” he told ABC in 2017. “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.”
In 2007, he decided to finally commit to a diet. At the time, John Goodman’s weight was around 400 pounds. He quit drinking and hired personal trainer Mackie Shilstone. Shilstone calls herself a health coach and has worked with many athletes such as Serena Williams.
By 2016, John had lost over 100 pounds and made other changes to his lifestyle. He cut out sugar from his diet and started exercising six days a week. The actor also follows a Mediterranean diet, which focuses on meals heavy in fish, olive oil, vegetables and fruit.
Shilstone praised John for all his hard work over the years. She said, “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.”
She says the actor tries to walk 10,000 to 12,000 steps a day. Besides walking, he also uses a treadmill and an elliptical to help him shed those extra pounds. Shilstone said John is excited about the weight loss results that he’s seeing and doesn’t want to stop anytime soon.
She said, “He remembers what it feels like to be extremely heavy and it’s something he doesn’t want again.”
John Goodman said, “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.”
And that better life is definitely being noticed by fans. Many people have taken to social media to share how incredible John’s weight loss is. One fan said, “Holy cow. John Goodman has lost a LOT of weight.”
John Goodman became known for the role of Dan, Roseanne’s husband, on the set of the sitcom. He even won a Golden Globe for the character. John now plays the lead in the spinoff of Roseanne called The Connors. The show features the same characters as the original show and focuses on their adult lives. John also won a Golden Globe for his role in the new sitcom.
Besides Roseanne and The Connors, John Goodman has made a name for himself as the loveable dad character. He has played a variety of dad roles, including Sully from Monsters Inc, Fred Flintstone in 1994 film The Flintstones, Pacha in The Emperor’s New Groove and Eli “Big Daddy” LaBouff in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.