About six months ago, Jeff Garlin from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” went on a nationwide tour promoting his new weight loss book. Garlin had taken off a considerable amount of weight and was doing the talking circuit to promote it.
The funny thing is, is that I was trying to get him to participate in my film “Finding Thin” and I was turned down twice.
I just couldn’t understand what was going on. He seemed like a nice guy and we were only trying to help people.
Perhaps Jeff was frightened to have his image on film forever instead of talk shows which would soon be forgotten. Perhaps he thought that if he gained weight, people would look and laugh.
I certainly am a fan of his work and feel for the man now that he has gained almost all of his weight -or even more- of it back.
This phenomenon is so common. The current statistics state that anyone who goes on a diet has a 98% chance of gaining back. The probability is nearly the same as winning the lottery.
Diets just don’t work. A change of lifestyle does; and this may be easy to say, but not necessarily easy to put into effect.
Everyone struggles no matter how much fame or money one has.
My suggestion for celebrities with recent weight loss is to keep it off for a year before you go writing a book about it.
Even Jennifer Hudson waited until she maintained her weight for a while. Not to mention that Ms. Hudson has a great program behind her as she is part of the “Weight Watchers” movement… she was an icon for one of the much healthier programs.
My final message to Mr. Garlin is to spend more time curbing your enthusiasm for a while and just concentrate on yourself, before you promote what certainly did not work for you.
There is hope out there and it applies to everyone. Keep going. I’m cheering for you.
This is a struggle that we all share together.