As a 24-year-old in 2001, Ethan Suplee was confronted with an unusual situation: standing on a freight scale at a shipping facility.
Suplee had to endure an embarrassing detour before deciding to enter a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. His weight was required for admission, but the facility lacked a scale large enough to accommodate him.
Suplee, now 44, told TODAY Health, “I was totally shocked.”
Congestive heart failure had set in for the “Boy Meets World” alum, who weighed 536 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame.
However, Suplee thinks that he gained an additional 14 pounds while in recovery.
Suplee admitted, “I’d eat and eat.” “I’ve always done it that way.”
Now it’s not.
The actor, best known for his role in “My Name Is Earl” as the dim-witted Randy Hickey currently weighs 255 pounds and has a body fat percentage of just 11%.
However, as Suplee explains in his podcast “American Glutton,” the road to wellness was anything but straight.
Suplee has fluctuated in weight by about 1,000 pounds during the course of his life. From Atkins to anti-inflammatory diets, he tried them all. At one time, he was pedaling 100 miles a week on his bike.
For Suplee, who has four children with his wife, Brandy Lewis, it wasn’t until 2018 that everything came together. Israel’s TED Talk was the catalyst for Suplee’s realization that carbs and gluten were not the problems. He had an issue with his relationship with eating.
To make matters worse, at the age of five, Suplee’s well-intentioned grandparents put him on a limited diet.
In spite of the fact that it was coming from a place of love and care, it had the impact of making me feel like, ‘OK. ‘I’m just going to eat whenever I can get my hands on some food.’ This became a regular occurrence for me,” Suplee recollects. If nobody was looking, I’d binge eat.
Suplee would only take advantage of the complimentary food on set if it was safe to do so.
“I’d stock up on supplies and head back to my trailer,” he said. In order to feed a tiny family, I would go to a drive-thru and buy food, then sit alone in my house and eat it.”
Getting a seat belt extension from a flight attendant was one of Suplee’s most dreaded aspects of flying. He didn’t want to get in the water with his kids because he felt embarrassed.
“It was all a battle,” he remarked. In order to sit down in a chair, I had to first make a public display of how strong it was. Some areas of my stomach were constantly bumping up against other persons as I stood in a queue.
Despite his best efforts at dieting, Suplee’s weight would always creep back on, leaving him dejected.
It was only when he failed that he realized he hadn’t found the diet, the perfect diet, that he began to question if he should even attempt another one. A vicious circle has begun.
After watching Israel’s TED Talk in 2018, Suplee got a life-changing insight about the ketogenic diet. His weight gain was not caused by what he ate, but rather by how much.
“I started keeping note of what I ate and reintroduced carbs into my diet.” “Suplee made the statement. “So I began to eat what I wanted, but in portions that were healthy for my frame.”
Men’s Health published an essay by Suplee last year describing his balanced approach.
“The most important thing for me was to limit my daily caloric intake to no more than I was burning off. And what’s more? Dark leafy greens, poultry, and salmon, for example, have fewer calories per serving than, say, a two-patty Super Star “He was kind enough to make a donation. “I began to eat more healthfully as I became more aware of my caloric intake. Calories stopped being calories after a few months of this. They began to be eaten.”
In order to maintain his weight loss, Suplee has adopted a high-protein, moderate-carb, low-fat diet that includes one cup of rice, potatoes, or pasta.
As Suplee put it, “I don’t want to call it a diet.” In other words, “I’m just eating like the rest of the population.”
Six times a week, for an hour each time, Suplee lifts weights, as well. He’ll do cardio every now and then, but just for a total of no more than 20 minutes.
He currently weighs 255 pounds and has a clean bill of health.
It’s a win-win situation for the entire Suplee clan, but his wife in particular.
“She’s in a good mood. When I was eating 400 calories a day and not being a pleasant person, Brandy’s been with me through some pretty extreme terrible diets,” he told TODAY. “I’m in the mood to get things done now.” I can’t believe how much better things are now.