How Did Ross Mathews Lose Weight? The Comedian’s Weight Loss

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Ross Mathews Before and After Weight-Loss

He's created a name for himself as a plus-sized TV personality who also happens to be a celebrity interviewer.

Ross Mathews originally gained notoriety as an intern and correspondent for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, where he was known as “Ross the Intern.”

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

He’s also a busy comedian, presenter, fashion guru, and more, balancing a hectic schedule on a regular basis. He recently announced his engagement to Dr. Wellinthon Garca, a Long Island school administrator, and participated on MTV’s comedy series “Adorableness” as a panelist

Ross has a love for helping people, which is one of the reasons he wanted to reduce weight. He devotes himself to self-improvement in order to be the best version of himself and to assist others in their journeys.

The beginning of Ross Mathews' weight-loss journey.

His weight-loss journey began with his participation on the fifth season of VH1’s reality television show “Celebrity Fit Club,” when he shed more than 40 pounds and helped his team win the grand prize.

During the season, Ross’ starting weight was 214 pounds and ended it with a final weight of 173 pounds, but, his tremendous weight loss during the corona-virus pandemic year of 2020 has made him even more recognizable.

In the middle of his weight-loss journey, though, he was in a horrible psychological, emotional, and spiritual position. As reported by various news sites, a horrible tragedy occurred for Mathews, in addition to learning to deal through the COVID-19 outbreak. Gaye, his mother, died of breast cancer in May at the age of 69, and he was devastated.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

From New York City, Mathews spoke with TODAY Health through Zoom, saying, “I feel like everyone during this COVID thing has been focused on what we’ve been losing.”

“You know, I’ve lost time from my family. I’ve lost time from my job. I’ve lost this and everyone feels like they’ve lost a year. And I just thought: How can I gain something during this time?”

What were Ross Mathews' harmful practices that affected his health?

When asked about the unhealthy things he did to harm his health, it is by eating late at night with an unending supply of pizza. “Snacking at night is my downfall,” he admitted.

“I’ll be pretty good during the day, and then it’s like, a bag of Doritos at night, because I’m sorry, but when you’re watching ‘90 Day Fiancé,’ you gotta eat something! And then the other one is pizza for me. After mom died, I really found comfort in what I called ‘grief pizza,’ which is like unlimited pizza.”

“So for me, it was about changing behavior. It was about cutting out snacking. Or if I did, I would snack on like, a pickle or something, I was looking for the crunch,” the reality star added.

“It was about replacing some things and really just knowing that if nothing changed, nothing changed. That if I didn’t make some changes, I would be stuck in the same unhealthy place that I was.”

When it comes to shedding some pounds, Ross Mathews didn't rely on diet.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Moreover, Ross stated to the publication that rather than relying on a fad diet, he challenged himself to study more about food and strive to inform himself on healthy eating.

“I didn’t do a real diet,” he explained. “Really… I just started learning about food, talking to people, dabbling in this and that and then I start making my Ross-cipes. I’ve done it just eating as healthy and health-fully as I can, while not feeling like I’m giving up anything.”

Another life-changing aspect that Ross Mathews mentions that has proven to be quite beneficial on this path.

The television personality said that walking nonstop had helped him drop even more weight, stating, “I just moved to New York City so I’m walking tons, which helps.”

“There’s nothing scarier than the gym. I’d rather watch those awful Halloween movies over and over again. Yeah, the gym is not for me.”

He also sought help from a therapist, as he had communicated to one during his weight-loss journey. “I really wanted to understand why I could lose it but not maintain it because losing is not the problem, gaining it is is not the problem… maintaining is the problem.”

“I think you have to get down to the root of that and all weight-related issues are not really about the food, I don’t think. I think it’s about why you’re overeating? What you’re pushing down by shoving food in? It’s all about now that we’ve seen what we have to lose, we know what we have to live for. And that’s why I am working so hard for my health.”

Dieting, he claims, is about having a connection with food rather than breaking up with it.

In a separate interview with E! News, he subsequently discussed his own health journey, adding, “It wasn’t about saying goodbye to everything. It wasn’t about breaking up with pizza. It was about having a relationship with food. “

“What WW taught me is that I can exist in the real world, I don’t have to close the door on everything that I enjoy. It’s about learning how to co-exist with things,” he remarked at that time.

“I want to be able to go to parties and have a cocktail and an appetizer and not be totally thrown off my journey. But what you learn in WW is that screw-ups are part of it, but now you just have the tools to get back on track.”

Ross Mathews' Weight-Loss Milestone

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge recently celebrated his achievement by uploading a photo of himself wearing a black cardigan and light blue trousers, beaming from ear to ear.

He captioned his post, “Breaking the pattern. 50lbs down today from my height in early June when I decided to reclaim my health after my mom died (70lbs down from my all-time).”

“I will always be a work in progress. I may mess up again. I dunno. All I know is that I’m very grateful. And very happy. 🥰 On we go… ❤️”

Ross Mathews provides some helpful weight-loss advice for individuals who are just getting started.

Ultimately, Ross offers some excellent advise for anyone who wants to alter their lifestyle but is intimidated by the process of getting started.

“You have to prioritize yourself. You’d be surprised how little time it takes to make yourself a priority,” his statement began. “If your light came on in your car, you take it in to be looked at.”

“So if there’s a light going on for you and your health journey and you know you need to address it, treat yourself with the utmost respect, take the time it needs although it may mean sacrificing in other areas.”

“But if you’re not healthy, then you are not being the best version of yourself to the people in your life, to your job and to yourself. That’s why they say put the oxygen mask on yourself first,” he concluded.

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