How the Between the Ferns star lost his extra padding.
Celebrity obsession, at its zenith, happens when a star undergoes a major transformation. It can be a facelift (Renée Zellweger, Chicago), a sex change (Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black), a sex addiction (David Duchovny, Californication), a drug addiction (Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls), and an alcohol addiction (Mel Gibson, Braveheart.)
But there’s one transformation celebrities undertake which is universally praised and adored above all others: Weight loss. Our collective obsession with their lost pounds boils down to one simple question. How did they do it?
Weight Watchers makes damn sure to take the credit, and then some, when it comes to their star stable: Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Tina Fey, Jenny McCarthy, et al. Over at Nutrisystem, Marie Osmond, Terry Bradshaw and Janet Jackson all trumpet the company’s magical powers over pounds as well.
The fat-to-phat phenom star of the moment is Hangover Wolf Packer, Zach Galifianakis, who dropped an astronomical amount of weight over the last twelve months thanks to two simple habit changes, dropping his “vodka sausage” eating habit, and walking regularly. Zach revealed his top-secret weight loss approach to Conan O’Brien on The Conan Show.
"I stopped drinking and I just kind of took the weight off,” said Galifianakis. “I was having a lot of vodka and sausage. Delicious but bad for you. I was getting into too much trouble with the drinking, so I just kind of stopped."
Galifianakis won’t reveal how many pounds he’s actually lost, but TV commentators speculate its anywhere from 40 to 60 pounds worth of vodka sausages. That’s an awful lot of liquor meat, given that a ounce jigger of vodka is 64 calories, and one pork sausage link is 230 calories, according to calorieking.com.
Galifianakis’s coming out party came when he walked the red carpet for the premiere of Birdman. The Huffington Post claims Zach is “nearly unrecognizable.”
“What Zach did, eating better, coupled with working out, covers both sides of the weight loss equation” according to Jackie Keller, nutritionist to mega-stars like Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Alba and Anne Hathaway, who is also the founder of Nutrifit, an LA-based health foods company. “Doing both, at the same time, is the magic formula for success.”
Keller speculates that once Zach began his journey of losing weight, other just as substantial benefits came right along with it for him. “He probably started to sleep better, which lowered his stress, which gave him more energy in the morning, which led to him eating better, and getting more exercise.” As Keller sees it, Zach “disrupted all his harsh, bad habits, which caused him not to deviate from his diet and exercise, which made his miraculous transformation.”
“The real message here is to not just eat well, but keep exercise constant in your life each and every day,” according to Keller. “Exercise should be just like brushing your teeth. Do it every day.”
A stereotype exists with many comic actors that they get all their funny from being fat, including John Belushi, John Candy, Chris Farley, to name a few (note where they all ended up). Zach, however, hasn’t lost a step. Asked by an E! News reporter as to what he credits his weight loss, he flippantly responded: “I’m dying.” The interviewer laughed, then congratulated Zach for looking good. Galifianakas replied, “Thank you. It’s a lady’s 50.”