Isaac Robertson
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Last updated: April 14, 2021

Our team at Total Shape doesn’t miss a single show of Jimmy Kimmel Live as it’s something that just lightens up the mood with great laughter.

But what has interested us the most is how Jimmy was able to completely transform his body and maintain a great level of fitness.

So we dug into interviews where he has talked about his exercising. And we also got some information about how his relationship with food has changed, including intermittent fasting.

His Stats

portrait image of a smiling jimmy kimmel on during a tv show
  • Born: November 13, 1967
  • Height: 6’1”
  • Weight: 175 lbs

Of course, Jimmy’s story about weight loss has to start with a funny story. He said that he never stood on a scale until 2010 when he was horrified to see a reading of over 200 lbs.

It doesn’t seem excessive, but he had noticed that his body shape was changing for the worse, making this a bad trajectory to be on.

He immediately took action to fix his diet, and Jimmy Kimmel lost 30 lbs within 6 to 12 months.

Since many celebrities have used all types of weird diets, we were interested in how one of our favorites from the world of comedy did it.

Let’s start with the workouts.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Workout

woman's rubber shoes, purple dumbbells, water jug and yoga mat on the floor

It’s obvious that Jimmy isn’t a man aiming to be the next Mr. Universe. So his workouts will be quite different from what bodybuilders go through.

But anyone who might have gained a few too many pounds can easily adopt the same routine as the host of a comedy show.

And what does all that mean?

Essentially, this is not a routine where you’ll spend hours at the gym lifting one free weight after another and wiping sweat from different exercise machines.

Hottie Bodies Humpilates

jimmy kimmel wearing a purple shirt and headband

This is possibly one of the funniest sketches Jimmy ever made.

And before we get bombarded with messages of how crazy this is, let me make sure you all realize that it’s meant to be a joke.

Definitely check out those videos.

What we love about it is how it ridicules so many of the new and latest exercise fads that you see advertised on late-night TV.

The reason we think Jimmy created it is that he’s said many times that he hates exercising and can’t think of anything worse than going to the gym.

But that does leave one option that isn’t as ridiculous as humping.

The Real Pilates

woman working out using pilates machine

I regularly work with instructors, and many of my clients have worked through classes after suffering an injury.

It’s a low-impact form of exercise that is very similar to yoga.

At the same time, it’s easier to get started, and if you’re not as flexible as you need to be to make some yoga moves, then pilates is a great alternative.

By combining body stretching with holding muscle groups under tension, it allows you to bring on quite a burning sensation in your muscles.

It’s especially helpful for training your core muscles.

But all that is pointless if your diet consists of peanut butter sandwiches and burgers.

Let’s see how Jimmy changed his diet.

Jimmy Kimmel's Diet Plan

woman's rubber shoes, purple dumbbells, water jug and yoga mat on the floor

Jimmy has had some crazy eating habits, and they certainly explain how he managed to get out of shape in his younger days.

“We moved to Las Vegas when I was a kid, and in high school, my friends and I would get the buffets and the $2 steak dinners at the Horseshoe casino.” - Jimmy Kimmel. 

He also had Dr. Oz on his show, which turned out to be a turning point for him. Dr. Oz called him out on his poor diet and what junk food was doing to his body [1].

While it all went down as a bit of fun and joking, apparently Dr. Oz called Jimmy the following day to convince him to become a changed man and not another man with a long list of preventable health issues.

So, where did that get him?

Intermittent Fasting

dirty white plate with a golden fork

Jimmy has said in a few Men’s Journal interviews that fasting was one of the dieting topics that changed things the most.

By extending the times of the day when he doesn’t eat to 14 or more hours, he gained a much better appreciation of what food he would eat.

The junk food was gone immediately and what could have become an eating disorder turned into a diet that focused more on his immune system and weight than ever before.

He says that the secret was severe calorie restriction for several months as a way to shed the love handles.

And by following an intermittent fasting approach, he had a way to still eat reasonably sized portions of food, just not late at night or first thing in the morning.

Since then, he has become a total foodie who probably knows as many details about all his macro and micronutrients as a nutritionist.

What Supplements Does He Take?

man holding different colored vitamin pills

For most celebrity workouts, we list out protein shakes and BCAA supplements. But those protein shakes won’t have the same importance when you’re not lifting weights to gain maximum muscle mass.

However, there are still a few products that he’ll add for a health boost.

Multivitamin

A high-quality multivitamin product is a great way to get the majority of important micronutrients into your diet. It should cover you for vitamins A, B, C, and E, and some of them have added minerals as well.

Magnesium

When you start becoming more active, your muscles will need more magnesium to function during exercise and when you’re resting at night. A clear indication that you might be lacking magnesium is if you regularly get cramps in bed.

Zinc

Zinc is underestimated by many people, but studies have shown that it’s a vital mineral for hormone production and immune system health. Yes, the more zinc you get, the better you can support testosterone production [2]. And that will work wonders for weight management and muscle growth.

Vitamin D

Finally, vitamin D3 is a critical nutrient to get, especially in the winter months when you don’t get much UV exposure. The sunshine vitamin is highly important for your immunity and general health.

Are You Going To Try Jimmy's Workout & Diet?

You don’t have to plan getting ripped like Hugh Jackman with a Hollywood team to help with your training and diet.

What we love about Jimmy’s approach is that he kept it real, with realistic expectations.

And he’s living proof that diet really is 70% of the battle when it comes to losing some extra pounds.

Get your head around the concept of limiting when you can eat, and then try it out for a few weeks.

You’ll be surprised how effective it will be.


References:

  1. https://www.doctoroz.com/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8875519/

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