The Jimmy Kimmel Diet and EVERYTHING You need To Know About Losing Weight His Way Too!
Much loved late-night talk show presenter, producer, writer, author, funny-man and prankster Jimmy Kimmel has kept us informed and entertained for years with his up to date celebrity interviews and social media presence. Now it is us who are intrigued and eager for more information on his grand twenty-five (25) pound weight loss, primarily as he has maintained his goal weight for years with his very unusual diet plan.
Skinny Jimmy the Food Lover – Everything Jimmy Kimmel Diet
Born James Christian Kimmel in Brooklyn, New York City on the 13th November 1967, young Jimmy was probably the most adorably affable and mischievous young Catholic altar server, with a keen and curious mind and a love of goofing about. Jimmy and his brother and sister grew up exposed to different cuisine, but his Mom’s hearty, delicious Italian inspired food first gave him his love of eating and enjoying food.
The family relocated to Las Angeles, Nevada, when he was nine(9), and he later attended the University of Nevada. Perhaps his choice of University may have been influenced by the famous/infamous German Oktober Festival held there every year, boasting mounds of inexpensive and delicious traditional German food as well as beer – much to his delight!
While at University, he began to give more attention to being a radio presenter.
( his earliest radio debut and experience was whilst he was at High School, presenting a Sunday evening interview slot )
At this age, Jimmy was still slim and not carrying the extra weight that he would in later years, even though a favourite pastime of his and his friends would be to go to the $3 Buffet and eat until he could hardly move. Jimmy Kimmel was 6 foot tall and a slim 136 pounds when he got his driver’s license.
Family, Food, Friends and Career – a lifestyle surrounded by food (How Did Jimmy Kimmel Diet?)
Jimmy and his second wife, Molly McNearney, couldn’t be more different regarding food and exercise. They met when Molly was employed as a writer’s assistant for Jimmy Kimmel Live! Someone mentioned that Molly liked to compete in Triathlons during a general staff conversation. Jimmy offended her by bursting out, “That Is stupid! What a waste of time”. So, not a romantic first meeting! Jimmy, however, was smitten and set about casually finding out a few of Molly’s favourite foods. He waited for time to pass, and then he invited her to his house for a meal that he would prepare himself. Jimmy’s friends all know of his love for being in the kitchen and cooking up a storm. So, when Molly walked in, Jimmy had cooked not one but five of her favourite meals. That was their Hollywood ‘Meet Cute” moment, and the rest is, as they say, history. They have been married since July 2013 and have two young children, Jane and William (Billy). Jimmy also has two adult children from his first marriage to his High School sweetheart, Gina Maddy, Katherine Kimmel, and Kevin Kimmel.
For Jimmy Kimmel to have decided on the unusual style of Diet that he did, and his perseverance with the strict Diet is impressive, especially with all of the additional temptations that confront him as part of his ‘showbiz’ lifestyle. He has hosted three(3) Emmy Shows and two(2) Academy Awards Shows. In addition, he is frequently a guest on the red carpet and at social and charity functions. We can only imagine the many tempting, mouth-watering meals, delectable desserts, after-party snacks and drinks that he must be tempted by!
Jimmy Kimmel appears to be surrounded by food – from his Annual Italian Feast of the seven fishes to the frequent social media posts of his ‘Pancake Creations’, not to mention that two of his close friends, Chris Bianco and Adam Perry Lang, are chefs.
What is the Jimmy Kimmel Diet? How did He Do it?
The scale doesn’t lie – Jimmy Kimmel shocked into action.
Jimmy Kimmel had never really given much thought to his weight or health. Instead, he frequently made tubby jokes at his own expense on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The moment that opened his eyes to his weight being more than it should be and the potential health issues caused by being overweight came when Dr Oz was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Even though the subject of his expanding waistline and general lack of fitness were mentioned during that episode, Jimmy did not think more of it until Dr Oz personally gave him a call the next day to express his concern over Jimmy’s extra weight and general health. So naturally, this shook Jimmy up, and he was quoted as saying:
“You know what? Dr Oz shouldn’t care about my health more than I do.”
He promptly bought a scale and was appalled to discover that his weight had rocketed to 210lbs (pounds). He had gained 74lbs (pounds). Jimmy was very honest with himself regarding his love for food and his lack of exercise. He also knew that he was inherently lazy about making considerable changes to his lifestyle like so many of us.
‘The Best Worst Diet’ Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel wanted a diet that showed results quickly, without him having to spend hours in the gym every day. He had yet to find the perfect diet plan for himself when he came across a BBC (British Broadcasting Company) documentary by chance. It was the life of Gandhi. Gandhi believed that different forms of fasting could facilitate better health, weight loss and a longer life span. This concept fascinated Jimmy, who decided to learn more about fasting. This was just before the 5:2 Diet became mainstream and the latest buzzword. Jimmy Kimmel consulted his doctor and created his version of fasting to suit him and his social lifestyle.
He understood that shedding a decent amount of pounds quickly would help keep him motivated for the long-term success of losing and keeping off his extra weight. Jimmy was highly focused and vigilant as he began his eating style transition. With medical advice and support, he started an intense eight(8) week diet that allowed him only to drink two protein shakes a day followed by a small, early dinner. This gave him the kick start he needed, and he stuck to his new Diet. At the end of 2 months, he moved onto what is now known as the 5:2 Diet.
The Eating plan for the 5:2 Diet is straightforward to navigate and implement!
- 5:2 means that you eat a 2000 (2500 for men) calories per day diet for five days out of 7, and for two days, you can either fast completely apart from fluids, or you may consume between 500( 600 for men) calories.
It is recommended that you not begin with a complete fast for your two days when you start the Diet.
- Jimmy Kimmel generally has his ‘fast ‘days as Monday and Tuesday or Monday and Thursday depending on his schedule – however, it is essential to bear in mind that he started with the 5:2 Diet after his body had had two months to get used to the already restricted calorie intake.
- Most Doctors would recommend having your two days a day apart for the first few weeks, for example, Monday and Wednesday.
- Another option could be to reduce your daily calories and begin with smaller fasting periods such as fasting from 8 pm – 8 am, four days a week for one month. This will allow you a more gentle timeframe to mentally and physically adjust.
Five eating days – Not five feasting days! (plus two fasting days)
Even Jimmy Kimmel messed up occasionally! Feeling very proud of his progress and loving the freedom of no forbidden food, Jimmy once went on a weekend food binge, quaffing enormous amounts of pasta, steak and wings. He gained nine(9) pounds that weekend and woefully realised that following a diet that allows you to eat whatever you want does not mean you can eat in excess – you still need to stay mindful of the daily calorie limit (2000 /2500) to maintain your weight loss.
Carrots, cakes and calories – what can you eat on your 5;2 diet fasting days
Jimmy Kimmel famously eats very little on his two fasting days to counteract his five eating days. He still loves his food and will not have tight restrictions when celebrating birthdays or special events. He limits himself to :
- Egg whites
- Peanut Butter
The 5:2 Diet is completely non-restrictive when it comes to food choices. However, you need to be aware of the calorie count of what you are eating. Do the research and get advice regarding healthy, nutrient-dense food choices rather than opting for “empty calorie’ options too often, such as convenience food, crisps, sodas and candies, to name a few that we are all guilty of!
You can still have these but in moderation.
There is a wide variety of foods that you can enjoy. Here are a few examples:
- Salads – colorful, fresh and delicious, just no high-fat dressing croutons or cheese
- Grilled Chicken breast, lean meat or fish
- Opt for Cauliflower rice
- Low-calorie soups such as vegetable, tomato and miso are delicious
- Natural yoghurt with berries
- Roast vegetables with olive oil and fresh herbs
The list is only as limited as your creativity, and this is a perfect opportunity to go on a food adventure. And remember, life is for living. So if you are invited for cake and coffee, enjoy yourself. You can adjust the rest of your calorie intake accordingly.
Jimmy Kimmel used the 5:2 Diet to alter his lifestyle through changed food choices and fasting, as did many other celebrities such as Beyonce and Benedict Cumberbatch.
However, this Diet is not for everyone. If you have any of the following, do not start this Diet without first seeking medical advice. This is imperative as your body’s metabolic systems may become disrupted, impacting your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and this would not be a good thing.
- Have a weak Immune system
- Have or have had an eating disorder
- Previous drop in blood sugar levels
If you are otherwise healthy, you may experience a few side effects while your body adjusts and toxins are eliminated, such as:
- Difficulties sleeping
- Mood swings
Drink plenty of filtered or spring water, and if you feel unbearably hungry, have a small healthy snack. Do see your doctor if these persist.
Aside from weight loss, the 5:2 Diet may potentially have long term health benefits for:
- Blood Pressure
- Breast Cancer
- Inflammatory conditions
- Oxidative stress
- Mental alertness
The research is still ongoing, but if you want to shift that belly fat and a few extra pounds quickly, this could be the solution for you.
Be Happy. Be Healthy. Live Your best life!