Zach Galifianakis attributed his jaw-dropping weight loss to an alcohol-free diet.
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Zach Galifianakis attributed his recent weight loss, estimated at 50 pounds, to an alcohol-free diet. While Galifianakis didn’t reveal diet or workout details of his weight loss regimen, he said giving up beer and other alcohol had a dramatic impact on his waistline.
“I stopped drinking and I just kind of put the weight off,” Zach told Conan O’Brien. “I was having a lot of vodka with sausage. Delicious but bad for you.”
In another surprise revelation, the notoriously private Galifianakis finally revealed he and his wife, Quinn Lundberg, are the proud parents of a baby boy.
Zach began losing weight in 2012 and is now thinner than ever. In fact, he lost so much weight he had to wear a prosthetic belly for the 2013 comedy, “The Hangover Part III”.
While weight loss is a great side effect of sobriety, Galifianakis, 45, admitted he had a problem with alcohol for many years. He decided to stop drinking in 2012 after two guys spit in his face during a drunken episode in New York.
“I was getting into too much trouble with the drinking,” he said. Zach said he got angry after a guy driving a Jaguar cut him off when he was crossing the street.
“As he cut me off, I hit the car as hard as I could with my hand,” Galifianakis recalled. “I turn around, and it’s two huge, 6-foot-6 guys [from the Jaguar]. They both, at the same time, spit in my face!”
Galifianakis made the decision then and there to stop drinking, calling the episode humiliating and frightening: “I don’t know if you’ve ever been spit in the face non-sexually, but all I remember is being so stunned,” he recalled.
Other celebrities who have lost dramatic amounts of weight after eliminating alcohol include Tim McGraw, who lost 40 pounds with an alcohol-free Paleo diet and CrossFit workouts, and Chris Pratt, who lost 80 pounds on a low carb, beer-free Paleo-style diet.
Galifianakis, who prefers to keep a low profile despite his success, said he’s disgusted with the way Hollywood constantly congratulates itself. Zach said he enjoys acting, but has no interest in being a “celebrity,” calling the circus side-show aspect of fame ridiculous.
“I just think it can be gross sometimes, the way Hollywood congratulates itself all the time,” he said. “They oversell it like we’re curing cancer. Being a celebrity is s**t. It’s dumb, and I’m not interested in it.”