James Brown has been noticeably slimmer for months now—but the small bouts of weight loss have finally stacked up for the football studio host, who has lost 74 pounds, or 25 percent of his weight, the Washington Post reports.
Brown, a grandfather of four, was pushing nearly 300 pounds. Now, the scale reads 218. (Here are nine more jaw-dropping weight loss transformations you have to see to believe.)
“You know, I had been battling this for quite some time,” Brown told Jason Romano on the Sports Spectrum Podcast. “I would always tease and say when I started doing football . . . [that] I really threw myself into the job. And Howie Long, my colleague at Fox, used to tease with a bunch of his buddies, asking, ‘Man, what line did he play on? I mean, he obviously played for somebody.’ So I was trying to look the part, until Howie told me I looked like a swollen tick. That was not a good compliment.”
His colleague’s criticism didn’t stop there.
“I remember when I was working out — and I had been doing it religiously for a few years, trying to get down — and I came into the studio one Sunday and I was all excited because that week I had lost five pounds. Howie looked at me, he didn’t crack a smile, didn’t give me a vote of encouragement at all, he said ‘That’s like taking a cup of water out of the Atlantic Ocean. Talk to me when you’ve really lost some weight,’” Brown recalls.
Back in December 2008, The Washingtonian reported that Brown hired a few nutritionists to help him out with a new eating plan. After that, he started loading his plate with more fish and vegetables in “small bite” portions. For a while, he enlisted the help of a personal trainer who would work with him to the Fox set, checking in with him for every meal, which often consisted of egg whites, salad, and fruit.
“I hurt my knee a few months back and couldn’t exercise, and have to be careful what I eat,” Brown admitted. (Mistakes happen once you get in the gym, too. Here’s how you can avoid common exercise injuries.)