Anthony Anderson, “I Was A Fat Motherf*cker!”
Anthony Anderson best known for starring in his own sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as being a featured player on The Bernie Mac Show during the fifth and final season of the show, what was little known about Anthony Anderson was that he suffered with Type 2 Diabetes for more than the last decade. In an article with the LA Times, Anthony Anderson talked about finding out that he was diabetic:
Q: Tell me about the path that led to your health issues and being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
The extra weight started when I was in college and I was living on my own. I was still active playing basketball but not as much as I was in high school. I was cooking and eating when I wanted, and there was alcohol too. I mean, it was college.
I was always a husky kid, slightly overweight, but that didn’t stop me from being active. It was pretty impressive for a guy of my size to be 200-plus pounds and 5 foot 10 and be able to dunk a basketball. I’ve always been able to wear the weight well.*
I was working and burning the candle at both ends when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 11 years ago. I just thought I was working too hard. Being lethargic hit me first. The second wave was unquenchable thirst. The third wave was constant urination. I wasn’t putting any of this together at the time. One night I drank 5 gallons of water in an hour and a half, and that’s when I knew I had to go to the doctor.
After losing his dad to disease, and finding out that he had T2D as well, the actor decided to do something about it.
“I started eating half of what I would normally do and started eating healthier, and it just started to fall off,” says the sitcom funny man.
AA : Al Roker is a friend of mine, and he turned me onto his nutritionist. She got me into eating healthier and cleaner, and that kick-started exercise. I bought a bike and would ride it everywhere. I would do this big loop around Manhattan. I came home to Los Angeles in the spring and had a treadmill and would run three miles a day. I lost so much weight that when I came back to “Law & Order,” production had to buy a new wardrobe for me. Back in L.A., I joined a gym, got a trainer and worked out three times a week lifting weights, and I kept up the treadmill as well. I weigh 222 now, that’s 46 pounds of weight loss, [As of June 2013] and my blood sugars are getting better and some of my medications have been reduced.
What kinds of changes did he make, exactly?
AA: For a while, my healthy weight loss diet plan meant I was gluten-, sugar- and alcohol-free. For my fitness exercise program, I did bike riding around NYC, all kinds of things. I also started with that 30-day detox weight loss program to cleanse my system, but I still try to stay away from complex carbs and all of that in my diet plan. I still drink occasionally. But everything is good in moderation, I’ve found out in research and from my weight loss help, my nutritionist.”
He is also known for his leading roles in television dramas such as K-Ville, The Shield and Law & Order. He has also had supporting roles in films such as Transformers, The Departed, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Scream 4, and Kangaroo Jack.
Anthony will be hosting the 2013 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, Premiering this Sunday, December 1st at 8 PM ET on Centric and BET
* I can relate to that shit 100%. When you are built like Anthony and I, but still super athletic and able to gets the ladies…. you don’t really think you are a big dude, just like Ant is saying in the interview. I like this a lot and I can relate to ole boy. Thanks for the motivation kid.
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