How The Rachael Ray Show Helped This Star Get Through An Extreme Diet

You may remember him from his roles in Boy Meets World, My Name is Earl, The Wolf of Wall Street, or Remember the Titans. These days, you're more likely to see Ethan Suplee share his weight-loss journey with Today, Men's Health, or the Rachael Ray Show.

As Suplee told Men's Health in a video his wife filmed during COVID-19 quarantine (via YouTube), "I have done every diet known to man, virtually." Today, he maintains his weight not with a "diet" in the trendy sense of the word, but with a consistent eating regimen. Most of his calories come from protein, Suplee said, with the rest divided between carbohydrates and fat. "I plan my food out pretty diligently," he said. "Usually, everything I'm gonna eat in a given day is prepared a day or two in advance."

Talking to Rachael Ray, Suplee said he set a goal to lose weight after he met his future wife, who enjoyed hiking and days at the beach (via Instagram). "I didn't care about myself," Suplee said on the Rachael Ray Show. "In fact, I just was overwhelmed by shame prior to having somebody look at me in a way that was not judgmental at all."

Ethan Suplee succeeded in his weight-loss journey with a lot of support

By Ethan Suplee's own account, he didn't always have the healthiest approach to food. Whenever he went on an extreme diet, he would lose weight only to gain it back again. Eventually, he settled on a routine that worked: sensible eating combined with regular exercise. Suplee told Ray that at one point when he was on a two-month liquid diet, he watched food TV obsessively. "I used to watch Food Network and Rachael all the time," Suplee said. "I just wanted to have some connection with food that I wasn't getting because I was just drinking a couple protein shakes a day." His wife and daughters would get the benefits of all the cooking skills he learned on TV. "I was cooking them these elaborate meals" that he was choosing not to touch himself, he told Ray.

Suplee couldn't have met his body goals alone. He credits his wife with helping him see his own self-worth. And it didn't hurt that he had his own trainer from the International Federation of Bodybuilding to push him (via Men's Health).

Anyone who is considering a liquid diet or other extreme diet should consult a physician first. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, or know someone who is, help is available. Visit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website or contact NEDA's Live Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. You can also receive 24/7 Crisis Support via text (send NEDA to 741-741).