Tim McGraw is one of the most prolific country music singers in the United States. He has won 3 Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Awards and 10 American Music Awards.
Needless to say, McGraw is also an actor who has starred in movies like “The Blind Side,” “Friday Night Lights,” “The Kingdom,” “Tomorrowland” and “Four Christmases.”
And the prolific actor and country music legend was pushed to lose weight because of this one comment.
Some people don’t have this problem and likely never will.
But many people struggle with their weight. People eat or drink too much and they get fat. Can you imagine being wealthy and being able to afford high-end restaurants and then also trying to lose weight?
However, some celebrities, especially actors, are on the rise to becoming more famous than ever and then suddenly get in shape. Hugh Jackman is the perfect example of that. When he accepted the role of Wolverine in “X-Men” almost two decades ago, he was moderately built.
Years later, Jackman became the prototype for muscular superhero builds. His strict diet along with his rigorous workout routine is what kept the actor in shape. In fact, when Liev Schreiber took on the role of Victor Creed in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” he got advice from the acclaimed actor about how to beef up for the role.
Somewhat ironically, the actor who was originally offered the role of Wolverine and ended up recommending Jackman for the role instead, was none other than Russell Crowe.
Crowe’s weight went in the exact opposite direction of Jackman’s.
Country music legend, Tim McGraw, was the same way.
When McGraw first stormed onto the music scene, he was lean and fit.
Then he packed on a few pounds and was inspired to lose weight because his daughter, Gracie, noted to her father that he looked “big on the screen.”
McGraw had ballooned up to around 215 pounds and once he heard that comment, he knew that his lifestyle needed to change.
McGraw looks a lot healthier nowadays and was recently featured in Men’s Health, a popular magazine for men, where he told them, “I got out of it for a while. I was in the prime of my career, and I wasn’t capitalizing on it.”
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Change can be unsettling, partly because it requires effort and partly because it’s so comfortable to disengage and move through life on autopilot, to order in instead of cooking from scratch, to duck out of sight in real life but show up on social media, all filtered and flawless. Yet doing more of the same isn’t working, and it’s not making us happy or healthy. We’ve come a long way from what our grandparents and great-grandparents understood: Real satisfaction in life comes from doing the effortful thing. Working hard, cooking (even growing) real food, getting through the grind with support from others, standing up for what’s right and taking care of what needs to be done even when you don’t particularly want to do it. #GritandGrace
McGraw cut out alcohol, “truck-stop foods” and cheeseburgers from his diet. The popular country star then began walking every morning and eventually incorporated running and weightlifting into his workout regimen.
He said in a recent Instagram post, “Focusing on my physical health hasn’t just made my body healthier, it’s made me healthier at every level. Moving daily and exercising regularly was a pebble that set off a ripple effect, improving the way I eat, sleep, relate to others, and show up both personally and professionally. It made me a better person to be around.”
So far he’s shed 40 pounds, which seems to be his target weight.
If you ever need inspiration to lose weight, ask your children how you look.