Adam Richman, who found fame eating the biggest, messiest, and most caloric meals in the country as the star of the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food,” has lost 60 pounds.
Richman, 39, told People magazine
that he is retiring from his gut-busting adventures in which he went from city to city taking on the biggest meals the area had to offer.
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"The crew got a bunch of pizzas (recently), and it was all I could smell," Richman said. "It sucked. But I had a Greek yogurt with raw almonds, water, and an iced coffee, and I was satisfied."
Richman used to eat meals like eight-pound platters of steak and fries covered in mushroom sauce and cheese. He lost the weight by ditching white flour, dairy, and increasing his exercise routine.
He now hosts the Travel Channel show "Fandemonium," which airs on Sundays, in which he tries to "find the craziest super fans, culinary creations, and cultural experiences at the wildest fan gatherings across the nation," according to the show's website.
Even after putting in all the hard work to transform his body, Richman said he doesn't regret a minute of his "Man v. Food" experience.
"'Man v. Food' was the biggest career-defining opportunity," Richman told People. "I went from anonymity to someone of note with access to amazing eateries."
Richman has a bachelor's degree from Emory University in Atlanta and master's from Yale University's School of Drama. He started a food journal while at Emory, documenting his foodie adventures.
Traveling with regional theater groups around the country left him plenty of opportunities to try different cuisines.
Richman, who now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., won the CableFox award for best TV host in 2009 and 2010, and was named one of Yahoo's "Most Fascinating People in 2009.”
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