John Goodman has lost a total more than 200 pounds since promising to "live life better," and he just debuted the results of his dramatic body transformation while walking the red carpet. The actor, known for his roles in TV shows like Roseanne and The Righteous Gemstones as well as his frequent collaborations in film with the Coen Brothers, was almost unrecognizable as he attended the 2023 Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco on Sunday, June 18.

Goodman's personal trainer Mackie Shilstone, who played a pivotal role in aiding the actor in his transformation, also shared one of the red carpet photos on his own Instagram.

"This didn’t happen overnight — it’s been an ongoing process," Shilstone told the New York Post back in 2015, after Goodman had lost 100 pounds. "There needs to be strategic planning," he added. "This time, he really wanted to do it."

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One of the key changes Shilstone encouraged Goodman to make in his lifestyle was his diet, and he instituted a Mediterranean-inspired eating plan with plenty of fish, vegetables, fruit, olive oil, and nuts. Goodman also committed to working out on the treadmill or elliptical machine six days a week, and ensured he got in a minimum of 10,000 steps each day.

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Goodman first vowed to change his lifestyle in 2007, after his weight surpassed 400 pounds. The first thing he did was cut out alcohol. But it wasn't until he started working with Shilstone that he was able to stay more consistent in his habits, and keep the weight off.

"In the old days, I would take three months out, lose 60 or 70 pounds, and then reward myself with a six-pack or whatever and just go back to my old habits," Goodman said in 2017. "This time, I wanted to do it slowly. Move, exercise. I’m getting to the age where I can’t afford to sit still anymore."

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