You may know the hilarious Jonathan Kite from his role on the hit CBS show “2 Broke Girls,” in which he plays a swarthy (“don’t say sleazy!” — Jonathan) cook named Oleg.
In today’s episode, Jonathan talks about how he maximizes the time he spends in the gym and what he eats to make sure he’s firing on all comedic cylinders.
When Jonathan first moved to LA he was rail thin at 6’2” and just 156 pounds. But he rapidly began gaining weight the LA way —from taking late shifts (at the Cheesecake Factory) and spending way too much time in the car.
“You know how they say everything in Australia will kill you? Well, Australia must have a lot of Cheesecake Factories,” he told Rob. “Even the bread is deadly.”
Despite the weight gain, Jonathan was still able to book a number of TV commercials, whose casting agents were looking for everyman types. That said, he knew he either had to “gain 100 pounds or lose 100 pounds” to continue getting work. “I couldn’t out-fat my competition,” he told Rob.
So he decided to start eating better and running along Runyon Canyon with a bunch of magazines in his backpack; dropping from 215 to 185 in just a couple of months.
Today, he eats a salad for lunch every day, exercises at least three times a week and refrains from drinking alcohol. He recommends shoehorning your gym appointments between appointments so you use your time there effectively.
“Acting made me realize how food affects my energy levels,” he said. “It’s obvious when I’ve eaten better because I perform better.”
Besides Jonathan, we also talked about Blue Apron (and their “lonely man” meals), Jeff’s mouth-breathing, and why Open Sky should be sponsored by a caffeine pill called “Frustration.”
If you want to be part of Rob’s 4-week workout challenge this April, email firstname.lastname@example.org
. It’ll consist of three days of lifting, two days of metabolic training and one day of cardio per week. There are only 10 slots left.
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