15. Michael Chiklis
What He Did: After playing the chubby, lovable Toni Scali on the TV drama series The Commish, Chiklis was reborn as a hard-boiled cop with an even harder body in series The Shield.
Why He Did It: Chiklis was unsatisfied with his career, and the limitations that being overweight placed on it. He also got a lot of support from his wife, who was concerned about his health.
What He Ate: Dieting was easier thanks to healthy, portion-controlled meals that Chiklis ordered from a delivery service.
His Workout: Chiklis trained six days per week for six months to make the initial transformation. He also ran seven miles per day.
Plus: Though The Shield ended its run in 2008, Chiklis still hikes with his wife almost daily.
Chiklis says: “For years, I had to gain weight to play characters because that is where the work was for me. At this point…I think my look is matured enough that I can lose the weight and keep it off. Hopefully, the work will still be there.”
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