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The Face of Hollywood: Ryan Seacrest's Weight Loss Struggle

The American Idol host reveals how he went from a heavyset kid to a healthy success with his inspiring weight loss story.

Everyone knows Ryan Seacrest as a pop-culture junkie, host of American Idol, and producer of some of America’s favorite television and radio shows. They might recognize him from Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, or maybe from being on the receiving end of Sacha Baron Cohen’s red-carpet shenanigans. Not everyone will know him as the heavyset kid from Dunwoody, GA, who kept his shirt on at the community pool to hide his overweight frame, or the kid that snuck cookies and nachos behind his mother’s back. They know him as a slim guy—one who found success through a tireless worth ethic and commitment to seeing results. The same can be said for how the 38-year-old goes about managing his health and fitness. Seacrest shed his childhood pounds and found a balance in his diet that injected confidence into almost every part of his life. Before long, his personality won him a place on the television and radio sets of millions and beyond. Now fitness is a constant part of his life, and monitoring his health helps him relieve the stress of wearing several hats. Seacrest spoke with Men’s Fitness and shared how he’s able to fight off the pounds and the stress.

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MF: How does someone so busy stay so committed to being fit?

RS: I schedule my workouts as if they were meetings, and I make sure they don’t get canceled. I make a deliberate plan to fit in a workout each day of the week within my schedule. I’m adamant about exercising during the week to keep up with the different moving parts. I’m most productive when I have a chance to exercise during the day. 

What’s that like with your TV and radio schedule?

I’ve been known to take a commercial break and get down and do some pushups or grab some very light weights and do a few reps. I have done that at times when I’m really pushing toward a goal and getting close to maybe not making it. One of the things that I’ve found to be most productive for me is that I keep lockers at two different hotels in Los Angeles. As you know, with the sprawl in L.A., there are times when you have to be in one part of town and then another, but you don’t have time to go to a gym or go home. I keep workout gear and a change of clothes in those two lockers, so if I do find myself with 45 minutes of downtime and I’m in the neighborhood I can jump in, get a quick workout, shower, and get to the next event.

How many hours a week are you in the gym?

The goal is to be in the gym five hours a week. I think that I probably average four and tell myself I’ve done five. I’m one of those people who, to see the best results, I have to balance the right exercise with the right eating. I’m a massive food lover. Sometimes I go back and forth, seesawing, and not really making the progress I want to make because I’ve botched my diet that week.

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