What comment forced Tim McGraw to change his ways

By Alexandra Heilbron on October 30, 2019 | 9 Comments

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Country singer/actor Tim McGraw spoke to Men’s Health magazine about why he decided to get in shape after he played a role in Four Christmases opposite Vince Vaughn in 2008 (see publicity still of Tim from the movie below, as well as recent photo of him on Instagram at left).

He weighed 215 lbs at the time, and his daughter Grace, then 11, commented that he looked “big on the screen.”

Tim immediately made changes to his lifestyle, cutting out alcohol, burgers, and other “truck-stop foods.”

He also began taking daily walks, working his way up to 20-minute runs. He eventually began working out in the gym. Over the past 11 years, he has lost over 40 lbs. Tim, now 52, says being in shape helps him with his singing, because “I use my whole body to sing—my legs, my butt. And having more control over those things makes my voice stronger.”

He currently does a daily 90-minute workout that includes using an ab roller wheel, kettle bells and battle ropes. Tim shared in a post on Instagram: “Focusing on my physical health hasn’t just made my body healthier, it’s made me healthier at every level. Moving daily and exercising regularly was a pebble that set off a ripple effect, improving the way I eat, sleep, relate to others, and show up both personally and professionally. It made me a better person to be around.”

The Men’s Health article by Lara Rosenbaum features plenty of photos of Tim by photographer Arturo Olmos, in the gym working with various pieces of equipment. The country star added, “I don’t really get tired of training. There’s such a feeling of accomplishment that comes from the feeling of being my age and still being at the top of my game.” ~Alexandra Heilbron Tim McGraw in Four Christmases

Comments & Discussion

  1. Jason • October 31, 2019 @ 12:55 PM

    Good for him. Too many people just slide into obesity, they think they can’t do anything about it but finding exercise you love, even if you don’t love it at first, is addictive. Once I found something I enjoyed, the eating healthy followed, I just found I didn’t want junk food anymore.

  2. Jen • October 31, 2019 @ 1:47 PM

    I disagree with Jason, you do not need to be extremely fit to be healthy. And just because someone has a belly or is a certain number on the scale does not make them unhealthy.

  3. Jason • October 31, 2019 @ 2:18 PM

    How can you disagree with something I didn’t say, Jen. Please point out where I said you need to be “extremely fit to be healthy.” You sound defensive. And yep, having a belly does mean your health could be at risk. Weight on a scale? Nah, better to look at your body. Do you fit into the same size you wore five years ago? Last year? It’s all about health. If you want to be unhealthy, that’s up to you. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give kudos to Tim. Most people are too lazy or too undisciplined to change, so I’m impressed he did something about it. He obviously must have been uncomfortable with his weight gain.

  4. CDubya • October 31, 2019 @ 4:29 PM

    Good for Tim McGraw! If it helps others realize they may be unhealthy in their eating habits or they feel like they are falling into a slump, this is fantastic to see a 52yr old looking in this good of shape. He’s 10yrs older than me and now I feel motivation! Not that I look bad, but I know I have been letting things go for a bit and I needed a kick in the butt.

  5. Shane • October 31, 2019 @ 8:04 PM

    Agree with you CDubya! This is motivating, I’m a couple of years younger than him and walk as much as I can, but should really try running, have been thinking about it but should get out and do it finally. Also switched to a plant based diet earlier this year, so I have more energy than I used to. Good Luck to you and everyone who’s motivated to get healthy.

  6. rick meade • November 1, 2019 @ 1:06 PM

    his little girl helped her dad tim has a little angel in her and does not realies it what good girl she is

  7. deborah insall • November 2, 2019 @ 3:23 PM

    Hi, Kudo’s to Tim and to anyone who’s eating healthier and in shape, I just turned 60,and I feel great,better than ever, eating healthier, lots of exercise, not easy since I have MS, once you start exercising you start feeling better, it’s a great motivator,Good Health to all of you!

  8. Steven A. Minch • November 3, 2019 @ 1:45 PM

    Comment for Jen. Staying that much overweight eventually over taxes your heart. If you keep gaining weight you could develop diabetis. As a heart doctor about this?

  9. Billy Saw • November 4, 2019 @ 10:33 AM

    Good for him. He saw what a fattie he was in a movie and he got in shape. Now, how to we get Rebel Wilson to watch her own movies?

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