When you work in Hollywood, having your weight scrutinized by the tabloids is a given. Men are typically under less pressure. And comedians? It’s almost seen as a bonus if they’re at least slightly overweight.
So when funny man Zach Galifianakis stepped out in public for the first time in many months looking more like his blue-eyed Hangover co-star Bradley Cooper and less like, well, Zach Galifianakis, many were shocked.
Now many are wondering, how did he do it? In typical Zach Galifianakis fashion, his explanation has an element of humor.
“I stopped drinking and I just kind of put the weight off…I was having a lot of vodka with sausage…delicious but bad for you.”
Sounds simple enough — stop drinking and start losing. A British study revealed that “people are woefully unaware of the weight-gaining consequences of drinking alcohol, particularly if you drink on a regular basis. The Know Your Limits campaign polled 2,000 adults in England, and researchers found that 40 percent of the people didn’t know that a glass of wine has the same calories as a slice of cake (120).”
But could there be more to his transformation? We may never know, given his disposition to avoiding the spotlight.
Galifianakis, who stepped back on the scene to premiere his most recent film, Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), at the New York Film Festival, isn’t exactly a fan of being a celebrity.
“Being a celebrity is s***ty, it’s dumb, and I’m not interested in it,” he blasted in an interview. “I like to be an actor, and that’s it. The blurred lines are, I think, man-made. I think celebrity is a man-made thing; it’s not innate in us…I’d rather just do my work and go home and watch Lifetime.”
It definitely seems his motivation was something internal, not external, which is a major success indicator when it comes to weight loss. Whatever his reason or method, we’re happy he’s pursuing a healthier version of his very funny self.