I always enjoyed the Drew Carey Show. I liked Whose Line Is It Anyway even better. My favorite episode of all time was with Richard Simmons. If you haven’t seen it you should.
A couple of years ago Drew took over Bob Barker’s place as host of the famed Price Is Right. Earlier this year he decided to lose the weight he’s carried for so long. To date he has lost 80 pounds!
You can read the full article on his weight loss here.
You can learn a lot from others successful practices. I’m going to break his program down and point out the good and not so good.
Let’s start with the GOOD.
“I was sick of being fat on the camera.”
Believe it or not, this is good. You’ll only change when there’s too much pain to stay where you’re at. If your current situation is not making you sick, or you’re not in much pain, then you’re likely OK with it. Just because someone may need to lose weight or improve their fitness doesn’t mean they want to. Most people call me only after seeing themselves in a recent photo(that’s how powerful denial is). For Drew it was sick of being fat on camera.
“I’m not diabetic anymore. No medication needed.”
Huge bonus! Obviously good. Type II diabetes is growing more and more and it’s controllable with diet and exercise. Drew knocked this one out.
“I don’t drink anything but water.”
Although not totally necessary, it’s a big step. Alcohol, soda, energy drinks loaded with sugar will all slow down weight loss results.
“Lots of cardio…at least 45 minutes of cardio.”
Meh….There’s a place for cardio in a Body Transformation Program. He doesn’t mention anything about strength training, but I would guess he is doing some. Resistance training supplemented with short-burst cardio or intervals just crushes tired old cardio for results. But cardio is important. It’s just usually done wrong, bores people to tears, and it hurts more people than it helps. But he’s certainly doing it.
“(Losing weight) was easy because once you see the results, then you don’t wanna stop.”
There is no greater force than your own momentum. Once you get the ball rolling it picks up speed and gets faster and faster and faster. Soon you don’t want to stop. And losing weight becomes a lot easier!
He wants to lose weight so he can “be looking that great at 86” like his predecessor Bob Barker. “I’d love to be able to play with him (his stepson) without getting tired, enjoy my life and watch him grow.”
As I told a group the other day, you must start with goals, motivation, and commitment. Drew clearly has his ‘reason why’ down. He wants to see his stepson grow up, and live a healthy, enjoyable life. Retiring with health problems is no way to grow old.
There’s no denying Drew is doing very well with his weight loss. But as I mentioned, there is a(potentially) FATAL FLAW. Did you find it?
“No carbs…not even a cracker. No bread at all. No pizza, nothing. No corn, no beans, no starches of any kind.” If you guessed this was his fatal flaw, you guessed right. Whether he’s doing Atkins, South Beach or a hybrid he designed himself. This type of total elimination-super strict eating is tricky. You can’t expect to stay on a diet by eliminating one of the macro-nutirents(carbs, protein, and fat)forever. They are ALL essential. It’s not about eliminating an entire category of food. But replacing habits over time.
(I’m a complete mercenary about getting results: If it works- it works. But every person I’ve ever interviewed that was able to stick with no-carb long enough to lose weight eventually came off and gained the weight back. It’s like the no-carb needs a tappering or exit strategy added onto the back end.)
I’m careful not to make a negative prediction, but it’s possible he will gain his weight back. The no-carb thing is a double edged sword. Fast drop in weight-impossible to maintain for life. I won’t say how much he’ll gain or how long, but he will gain it back. That’s my prediction.
Drew I imagine is a social animal. I’m sure he goes to some great restaurants and dinner parties. And sooner or later his craving for a donut or carbohydrate treat will cause him to crack. And that will be the start of a slippery slope.
That doesn’t discredit his hard work. The guy is a former U.S. Marine. And Hollywood isn’t for the weak. There’s no doubt there’s hardcore in his DNA. I just hate to see people work so hard and invest so much and not get long term results.
I’ve never in 20 years seen two people who eat alike. The one size fits all meal plan is a bad idea. Straight old school cardio is boring, time consuming and a weak tool to use for weight loss. So make your plan or chose your program with care.
Dedicated to Your Success,
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