June 17th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

John Goodman opens up about his weight loss

John Goodman is looking good, and he knows it.

When the 57-year-old actor stopped by the “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night, he acknowledged what many in the industry have already noticed: Goodman has dropped some obvious weight.

The weight loss, he joked, is “kind of like letting the gas out of the balloons up on 77th street every Thanksgiving.” Goodman mused his all-time high was somewhere around 400 pounds.

The weight gain sounded like it was a gradual process. “I’d get off 'Roseanne,' ” he started to explain before pausing, thinking about what he just said, and started again with “Every spring, I’d lose 60 pounds…and then I’d gain it all back and [then] some every year.”

Goodman was a bit evasive on the reason – it sounded like knee replacement was at the root of it – but whatever lead to his decision to drop the pounds, he said he is feeling better as a result.

“It’s like night and day,” he said of his new size, adding that he hasn’t reached his goal weight just yet. "I'm going to base it on the fat content of my body – whatever is healthy and right," he said. "It’s going to be an ongoing process for the rest of my life.”

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    Back in 2010 I mentioned that John needs to lose the weight otherwise he could get deathly ill sure enough rumors floating around that he may or may not have been sick. We just DO NOT want to have him go thru what John Candy went through some years ago. Oddly enough same first name

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  10. Derek

    @Kate Replying well after the entire article showed up, and I know others have said their piece but Kate, you're completely off. The answer is not surgery, and it never will be. You state that controlling what you eat won't help, and the only choice is surgery. The answer has everything to do with food and exercise. Think back to a time when people weren't stuffing their faces with processed foods and fast food, on the fly, grease-soaked meals. We didn't always eat like we do now. It's not about starving yourself, it's about changing WHAT you're eating and preventing yourself from going back for seconds, thirds or more (grazing) just because it tastes good.

    You don't need to be wealthy to exercise everyday, that's just ignorant. Turn your television off, put the video game controller down, shut down your facebook, get off your ass and go for a walk every day. I speak from a position of authority on this because I started at 380 lbs when I wanted to do something about my weight and my health. I removed the JUNK from my daily food intake and started walking just about every day. In about 4 months I was down to approximately 320 lbs. My change didn't leave me starving for more food, and I didn't need surgery. I just needed to make a concerted effort not to fall into old habits.

    Those people who rebound and give up have only themselves to blame.

    August 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. linda

    hey john u sure look good. miss u guys on the roseanne show. only started to see the show short while ago. but now i look forward to it every day. happy for u and your family that u made this change in your life. hope to see u in other shows or movies. god bless u...............

    July 26, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Damn

    Damn, he looks 20 years younger. This is great news, I've been worried for years I was going to turn on the news and learn that he just died. I hope he keeps the weight off and stays healthy, he's a great actor and I've been watching him my whole life. Good luck and more power to him!

    July 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. turtlebutt

    HEY JOHN, give val kilmer a few tips would ya, not sure if i can stand anymore beach shots of that guy!

    July 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Oddball

    Strange – I'm obese. I find that when I don't eat what my body is requesting, I get kind of dumb. I have a job where being dumbed-down or stupid is dangerous to my clients, so I have to wonder: do you want a smart fat guy, or a stupid skinny guy, fixing your network?

    July 7, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Yes

    I think you look great and I am happy for you. I wish I could do the same, it would be nice to know how you did it, but totally up to you. Yes, I am flattering you, but you must be relieved. Are you going to write a book John? Cuz, this article really has no info about you, really! Dare ya!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Roger

    Here's a few hints that worked for me:
    1. When losing weight don't count down, count up. If you are overweight by 100 lbs, being overweight by 99 lbs is still depressing but losing 10 lbs is an accomplishment. It's all about spin. People like scores that go up.
    2. If you must have a burger, make it the best burger you can find. McDonalds, BK, Taco Bell and so on are crappy calories. Make the high calorie items a real treat.
    3. The first three bites are the best. Think of eating a 32oz Porterhouse steak. After the first few bites, it can turn into a real chore. When I eat steak, I find the smallest (6-8 oz) best steak I can.
    4. cheat. Once a week, I have a really nice meal. The rest of the time, I keep to around 2000 calories a day. that's a Slim Fast for breakfast, small Subway turkey, chips and diet coke for lunch and a very reasonable supper.
    5. Check out the kids menu's. I go to Larrys Subs and Mr. Goodcents and order the 4" sandwiches. It's cheap too. I can get out of Larry's for $4.30.
    6. I lost 120 lbs in about a year and half. I called it the Homer Bucket diet and it helped to think of it that way. You know those 5 gallon orange buckets at Home Depot. I figure each of those would hold about 40lbs of fat. So I lost 3 Homer Buckets.

    July 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  17. NinaSW

    Congrats John, you are looking so much healthier, I bet it feels great. Weight loss is all about lifestyle choices. Moderate exercise and healthy food choices are all it takes to lose weight and feel better. Going to bed hungry as I saw two hungry ladies mention is a terrible practice and not a good life style choice. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STARVE YOURSELF TO LOSE WEIGHT. Genetically we are all alike and we can all be fat. It's easy, sit around doing nothing and eating plenty of unhealthy, high calorie food and you will get fat, it is not a mystery. Many obese people suffer from malnutrition because even though they eat plenty of calories they are choosing foods that are not meeting the needs of their body. People take better care of their cars then they do of themselves. Come on folks, be good to your bodies.

    July 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Tx Person

    Weight loss surgery such as Roux n y.

    July 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Cat

    He looks AWESOME! 🙂

    June 30, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  20. RichP, easton, pa

    Go John, it's hard to lose but keep going. If wasn't for a series of merciless first sergeants and Sargent majors I'd be up there too and when I retired the wife took over sheesh...

    June 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 25, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  22. DLJ

    Good for John Goodman! He looks GREAT! DAN CONNER LIVES!

    June 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  23. BQ

    Weight loss tips- Eat healthy. When grocery shopping, shop the outer perimeter where all the HEALTHIER foods are located, stay away from the inner isles where all the PROCESSED foods are located. Watch calorie, fat , sugar, sodium intake and portion size. Drinks lots of water (64oz. or more) it flushes fat, especially around the mid-section. Exercise means to BURN more calories than you eat in a day and build muscle tone to avoid weight gain. Avoid drastic procedures that make you lose weight too fast and too easy; it's costly and unnatural.

    June 20, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  24. S

    He is a good man for losing weight.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. K.D. Jackson

    Great job Mr. Goodman and keep up the good work. I have enjoyed your work for many years now and I think everyone would agree we want you around for a very long time. Hang in there. All your fans are rooting for you 🙂

    June 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Katesmom1

    Hey there! COngratulations, Mr. Goodman! You look fabulous!

    June 18, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. farmer jeani

    Over the years, my husband and I really packed on the pounds. As senior citizens this was especially detrimental-it was hard to move and get things done, and the less we did, the less we were able to do. We realized the only way to take back our lives was to change them! We now exercise regularly and eat healthy-according to the USDA food pyramid. We still love to eat and eat many of the same things we did before, but in a healthy way. No more fried foods! We use cooking spray, low fat cheese and non fat milk. Here are a couple of things that I learned that really helped. Look up calorie negative foods on the internet. Many fruits and vegetables use more calories to digest that what you gain by eating them. Fill up on those foods-among them are cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon and apples. Eat all you want! Also, if you cut out 700 calories a day, you will lose 50 pounds in one year. That's the way you gained it, that's the best way to lose it. For me, I was drinking approximately 5-6 large glasses of non fat milk a day and feeling pretty smug about it. Gettin my calcium! That alone was costing me 900 to 1090 A DAY. I switched to water and drink very little milk now, and I figure it into my daily calories. I eat non fat cottage cheese and low fat cheese for most of my dairy. I exercise every day. I have a stationery bike and try to use it at least 30 minutes a day and up to 60 minutes a couple of times a week. I work out my upper body with 1 pound weights and do a lot of stretching (which was ALL I could do in the beginning). Last week I put on a pair of pants I hadn't worn in 6 years. Before I couldn't even see my toes, now I can touch them! I have more to go, but I feel so much better. I just made up my mind I wasn't going to spend the remaining years I have being limited in where I could go and what I could do. PLUS, my grocery bill has gone WAY down (no more junk food) so we have a little extra money to make our final years more fun. Every one of you can do what we have done and are doing. We don't punish ourselves-we eat only things we like and we give ourselves an occasional day off and go out to eat. We pretty much eat what we want, but in smaller portions and we do avoid fried foods. One other tip is to try all of the reduced or non fat or non calorie options to see what you like. I used to drink Pepsi and found that I couldn't switch to diet Pepsi, but diet Dr. Pepper was alright. After a while I could drink any diet drink. But I try to mostly drink water. I found that it was pretty easy to change to low fat mayonnaise and I haven't found anyone who can taste the difference when I serve them low fat sour cream or cheese in place of regular. If you crave sweet things, try sweetening fruit with artificial sweetener ( I LOVE Splenda) and put it on a scoop of cottage cheese. We sometimes have a cottage cheese banana split for lunch. If you find it hard to change from whole milk to non fat, buy whole milk and 2% and slowly add the 2% to the whole as you use it. When you have worked your way to pure 2%, start adding in 1% milk, then add 1% to non fat until you are used to the taste. It takes a while, but that's the same way you got fat. Execise before you eat! It takes 30 minutes of exercise to burn up the food in your system. But 30 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning will burn 1 pound of fat, so you see results faster. And when you can't resist that big slice of gooey chocolate cake, exercise it off! Once you eat it, don't beat yourself up, burn it up. You can't fail if you keep trying. Set your weight goal for a short period of time, say 90 days, 30 pounds. Whether you lose the whole 30 or not, give yourself a couple of weeks of maintenance. Then set a new goal and a time frame to reach it. I try to maintain about 1,00-1300 calories a day. For me, I get enough to eat and still lose a pound or two a week. I also take a muli vitaman and calcium each day. Good luck! You can do it with out gimmicks, expensive food plans or surgery!

    June 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      @farmer ... uh, not so fast. Some of the fruits you mention have plenty of sugar in it, natural yes but sugar just the same ... you cannot load up on strawberries at will or apples or oranges or watermelon ... moderation in those is essential as well. Ever see a fat polynesian islander ...oh, you HAVE? Think their laid back diet is genetics only or too much tropical fruit and such? Yes, the exercise is good and will let you live a long time. And natural is always better than processed. But too much fruit can be as bad as eating candy. A BALANCED diet is necessary. That's probably what you meant, but your post went a little overboard on that point that I wanted to make here.

      June 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • wix


      Actually, I live in Hawaii and can tell you that many Pacific Islanders don't eat much fruit. Here, a typical local meal consists of meat (and Spam is a popular one), two starches (usually white rice and macaroni salad) and NO vegetables. Though tropical fruit grows wild and abundant, many locals prefer to eat processed. THAT is why there is such an obesity problem in the islands.

      However, I do agree that you can have too much of a good thing, and fruit does contain sugar, so you don't want to overindulge.

      June 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
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  29. Mark

    If he grew a sole patch he could pass for Phil Jackson.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  30. Pam

    What difference does it make if he had gastric bypass, lap band, or did it the old fashinon way with diet and exercise. It is the result that is impressive. It is about health and if people need some surgery help along with diet and exercise why should they be scorned for that. What matters is that they lose the weight. They get up and exercise and get off all the high blood pressure medicine, cholesterol medicine and all the diabetic medicine. I am suprised at some of the hostility towards people that choose a surgical intervention over diet and exercise. The important step is just getting some help if you need it. The important event is losing the weight.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  31. Ken

    Weight loss is entirely mental. As in pure strength of will. You need to make a complete lifestyle change to support your desire to be thinner and healthier. Eat less and exercise more. It really is that simple. I lost 85 pounds five years ago and have kept it all off. Having simply decided to do it (at age 39), I embraced two new rules: Never eat unless I'm hungry; and Never eat until I'm full. For the first month or so, I was constantly hungry. When tempted to derail my steady progress, I just reminded myself that if I was hungry, and not feeding that hunger, my body was burning fat. I weighed myself every morning (and still do) on a digital scale that reads weight to the tenth of a pound and body fat percentage to the tenth of a degree. If I was bad yesterday, I'll be better today and for as many days as necessary to get back on track. Nowadays, it's all about portion control. I eat anything I want, but only small portions. I play tennis nearly every day for an hour or so, plus go for walks every night with my wife. I'm healthier now at 44 than ever before in my life. My blood pressure is better than normal, my back doesn't hurt, my knees don't hurt, I never get headaches anymore, etc. Simply decide to do it & FOLLOW THROUGH!!!! It's like anything else in life: it all comes down to personal will.

    June 18, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  32. bonbon

    don't get me wrong, i think it's wonderful and he looks great! just tell us the truth, that's all! LOL love him to pieces and i hope he gets back in the movies soon!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  33. bonbon

    GASTRIC BYPASS ANYONE? a person who has had a battle with being overweight for many years can not loose this amount of weight this quickly without doing the gastric bypass! i would put money on it!

    June 18, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • TXMom

      Really? You obviously aren't overweight, or know anything about it. I lost 120 pounds in about a year by simply eating less and exercising more. I didn't take pills, get butchered, or do illegal drugs. I just work at it as a long term management. And no, I did not gain it all back. And I eat what I want, just small amounts. That's all it takes ppl, calories in/calories out. It works, and my entire family is fat, so don't cry to me about genetics, I have 'em, and still lose weight. And I'm late middle age. Deal.

      June 18, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      Come on, folks, please. It's LOSE, not LOOSE. Loose is what his old jeans are now. Way to go John!

      June 18, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  34. Colin

    Man, he looks great. Nice job losing the weight, now get your butt back into the movies. You're one of my favorite actors!

    June 18, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  35. Sobchakfan

    Great for you John! Thanks for giving us some of the best movie characters of all time like Louis Fine and Walter Sobchak–just to name a couple.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  36. Muse

    LOSE weight, not LOOSE weight. Your belt can get LOOSE from
    LOSING weight. John Goodman is LOSING weight. He is
    feeling as LOOSE as a goose.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  37. acidlung

    Cocaine is a crazy drug,y'all.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  38. C Sam

    Bariatric surgery is not the answer for those of you that are claiming he took the easy way out! Surgery is just a tool. You can still gain the weight back if you don't stay on a regimen of exercise, healthy eating and determination. I had surgery and was just in a psychiatric hospital where there were 8 other women who also had the surgery!! They changed our stomachs but not our heads and we were ALL on the road to gaining our weight back. No matter what road you follow, it is HARD work and any weight loss should be applauded!

    June 18, 2010 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  39. Sherry Woods

    Good on you, man. Hope you don't lose the voice and the laugh. Love your work!

    June 18, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  40. hkc

    @kate: you're an idiot.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  41. A

    'Roseanne' was a fixture of my childhood, and I think it's awesome that 'Dan Conner' has shed a lot of weight. Congratulations to him!

    June 18, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  42. MD

    Great work John! He looks so handsome!

    June 18, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  43. rw

    exercise tips – park at the farthest spot in the lot instead of the closest. Limit the computer/tv/video games time – vacuum the house instead. cleaner house- smaller me – male or female. And I know everyone can't do this but most of us can. Good luck, good health to us all!

    June 18, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  44. James Paul Grierson

    I think John Goodman is looking good; People have no idea how hard it is to lose weight and then keep it off
    I was 240lbs...I lost 70lbs…I gained back 65lbs…now I am trying to lose it all again, And right to say it is so bad for anyone to be that much overweight….

    Good luck Mr. Goodman

    June 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  45. WorldofWarcraft

    WOW John your good lookin

    June 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Karen

    I've always loved John Goodman and so it makes me especially happy that he got his weight under control. Clearly, he's happier and healthier and must feel grrrrreat! Who cares why he did it? If you have to tell another 400-lber why, that 400 lber isn't ready. It's up to John to get it off and keep it off...focus on that and not on answsering questions.
    You go, John! Congratulations. You have years and years and years to enjoy that new body!

    June 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Kim

    Wow! Way to go. I know how hard it is. I've lost 60 lbs so far. It's just healthy eating and exercise. I bet he feels much better and he's very handsome too!!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Amy

    Wow! John Goodman looks so much more youthful in this photo, and so healthy! Good for you!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  49. suzannah

    Jessica: Well said to both.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Tim

    To all you people asking what how he lost the weight, I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that he did it by eating sensibly and exercising? SHOCKING, I know.

    But congratulations to Mr. Goodman, he's always seemed like a good guy.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  51. suzy diamond

    OMG!!! He looks FABULOUS!!! Good for you John. I hope you can keep it off. I'm sure he probably got some scary words from his physician. He's been really big for a long time. I bet he feels great. I was so afraid he was going down the same path as the beloved John Candy. Congrats buddy!

    June 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Richard Simmons

    Perhaps this might help those of you in a quandry as to how Mr. Goodman lost the wait...


    June 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Doc Dave

    RobertNome– not true that things cooked in the microwave are not healthy. I cook asparagus, broccoli, or green beans, etc. in the microwave every single evening. They get a little water, some pepper or lemonpepper, & covered so they steam. Then maybe a dash of lemon juice. Cooks in minutes in the same bowl I serve them in. Now tell me just what is unhealthy about any of those.....

    June 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. cajr

    after gastric bypass surgery a year ago, i went from 397 pounds to currently 217 and i feel great. health is much better and its nice to wear 36 waist jeans again instead of 52!!

    June 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Bob

    Goodman is a great actor and received many of his roles because of his size. I hope he gets more work because of his commitment to stay healthy, as well as his incredible talent. Congratulations and good luck John!

    June 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Duane

    The "Big Dan" has become "Little John"! Either way, you the man!

    June 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Laura D

    Alot of these comments really make me angry. What a bunch of superficial, shallow jerks. One day you may end up 400 lbs and then someone will be telling you you're weak and lazy.

    As for John, that's awesome. Good for him.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  58. LisaBr

    Loooking Goood!

    June 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Some Guy

    Lap band and methamphetamines work great

    June 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Fernando F.

    Good for him. He looks like a really nice person and his shows made me laugh a lot.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Jenna

    John probably had a lap band implanted, like Octomom did. Except she lies and says she lost weight on her own.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Rassayana Atrindh

    Regardless of how he lost weight, he looks amazing. I hope he keeps up the good work towards being healthy and around to entertain countless fans for many years to come.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Marcelo

    Obviously he had his stomach stapled, or reduced... that's the only way for some people.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  64. RK

    Take it from a person who lost it and kept it off – 3,500 is the key. For every 3,500 calories you eat more than your body needs, you gain a pound. For every 3,500 less, you lose one. If you don't know 'why' you gain weight, try a free calorie counter website – you'd be amazed what you eat in a day, if you list your intake truthfully. Exercise helps you burn more, and also has cardiopulminary benefits. IMPORTANT – don't undercut your needs by more than 500 calories per day. A starvation mode makes you burn LESS calories per day and trians you body to store fat. Good luck and Kudos to John.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  65. LEB

    Good for you, John! Keep it up! I love you as an actor both on screen and in animation, and we want you around for a long time. =)

    June 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Frank Rizzo

    Here's his diet People: He eat's more green vegetables, eat's early, stay's off salt, walks more since his surgery, and eat's no egg yolk, eat's only fish, chicken, brown rice, no alcohol and maybe a nice steak every now and then. That's it People that's success good luck to all.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  67. TJ

    John, glad to see you lost some of the weight. Keep up the good work!! Oh and by the way, you made the perfect Fred Flintstone.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Karen

    Wow, he really looks great! I think I might be smitten!

    June 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  69. sean

    Paleo diet and crossfit. Healthy portion of lean meats, green veggies, fruit and nuts. Crossfit work outs are at most 30 minutes.

    There you go, follow those two prescriptions and you'll shed weight and actually get in shape. Pretty simple.

    Just to make it even easier...Stop eating Bread, pasta, sugar or anything that is processed. Secret it out

    June 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  70. BC659

    Good for him! Half of America needs to do that,

    June 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Kim

    no big secret to weight loss, your weight x 7 is the calories you eat every day to lose weight. when you lose a point, drop 10 calories a day. keep a food journel, eat smaller meals and healther food along with dailey excersie. Get off the couch!!

    June 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  72. james

    He looks the best ive ever seen him...I also love how honest he is about his personal struggles, takes a man.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  73. dogcat

    Good on you John. Stay the course and lose that fat. Unfortunately, the fatties out there won't make the same committment you have made. Thanks for being a good example.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Martin

    Looking Good, John.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  75. The Old Wolf

    Huge respect. Many people will see his success and be motivated to do the same.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Gary

    @ Andy,
    I believe you are a doctor. Just by what you have said you definitely sound like one. I have issues with obesity.. I have had a vertical gastric banding or stomach stapling and to no surprise i have gained it all back.. They reduced the size of my stomach to 1 ounce and I lost weight.. I lost a lot of it. I went down to 250 from 576.. At 250 my Diabetes started to run rampant.. Glucose levels up to 600, 700 ketoacidosis coma and whatever. I went on all kinds of medicines metformin, which made me ill with diarrhea for a year i suffered with this.. I quit taking them and the Dr. put me on other stuff Byetta, Glipizide, Januvia, Glyburide, even insulin.. The meds did absolutely nothing to lower my blood sugars.. But I'm gaining weight at an incredible pace of about 30 lbs a month.. Doctors telling me I'm overeating, I'm in the hospital 2 times a week for dehydration and diabetes issues. I cant eat cause i vomit and i have diarrhea.. I spent with no exaggeration at least 7 months in the hospital out of a year
    at the end of the year i weighed in at a whopping 380.. When i was in the hospital they tried to do a upper endoscopy and couldn't cause the hole to my stomach was too small.. They did the ex-rays with the dye and found nothing wrong.. They did an colonoscopy and found i had diverticulosis.. I spent 2 weeks in the hospital getting my gal bladder removed.. As they waited for inflammation to go down to operate as they put it i was on liquid diets nothing was ingested all tube fed.. In those 2 weeks I gained 28 lbs.. They measured my stomach at a whopping 1.5 oz's Yes it stretched half an ounce more.. I have kept on my diet i have exercised as much as possible with bicycle riding and walking as much as possible.. but the weight keeps coming and coming i cant stop it.. Doctors are telling me i am eating too much.. I can only eat max 2 oz of food per sitting and I eat 2 times a day with a snack at night.. Today for supper i had 1 bite of steak with mashed steamed broccoli in a little butter.. total weight 1. 7 ounces i barely finished my meal.. tonight for snack ill have my usual apple orange or pear peach whatever then ill take my meds again and go to bed.. My doctor wont listen to me when i tell him these things he insists that I'm thinking he is crazy he keeps telling me I'm full of it i have to be eating more than that.. Hello doc 1.5 oz stomach capacity how much can i eat. Truly i will be the first to admit i don't eat all the proper foods, but i DON'T eat chips, chocolate, potatoes, breads period.. I may have a partial wrap sandwich from time to time, if the wife makes herself one i take a inch wide slice and I'm full. Why am I gaining so much weight? That's my question, Why? I guess the point I'm trying to make is, It isn't always cut and dry.. Some people have medical reasons for the weight.. I have one but nobody seems to want to help me find out what it is.. I'm positive that i have issues with the diabetic meds I'm on and nobody wants to hear it.. and I quote "Now I have seen all your posts on here, and I know you will likely come back and say something like you have done this, and it doesn't work. Im not stupid, I know what that means, and I hear it all the time from some patients. It means you are lying to yourself. Doesn't matter what you tell me, unless you are the most unself-actualized person alive or just do not understand what a healthy diet and true exercise is, you know you have not made an effective attempt. Liek I said, I know people just like you, and unfortunately many good people die early because they have made themselves truly believe sustainable weight loss is not possible for them. That is just sad to me." end quote... Those are your words Sir and clearly the mentality I'm finding from my doctors here.. Things aren't cut and dry like that.. As a doctor you should know that.. I wish doctors would listen to the patients and test for ailments based on symptoms.. Then treat accordingly, not chat for 5 minutes then say ok sounds like your fine and what ill do for you is prescribe this medicine this should fix it right up.. Whats causing it who cares but this should fix you up.. That's just not right..
    Ok i need to get going, I have a 2 hr bicycle race to peddle on a stationary bike and a 1 hour cardio workout to do at the gym with my trainer.. And this i do every night after supper...

    June 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bradley

      OK...make me cry. I was already upset, mad really at all of these mean spirited people. Why can't people be just a little sensitive, a little understanding, and a little knowledgeable. I had a real issue with Dr, Andy also; I think he actaully probably had good intentions, but his oversimplistic posting was bit irresponsible as a doctor. There is so much more to obesity than eating too much and not exercising enough. The solution is so much more complicated than just resolving to lliving a certain lifestyle. I wish you so much success in you battle.

      June 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Bobby

    I agree with Kate. Even if someone eats right and excercises they won't keep it off. Sure, you will lose a lot of weight but you won't keep it off successfully after 5 years. Less that 1% of people who lose a lot of weight keep it off after 5 years except the ones who have surgery. My doctor told me that.
    Also, diets do not work either. Of course you will lost weight on Atkins or Weight Watchers but it WILL NOT STAY OFF. It has nothing to do with will power. Most people who are overweight have addictive and compulsive personalities. That is the problem.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Jeffrey

    What the F does this have to do with Vietnam?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Joe

    I will tell you I lost 100lbs and still going! It is all about wanting it so bad that all you do is think about the new you. I went from 400 down to 300 and am loving every second of this lifestyle change! I would like to lose another 50 and maintain that. I am 6'4" so 250 is a good weight for me personally. I didn't get to see John's loss but Kudos to him for getting it done. I am more active now then I have ever been. I just ran a 5k with a personal best of 36:42. A year ago i wouldn't of left the house in the heat !

    June 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Congrats

      Congrats. And it took some hard work, dedication, and will power.

      Those things do MAKE YOU FEEL better when you appreciate yourself enough to care about the fuel you put in your body.

      Yes it takes a lifestyle change..mainly not gorging ourselves at every meal. It is not rocket science though so keep it up. Food is temporary...health is constant and forever. Keep that in mind and keep going.

      June 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Remember

      Nobody is going to do it for you: Little Tough Love

      Keep working on it. Showing self-control in our diet carries over to so other many compulsive behaviors and allows you to be more centered, focused, and happy. The benefits sure beat a little grumbling tummy from time to time.

      June 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Hey Andy

    Make sure one these fatties does not eat you man. Saying excercise to a fat person and a little personal ownership...WELL THEM FIGHTING WORDS...if they could get up.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yea

      Everyone needs to consume a large pizza and a gallon of chocolate milk for dinner followerd by 6 Krispy Cremes and half gallon of ice-cream.

      After all they need that energy for the cubicle they will be sitting in all day long tomorrow!! 🙂

      June 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Irene

    WOW!! Good job. He looks really, really hot!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Xerxes

    I wish he'd share a method for Rokinnelon to eat herself to death.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Huge In Ohio

    Fat people are hilarious.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funny Stuff

      Just read these posts. One guy, Andy, makes sense and everyone gets up in arms because they have to imagine life without ice cream and cookies...or massive amounts of them.

      It is pretty obvious all fat people suffer the same genetic issues: lazy and zero willpower 🙂

      June 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Joe is massively fat

    No, really it is that simple!!!! Eat Less Food!!! You do not lose weight because nobody makes you do it!

    Join the military. Go live in Africa. If you have zero will power to put the fork down don't blame someone or something else.

    CHOOSE to not eat so much. It will not kill you. I Promise. Quite the opposite.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pepper

      If you think all fat people are lazy you live under a rock!

      June 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      No, as I stated in my earlier post, it's not that simple for everyone. There isn't a blanket plan that will work on 100% of people. Think about that before you make judgment.

      June 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Jo

    Brad you are such an ASS!!!!! Educate yourself! Just genetics. What cave did you just crawl out of neandathal man.
    If it's just genetics how do you know so much about the band? Which is true as I've had a year of test for that or gastric bypass, SOME people have the genetic disposition, and not all in one family get it.

    Congrats John, it's about time. You're an awesome actor (Like you're reading this) and everyone was wondering how long you'd be around. We were hoping a long while, now we know longer. You've never looked so handsome.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Pepper

    I used to be 350 pounds plus. Yes, the way to loose weight is exercise, life style change and change in your diet, I knew and know that but for some reason I could not keep the weight off. Two and half years ago I had gastric bypass surgery, I paid for it out of my own pocket (I am acutally still paying). I have lost 160 pounds feel wonderful. It was the tool and the wake up call that I needed. Yes, everyone struggles with their weight but instead of the negative words be proud if someone found a way to become healthy. I don't care how anyone does it but if they feel like a complete person again that is FANATASTIC!!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  87. gheezy

    weight loss isn't rocket science. for those of you who have been scammed by dieting plans need to re-evaluate the situation. Weight loss is simply burning off what you intake. So if you want to lose weight start by consuming less energy and burning more foods. You do not have to starve yourself at all. It also has to deal with will power as well.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  88. bmorg

    That's http://www.letsdolunch.com in the previous post. Sorry.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  89. joe

    Andy, I did NOT post this one. This was someone else.
    You know he did stomach by pass just like all of them do. Don't be fooled. Those who can afford it will use it. Those who can't stay fat and unhealthy.

    And as a doctor, you are still irreponsible for your posting; expecially this to an apparantly very overweight woman who you have not examined; "exercise for at least an hour (and not just walking around-actual hard work exercise) and you will loose wieght."

    June 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Moonbeam

    I don't know how he lost the weight, but he sure looks good (and the clip of him as a young man in a commercial was shocking - what a looker he was).

    As for bariatric surgery, I notice some people just become skinny "fat" people - still obviously out of shape, and some become addicted to other things, like alcohol, shop lifting, etc.

    John says he has been treating exercise like a job, and doing it regularly, so he has a good chance of keeping it off. I read that if you don't exercise, you have a 90% chance of putting the weight back on. Then, unfortunately, I proved. So I'm starting over again. But I did lose 106 without surgery, and only put part of it back on. So am not exactly starting over from scratch. But I will exercise this time, so I build muscle at the same time.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  91. mary

    Glad to see that he's lost weight.~!
    We've lost too many people that make us laugh because of health problems caused by being overweight. I want many more years of laughing at Mr Goodman~!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  92. bmorg

    http://www.letsdolunch. is a program you can do for life!!!!! No weighing food, no portions, no counting points, calories or carbs, no meetings to attend & no exercise required....It's amazing.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Bubba

    Katy or anyone who wants to lose weight,
    Don't eat anything with corn syrup (not easy but doable) or hydroganated oil. (there is a good reason for this that space and time does not allow me to explain).
    Stay away from sugar as much as possible. No pop of any kind.(diet either).
    No white bread and not too much of any kind. Have one sandwich instead of two.
    Nothing frozen except vegatables if you can't have fresh for some reason.
    Drink plenty of water.
    Not too much juice. It's high in sugar even if it is natural, a little is good, a lot is a lot of calories.
    Absolutely no fast food and try not to eat out at all.
    Eat at least some vegtables and fruit everyday.
    Do not skip breakfast. 3 meals and a snack at least. Keep portions reasonable.
    Be active 6 days out of seven at least. Don't drive around looking for the space near the door. Walk. Take stairs etc.
    It's mainly will power. Be confident that you can do it.
    Don't listen to those that tell you some people can't loose weight do to their genes. They are enablers.
    Yeah, it's easier for some then others but unless you have a fairly rare disease it's doable. And even if you do have a disease it would be good to take these actions.
    Oh and after you start loosing, weight yourself every day!
    Worked for me. good luck.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Conguero

    "John Candy was a huge loss" could have been worded more tactfully!

    June 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  95. tonyc

    You look FABULOUS John & we wlll have your comic genius around much longer....and it is NOT YOUR fault now, if you CACK! 🙂


    June 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Cindy

    Good for John Goodman. We have lost too many overweight actors and comics. We miss them all and I was concerned about him. Now, I feel better and I'm sure he does, too. John Candy was a huge loss, John would have ended up the same way if he kept getting bigger.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Amy

    Diet and exercise don't always work. I have many medical conditions from being born with a birth defect that has left me in a wheelchair permanently. I am unable to get the proper exercise. Plus, for me to be the size I should be, I would have to eat no more than 700 calories a day. I am only about 20 lbs overweight, but have tried to lose that for years. I've tried all sorts of programs, lifestyle changes, exercise, and nothing has worked. Of course, I guess when you're on 12 pills a day for other conditions, one might be prone to weight gain from the medications. Unfortunately, I can't get off any of the medicines. I'm happy with my body, and if I never lose these 20 lbs, I won't be crushed. If other people don't like it, that's not really my problem. I'm not out to make others happy. I'm out to make myself happy.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      This is a good point here, and maybe one I should have included. Indeed, there are instances where the individual physically cannot exercise. Most the people on here, and that Katy person were not in this position.

      June 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Conguero

    I'm right at 49 years old and I'm 5'11" and weigh 170, soaking wet. I eat whatever I want tempered with just a little common sense. I know people have different body types and metabolism, but I just don't know how people get so big. They must eat a SERIOUS amount of food and just don't move around much.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  99. steve

    looking good!

    June 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  100. joe

    Andy, if you are a doctor, then I am truly angry with you. All of the others, I just find silly.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      No, you are angry with me because I am telling the truth. I never said it was easy. If it was, there would not be obesity. It takes ALOT of hard work and dedication to change lifestyle. You are just trying to be an E-thug and start a fight.

      June 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  101. joe

    Andy, not only are you ignorant, but you are also stupid.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Yeah, I'm ignorant because I say that reducing caloric intake, exercise, and lifestyle change will lead to weight loss and keeping it off in the future. Yeah, how ignorant. I never said it was easy. It is very difficult. But it is attainable. Too bad many people just don't have the willpower to do it and then maintain it. You fail so bad e-thug.

      June 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Joe

    You know he did stomach by pass just like all of them do. Don't be fooled. Those who can afford it will use it. Those who can't stay fat and unhealthy.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      No, those who have the will-power to accept and maintain a lifestyle change will loose the weight and keep it off. You are a fool spreading harmful information.

      June 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      Yup you are right. Nobody can lose weight without surgery.

      You know that Biggest Loser Show. Perfect example to prove your point. They all get their surgeries in week3. Promise!! I am a Dr. and did the operations for all contestants last year.

      June 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Mrs. Flanagin

    I think John was good looking even at his biggest 🙂 I know it is a cliche but it's not what on the outside that counts..he has a great personality! My father was a big man and so is my husband..

    June 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  104. joe

    Andy, also, you just prescribed a diet and exercise regimen to a woman that you have not examined.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  105. joe

    Andy, as a medical doctor, you know (or should know) it is not that simple to JUST LOSE IT AND KEEP IT AND KEEP IT OFF. If you are a medical doctor, then you really are irresponsible.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Joe. It is not that simple. I nver said it was. I just said that a lifestyle choice needs to be made. I was unhappy with what Katy was spewing, because that is nothing but misinformation. There was no prescription, other than a simple identification that weight loss is about changing eating habits and exercising. You sir have no idea what you are talking about.

      June 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Andy


    You are unbelievably ignorant, and it is terrible you are spewing this babble for impressionable eyes. You are very incorrect about cutting caloric intake not helping weight loss. I actually am an M.D. I finished my residency at UNC in 2003. It is easier for people with a high metabolism to loose weight. It is harder for those with a slower metabolism to loose weight. But it is actually possible to increase your metabolism. I have many patients just like you who read online articles and obese forums and message boards. Most of those are filling with bad info and those who do not believe it is possible or healthy to loose the weight. That is nothing more than an excuse for failure. 300 lbs for a 5'9" person IS NOT HEALTHY. IT IS POSSIBLE TO LOOSE IT AND KEEP IT OFF. If you stay the same weight after trying to loose it, you are not exercising enough, or eating the wrong foods or too much (but probably a combo of Each). Take a doctors advice, cut your calories down to 2000/day, exercise for at least an hour (and not just walking around-actual hard work exercise) and you will loose wieght.

    Now I have seen all your posts on here, and I know you will likely come back and say something like you have done this, and it doesn't work. Im not stupid, I know what that means, and I hear it all the time from some patients. It means you are lying to yourself. Doesn't matter what you tell me, unless you are the most unself-actualized person alive or just do not understand what a healthy diet and true exercise is, you know you have not made an effective attempt. Liek I said, I know people just like you, and unfortunately many good people die early because they have made themselves truly believe sustainable weight loss is not possible for them. That is just sad to me.

    For others out there, weight loss is possible for ANY body and metabolism type. Most people just do not have the will power to not eat when they feel hungry. Walking will not help you loose weight when you have a 6000 calorie a day diet. Real exercise along with a healthy- lower calorie diet will loose weight and keep it off. The reason most people loose weight and gain it back is because they do not make that "lifestyle" change and they go back to their old ways.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Andy, you are entirely right, but your credibility suffers a bit from not being able to spell "lose" correctly.

      I would add that my wife and her friends are great believers in the use of fresh veggies and fruits as part of a good diet, and in recent weeks my wife cooks up a "soup" of veggies in a great big skillet with some olive oil, sauteeting them, and then adding some chicken broth and various seasonings to make it nice and tasty, and I can attest that it is filling at low caloric value, nutritious, and something about the freshness of the food without added chemicals seems to be extra good for you. All I know for sure is I am losing weight twice as fast as before doing that for my evening meal. My max was 295, I am at 245 and headed for 200. It has been slow, but that has allowed my skin to contract naturally as the weight has come off. Andy is right - anyone can do it. Walking a mile a day is best of all.

      June 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xerxes

      Dr. Andy, it's a shame you can't spell. I hope you don't accidentally prescribe Fen-phen to some of your new patients. You DO know it was pulled from the market by the FDA, don't you?

      June 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzannah

      Dear Andy, I learned in medical school over 20 years ago and from my parents long before that how very important it is to speak kindly, though honestly, to others and to listen more than one speaks. Being a relatively new physician you may not have picked up on the importance of those truths just yet, but I hope you will listen from now on more than you speak and will realize that the MD behind your name is not nearly so important as your relationships with your patients. You will be much more effective as a physician and as a friend when you learn to be inoffensive, though honest, and less defensive. Being a physician often makes one a "target" but being a patient should NEVER make one a minion.
      Regards and congratulations on finishing the FIRST part of your training successfully.

      June 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Brad

    Hi Kate, please do not argue with these people. They have no comprehension of the issues overweight people face. They are unwilling to be sensitive, understanding, or knowledgeable.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  108. franniemae

    for those who asked how did he do it... he said on tv that he looked at it as a job.. worked in the gym for five days a week and quit drinking alcohol which he clearly implied was a big problem.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  109. GirlinMN

    Kate has made some good points, but I do believe her views are badly skewed. There are truly some people out there for whom weight loss surgery may be the best/only healthy option to lose weight, and there are some legitimate genetic conditions that cause uncontrollable weight gain, but barring one of these types of things, the only sure fire way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than you need. Most of the general US population can remove about 500 calories a day and not even miss it (this is the equivalent of a candy bar and one can of regular pop) and burn an extra 300 to 500 calories a day without too much effort (walking at a comfortable pace for 45 minutes or jogging for about 35 minutes), and between the two relatively small changes, you WILL lose weight. It will take some substantial time, so if you have that wedding or class reunion in 3 months, be prepared to still be "chubby" but these two small things will cause you to lose weight over the course of your life.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bradley

      Thankyou for your common sense intelligence. These people are mean.

      June 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Brad

    These posts prove how STUPID people really are! I weight 150 pounds and it is all deit and exercise!!! No, actaully it has much to do with genetics folks. EDUCATE YOURSELF!

    June 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  111. katiedid

    Good job man! You look great!

    June 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Lilybean58

    It doesn't matter how you do it. You just have to be ready. I have lost 90 pounds in the last year with help from Weight Watchers. I have gained and lost many pounds over the years. I tried every program around with the exception of the surgery because I think it's unsafe. I was finally successful (and continue to lose to my goal weight) because I was ready. You have to get to the point that it's the only thing that matters to you, and then you will be successful. It's the same with other problems , i.e. quitting smoking, drinking, etc. The key is never to give up! Have confidence in yourself, no matter what your age or how long it takes.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Tamok

    Congratulation Mr. Goodman. Whatever you did to lose the weight, keep on doing it!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Brad

    One could reasonalby assume that John has had a LAP-Band. If so good for him. Being 400 lbs is more dangerous than the LAP-Band. I should know, I had gotten to be 330 and had lost the same 40; 50; even 65 lbs several times by dieting and exercising, but it always came back until I got my LAP-Band. I am now at my goal weight and keeping it there with exercise and sensible eating. By the way; anyone who thinks a LAP-Band is an easy solution; think again; it still takes resolve and dedication and hard work. It is tool; not a solution or quick fix. Speak to your doctor carefully about all the risks and educate yourself, please.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Tim Shepard

    After having visited Europe. I have to wonder why US is so overweight in comparison. Over there, nobody obsesses about diet or exercise, everyone really enjoys food, and yet no-one is fat like here. It has to be something different in our diet, Im suggesting hormones in our Dairy products.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  116. TG

    He must have taken the easy route and had surgery. Anyone who loses weight the CORRECT way by exercising and eating healthy wants to shout it from the rooftop, not keep mum about it.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pepper

      TG – you re completely nuts if you think surgery is the easy way out. Get your facts straight before you make comments like that.

      June 18, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  117. SMAN

    I love food...carbs, carbs and more carbs. My body produces a high level of Ghrelin hormone which makes me very hungy even if I eat quite a bit. The only way I control my weight through intermittent fasting for 24 hrs a shot 2 days a week. It raises my HGH which in turn burns fat and maintains muscle. I've neven been more lean than I am right now.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  118. jeff

    You eat less.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  119. KBA

    I'm so thrilled to see the "new" John Goodman. He has always been one of my favorite actors and I was always concerned that he might die an early death like John Candy. Losing weight is never easy and I commend him on his commitment to his health. Your fans thank you, John!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  120. kathy

    he look GREAT. HE WAS VERY FAT

    June 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
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  122. Mel

    He looks great!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Michael


    You are oncfusing the terms "Diet" with "eating habits"; you are correct to say diet's will only last so long because people think they can stop eating certain foods or only eat certain foods to gain and lose wieght rapidly, in other words "Diets" are gimmicks. Proper eating habits on the oher hand is the only healthy way to lose weight and keep it off, if someone cannot lose weight this way then they are either misinformed as to what is healthy and non-healhy or just lying to themselves so they can feel helpless and better about not losing the weight. Remeber it is not just what you cook but also what you cook it with.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Ron

    Looks good but I think he shows a touch of manorexia (barfer)

    June 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Rich


    Bariatric surgery doesnt keep the weight off for ever. You still need to eat right and exercise. Ive had the surgery and over time, not making excuses, almost all of it has returned.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  126. guest

    Maybe he did the lap band and wants to keep it private.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  127. SHMD

    Good for you John ! Wishing you a long, healthy life !

    June 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Anne

    John, you look great! Congrats and great job!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  129. JR

    C'mon CNN! Past tense of lead is led, not lead.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Howard K


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  131. Longview1

    Life is temporary no matter what your size.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Carol

    John looks so good! His skin looks so healthy. Congratulations, man!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Alexander

    Whatever makes him happy is all that matters. People too often judge people because of their weight and they have no right at all to do so. Brilliance comes in people of all shapes and sizes. John Goodman is one of my favorite actors of all time, he is a true talent!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  134. jim

    smoking cigs helped me

    June 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Raine

    Congratulations John!!! @ DenverGrl and Savannah, Thank you for being the voices of sanity and reason. It's good to know that there are still a few people out there in the world with those qualities/capabilities.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  136. me

    Weight loss is a tricky thing to do, but what I've learned from my own experience is that you can't "go on" a diet. Those rarely work because we've got such a high expectation of what is considered a healthy diet. But even after you hit your goal, what then? You go back to eating the way you did before and your weight will naturally go back up. If you're very overweight, it likely took you a long time to get that way, so it'll take you a long time to get thin again.
    It's much easier over the long-term to just alter your existing diet in ways you won't miss. Reducing calories this way is much easier because if you don't miss the calories, you never feel like you're "on a diet". If you love cheeseburgers, for example, you can still eat them. Just try to eat them a little bit less frequently and try to reduce their calories: avoid mayo if you won't really miss it. Go for one patty, not two, and see if you really needed that second one. Try to buy leaner (>90%) ground beef, or switch to turkey burgers or veggie burgers, which usually have way less fat and taste fantastic. Nature's Own bread tastes the same but has way less calories in it. All of these are simple things you can try. They won't work for everybody, but they did for me. You have to find out where to cut back on calories where you won't miss them.
    Someone on these comments said that long-term weight loss isn't possible, that surgery is the only way. What a terrible thing to say! That's absolutely not true at all. But if you try to lose weight the yo-yo way by "going on a diet" and purposefully depriving yourself of things you like to eat, then you're just sabotaging yourself; you'll find it a hundred times harder to lose weight that way.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Kate

    Oh and by the way. I do eat very sensibly. Less than my thin husband who only eats once a day and inhales large amounts of red meat and ice cream. I don't eat ice cream, sugar and such. I never eat at night (although he does). I eat salads and lean meats. You really have no idea what you are talking about. I garden and go to the gym regularly. I walk at lunch. I read obesity forums and the news and keep up with science. I talk to my doctor and specialists. They all agree. The reality is trying to reduce caloric intake only works for a while. It also is much more effective for thin people than fat. I just read a report that says that working out an hour a day does nothing for obese people although it slimmed down regular weight people.

    Please educate yourselves before making up stories about fat people.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tricia

      I'm sorry but I do not believe you eat healthy and exercise regularly (at least 3 times a week, cardio) and you are still obese. Just don't believe it.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Yeah right. What else can you make up? Those of us who eat right and exercise and have healthy bodies are not going to be persuaded by your make believe studies, reports, and descriptions of your lifestyle. Go ahead, Kate, believe what you want. Keep on piling up your story here about what you supposedly do that doesn't work. You'll still be fat and we'll still be thin. When you choose to accept reality and change your lifestyle, you'll join our ranks. Otherwise, you'll be fat forever and, quite frankly, we don't care.

      June 18, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  138. johnny in queens

    Eat healthy. Don't eat too much. Exercise daily. Simple really.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Trevor, Austin, TX

    Good for him! He's long been one of my favorite actors and I'd definitely worried previously that his obesity would lead him to be taken from us all too soon (like John Candy). It must have been tough for him to make such a huge lifestyle change. Way to go Johnny!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  140. MC

    This isn't Nam, Smokey. There are rules.

    Awesome job Walter!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Best Weight Loss Remedy

    I went from 200lbs to 165lbs in about 3 hours.

    I simply cut off my right arm and my left leg. Problem solved. I immediately dropped 35lbs and YET MY DR. had the nerve to say I was still overweight and my cholesterol was still high:

    To My Dr.: I lost 35lbs the RIGHT WAY and you still give me grief. Figures. All Doctors are the same..........

    June 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  142. lance corporal

    every one is making good suggestions to those asking how but I'll add something , fasting and for an extended period of time, it clears your bowels, kills candida and shrinks your stomach, use probiotics at the end of the fast to change your gut flora and when you start your new eating lifestyle do research about food and understand it, learn about the glycemic approach and really all the info is out there online, it is simple but very difficult at the beginning but very rewarding quickly so once you get over the initial hump and start feeling the benefits it become much easier to maintain
    you can find doctors that understand fasting and can monitor you if needed, there are those that will post all kinds of warnings about the extreme dangers of fasting but their exageration pretty much tells you they don't know what they're talking about

    June 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  143. slove

    Nice to see you lose all that weight,you have many fans,me included,we would like to see you around for a while longer.How often do you see people who might make it to 60 or 70 yrs. old that weight 400 lbs?

    June 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  144. JB

    I remember John Goodman when he was on the Rosanne T.V show. He looks better.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  145. phearis

    That's pretty cool. Good job John. You look a lot better. Keep it up.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Donny Jr.

    Fantastic actor sporting a fantasticer look. Many congratulations, Mr. Goodman!! It takes a lot of discipline to lose serious weight. As others have pointed we have lost a number of talented actors too early to health-related issues. So glad he is jumping off that wagon!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  147. casey

    Good for him!!


    June 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  148. LL

    Congrats John! It's very hard work, but you are lookin' good...like a 'goodman'...sorry, I couldn't resist.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Donny

    Those are good burgers Walter

    June 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Craig Shearer

    "Shut the f- up, Donny"

    June 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Donny

    His name's Lebowski. That's your name dude.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  152. The Dude

    Damnit Donnie!!! Not that Lennon!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Ms. Grammar

    Good for you, John. My favorite role of his was the "Cyclops" in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou."

    June 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  154. jordan

    Hell I can get you a toe by three o'clock this afternoon. With nail polish. F****ing amateurs!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  155. NG

    It finally occurred to me that those who have had gastric bypass still ultimately do what folks who don't have it have to do: i.e. eat LESS food and burn more calories than they take in. The bypass helps cut the amount of food one can consume thereby cutting the hunger. But if one can put together a balanced diet and then cut the portion size by 1/3 – 1/2 at each meal (which would then probably average about 1,400 – 1,700 calories/day for the average person), one would lose weight just like those who have the surgery. The trick of course is learning to eat healthy, learning what portion sizes you can have, and be willing to do some exercise.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Shaneesha

    John Goodman doesn't open up at all about his weight loss. He plays it as coy as a farmer's daughter, and pretends that after being morbidly obese his entire life, he suddenlty found some secret. Yeah – being able to afford surgery.

    And will somebody post the difference between "loose" and "lose" – because he didn't 'loose" anything.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Anna

    Fat or thin he is great!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  158. SAndy

    He is looking and feeling great as a result. No doubt this took a great deal of time and determination. He was fixed on his goal of healthy choices, portion control, and daily exercise. Maybe counseling helped him too. I can tell you that having WooHoo Foods as a daily snack instead of high calorie junk is one good option. Also joining a gym and making a daily commitment is the way to go.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Big Dan

    Someone should pass him some fricasee, he looks a mite peckish!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Mike J.

    Wow, he looks great. I'm so glad he was able to drop a lot of weight. We've seen too many "bigger" actors in Hollywood die off due to their weight (or related issues). John Goodman has been in so many fantastic movies, it's nice to know he'll be around to make many more. He probably added about 10 years or more to his life just by losing that weight.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Irish893

    The Marlboro Man is back! What a handsome devil he is when he is healthy!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  162. RS

    I've not seen a skinny John Goodman in ages. Glad to see he's getting the weight off. He's starting to look really good.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  163. patrick

    @kate, I am very disappointed in your comment, wieght loss and keeping it off is a direct result of diet and excercise, you mentioned bariatric surgery is the only solution, ask yourself this question, why were people thinner in the past, they did not eat fast food and sit around watching TV, and they certainly did not have bariatric surgery.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      I'm sorry you are disappointed. Please think of all the fat people that are disappointed too that diets (any change in calories) don't work too even though that's what all the uninformed people keep insisting and then charging them with being bad people. Why do you think fat people in the past were more successful at losing weight? As far as I know, the success rate hasn't changed.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tricia

      @Kate, when you actually start including daily exercise your hunger generally subsides and your metabolism goes up. No, just simply cutting calories isn't going to cause weight loss alone but combining healthy foods, portion control, and regular exercise will result in weight loss.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  164. brax

    He used to be a model for Wrangler Jeans. He was smokin'! However he lost the weight, glad he's feeling better and looking healthier. It would be a shame to lose him at such a young age.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Bagheera

    JOHN!!! Way to go buddy. You look great! Man, I am so happy for you. Keep it up brother.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  166. susan

    I would bet a substantial sum of money he had bariatric surgery. What I cant figure out is why there is such a stigma to that. Why not be honest about it? Studies show it is the only effective treatment for most obese people at this time. Good for John for taking care of himself! My very best wishes.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Bflogaleast

    The last time I saw John Goodman on TV, and perhaps in the newspaper, was when he was performing in Waiting for Godot. I was stunned by how heavy and unhealthy looking he had become. Wow does he look FANTASTIC. I know that he has quit drinking so that helps, I am sure. He is one of my favorite actors; he is a natural. Glad to see him looking so well.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  168. mind

    Kate – how is baratric surgery the only way to lose weight when people use to and still do lose it and keep it off prior to that surgery ever even being invented and even post that surgery,

    that surgery is a way out for some but is a easy way out for a lot of people
    eating correctly, excersicing and actually staying up with what you are suppose to be doing is the only way to lose the weight.

    the surgery on the other hand FORCES you to not eat it strains your body to the brink of death by starving it – and thats how you lose weight and thne you are forced to eat the right foods because now youve mutulated the insides of your body and it can no longer digest and break down other foods.

    the right way, eating right and excersicing – i myself was an overweight individual and have cut and kept weight off by NOT eating high fructose corn syrup

    read up on it! and dont be so quick to let the medical feild "fix" your issues by creating millions of others

    June 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      I've had the surgery. I'm well versed in what it does and doesn't do and how. If you know anything about science, you know that anecdotal evidence is worthless. What counts is what the big numbers tell you and the big numbers say that reducing caloric intake only works for a short while for the greatest percentage of overweight people.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  169. mar

    way to go john!!! love you so much..dan connor was the man and only you could have pull off that role so well!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Bob

    First thing to do it you want to lose weight: Get rid of the blame and the guilt. Don't blame yourself, don't blame others. Why? You can only blame anyone for something that happened in the past. But the past is gone so what is the point? Blame and guilt is about living in the past. The past is gone. You must plan for the future. Success in the future happens when you get support from other people and when you work your plan (yes, you need a plan). No one can do it alone. There are no self made successes. None. Forget the Secret and Horatio Alger – get support and thank and credit those who support you. Get rid of friends that don't support you. They will never really be your friend. Next, low fat diet and stress management are key. Exercise helps you to be healthy but it is cutting calories that results in weight loss. Exercise without eating more is equivalent to cutting calories. Forget about increasing your metabolism. You can lose weight with a low metabolism. Forget about drinking water to lose weight – that is a myth created by Coke and Pepsi and the American Dietetic Association – there is absolutely no proof that drinking water leads to weight loss. Eat your fruits and vegetables, get your rest and get help if you're stressed or depressed. It is not your fault.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • risskia

      No proof drinking water leads to weight loss, hmm?

      Well, that depends on what study on which population you are looking at. Replicable, peer-reviewed studies of people who had 1) a tendency to over eat and 2) an excess of water weight DID show weight loss in those who reliably drank extra water about half an hour before all meals and snacks.

      Turns out that drinking water before meals slowed and reduced their food intake AND helped their bodies regulate fluid retention.

      June 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Can you please say what the name of that study was and who the researchers were? My guess is that there is a logical explanation for the results exclusive of the water intake. I also suspect that the study was funded by Coke or Pepsi.

      June 18, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      In fact, I just read the study I think you referred to. Problems with the study: This is hardly a double blind study. The results are no more than the placebo effect. The water is doing nothing except leading the individuals to believe they will lose more weight and eat less. Additionally, the water drinkers, again due to the placebo effect, but also possibly due to overall dehydration of the cohort, were apparently more active than those who did not drink water. Of course dehydrated individuals would have less of a feeling of well being and may be less active. This study does not prove anything.

      June 18, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  171. Samantha

    "John Goodman's family would appreciate this jumbalaya!!"

    June 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • artrain

      Because there is never any Thanksgiving dinner left over. LOL
      Nice Family Guy reference!

      June 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Rosanne Cohn

    Thank good ness!! He's too fine an actor to be abusing his body that way - I was always afraid he would drop dead too soon........overeating is not a reward, it's an abuse, and the sooner people learn that, the healthier we'll all be!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  173. aL

    That's really wonderful! I hope he's doing it in a healthy manner. I can only guess that he definitely is, since he says it will take the rest of his life. I've been fighting off my excess weight for years – averaging as little as a half a pound a week, but that weight will never get back on me again since it's all part of a huge lifestyle change.

    Go Dan Conner!!!! 😉

    June 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Strange Society

    We have evolved to not live sedimentary lifestyles like working in cubicles and staring at computer screens all day. It is not even about weight. Depression, Anxiety, Soreness, Aches, Pains, and generally feeling under the weather is due to our LACK OF MOVEMENT!! I don't have time. It is too hard. I have kids. All great excuses but they are just that. Respect yourself and get your body in shape and the mind natually follows. Have any of you wonderd why, "I feel so bad and I used to feel so good" It is because you used to go outside and play 10 hours a day.

    No you sit and play WoW 18 hours a day and can't figure out why you feel like crap....pop a pill. Pharmaceuticals love Americans!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • brax

      Sedimentary means you're made of rocks. You probably meant (I hope!) sedentary.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  175. smk17

    Eat less calories then you burn off. Duh.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Jackson

    hahaha..love the crack about Roseanne...that would be exercise enough right there!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Mitch

    @Kate – DN said a "balanced" diet. That does not mean a DIET diet. Everyone has a diet. Just some are good and some are bad. A balanced diet just means you eat what you should for the lifestyle you lead. Very active people need more calories. Less active people...need less. It is pretty simple actually. The difficulty comes in not over-eating or under exercising. Eating healthier foods and less junk gives your body more fuel with less garbage that it can't use.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • kate

      Reducing caloric intake is what is meant by when the studies said reducing caloric intake and that's what I am talking about. I imagine my diet is problem more wholesome than yours and always has been. Most obese people know far far far more about healthy eating than thin people, because they study constantly about it. If you bothered to go to an obesity forum and actually learn a thing or two, you might not be so bigoted.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  178. puddin'

    omg...read between the lines....gastric by-pass. On going for the rest of my life....that is what those surgeries are. I just wish they weren't so taboo. It's ok. New technology is available, so let's use it. It has been tested and tweaked enough for success now. Sometimes I wonder why we don't take away advancements like blood transfusions – because some might think they are unnatural and the fear of aids...yadda yadda.....come on. Let's all get skinny...and stop wearing so many clothes....ha!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Mark Duncan

    My guess is he quit drinking. That alone was probably responsible for a lot of the weight loss, and then if he started exercising as well, that help it along. His reluctance to say what triggered his "diet" makes me think he's not yet ready to go public with his drinking problem. Whatever, I hope he can stick with it, because losing the weight, hard as it is, is the easy part.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Mystic River

    Good for you, Mr. Goodman! Wish you'd share your secret with the rest of us. It sure isn't easy, and kudos to him for doing it.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  181. tiny

    losing weight is the easiest thing ive done in my entire life. just use the internet to learn the science of nutrition. for example, 3500 calories = 1 pound. then start counting calories. nutrition is 75% of the battle, exercise is 25%

    June 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  182. ficheye

    Sugar. Stop eating sugar. all these diet fads and methods always leave out that one simple fact. I'm not even obese, but I stopped eating sugar for three months and lost 25 pounds. Sugar is in almost everything that we eat: read the ingredients. High fructose corn syrup is also sugar... syrup, agave syrup, brown sugar. If you cut out all of those sugars you will start losing weight immediately.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Keep It Up

    Keep it up Big Man!!!

    I went from 230 back to 185. I play Basketball and Softball now again. ANd of course hitting the weights hard and doing some cardio and not eating crap food.

    Husshhh...very quiet here...the secret is EATING LESS and MOVING MORE!!!

    I know it sucks to know the truth huh?!?! How did he do it? Everyone wants some magical pill or stupid machine.

    PUT DOWN THE FORK AMERICANS. I can say that because I was one of the fattys. I am talking to myself too!!!

    Now I am ripped again (6 ft 2) and can bend over without fighting over my bell 🙂 It has to be a lifestyle change. No Excuses or you will just end up worse then before. Treat yourself with some dignity and pride and do good things with the fuel you put in your body and activity level you use thoughout the day!!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Tubby

    I thought he died like.. 8 years ago lol.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  185. WooHoo

    The great part is that he acknowledges that it will be a lifestyle change for the rest of his life. I think a lot of people feel like once they go on a diet and lose some weight they can go right back to eating how they want and then don't understand why they can't keep the weight off. Simply math. Your body only needs X amount calories to function during the day. Anything you take in over that is going to storage (aka fat). I started losing weight and keeping it off when I started tracking my calories each day and factoring in exercise. That way I knew what my target should be each day and if I took in a little below that then over time I would lose weight. If I want to maintain then I just hit that mark each day. Its a amazing how many extra calories were in the foods I was eating and I didn't even realize it!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  186. boredperson

    wow, I am so glad I read this....that was a really good story.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  187. abc

    Uplifting and positive article.

    I'm amused by people asking how he did it. It's not that they don't know how, they just want a shortcut quick fix. They already know what they should be doing. It's not like it's a secret, it's just not a priority.

    But I hope this article inspires people to try harder, because I don't like getting stuck paying for all the health issues of fat, lazy people.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  188. JohnJohn

    57 years of extreme self indulgence and suddenly he's a hero because after 3 life spans of starving billions he decides not to die? Yawn and gag simultaneously.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • melissa


      June 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twin Brother of JohnJohn

      JohnJohn is my twin brother.

      He was a fat pudgy kid and had to buy "HUSKY" jeans to fit around his plump little belly. As he got older JohnJohn never could get a date and he suffered from really low self-esteem. Actually, to this day JohnJohn is miserable. He is now up to 485lbs and still a virgin.

      Everyone in my family has tried to talk to him. Try to be understanding that he finds the bad even in the things that are good. That is who he is and it is because he is just a big fat loser that never got any attention because he has always been a little rolly polly!! Sorry JohnJohn!!! It had to be said from a trusted family member so you do not get too much flack for being so miserable.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  189. citizenUSA

    You go Johnny boy! You do look great. I think i've seen you at your highest weight and it looked scary. You look 20 years younger. Time to host SNL?

    June 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  190. AJ

    "Kate" said, "The only long term effective solution is bariatric surgery, which is probably what John did."

    Kate, let me clue you in on something. You clearly have NO freaking idea about weight loss surgery whatsoever. A person has to follow the post-surgery rules of WLS to keep the weight off, and after a while they quit losing weight. Then they have to work it like every other person on the planet. Additionally, WLS patients can gain every bit of their weight back if they (1) continually eat too much and stretch out their "stomach pouch", &/or (2) eat all.day.long. I personally know THREE people who had various forms of weight loss surgery, and they are not thin by a long shot. You would never know they even HAD WLS (you'd actually think that they NEEDED it)!! Why? Because they didn't truly change their lifestyle: they didn't continue to eat small, healthy meals; they get little to no exercise. And they gained it back. ANYTHING is a long-term solution ONLY if you work it that way.

    Disregarding your utter ignorance, John Goodman rocks and I hope he keeps it off, however he lost it!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesus

      had my GRY done 9 months ago and lost 135 lbs was at 376 down to 241 BUT its a tool to lose weight
      i eat right and walk 3 to 5 miles a day its not a perefect cure but close
      X happygordo

      June 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      So many armchair MDs and nutritionists here ...

      Six years ago, I was eating lots of grains, fruits and veggies and exercising (jogging & walking) 40 min a day 6 days a week, and had a 'moderately' active lifestyle – – and I wieghed 300+ LBS at 5' 9".

      When my BMI reached danger point, given my family medical history, my MD recommended gastric bypass. A few months work w/ my insurance convinced them to pay for it – – I had medical records, personal records & charts of over ten years of various attempts to lose weight and keep it off. I had a "roux-en-Y" gastric bypass.

      SIx years later – I have the same moderately active lifestyle as before, eat the same types of things (smaller portions, though) and do the same amount of excercise each week – – and am 100 LBS smaller than my top weight 6 years ago.

      SO – if you are truly one of those "lazy fat-asses" everyone likes to look down their nose at (and I know some people are), a bypass probably won't do you any good. But if you are someone who is willing to put forward the effort, and has been fighting biology / family history / sedentary nature of almost all jobs in the modern world / getting older, etc ... it might be the best thing you can do.

      But whatever -talk to your own MD about – for sure don't take some yahoo advice from the internet when it comes to something as important as your own health.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Guy Clumpner

    The simple, elegant and straighfroward answer is diet and exercise. I $99 heart scan did it for me. Seeing five calcified lesions in my arteries prompted me to do some research. Animal fat is killing those of us who are predispoded to cholesterol issues. Now a happy vegan, who has lost 25 lbs., eats like a 'healthy" pig and cant get gain weight.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eco-Vegan Gal

      I completely agree Guy! The vegan diet is a great way to get in shape if you eat well and exercise. Plus, you can't beat the health effects of veganism, and you get the added bonus of helping the environment. : )

      June 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Meggie

    Have to give a shout out to Philip Moon, who played the tough guy who peed on the rug. He's a cutie pie. Congratulations to John Goodman too, looks great!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  193. theDOC

    SIMPLE: if you eat less calories then you spend, you will lose weight
    everything is physics

    June 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  194. pierce

    John, you fat son of a gun, if you can do it so can I.

    And while you are exulting in your new you, maybe you can pass off the weight-loss secret to that fat Roseanne.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  195. lbw

    kate's reply to DN – WHAT? Of course you reach a healthy weight and maintain it with a healthy diet (not a 500 calorie starvation crazy) and exercise (breathing deeply). Healthy for a tall man is about 2000 calories a day. If those are balanced, protien, carbs, dairy, fruit and vegetables your body IS satisfied because you have provided what it needs. Excercise builds muscle to use those calories as energy. That is how it works.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  196. steve mikitish

    3 push-ups a day to lose weight. one each from the breakfast, lunch and dinner table...before pigging out!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Jen - Queens, NY

    He's had Bypass Surgery. It's a very common surgery nowadays. It's not a "FIX" as some people call it, it's just a tool that you'll have to use the rest of your life. He's made the best decision and good luck to him b/c it'll be a difficult road ahead. The end results will be worth the struggle. Good luck Mr. Goodman !!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  198. CindyInIndy

    He's looking much better. I don't have a clue what he has done, but I've reached a happy conclusion with weight loss, and it was totally unexpected. I had to quit sugar due to yeast overgrowth in my gut, and I'm allergic to yeast. I cut sugar, colas, caffeine, and chocolate (yes, chocolate). In a matter of three months, I lost 30#. I have not tried dieting since reaching my heaviest weight of 270. There is heart disease history, and I wasn't going to yo-yo. I haven't started exercising yet, but that's next as the floppy skin isn't such fun. Never did I dream this would happen, and I bet John Goodman didn't have a clue either. If you want to help yourself lose weight while sitting, this is it . . . just quit. I did it and was a Coca-Cola – holic.

    June 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  199. :D

    This not only is great for his health I think he will have some great endorsements looking at him to. GO JOHN!!! You can do it.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  200. vkirkpat

    How did he do it? Duh! Not eat so much crap, and exercise. Try it if you want to loose weight, it actually works wonders. Lay off the McD's and MAKE a salad (not buy one at a restaurant). Eat a healthy small breakfast every day... you won't be so hungry the rest of it.

    Way to go John! Totally awesome.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Mike

    John looks FANTASTIC! He's one of my favorite actors.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  202. stu

    he's a has been since roseanne! they both sat around stuffing their fat asses due to unemployment.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • LMK

      Acutally he has done a lot of work recently and is on Treme, the HBO series. Hardly a has been.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  203. FITnFAST

    Here is the key to loosing weight...are you ready....ok, here it is....exercise and diet!!!! Pretty amazing stuff right?0 It saves lives you know...

    June 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Sherri

    Lookin good!

    June 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  205. MissDiaz

    I was wondering what happened to him...It's nice to see he's doing well. I always liked this actor. Good for him.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  206. hope120

    Fantastic John congradulations

    June 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  207. STLrose

    Congratulations! This is a major achievement for anyone battling to get to a healthier weight. Not only does Mr. Goodman look terrific, he sounds like he FEELS terrific. The decision to eat well and increase physical activity is a daily one for those of us who battle within ourselves to make positive food choices. Our health and wellness, especially as we age, has to become and stay a priority. From someone who knows 🙂 and a fellow St. Louisan.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Scott

    To those wondering how he lost the weight. Me mentions that it will be on ongoing process the rest of his life. He is not on a diet, he has made a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. Eating healthy and exercising. I know that many people are looking for some magic panacea that will make them lost weight. Believe me, I've been there. Until you are willing to "flip the switch" to a better, healthier lifestyle, you will remain overweight. I'm sorry to say that but it's just that simple. The word "diet" has turned into such a misnomer over the decades that people do not consider what it means anymore. Technically speaking, we are all on a diet. It's just that some peoples diets consist of all-you-can-eat fast food, buffets or fatty or carb-heavy meals. Others consists of respective amounts of fruits, vegetables and meats within moderation. Everyone is on a diet, just pick the diet that you want to live with...literally. Now, get off your butt and do it...I know you can.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Keith

    Good stuff, fat = gross, not funny. I really hope that big kid from superbad decides to loose a few pounds. He's the next big comedian for sure, but he's already gonig down a real bad path. Maybe John can start a trend in his world.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Jon O

    Good for him – I always liked Roseanne, and he was my favorite character... and I like just about everything I can think of since that he's been in. Keep it up!

    June 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  211. randy

    I wish that I could afford gastric by-pass..At least to get started.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noyadon't

      Sure, yeah, good luck with that as long as you want to spend the rest of your life puking your food back up, having poops that smell like living death just crawled out of your a$$ (you will pray to G*d to just smell "normal" poop again), and myriad other things that they don't tell you about *because they want your money*. There is also no guarantee you'll stay skinny forever. Plenty of post-surgery people have gotten fat again. Just start out with small healthy things and increase gradually. You will be MUCH happier!

      June 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pepper

      You have no idea what you are talking about. Just because you have surgery doesn't mean you will puke the rest of your life. It is a tool that helps. It is NOT the silver bullet and NOT everyone gains the weight back. Before you comment make sure you know what you are talking about.

      June 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      @Randy ... not knowing if you have insurance or not, if your BMI is high enough (mine was 48), your insurance might cover you ... I could not done mine if Anthem Blue Cross did not discount or cover so much of it. The hospital charged alone about $60,000 for surgery and 1 night of recovery, BC discounted it to $12K and my portion was $1450. Doctor worked with me, billed insurance for $5600, but my portion was $1500 plus first visits. Work insurance plan paid my high deductible back to later and I've reached all of my deductible limits and insurance levels and my prescriptions are now free for the rest of the year and office visits are all taken care of for 1st year. It is a challenge, but worth it. You have to fight for your own insurance rights and claims. But I would not change it for the world. Read my other posted note above with more details.

      June 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Reydon

    Who cares how he lost weight....just know that he DID..... There are so many ways to lose....pick one; You don't have to duplicate John's success; Create your own .

    June 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Georges Huel

    Congratulations John!

    If any of you haven't seen him on Treme (on HBO), he is amazing, I had forgotten how brilliant and engaging an actor he can be.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Sassy

    Wow, he looks fantastic - I love John Goodman and am so happy he's gotten healthier so we can enjoy him for so much longer!! Good Job - you're hot now!

    June 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  215. luke

    not to mention owning an amphibious rodent.....within the city.....for domestic....that isnt legal either.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Goodman Fan

    What I want to know is HOW he lost the weight!!!! I've yo yo dieted and lost and then gained it all back and then some too, but never lost as much as it looks like he's lost. Congrats, John, keep up the good work, you look fabulous.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • P.A.T.

      When done healthy, there is literally no secret to maintaining proper weight. Eat healthy and exercise. Will power is heavily underrated these days. It's tough, but all things/goals worth having are.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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  218. The Razor

    Congrats, John! Keep up the good work, you look fabulous!

    June 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  219. TNmojo

    John – You are nothing but Yummy! So handsome... can't wait to see more of you on Treme – at least I hope so!

    June 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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  221. Pat Doyen

    For loosin' all that weight, your a good man MR. Goodman. Your lookin' fine.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Patsy

    This is truly amazing. I've watched John for years.
    Looks lije a totally different person.
    Congrats John!

    June 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Andrew

    I'm just glad that his family will be able to eat Thanksgiving dinner with him 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  224. markiejoe

    He was hot, Hot, HOT! in his younger days.

    Keep it off, John!

    June 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sophie

      In my book, John's ALWAYS been HOT HOT HOT. Now he's HOTTER HOTTER HOTTER!
      And one of the best actors around-a fantastic character range.

      Way to go, John! Stay well and G-d bless you and yours!

      June 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      I have always thought he was hot!

      June 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  225. relians

    awesome! i love it when i hear someone getting it. the most important part of what he said was, "it's an ongoing process for the rest of my life" so many people diet or whatever to reach a goal, and then stop. you must exercise and take care of yourself on a regular basis for all of your life.

    June 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  226. yay john

    I've long thought John Goodman was an under appreciated American treasure. I am so glad to see him get healthy and inspire men, who traditinally neglect their health, to get in shape! Go john GO!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  227. IntelAgents

    Good for John! He's always been one of my favorite actors, and I hope we have him healthy and active for a long time!

    One of my personal fav JG roles: as Charlie the Insurance Salesman (aka the Devil) in Barton Fink!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  228. Leslie Criswell

    What a transformation...how encouraging and inspirational...Congratulation's and best of luck achieving your goals!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  229. EricLr

    It will come back, John–it always does. I wish more people could just accept themselves for what they are and be happy with it, instead of constantly losing weight/gaining it back/losing weight/gaining it back. Such self-loathing can't be good for the psyche. I'd rather have a fat John Goodman that was content with himself.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • DenverGrl

      I think I understand what you're trying to say: We should accept and love ourselves. However, for some of us, like me, weight is a symptom of not accepting and loving ourselves. And, we have to deal with causes of that and move through it. I don't know if you've been severely obese or not, but it limits what one can do as far as living life to it's fullest. I want to hike and climb mountains, but I can't, not with my weight. And, if John didn't loose weight, the likelihood of his dying is very high. I want to live a long time and do things I've never done. Loosing weight will enable me to do that.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Yes, there is no reason to try to improve yourself, because it just makes you unhappy in the end. Instead, do whatever you want, eat as much as you want, be as unhealthy as you want, then die of some stupid preventable condition at an early age. You might be dead, but at least you accepted yourself as a fat dead person.

      God forbid someone actually show some self-control and run their butt around the block a few times a week. Stupid unhappy healthy people. when will they ever learn?

      June 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katydid

      Eric you are so right!! It was most likely the losing and regaining weight over and over that got him to such a setpoint weight of 400 pounds. I hope John stays healthy, and if he gets fat again he should stop the yo-yo dieting. That is the worse thing for you. No one should feel bad about gaining weight back. It's nearly impossible to keep weight off; 95% of the population can't do it. He should read up on HAES and concentrate on exercising and eating healthy food that he likes and get the emphasis OFF dieting and weight-loss!

      June 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ugh Again

      "Losing weight" – Stop with the LOOSING!!

      June 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Savannah

      HI Eric,

      There are plenty of examples where people keep the weight off, it must requires a complete change of lifestyle. In the U.S., our access to unhealthy foods in too large serving sizes has really contributed to the obesity we're seeing around the country. Add to that a lifestyle (and city/town culture) which doesn't promote physical activity, and it's easy to understand why people believe it's hard to keep the weight off.

      I think the fat acceptance movement is an important one since low self-esteem is a big reason people overeat in the first place, but at some point, there has to be personal accountability.

      This, of course, doesn't concern those individuals who are overweight for health reasons outside of their control, but for the majority of Americans suffering from obesity, this simply isn't the case.

      I too struggle with my weight, but I managed to keep it at a healthy level by (1) measuring my serving sizes (just because you eat healthy, doesn't mean you'll lose weight. You have to eat healthy food in the appropriate amount), and (2) fitting in exercise. It's not easy, but I do it because losing weight makes me feel better.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Savannah

      Also, one should never diet– if you keep yourself from eating the foods you love, you'll simply miss them and binge/gain weight again.

      The key is moderation. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, and cut down the amount of sweets you eat– but don't cut them out. I allow myself two square pieces of dark chocolate every day, and I eat them slowly so I savor every bite! If I'm out to dinner, I'll order dessert and share it with the entire table– allowing myself 3-4 bites so I still get the taste without the massive amount of calories.

      You must enjoy life, and dieting is a temporary answer that doesn't work.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Curosity

    Wonder how he lost the weight? Training / diet ???

    June 17, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  231. Hoaxusa

    Is that really John Goodman, amazing look John, you rule!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  232. C Teetsel

    Good for you, John!! This is a journey I am beginning myself now. Keep up the great work!!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  233. Mike Booth

    Did John's character on Treme commit suicide or what?

    June 17, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  234. aggro joe

    john goodman in clown makeup looks like violent j

    June 17, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  235. Beamin

    Shomer shabbos!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  236. Ed Brown

    I wonder if the left will bash Goodman's weight loss like they did Rush Limbaugh's? Probably not when you're one of the beautiful people.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • joe nunya

      No we won't, as Mr. Goodman is respected and liked, and has talent. Mr. Limbaugh? Not so much

      June 17, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • DenverGrl

      Anyone who is obese and looses weight should be applauded and encouraged. Right/Left doesn't matter. We are all human beings. I do not like most of the things Rush Limbaugh says, but having struggled with my own weight, I know how tough it is and I congratulate Rush Limbaugh and John Goodman. Politics can't dictate the way that we treat fellow human beings. We have differing opinions on how problems should be handled, but in the end we are all still the same. I hope that we, as Americans, can figure that out and begin being civil to each other again. We all deserve it.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jays

      what a dumb reply. trying to bring politics into a health story are we??

      June 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • artrain

      Shut the F@%! EdBrown! You're out of your element!

      June 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Brown is an Idiot

      At least John Goodman doesn't abuse pain pills and he certainly wouldn't hope for the President of the United States, whatever party he's from, to fail.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      This isn't the place for your political crap. Are you that insecure? Obviously so...

      June 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ugh

      It's "loses" not "looses". LEARN HOW TO SPELL!

      June 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      What are you? The president of the Rush Limbaugh fan club? He's a big fat windbag and I'll bet if you stuck him with a pin, that's all that would come out...HOT AIR.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark8000

      We would all do well to remember to be more sensitive to people who struggle with their weight. We should stop using 'fat' as an epithet, as in "Rush Limbaugh is a big fat windbag", out of respect all the over weight people who are perfectly nice, reasonable, kind-hearted human beings. Besides it doesn't take a whole lot of imagination to come up with other epithets for Rush, that aren't insulting to overweight people. Like "unpatriotic", and 'hate-crazed", and ... what's the term for a guy that gets rich exploiting the ignorance of his fans? Demogogue?

      June 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  237. dhigginb

    I can get you a toe.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  238. Tim

    The past tense of lead is led.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Thanks for pointing this out, Tim. Every day for the last two months, I've seen 'led' misspelled as 'lead' somewhere. It's driving me crazy.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Adam

    I, too, am glad he lost the weight. I just hope he keeps it off and doesn't ever looks as big as he did on "Treme" this year. What I want to know is: Is his character dead or alive?

    June 17, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  240. Suz

    Good for him! Glad to see a talented, smart celebrity taking care of himself (and being an example to others).

    June 17, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  241. Spendlove

    "I'm staying, I'm drinking my coffee" Congrats Mr. Goodman, great to see you looking so good because we'd like to have you around for a few more years to make more good movies for us. 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  242. Sarah

    Wow, he looks great

    June 17, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  243. Colin


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  244. Sharon

    Way to go John!! You look great. You are right about it being a life-long process but I'm sure you realize that you are worth it! You're an inspiration.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  245. Donnie

    He peed on the Dude's rug.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • JLP

      If I am not mistaken, he did not pee on the dude`s rug, it was the gangsters that stuffed his head in the toilet that peed on his rug.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Shut the F@%! Donnie! You're out of your element!

      June 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      No, he didn't pee on the rug, BUT he did have a "Plan B"!!!!

      June 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niimki

      Plus he was able to get a pinky toe practically anywhere.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • nihilist

      Donnie, you're out of your element!

      June 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      It really held the room together.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      You obviously know nothing about The Big Lebowski. It was the German nihilists who peed on the Dude's rug. But that part where Walter (Goodman's character) was threatening that teenage boy who he thought had the briefcase is hilarious.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • artrain

      I was face down in the mud in 'Nam!!

      June 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      *Sigh* It was Wu, the Chinaman, who peed on the rug...although Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hillbilly

      There are 2 John Goodmans. One who is in the Coen Bro's movies who is a brilliant and hilarious character actors and a joy to see on the screen, the other is an unfunny boob who was in the awful King Ralph, Evan Allmighty, and the abomination known as Blues Brothers 2000...
      Anywho, good job, John.

      June 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  246. indyreader

    Whatever will keep him alive and well and able to star in more Coen Brothers movies is A-OK with me.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Debbie2008

      You can say that again. "It's ALL about the money, boys!" WHACK!

      June 18, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  247. Lydia

    Congratulations! As a fan, I'm happy you've decided to stay on this earth for a long time.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  248. Terry

    So glad to see this, so glad we wont lose yet another comedian to overweight issues, or drug issues.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  249. Geri Webb

    For anyone to loss weight, I say congratulations! Its never easy to give up food..... Again congratulations John... keep up the good work...

    June 17, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      We don't give up food, hon. We just change what and how much we eat. I don't think I could ever eat greasy fast food again after discovering the flavors you get from whole foods. But thank you for the compliment and the support. It's not an easy trip, but we do what we can.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail

      it's simple...gastic bypass surgery

      June 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail

      gastric....i stand corrected before someone shoots me down!!!

      June 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • lilybean58

      You don't have to give up food. You just have to eat the right things. If you give up food, you don't lose weight because you have to eat to fuel your body so that it can burn the fat.

      June 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Head Diva In Charge

    Good for John! So great to see a celebrity being healthy for the right reasons.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Janice

      I wish he would let the folks Know how he did it. It may help my husband who also is 400 lbs and loses around 60 and then gains back. Please tell us John what you did???

      June 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • amy

      John, you've always been one of my favorite actors and I applaud your weight loss, however you did it. Looking good is a great side effect of being much healthier!

      June 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarylandBill

      Alas, there is no magic solution. As someone who has also struggled with my weight for most of my adult life, I understand how difficult it is to loose weight and keep it off. Hopefully John Goodman will be able to keep it off. Good for him.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DN

      @Janice: He exercises regularly and eats a balanced diet that he can stick to for the rest of his life. That's how everyone loses weight and keeps it off. Err, except maybe for the skinny Hollywood girls...

      June 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      DN, unfortunately nobody loses weight for good that way. You can only cut calories for so long, the same as you can only breathe shallowly for so long. After a while your body ups the hunger so it gets harder and harder. The only long term effective solution is bariatric surgery, which is probably what John did.

      June 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Janice, it is not about HOW he did it, it is a lifestyle change...All abut portion control exercise etc, but you need to keep it up. If you keep it up then the 60 or lbs will not come back!!! It is called WILL power and unfortunately it took a heart attack for ME to realize it and change my life 4 ever. I was 388 lbs at the time and 45 yrs old. Your husband needs to WANT to change, for himself, not for you. That is the big key. Good luck and God bless....

      June 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Nicole – spot on! You have to want to do it, not just today, but forever. You dont have to become a gym rat to keep it off, you just have to maintain SOME level of exercise and continue eating healthy. Which doesnt mean you cant have that occasional snack, or favorite meal of yours...it just means, you cant eat that way every day all day anymore.

      Kate – I dont know where your opinions come from, but you're just flat out wrong. You fail to acknowledge that bariatric REQUIRES you to severly restrict calorie consumption after surgery for a good period of time, so by your own logic, that too would fail. Both methods require you to understand that you cant eat like a pig anymore...which is hard for people to mentally grasp. Ive seen many people go through bariatric who've gained the weight back...and they simply have not changed, not mentally.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • EWGuy

      You ask how? It's no mystery. Diet, exercise, lose weight slowly. No one wants to hear it, but that's how it's done.

      The most important thing is to not actually "diet" (which implies some temporary changes) but *permanently* change your eating habits.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurie

      He's doing the it the old fashioned way–eating right & sweat exercise!

      June 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Good for you John! Love your work, you're a funny, fun-to-watch guy. Stay healthy so you'll be with us a long time.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ballz

      Classic case of "put down the fork"
      John is a funny guy and I wish him well

      June 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      Great Job! I too have lost a ton of weight and Life is rocking...Keep up the good work sir.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      @Janice – The secret, unfortunately, is a steady routine of a healthy diet and exercise. It's tough at first but you just have to slowly make these things part of your life and everyday routine. After awhile it becomes less of a drag and something you look forward to. The first few months are the toughest.

      Try to get your husband to eat less carbs and more lean protein (chicken, fish, etc.), this is an easy way to get started on a diet which lends itself to weight loss.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • PDXSerric

      It wouldn’t surprise me if it was bariatric surgery. Possibly a lap-band. If so, GREAT for him! The band isn’t a solution, but a tool, and if he had such a procedure done and is using it as intended, he’s going to have a healthier, longer life. I just hope if it was a band or similar he’d just say so… so many in Hollywood try to say they did it through “diet and exercise” which, for some, may be true, but not for all. For many, including Goodman, diet and exercise just isn’t enough. Lap-band is a wonderful procedure and, again, IF he had it done I’d hope he’d tell the public about it.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      I think he did it with mirrors. Nobody loses weight, anymore. 😉

      June 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurab68

      Janice and for everyone who has and is currently on a diet and have been on diets in the past that have not worked. There is no magic pill for permanent weight loss, and I cannot say this loud enough that DIETS DO NOT WORK. The only permanent weight loss that works permanently is to eat smart and watch your portion control and excercise. That means whole grains, whole wheats, fruits, veggies, legumes, low fat dairy, avoiding all that saturated and trans fat. That means avoiding fast food, junk food, soda and getting our butts off the couch! Most americans eat too much of everything. We are not all professional football players and dont need that many calories, it's no wonder so many of us look like sumo wrestlers. Enough already.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMat

      Janice: I don think its any secret, he ate right and exercised...thats how he did it. Even if he had the surgery he still had to take care of himself. I dont understand society. Warren Buffet famously said of investing, it's simple, but not easy. The same can be true for losing weight. There is no trick, no secret diet or pill or anything like that. Its simply eating healthy (no, smartones and lean cuisine is not healthy) and exercising. Even just walking 20-30 min a day is useful, eat as much organic food as you can and the rest will take care of itself.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NomeRobert


      You were joking about bariatric surgery right? Clearly one of three things happened here
      1. You really are joking
      2. You are gigantic yourself and have made this an excuse for your actions, after having the surgery
      3. You are made out of plastic and thus in theory your explination would work

      Losing weight by having doctors cut part of your body will work in the short run. But retraining yourself to skip that midnight snack of icecream and cookies is the only way to remain healthy. I am 5.11 and weigh 150, is it easy no, do I go to bed hungry sometimes, yes. Do I run when its raining out? yes. It's called hard work and dedication. You might try some before you rely on knifes and suction tubes.

      June 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syphon Filter

      weight loss isn't an easy thing. I hope anyone who loses weight can be a positive influence to those who struggle with weight and diabetes and high blood pressure. Best of luck to everyone, and have a great day.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Sorry but no. It doesn't work. Ask your doctor. They don't pretend anymore. No diet will work long term. It's very frustrating to keep hearing thin people think it's so easy when they don't have to deal with the constant overwhelming hunger. You can't last against it for long. The only excercise program that works is one where you have to workout hours and hours per day. Not possible if you aren't independently wealthy.

      Next time, please do some real research before making such claims. Just reading diet books and believing what they say doesn't count. How about talking to real specialists in obesity. You can follow all the fancy diets you like, but almost all people gain the weight back within a short time. If what you say were true, there would be a greater success rate, but it's never been more than a few paltry percent.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      $50 says he gains it all back in a year plus more... have you seen oprah...

      June 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobertNome


      You prove my point, again I do deal EVERYDAY with hunger, THAT IS WHY I AM SKINNY STUPID! Because I DONT eat when my belly tells me too. AGAIN DEDICATION.... and yes getting your consumption down, and fitness up is the only way!!!!! Stop driving to doctors who tell you what you want to hear, walk to the store and trade in your chips of a carrot... They are really good after a couple of months of DEDICATION.....

      Great Work John, keep it up!

      June 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suncheros


      Oh dear. Honey. I was once 271 pounds and I lost weight by diet and exercise alone. Not DIETING - there is a difference here - a CHANGE IN MY DIET. I had to deal with constant hunger. I was not, nor am I now, independently wealthy. There is not a single doctor, dietician, or any other professional that will tell you that changing your eating habits for the better will not result in sustainable weight loss.

      Now, do DIETS fail? Yes. But repeatedly, you have ignored the fact that these other commenters are not talking about going on a diet. They are talking about full-scale lifestyle change. That is what it takes. And if you want it, you will do it, and you will succeed.

      I don't care if it's a "few paltry percent" that can truly make this change and make it stick. Would you rather that nobody try because it's hard? Should we all just sit back and eat Doritos and ride our Rascals because so few people can sustain weight loss?

      It's been almost 8 years since I dropped 140 pounds. When you can come back and tell me what a failure I am, Kate, then I'll listen to anything you have to say. Until then, educate yourself and stop making excuses.

      June 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImpressedGoJohn

      I can't wait to see his role choices expand as his waistline diminishes. He is so underrated. Watch out! Great American Actor on the ascent.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      That's awesome. I hope we get to see him in some newmovies soon with his new look.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      Janice: The magic pill to lose that weight is figuring out what your husband is hiding from and why he fears it. The weight gives him a payoff. After that it's calories in vs. calories out. There is no magic bullet. He'll do it when he finds resolution to his demons. I know, I've been there.

      As for John, YAY. I love this guy. Such a sweet heart on this one.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      @Kate: Oh? Real experts like bariatric surgeons? The ones who make THOUSANDS off of one surgical procedure while rearranging your viscera for you so you can't ever eat another normal meal again? I have news for you lady, surgery is not the only option and you're making excuses so you don't have to see the truth. What's next? You going to tell me that genetics is the culprit? Genetics is a predisposition, not a death sentence. You need to figure out why you are compelled to eat all of the time. I'll bet you anything it's emotionally motivated. Stop whining and being a victim.

      I lost over 200 pounds off moderating what and how much I ate and exercising two hours in the morning, swimming at night, and walking everywhere I went. The only reason why you can't do this is because you don't like the word work. Figure out what your demons are and why you're trying to stuff them down with food and then get to work on you because you're the only one who can. I have news for you, btw, there are plenty of people out there who had surgery who gained it all back. Stop whining and do something about it.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda

      there is no "secret" to what he did. It is proven that diet and exercise causes loss of fat...the end.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olya

      *The reality is trying to reduce caloric intake only works for a while. It also is much more effective for thin people than fat. *

      Honey, there is no magic to losing weight. It is a balance thing, too much food goes into fat. Of course, drastically changing the diet will only be a temporarily solution. What one needs is the long term change in food habits and in amounts of food. it is silly to assume skinny people eat as much as they want – I limit myself, I stop when I feel I could eat just a tad more, I go to sleep with my belly talking at times. It is easy to indulge and let yourself go.
      Change your diet. Eat more veggies, lean protein, beans – no sugary drink. It is all known, and it is all doable.
      Change does not come overnight. I prefer a Greek salad to a cheeseburger, but I had to develop the taste. When I immigrated from Europe, I gained 40 lb over 3 months – because I indulges like many in the US do. I lost it all, because I said No to french fries and soda. You think I do not like french fries? I do, but I wont eat them.
      Almost everything needs to be in moderation, and some empty calories (Coke! White bread!) have no room in the diet. Get rid of them, and learn to *love* to eat healthy.

      It is doable. The vast majority of fit people are fit because they make a conscious decision to eat less and eat healthy *every single day*

      June 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Everyone is wondering how he did it. Assuming it doesn't involve an operation, it was good old diet and exercise with a little bit of moderation and determination. When anyone drops a huge amount of weight everyone assumes it's because of a magic pill or procedure. Maybe he lost it because he stopped being influenced by the myths that "it's in my genes so I've got to try surgery or a pill". If you want to lose weight, you can do it, it just might be harder because of the culture we live in.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • eugene

      It's called gastric bypass..... i had mine done last year. lost 130 lbs.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobertNome

      Dang Olya,
      Are you single? (But seriously), thank you for so eloquently saying what I tried to say. I hated my healthy food at first, but now I dont miss fries, white bread, coke, or burgers. Another helpful hint, get rid of your microwave. Think about it, nothing healthy ever comes out of them. Nothing a microwave can cook is healthy (crazy huh?). It forces you to cook fresh, and it forces you to plan out meals (which leads to better diet)...

      Just a thought for those of you who are trying like me to improver ourself naturally.

      June 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Janice...I'm sure a big part of his weight loss was laying off the pot smoking and living a healthier lifestyle.
      He sure does look great!

      June 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • On a new path

      WTG John you look great!!

      Weight loss takes hard work. After I had my 3 children I over time had creeped up the weight (~50 poundsa) -it took hard work and dedication to lose the weight for good (I am 5 pounds from my goal weight – I wil get there!! – we as a family eat healthy, turn off the TV and play outside, go for walks etc you don't have to be wealthy or have expensive health club memberships to lose weight -those are just excuses.

      June 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nobody

      How come he didn't go on Biggest Loser program. ;>) (LOL)

      June 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |

      Can you say gastric bypass? That is how he lost the weight.

      June 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      Great to see him shed some pounds, he has always been a great guy inside and out--now he's HOT at 57!!!

      June 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hunter Gatherer

      You should try eating a Paleolithic diet based on that of our pre-agriculture ancestors. I've changed my eating habits for over 6 months and it will stay this way FOREVER. I eat all the lean meats, veggies, nuts, seeds, and fruits I can shove down my throat and I'm still dropping pounds. I'm much healthier too. I recommend reading up on Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint and Loren Cordain's Paleo Diet. They will point out everything wrong about the fad diets you've probably tried before.

      June 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennifer kelley

      lap band surgery is the most likely scenario

      June 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not-A-Fatty

      @Jeffrey S. Overeating is about as much of a disease as alcoholism, which means that it isn't. Nobody's forcing you to slobber down that double quarter pound cheeseburger from McDonald's, large order of fries and a super size coke. The only two things you need to do to lose weight is diet and exercise. If you need to go to a meeting to figure that out then you're just dumb, weak and lazy.

      June 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • no1v3in

      I'm glad he lost weight because a great character actor. I remember him being so fat, I was afraid he would suffer a massive coronary. I just hope he didn't cheat with gastric bypass surgery. I heard about the drawbacks of that.

      June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shakenama

      From a guys point of view... he looks good 😀

      June 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark M

      Want to know the secret? Diet and exercize, take it from someone that went through weight loss. You have to take it serious and stick with it all. Its more than a diet, its a lifestyle change. Use common sense and set up a diet that you know that you can stick to. The first thing I cut out was soda pop and white bread, when you go to the grocery, stop buying junk, if its not in your house.....you won't be tempted. Get out and walk around alot and do some things to get your heart rate up. Dont bust your ass on the first month, just get out and walk and lossen up those joints. Nothing is easy, but once you start seeing results, you will be happy.

      June 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • davec

      Riddle me this: What good is a skinny John Goodman?

      June 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mona19595

      Janice I am very overweight and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in December of 2009 since then I have lost 88 lbs and it is all due to portion control, little exercise and NO sugar. I have fluctuated in gaining and losing weight my whole life and I have never found losing easier than I have now. I made very little changes to where I feel deprived, I don't miss sugar, I don't miss all of those bad carbs either. I think you get to a point in life where you know you have to do something or you will die. Type 2 did it for me it is a very dangerous disease and I was headed for gastric bypass. BUT once I started losing I gave up on the surgery to me the more research I did I realized it just isn't safe. Far too many people have died from it or from the side effects from it. If your husband is not diabetic yet he will be, that in itself was my BIG wake up call. Another was Dr. Oz talking about what high blood sugar counts do to a diabetic. He said and I quote "if you are diabetic and your blood sugar is high it is like shards of glass flowing through your vein's" then he his visual he showed a bowl of shards of glass and that will forever be imprinted on my mind! Your husband has to find what works best for him. Limit his carbohydrates then have him quit eating anything that has sugar in it. He'll be amazed at how much weight will just melt off. I find it now to be effortless....I would bet John Goodman would say the same thing!

      June 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • J McNeal

      You don't need surgery to lose weight and keep it off.
      Calories you do not burn gets converted to fat.
      If you burn more calories than you consume, you burn fat (and muscle too).

      To lose weight, you eat less calories than you need.
      To maintain weight you eat as many calories as you need.
      And to gain weight you eat more calories than you need.

      On a reduced calorie diet, with calorie intake and activity levels constant, you will lose weight if the above conditions are met. As you lose weight, you will burn less calories as you are not hefting around that mass. You will eventually reach an equilibrium, which is why some people plateau. Some people don't reach that equilibrium because it requires their body weight be too low, so when they reach their ideal weight, they stop working out and up their calories. This is when they gain weight back because these people often became overweight because they had a habit of consuming too many calories and not being active enough. They revert back to their old ways. What they need to do is find how many calories they need to maintain, and how much activity they have to maintain.

      June 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Man, such abuse here. Uh, bariatric surgery – aka gastric bypass OR lap band – is NOT the "easy way out" or the ONLY solution, but it can be the BEST solution for the person who decides on it. It is NOT to be taken lightly. It is only another weight loss TOOL to help you out. I just had gastric bypass last May 04, 2010. I lost 19 lbs BEFORE surgery, getting ready for it, in 2 1/2 months ... I've lost 46 lbs from surgery to TODAY – June 17, 2010. I'm 46 years old – In the last 20 years, I've been on Jenny Craig (lost 60 gained back about 120), Weight Watchers twice, South Beach Diet, doctor prescribed phentramine (the safe part of the phen-phen diet plan) and this is the ONLY way I've been able to lose major weight. Yes, it is a full-on change in lifestyle, with much more food restrictions than any regular diet. I read stats before surgery that 25% of lap band patients have theirs removed in the first 5 years. I heard DOZENS of lap band patients either wishing they had done gastric bypass instead, or were choosing gastric bypass NOW instead of staying with lap band, so that is why I chose gastric bypass. My doctor was Dr. Charles Callery in San Diego – his website has all kinds of answers ... www . thinnertimes . com (remove the spaces) ... he's done about 8000 surgeries and has about 300 to 350 patients each year ... I was at one point about 395 2 years ago (I'm 6' 2"), 385 when I started this process in September, 2008 ... 364 lbs at surgery ... 318 at the drs office today. (home scale was 345/350 at surgery, 305 today.) I have to buy some new clothes because existing ones are too baggy. bought 2 new belts because others were 2 large on last notch. Can't buy too much as they will be too big in several weeks or month later. I would not change anything for the world. But go into it with your eyes open and mind determined. Just wore a pair of dress slacks recently, that were hanging in my closet for last 7 years or so. Yes, bariatric patients can defeat the surgery and drink their calories in, don't exercise and gain all the weight back. Yes, there are some foods and drinks I may never have again. But I will be around in the future to remember that. I did not have diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood sugar before surgery, but I was a major risk for it if I did not change my weight. I have not sat in a ride at an amusement park for at least 7 years because I did not fit anymore. Any time I rode on an airplane, I always had to get a seatbelt extender. I lost the little bit of weight before my surgery using nutrition and vitamin products from my side business ... and I use them now recovering from the surgery. I had the surgery on a Tuesday and by Friday of that same week, I felt great – no pain. Anyone want details or questions – james . harvey @ jve .biz (spaces again) My surgery choice is NOT for everyone, but it was the RIGHT decision for me. Make up your own minds by researching it all. I wish you great success in any choice you make.

      June 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • lane

      i don't know everything he's done to lose weight but i can tell you i saw him last week in the sandwich shop that's well-known for being a favorite of people who want to lose those extra pounds. i had to look twice to make sure it was really him-he's that much slimmer...

      June 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Kantor

      There's only one reason you gain weight: eating too much.

      June 18, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Rondo

      The secret to weight loss nobody knows...eat less, move more! I guess someone had to let the cat out of the bad...

      June 18, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • aj

      he's hot, no matter what size.

      June 18, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Catherine77

      Kate, I am sorry for what you are going through. But I am sorrier people have been misinforming you, or that you have accidentally (or purposely) misinterpreted what people have been telling you. There is a difference between "diets" (Atkins, Jenny Craig, etc) and eating a healthful diet (watching caloric intake, eating sweets infrequently and then when you do so in small amounts, etc). The latter is the ONLY way to maintain a healthful weight, and it is the only method that is risk-free (gastric bypass and fad diets are both extremely dangerous).

      I would recommend you keep a food journal. I would also recommend you eat no more than 2,200 calories a day to maintain your current weight, and obviously, less calories than that if you wan to lose weight. Your primary care physician or PA can help you determine the amount of calories you need to consume to lose a healthy (0.5-1 lb) amount of weight each week until you reach your goal.

      I am 5'9, a size 6 and 140 lbs. I keep a food journal, eat small, healthful portions of food every day, eat desert once or twice a week (and when I write "eat" desert I never have more than 2 bites unless it is Thanksgiving, Christmas or my birthday!) and I work out 45 minutes -1.25 hours a day. It is hard work, but anything in life worth having is. Just as you cannot become financially healthy overnight or by looking for the "quick fix" of say, bankruptcy, you cannot become healthy (physically) overnight either. There are no shortcuts. If you believe eating well and working out is too much work, there is no hope for you I am afraid to tell you.

      I do not belong to a fancy gym. I walk. I choose to walk instead of watching Glee and the gazillion other shows on TV. ANYONE can write down what they eat, watch how much they eat and take a walk. If you find you cannot control your portions you should see a licensed Therapist to determine WHY you overeat. But seriously, stop with the excuses and stop with telling people like me that the only way to be thin and healthy is surgery – I am living proof you're incorrect!!

      June 18, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • tom g

      The secret formula for weight loss is ......

      calories in < calories out

      June 18, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Betweenlines

      Well done John! You look healthy and happy, keep looking after yourself mate you're worth it.

      June 18, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Tess

      Goodman is looking hotter and healthier than ever...guess he's drinking light beer these days!!!

      June 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Filibuster Reynolds

      John Goodman is the man! Like you said, glad to see it's being done for all the right reasons.

      June 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • PAUL

      I don't know if John had gastric bypass or not but he looks good and probably feels good. My wife and I both had gastric bypass about a year ago and are doing great. I have lost nearly 130 pounds and am no longer diabetic. I was taking 4 medications a day just for my diabetes and now take none. It was well worth. I lost my mother and grandmother to this disease. Now my kids don't have to worry about me. I tried just about every diet out there and my wife did research for over 8 years before we went to Dr. Whitgrove in California. What a great think. Good luck John.

      June 19, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • big1968

      He looks wonderful. The last time I saw him, I remember thinking "My God, he's going to die." I am so very glad he is doing it. We all know it is not easy and to have John model it for us is encouraging. May he live a long, long time.

      June 25, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • indigo

      Kate: Bariatric surgery is not a good long-term solution. Food selection (not diet), exercise and a willingness to change are what takes off and keeps off the weight. Surgical solutions are often dangerous and temporary whereas lifestyle changes are good for life! Way to go John boy...if you can do it...so can others!

      June 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdfsaf

      i'm surprised he's lived this long as unhealthy as he's appeared to be. he probably would have died before 60 if he didn't lose all this weight, he probably extended his life by 10 or more years by doing this. good for him

      July 20, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elmo Bananabush

      Just saw the reports about the celebrities (Drew Carey, Forrest Whittaker, John Goodman) losing weight. The one that struck me the most was Whittaker and John Goodman. 100 lbs by exercise and diet. I call BULL!

      That is weight loss surgery (WLS) if I ever saw it.Godman (58) lives in New Orleans, which has some of the best and richest food in the world. New Orleans is not known for healthy living.

      Also, one of the premier doctors in weight loss surgery in the country has an office just 50 miles from the Goodman's home in the French Quarter. I am 55, lived in NO for 25 years, non-drinker, non-smoker and active – could not lose weight.

      I had the "Sleeve" operation done to my stomach. It, my stomach, now it can only hold 12oz. at a time.In nine months I have only lost 61 lbs. I started off at 290 and now weight 229. I exercise, eat right and still do not drink. I seriously doubt that Goodman lost 100+ lbs by diet and exercise alone. I call BULL.

      August 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |

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