Joe Giudice experienced a remarkable weight loss transformation when spending his time in federal prison. He served three years in jail until his release in March and was then held in ICE custody before he was deported to Italy.
The reality star's impressive weight loss is credited to 'working out and no drinking' whilst in federal jail. Let's find out more.
Joe Giudice's Shocking Weight Loss Transformation Since Prison Release
Joe Giudice before and after weight loss.
Source: US Weekly
Joe Giudice experienced a stunning transition through his tenure in jail and his detention with Immigration and Customs Compliance.
Joe, 47, and Teresa Giudice's 18-year-old daughter, Gia, posted a snapshot of herself FaceTiming with her dad after his discharge on October 11th. “One of the happiest moments of my life!” she captioned the Snapchat post on October 12. “Love you so much daddy, so happy your [sic] free! See you so soon.”
In the photo, the happy businessman has no facial hair, and his hairline is further back. He appears to have undergone weight loss, too.
Joe was posing next to his brother in another picture shared on Instagram. "We've all been patiently waiting for a day," said the caption. “Pete and Joe reunited at last. Smiles bigger and brighter than the sky. Our hearts are so full.”
As per US Magazine, Joe left the U.S. for his native Italy. “He is en route to Italy right now. He spoke to Teresa and Gia from the plane and he is extremely happy to be released, more than words can describe,” the family’s lawyer, James Leonard said in a statement. “We are still fighting and it is his desire to return home to the United States to be reunited with his family.”
The reality star was in ICE custody since he was released from jail in March. He worked for bribery for three years behind bars. A judge sentenced him to be detained in October 2018, but Joe remained in Italy until his appeal was resolved.
Expert Says Joe Giudice Dropped Up to 70 Pounds
Joe Giudice returned from jail as a different guy — a far thinner one, due to his remarkable weight loss.
Since his daughter Gia Giudice posted a video of her FaceTiming with her father on October 12, on SnapChat, viewers noted how much leaner the 47-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star looks. Indeed, Ray Abdwell, a nutritionist and wellness specialist claimed Joe might have dropped up to 70 pounds of weight.
“Given his height [approximately 5-foot-5], I would guess Joe has lost anywhere from 40 to 60 pounds of body fat,” Abdwell told US Magazine. “It could possibly be even more, even up to around 70 pounds.”
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Teresa Giudice's husband was not only slimming down, but he was also bulking up. “Joe is looking great and weight loss is tricky in this instance because he appears to have gained muscle mass,” noted the pro. “His arms and shoulders are looking more ‘swole,’ as they say.”
The internet was stunned by assumptions that Joe now looks like Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino — who also left jail much slimmer and much more masculine.
The TV personality also left an inspiring message to 18-year-old Gia's October 14th Instagram. "The comeback is always greater than the setback," said the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star on Gia's post. "Sending positive vibes."
Abdwell confirmed the television personality, who spent 41 months in prison for fraud, seems much fitter. “Joe has lost a lot of body fat, it’s most evident in his face and his stomach,” said the nutritionist.
“When someone loses a sizable amount of body fat, the greatest indicators are in the belly area and around the face, which Joe has clearly done.”
“Joe is looking amazing, his skin is looking smoother and even his eyes more bright which indicates a healthier lifestyle,” added the Massachusetts-based fitness instructor.
How Did Joe Giudice Lose Weight in Prison?
After his discharge, Joe began to look significantly slimmer in his family's photos on social media. A source told PEOPLE his new appearance is due to the change of lifestyle he's undergone while in prison for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud.
“He lost the weight from changing his diet, working out, and no drinking,” the source said.
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Before moving to jail in March 2016, Joe claimed he was willing to quit alcohol whilst completing his time after he realized he's cultivating unhealthy behavior when Teresa Giudice's wife was serving her own prison term for the same offenses.
“I am not going to be able to drink for a while, which is good because I don’t even know when it’s been since I haven’t had a drink,” he told PEOPLE in February 2016. “It’s been a long time.”
“Definitely the whole year I drank every day a couple of bottles at night just to go to bed,” he said.
In September 2016, Teresa said Joe had stayed busy serving in prison, disclosing he had lost around 35 lbs. within half a year of his 41-month sentence.
“He’s running, he’s doing 1,000 sit-ups a day,” she told PEOPLE. “So he lifts weights and that’s what he’s doing. Just running, working out, and then a lot of push-ups and sit-ups. He’s doing over 1,000 sit-ups.”
In his time in prison, Joe began working out as an escape, his wife said. “I said just get your mind and body in check. It’ll be good for you,” Teresa explained. “He’s been through a lot with losing his dad and then me gone, it’s a lot.”