Ethan Suplee appears radically different than he did when he played his most prominent roles in Remember The Titans, American History X, and My Name Is Earl.
Over the past few years, the 43-year-old star has experienced a massive body change, losing over 200 pounds by slashing his calorific consumption and pouring himself into strength training.
Ethan Suplee Sheds Light on His Incredible Weight Loss Transformation
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Ethan Suplee began the new year by showcasing his weight loss journey on social media, leaving followers shocked by the remarkable transformation.
The 43-year-old star revealed his journey to weight loss in an interview, chatting to guests and professionals concerning numerous health and fitness issues.
The “My Name is Earl” actor revealed his potentially unhealthy obsession with food began around the time he was only five when his grandparents started to provide the limitation on the food.
Before he was 10, Suplee weighed over 200 pounds, causing his father to place him on a diet. Ultimately, Suplee’s mother pulled him out of the diet, but that sparked more years of weight gain. Suplee said on the podcast that he believes he has won and lost nearly 1,000 pounds and that he has “done all the diets.”
“I had this idea now that food was something that people didn’t want me to have,” he recalled after his grandparents expressed concerns about his weight. “So if I wanted to have more, I needed to do it privately, and it became something that I was withholding from people.”
Suplee’s binge eating lifestyle followed him through his teenage years.
“I kind of didn’t think about weight loss again until I was 20,” he revealed. “It just wasn’t something I thought about.”
Once he was in his 20s, Suplee said, “I was numbing myself out with food, alcohol, and drugs.”
The “Boys Meets World” actor revealed his weight gain was a challenge, especially when it came to flying in aircraft. “I remember once I got a seat belt extension and even with the seat belt extension, I couldn’t get it closed. I’d always buy two seats.”
After a mate set him up with a medical professional from Beverly Hills, Suplee said he began a new lifestyle, consuming little cans of tuna with a single cracker and just sipping tea.
“I guess I enjoyed having lost weight, but it wasn’t my decision, so it was just something I was doing,” he revealed.
Suplee became sober in 2002, but his weight did not stop fluctuating. Suplee claimed he was 530 pounds at his peak, and he was 220 pounds at his lowest.
Given his dramatic weight loss upon shedding pounds, Suplee said it wasn’t straightforward to secure more acting work after “My Name Is Earl” was canceled in 2009.
“At some point, I was like, ‘Well f—, I’m just gonna get fat again because maybe it’ll be better for work,’” he revealed. “And honestly, it was.”
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But Suplee doesn’t want to get any of his weight back this year. Now, his goal is to re-examine his food outlook and get a six-pack package. “I have my vain goal. I’m going after that. I want to deadlift twice my weight.”
Fans shall follow along as he chronicles his road to the “American Glutton” show and explores developments with health and fitness experts.
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When Ethan Suplee announced he had lost tons of pounds over the past few years, he never imagined the response that resulted.
“It’s wild,” he told People. “I became a meme.”
Yet Suplee, 43, knows why. Much of the fans recognized him as Randy on My Name Is Earl and Louie in Remember the Titans while he was at his biggest weight, 530 lbs. So they were evidently shocked to see his body ripped in promotional pictures for his new podcast, American Glutton.
In the show, Suplee explained he had “gained and probably lost nearly 1,000 lbs. At this stage, “from years of overeating, accompanied by intense dieting, which forced him to recover weight. But finally, he ended up with a strategy that really fits on his body, which is what he sticks to now.
Suplee had a history of weight problems that started when he was 5 years old and had a rigid diet that he didn’t care about. Instead, Suplee would binge food while his parents weren’t around until he weighed 200 lbs. He was 10 by the time he turned.
He began acting at the age of 16 and typically wound up in fat children’s roles. But Suplee would be searching for and finding work that didn’t revolve around his weight.
“I never wanted to do something where I was the fat guy who was the butt of a fat guy joke,” he says. “I told my agents to look for roles outside the box that could work for me. There were instances where somebody would want to add a line about me being fat and I would just say, ‘Hey, no, we’re not doing that.’ ”
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Still, Suplee wasn’t happy with his weight. He was seeing his now-wife, Brandy Lewis, so they decided they needed to have children and do stuff like take trips to Paris or go hiking that was rough for him during the moment.
“I knew that if I didn’t change, I wouldn’t have that future,” he says. “That was the motivation that kept me at it.”
Between 2002 and 2005, Suplee dropped from 530 lbs. to about 290, but it didn’t stick — he got a part on My Name Is Earl and “got lazy and relaxed.” When the series concluded in 2009, Suplee tried to lose weight again, but it was ineffective.
“I went down to 220 lbs. and stayed there for a bit, but I got there by doing like eight hours of cardio a day, six days a week,” he says. “I was doing a lot of starvation-type diets and not eating enough at all. So I gained weight again.”
His weight increase was partially attributed to a role on Chance, with Hugh Laurie — the producers felt he was too slim for work, so Suplee gained pounds. But after it ended, he had enough of his acting career dictating his health.
Suplee began to do keto, so he rapidly achieved weight loss, but he was more concerned on retaining muscle.
“I was getting smaller, but I wasn’t starting to show the muscle definition the way I wanted to show it,” he says. Instead, the research-driven Suplee read up on fat cells and muscle retention and concluded that he needed to get to the stage that he had just 10% body fat.
“It’s completely arbitrary, I just want to see a six-pack,” he says. “But I think those goals are important because it’s something you’re working towards.”
Today, Suplee is adopting a light, high-protein diet with little fat, close to what bodybuilders consume.
“I actually work to make my diet unenjoyable,” he says. “I’m trying partially because I’m a little bit of a masochist, but also because I want food not to be a crutch emotionally. I want it to be a source of fuel.”
It’s worked — Suplee is quite near to his 10% mark and has noticeable muscles, and he’s been able to change his attitude to where he doesn’t feel like he’s dieting.
“I actually am eating more food than I have in years,” he says. “We went on vacation for Thanksgiving and I was really scared that I might gain a bunch of weight. But I didn’t gain any weight because I’m really eating the way I should be eating. It doesn’t feel fragile.”
And Suplee says he’s going to remain at this fitness standard, no matter what acting jobs come his way.
“This is how I want to look,” he says. “If somebody said, ‘We’re going to remake American History X and Cold Mountain and some of your favorite movies that you were in when you were fat, and if you want to be in a movie, you got to gain weight.’ I’d pass. I don’t need to do it.”