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John Goodman’s Weight Loss Journey: Here Is How the ‘Roseanne’ Star Dropped 200 Pounds

Titi Dokubo
Jun 20, 2022
11:40 A.M.
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When "Roseanne" alum, John Goodman, started pushing 400 pounds, he knew he had to take charge of his life and decided to change his lifestyle completely. Now, the actor looks incredible after losing 200 pounds.

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John Goodman turns 70 on June 20, 2022. He is best recognized for his Emmy-nominated role as Dan Conner in the successful comedy "Roseanne." In high school, the actor excelled in football and dabbled in theater.

However, an injury after receiving a football scholarship crushed his dreams of a professional sports career. The injury made him change his major to drama and studied theater before moving to New York to become a professional actor after graduation.

John Goodman at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: "Black Earth Rising" on January 22, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

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In the early 1980s, the actor, who frequently played leaders, authority figures, and the sympathetic friend of the lead character, had a blossoming career that began to build serious momentum.

Goodman starred in "Eddie Macon's Run," "Face of Rage," "Big River," and "Raising Arizona," frequently appeared in movies by the Coen brothers, and was a "Saturday Night Live" host.

John Goodman at the premiere of "Pope Joan" on October 19, 2009 | Source: Getty Images

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JOHN GOODMAN'S DRAMATIC WEIGHT LOSS: HERE'S HOW THE "ROSEANNE" STAR MANAGED TO DROP 200LBS

When Goodman entered his fifties, he vowed to live a better life and lose weight, drastically changing his appearance. The actor said:

"I'd rather be healthy and laughed at than overweight and laughed at. Plus, I heard someone say that you can be old, or you can be fat, but being old and fat doesn't really work very well."

As friends and family begged him to slim down because of his large frame, which he jokingly said was breaking their furniture, Goodman, who had always exercised, also went on a yo-yo diet.

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John Goodman at the Disney, ABC, Freeform Upfront on May 15, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

In addition, he also adopted a Mediterranean-style diet, upped his exercise routine by taking at least 10,000 steps a day, and working out six days a week by doing cardio and strength training.

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Goodman also cut out heavy drinking in 2007 and stopped eating all the time because he got to the point where he got sick and tired of looking at himself in the mirror.

John Goodman at the premiere of "Kong: Skull Island" on March 8, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

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While comparing his overeating to his struggles in the past with alcohol, Goodman said:

"There was an emptiness inside me. I still have it, but I know what it is now. You recognize it and go, 'There it is.' You don't have to fill it with another pork chop or another drink."

Goodman is aware that there is an active interest in his weight loss, which he acknowledges he expected once he began losing weight. Despite not exercising as much as he used to, he has maintained his new frame in recent years.

John Goodman at the SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel on July 22, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

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JOHN GOODMAN SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN AT 70: WHAT IS HE DOING NOW?

Though Goodman admitted that he enjoyed being busy, he never intended to work on two ongoing TV projects simultaneously. After he played Dan Conner in the revival of "Roseanne" in 2018, he reprised the role after they fired Roseanne Barr, and the show continued as "The Conners."

Goodman also stars as the lead pastor of the Gemstone Salvation Center and the patriarch of the Gemstone family, Dr. Eli Gemstone, in the series "Righteous Gemstones."

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