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How Billy Crawford lost weight, From 235 pounds, to his best shape ever

By MYLENE MENDOZA-DAYRIT, The Philippine STAR Published May 28, 2024 5:00 am

Host, actor, and singer Billy Crawford just turned 42. At a mere 148 pounds, he feels good and at his healthiest. But many comment that he should not have lost that much weight.

You cannot please everybody. If you gain weight, people notice and disrespectfully body-shame you. If you lose weight, people still find what’s negative about it. They will say you look sick, you are too thin, you look old, or you are hooked on drugs.

Billy said he started losing weight when he gave up sugar, rice, bread, fruits, and alcohol for six months straight. While he jumpstarted his weight-loss journey with a keto diet and intermittent fasting, he is no longer on a ketogenic diet. 

Celebrity couple Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia exude peace, health, and happiness.

Billy admitted that he used to be an alcoholic, but he never did drugs, which is what some people think he is doing, thus the extreme weight loss. “A lot of people have been talking on my behalf, alleging that I’m an addict or whatever. But first of all, I think it’s unfair to tell someone what they are. I don’t do drugs. I have stopped drinking alcohol. I don’t smoke. I have no vices,” Billy told reporters in a recent interview.

There was a point, six years back, when Billy was heavy at 235 pounds. He was struggling with alcoholism at that time. He felt very unhealthy. The weight loss started when he stopped drinking. So, he stopped completely and never looked back. 

Consider this a before photo? A 2016 snap of the couple. This was how many remember Billy, perhaps, but since he lost the weight before his wedding in April 2018, he has hovered under 200 pounds since.

He said that being a public figure, it’s typical to be scrutinized. The opinion of people doesn’t bother him at all. As long as Coleen Garcia, his wife, knows what is true then that’s the only thing that’s important to him. 

He was 235 pounds before he got married. He wanted to lose weight and take his health seriously. It was not very easy and there were mood swings to contend with.

He took out alcohol completely for six months, as well as sugar. That meant giving up rice, pasta, bread, and fruits. He shrunk in weight effortlessly. When he was around 198 pounds, he started to eat more vegetables and protein. He still did not do carbs and sugar. He stayed away from starchy vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and corn.

Posted in 2017, it is evident that Billy was still not practicing his diet here. Now he doesn’t eat bread, rice, pasta, and starchy vegetables like potatoes.

No one knows your body better than yourself. You are the only one who can see and feel if the weight loss program you are into is working. While the visible effect would be losing inches and pounds, you should also have an improved sense of well-being. Your appetite should decrease. You should be sleeping better and snoring less. Your mood should be better. Your bowel movement should be regular, and your health markers improved. 

Long-term fat loss is a result of a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, an optimal meal schedule, and a regular and suitable workout program. There are ways to modify your lifestyle to ease your body to safely enter a fat-burning mode. 

Billy with son Amari: Posted by Billy last February, this screenshot from his Instagram reel shows the intimate and sweet relationship between father and son.

Choose a protein-rich diet. Include meat, seafood, legumes, and dairy in your meals. Choose healthy fats. Olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, avocados, and seeds. Avoid trans fats present in processed or fried foods. Choose no-calorie beverages. Opt to drink zero-calorie drinks such as water, green tea, herbal teas, and black coffee. Choose high-fiber foods. Vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains can lead to greater weight loss due to their high fiber content. Instead of refined carbohydrates, choose whole grains such as oats, quinoa, and barley. These will decrease your waistline and promote weight loss. Choose to take a probiotic daily. Good gut bacteria support long-term weight loss. Foods rich in probiotics include yogurt, kombucha tea, and kefir. 

A good and healthy diet should be supplemented with regular exercise. Strength training involves using weights, resistance bands, or even just body weight. It has been proven to decrease body fat. It also develops your muscles, which burn calories even at rest. 

Cardio workouts train the lungs and heart. It is an aerobic exercise that builds stamina. Walking, swimming, running, and cycling can help decrease belly fat. Twenty minutes per day is required to meet the 150-minute minimum prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

You can also try high-intensity interval training or HIIT. It’s a cycle of rapid energy bursts alternated with rest periods. This exercise is known for burning fat and reducing your waistline. This program requires less training time because of the intensity. 

The one thing that many do not observe is the need for seven hours of quality sleep for optimal weight management. Work on your sleep habits. Be firm about your sleep schedule. 

Another aspect many skip is proper hydration. You need to be taking sufficient water (about two liters per day) to keep a healthy weight.