In an interview yesterday The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, actor Ethan Suplee detailed his long trip to healthy living, also revealed he struggles at times to appreciate how far he has come.
Looking back at photos of himself in his heaviest, Suplee opened about some of the negative emotions that he still deals with. “It’s incredibly satisfying, but look,” he said. “The reality is that I have mental illness and I don’t look at myself and think,’God I seem great.’ I see nothing but negative stuff every day and I try to convince myself.'”
Asked when he first started to experience feelings of body dysmorphia, Suplee recalled going on a diet at five years old and hearing people tell him that the way he looked was wrong. “I wasn’t obese . I had been a five year old, but I had been super active,” he said. “I wasn’t eating junk food all day long.”
To help improve his mindset, Suplee said he now focuses on the gains he’s happiest about achieving since undergoing his dramatic fitness transformation. “Usually it’s my traps. I am able to examine my traps because [they’re] lean–there is not a bunch of loose skin hanging . They are not all scarred up from operations. I look at my traps and go, ‘Okay that looks good.’ And based on this I will begin to feel okay about myself.”
Suplee also records a favorite tradition of his own, American Glutton, where he invites visitors to discuss their own weight loss encounters, and often posts inspirational photographs and words of inspiration to his Instagram account. His journey to self-acceptance is proof that however powerful your body is, you still need to get your mind right, too.
Milan Polk is an Editorial Assistant for Men’s Health who specializes in lifestyle and entertainment reporting, and has worked for New York Magazine’s Vulture and Chicago Tribune.
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