John Goodman Wins Weight Loss Wars: Actor Talks Diet, Fitness, & Alcoholism After Shedding 100 Pounds [Photos]

Joanne Eglash

John Goodman has won the weight loss wars. Looking like a different man after shedding an estimated 100 pounds, John has battled the bulge for years. After Goodman topped the scales at 400 pounds, the actor has taken action in hopes that he has resolved his weight loss struggles, reports ABC News.

Rocking his slimmer body at the premiere of his film Trumbo, John caused some to do a double-take before they realized it was Goodman. The 63-year-old actor is using a combination of diet and exercise to achieve his weight loss, according to John's spokesman.

Goodman previously succeeded with a 100-pound weight loss in his late 50s, reported People.

John credits his success to ending his couch potato lifestyle and focusing on more than enjoying his food.

"I know it sounds sappy, but it was a waste. It takes a lot of creative energy to sit on your ass and figure out what you're going to eat next... I wanted to live life better."

John estimates he now exercises six times a week, and he feels energized by the feeling.

"I'm breaking a sweat but I'm not going nuts," emphasized Goodman.

Mackie Shilstone praised his client for his enthusiasm. Shilstone noted that Goodman knew how he felt when he weighed 400 pounds, and he had no desire to return to that point on the scale.

"It's something he doesn't want again," added Goodman's trainer.

Moreover, Shilstone pointed out that with John's new agility and slimmer body, he has more opportunity for roles.

With Goodman now succeeding with his weight loss goals, what role did alcohol have to do with his challenges in shedding pounds?

John also waxes poetic on what it feels like to experience an acting high, comparing it to love as well as drugs.

"It's like falling in love," said Goodman. "It's like a solid couple of lines of good blow. It's dopamine."

John revealed that he feels that his brain has an issue with the dopamine receptors.

"In my brain my dopamine receptors are blocked or something. I don't receive enough of it, which is probably why I was an alcoholic for 30 years. Well, I still am one but I haven't had a drink in quite some time. And I'm sure that all had a lot to do with what I do for a living."

"I wish I wasn't as fat as I am. It just bothers me. When I saw a film in which I played Santa Claus recently, I walked away thinking, 'This is just God-awful. I look terrible. I want to have my mouth sewn shut.'And it got me to lose about 70lb," said John.

Goodman previously went to Promises Treatment Center in Malibu for alcoholism, after which he stopped drinking alcohol. As noted above, John then hired Serena Williams's trainer.

Now that Goodman has succeeded with his weight loss, he also takes more delight in acting. Asked whether he feels happier about acting or food, the answer comes quickly.

"Acting," affirmed the newly svelte actor.

[Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI]