Billy Gardell has had quite an amazing weight loss journey over the last couple of years! The Bob Hearts Abishola actor has shed a lot of weight since the start of the show in the year 2019.
Recently, during a new interview, Billy spilled the beans on his incredible weight loss. He has lost nearly 130 pounds. Keep scrolling further to know what tricks were used by the Hollywood actor to lose weight.
How much weight has Billy Gardell lost?
The Mike & Molly star has lost somewhat around 130 pounds. Not long ago, he had a chat with Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier, where he talked about his amazing weight loss journey.
Billy told Kevin, that he had to make some life-changing decisions in order to shed those extra kilos. He went on to say that he had to change his mentality to be healthy and stay fit. He disclosed that he lost weight by changing his diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Gardell whose weighed more than 370 pounds nearly a decade ago said, “I’m fighting middleweight these days, I’m down to 212! [It’s been] a long journey.”
He explained, “If you grew up like I did, you grow up in a house where it’s like, ‘We had a bad day, let’s eat! We had a good day? Let’s eat!’ So I had to learn that food is fuel and it’s not comfort and it’s not celebration. And I work on that daily.”
The Young Sheldon star continued, “If you don’t have a problem with food, thank whatever god you pray to and be grateful you don’t, because it is it’s a serious addiction, just like anything else. But I find my way. I do my thing and in the morning and I try to stay between the lines and I’m grateful I get to.”
What did Billy Gardell have to say about his weight loss?
While making an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, the 53-year-old actor stated that he wanted to make a change in his lifestyle and said, “I had to make a change. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and I was on medicine for that. I’ve struggled with my weight for my whole life.”
Billy also revealed that he lost 30 pounds when Covid-19 hit all of us. He went on to say, “I lost about 30 pounds. But then COVID hit. and when they punched up all the markings that made you ‘at risk,’ I had all of them except ‘over 65.’ I had a full bingo card.”
Billy also had weight loss surgery after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted
Yes, you read that right. Billy Gardell underwent weight loss surgery after the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. He had already been losing a lot of weight but he thought getting weight loss surgery would be a good option for him.
Billy further added, “I’m not saying everyone should do that, but it’s what I needed to do because I had gotten so big that it hurt to exercise. I do everything they tell me to do and I follow it daily and it’s a new way of life.”
He went on to say, “You have a small window to change the way you live, the way you eat, the way you exercise, and so far I’ve been able to do that. I do it a day at a time and I’m just so, so very grateful that that happened for me. No more diabetes, no more bad blood numbers.”
The Yes, Dear star further added that little joys of life excite him. Small things like getting to shop at a normal store or not having to take a deep breath when I tie my shoes make him happy.
He continued, “Things that heavy people understand! I’ve been freed from them. My body feels better, my joints feel better, and I’m trying to stay around and annoy my wife for another 20 years.”
Billy Gardell is a part of successful sitcom ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’
For those of you who are unversed, let us tell you, Bob Hearts Abishola is a sitcom that has been created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, and Gina Yashere. The show saw the light of the day in the year 2019 on CBS.
The show Bob Hearts Abishola revolves around Bob (played by Billy Garland) who runs his family’s successful, highly-competitive sock company in Detroit with his mother Dottie and his younger twin siblings, Christina and Douglas. Due to a mild heart attack, Bob lands up in the hospital and ends up falling in love with his nurse, Abishola (essayed by Folake Olowofoyeku).
Along with Billy Gardell and Folake Olowofoyeku, the show also stars Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, Travis Wolfe Jr., Vernee Watson, Bayo Akinfemi, Anthony Okungbowa, and Yashere in pivotal roles.
At the moment, the show Bob Hearts Abishola is in its fourth season. The show got renewed for a fourth season earlier this year in January. The fourth season of the show premiered on September 19, 2022.
Billy is thrilled and happy to be a part of another successful sitcom. He told Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin, “It’s such a gift. I thought my ticket was stamped after Mike & Molly. I had no idea I was gonna get another ride with another wonderful cast and a show that I think has a beautiful sentiment about it.”
He further added, “I’m always attracted to stuff where love conquers all, no matter what the situation is. To me that’s the secret sauce and I’m really grateful to be working with the group I’m working with.”
The show Bob Hearts Abishola airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Apart from Bob Hearts Abishola, Billy has been part of many popular shows like Girl Meets World, Sullivan & Son, Family Guy and Mike & Molly.
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