When his doctor told him he had pre-diabetes, the 30 Rock star gave up sweets and carbs, dropped 30 pounds and got his blood sugar under control. Could the strategy work for you too?
“I had always been thin. I thought I was doing the right thing health-wise. I’m a vegetarian. I’m a pescetarian, if you will. And beginning to really, really blow up here, you know?” recalls 55-year-old Alec Baldwin of his not-so-distant past—the days when he looked bloated, haggard and light-years away from the leading-man looks that stole women’s hearts in 1992’s Prelude to a Kiss. Baldwin’s weight loss visibly changed the actor in only four months – with paunch from his face and body the most noticeable difference.
“I stopped eating refined sugars, desserts and sweets,” he says, admitting that it was tough going at first. “When I gave up sugar…it was like pushing a toboggan along a track to eventually get down the slope the first couple weeks, the first couple months, early May through June,” he admitted on his NPR podcast, Here’s the Thing. “By the time I get to July and August, we’re going downhill and the weight’s just coming off me.”
All told, he lost 30 pounds in just four months. But it wasn’t just the sugar in candy, cakes and the sugar bowl he gave up—he also put the brakes on carbs, especially pasta, what he calls the “mega dose of carbohydrate” in his diet. “I would eat, you know, the fish-tank-size bowl of pasta.”