Actor Billy Gardell Opens Up About Inspiring 150-Pound Weight Loss Transformation
- Billy Gardell, known for his roles in “Mike & Molly” and “Bob Hearts Abishola,” has lost 150 pounds since the beginning of the pandemic and now hovers between 205 and 210 pounds. He underwent bariatric weight loss surgery almost two years ago and has been working to improve his relationship with food.
- Gardell’s weight loss has had numerous health benefits, including a lower resting heart rate and no longer having Type 2 diabetes. He’s determined to stay healthy for his son and be around for him to reach all of life’s milestones.
- While Gardell has made significant progress with his health transformation, he’s still working on quitting smoking. He also jokes that he’s not quite used to his new slimmer pants yet, but he’s grateful for the ability to shop at a wider variety of clothing stores.
Actor Billy Gardell, famous for his roles in the sitcoms “Mike & Molly” and “Bob Hearts Abishola,” has lost an incredible 150 pounds since the beginning of the pandemic.
Gardell underwent bariatric weight loss surgery almost two years ago at the recommendation of his medical team to reduce his risk of severe COVID-19. Recently, he spoke with “Entertainment Tonight” about what motivated him to transform his health, including working on improving his relationship with food.
Gardell’s weight loss journey has resulted in significant health improvements. His resting heart rate has dropped from 113 to 68, and he no longer has Type 2 diabetes. He feels healthy and grateful to have received the necessary push to take care of himself.
The 53-year-old actor acknowledges that he had not always been a “good example of health” for his son, but he is now determined to stay healthy for him and watch him reach all of life’s exciting milestones.
Gardell is still working on his vice, smoking, but he is determined to kick the habit. He has also been able to shop at a wider variety of clothing stores since losing weight, calling it a “real gift.” However, he joked that he is still adjusting to his new slimmer pants, which are too tight around the ankles.
His health transformation has also played out on air in “Bob Hearts Abishola,” where his character begins to focus more on his health after experiencing a heart attack. Gardell is thankful for the support of the show’s producers in being able to talk about his weight loss journey.
Gardell’s advice for anyone looking to lose weight is to take things a day at a time and to find peace with themselves. He believes that it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can change anything if you are willing to do something a day at a time. Gardell’s weight loss journey is a reminder that it is never too late to take care of yourself and make positive changes in your life.