The rumors began immediately The Price is Right star, Drew Carey, revealed his dramatic weight loss in 2010. It must have been surgery, drugs or some miracle weight loss pill. The naysayers also said it wouldn’t last. In 12 months he’ll be fatter than ever. Yet, six years later, Drew is looking slimmer, and better, than ever. Let’s get the real skinny on how he achieved his amazing transformation.
Drew recently commented on how he managed to drop 10 pants sizes in as many months . . .
I’m eating better, taking better care of myself. When I was doing The Drew Carey Show, I was eating a lot of garbage, I was drinking a lot, so I had a lot of mood swings. I had diabetes.
Back in 2010, Drew was following the typical American diet. It was high in saturated fat, loaded with processed carbohydrates and low in proteins and healthy fats. He was also drinking like a fish. At the start of that year, he decided that enough was enough. If he didn’t make a change, he’d end up dead.
The change that Drew decided to make revolved around carbohydrates. He knew that sugar, found in all the processed junk foods he’d been consuming, was spiking his insulin levels, releasing masses of blood sugar into his system. This had led to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
Carey’s solution was to go carb free . . .
I have cheated a couple of times, but basically no carbs, not even a cracker. No bread at all. No pizza. Nothing. No corn. No bean. No starches of any kind.
So what did he replace all the carbs with. Breakfast would consist of egg whites, Greek yogurt and some fruit. For lunch he’d have a green leafy salad along with a protein source. Dinner would consist of another type of lean protein and more fibrous carbs. The fibrous carbohydrates don’t add any sugar or spike insulin levels, so Drew was safe to eat as many of them as he chose.
The popular comedian also cut alcohol from his life. Though he was never an alcoholic, Drew admits that alcohol was a problem for him. Alcohol is full of calories and a couple of hours at the bar can easily add five or six hundred calories to your daily total. By going cold turkey on alcohol, Drew was able to make a dramatic impact on his daily caloric intake level.
By eliminating carbs from his diet, Carey was able to force his body into a state of ketosis. In this state the body is starved of carbohydrates, it’s main source of energy. As a result, it is forced to turn to stored body fat in order to get the energy that it needs to function. In other words, Drew was able to get his body to cannibalize its fat stores in order to function. So long as he stayed carb free, his body would be eliminating fat 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Even though he never considered himself on a diet, Drew was following the principles of the Ketogenic diet, where your goal is to keep your daily carb intake to less than 20 grams per day. For the last six years he has been living the ketogenic lifestyle. This is the reason that he has not put the weight back on.
The Exercise Advantage
Drew Carey is a busy man and has been for a long time. That is part of the reason that he put so much weight on in the first place. Rushing from one appointment to the next meant that he often didn’t have time to look after himself. As a result he’d grab take-out food on the run. And he never had time for exercise.
He knew that, if his weight loss ambition was to be a success, he needed to make some changes. Finding the time to exercise was one of them. As a result he scrutinized his planner and eliminated the unnecessary things. In their place he put ‘working out’. For Drew, working out consisted of a combination of cardio and weight training.
Cardiovascular exercise was a priority for Carey. He knew that he would be able to burn off calories to complement the natural fat churn that was happening as a result of his no carb eating plan. Drew began running early in the morning. He started off with just a single block and slowly worked his way up until he was completing a mile without a break. Within 6 weeks he was able to run for 45 minutes non stop. This he would do Monday through Friday without fail.
Three days per week, Drew took a spin cycle class. The 30-minute sessions were intense and at first he hated them. But his natural competitive spirit took over and soon he was keeping up with the younger, more agile members of his gym class. In each half hour class, he was able to burn between six and seven hundred calories.
Two times per week the comic performer worked with his personal trainer in the weights room. Previously, Drew he hadn’t had much exposure to weight training, believing it was the domain of bodybuilders and powerlifters. After some research, though, he realized that weight training was, in fact, the secret weapon that can transform any body. As well as allowing a person to shape, firm and tighten any body part, it is also a very effective fat burner.
Drew’s workout plan consisted of a number of compound, full body exercises, interspersed with plyometric cardio moves to keep his heart rate up and the calories burning. Repetitions were in the range of 15-20 with light to medium weights.
Here is the actual routine that Carey and his trainer worked on to get his body in shape:
- Full body squats
- Croquet Smash
- Box Jumps
- Bench press (Barbell)
- Power Jumps
- Lat Pull-downs
The Croquet Smash was an exercise that the TV star came to love. It involves setting yourself up in front of a large tractor tire, grabbing a sledge hammer and pounding down on the tire repeatedly. Drew did the exercise for 60 seconds non-stop. Each time he would try to get more hits than he had the last time. As well as burning a whole lot of calories, this exercise was a great stress reliever for the actor.
A New, Healthy Lifestyle
Despite what the naysayers proclaimed back in 2010, Drew Carey has managed to keep the weight off. The 2016 Drew is looking better than ever. He has managed to incorporate the zero carb eating plan into his lifestyle. He may have the very occasional treat, but, as a rule, he is very strict on his zero sugar intake. Likewise, he has added exercise as a regular and enjoyable part of his lifestyle.
The example set by Drew Carey provides both an inspiration and an example to anyone who is struggling to make traction on their weight loss. Follow Drew’s path and you will achieve remarkable results!