‘Office’ Actor Craig Robinson’s 50-Pound Weight Loss Through Detox

Known for memorable roles in projects like The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Mr. Robot, actor and comedian Craig Robinson has always played stocky, lovable “big guy” characters. But now that he’s lost weight, there’s even more–or less–of him to love.

“There are so many great vegan restaurants and dishes,” Robinson said. “It’s much easier than I thought it would be.”

“I lost a bunch of weight. I lost about 50 pounds,” Robinson told Harry Connick Jr. during an appearance on his talk show “Harry.” The 45-year-old explained that the weight loss and drastic diet change was kick-started by taking a break from booze. “I haven’t been drinking. Since January I just put down the alcohol. I was going to detox,” he continued. “I had heard — I don’t know how true it is — but I heard you can regenerate your liver in six months. I was like, ‘Let me see if I can go six months,’ and I just haven’t gone back.”

Since alcoholic drinks are so high in calories, like an average beer has nearly 300 calories, a four-ounce glass of red wine contains 95 calories, and a margarita has a whopping 550 calories, it isn’t surprising that Robinson would lose weight from avoiding alcohol alone. But Robinson didn’t stop there. “[I’m] working out, and I’ve been trying this vegan lifestyle too. It’s amazing,” he said.

At first, Robinson thought that there would be a lot of restriction and it would be hard to find vegan food he liked. But the former music teacher soon found out that living the vegan life was more popular than he thought, and that was music to his ears (and tastebuds).

“There are so many great vegan restaurant and dishes. It’s much easier than I thought it would be.”

(Craig Robinson before & after weight loss)

Meat-free diets for weight loss aren’t just another celebrity trend, they are actually endorsed by science. A recent study conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found that those maintaining a vegetarian diet not only lose twice the amount of weight as meat-eaters, but they also speed up their metabolism by reducing intramuscular fat.

The 45-year-old Chicago native who has a birthday this month also stars in his new show Ghosted on FOX (see the video below).

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