The Weird Eating Habits That Helped Jimmy Kimmel Drop 25 Pounds

Lately, it seems like Jimmy Kimmel is everywhere.

When he’s not hosting the Oscars, he’s making us all tear up with updates about his son Billy’s heart condition.

And in between, he manages to find time to be an accidental viral video star, or to shoot the breeze with Ellen DeGeneres.

But with Kimmel constantly on our TVs and computer screens these days, it’s easy to forget just how different he used to look.

By his own account, Kimmel grew up as a binge eater, with a love for greasy food like pizza and chicken wings.

He blames his love for food on growing up with an Italian mother, and on living in Las Vegas – where the streets are lined with all-you-can-eat buffets.

But Kimmel says he never watched his waistline, or even owned a scale until he bought one on a whim in 2010.

When he stepped on, he was stunned to see he weighed 208 pounds.

Kimmel with guest Matt Damon in 2008.ABC

Around the same time, TV host Dr. Oz teased Kimmel for his size during an appearance on his show.

The next day, Oz called Kimmel back to tell him he was serious.

“I’m worried about you. You’re a young man. You have to take care of yourself,” the doctor told him.

“You know what?” Kimmel told Men’s Journal about the intervention, “Dr. Oz shouldn’t care more about my health more than I do.”

Kimmel’s first attempt to lose weight was dangerous and severe, but the TV host explains that “there’s no dipping my toe in the water” for him.

“I’m all the way in,” he explained.

That meant limiting himself to “two protein shakes and a very small dinner every day” for two months.

Afterwards, Kimmel “eased up,” moving to a strict 2,000-calorie-per-day limit.

The crash diet helped Kimmel shed weight quickly, but these days he has a more relaxed – but still bizarre – diet plan.

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