Were we the only ones who noticed how great Alec Baldwin looked at the Emmys last night? Alec’s commitment to his diet and exercise plan has certainly paid off: he’s lost 35 pounds in an effort to become healthier. With his yoga instructor wife Hilaria Thomas by his side, Alec explained that, after a prediabetic diagnosis, he made the choice to eliminate sugar and diary from his diet.
He told Access Hollywood‘s Billy Bush that he lost 35 lbs by cutting out “toxic” food, which includes sugar, dairy and most carbohydrates. After he was diagnosed as pre-diabetic , he overhauled his eating habits. Alec’s weight loss was a move towards health, as he said:
“I found out I was sick. So rather than thinking about it like vanity and weight loss and fitness, I said to myself “This stuff’s making me sick, it’s killing me.”
He also told Billy that he no longer eats pasta, because of its carbohydrate content. I guess Alec still loves his pizza, though he doesn’t eat it anymore: he talked about how, as a New Yorker, “it’s in your birth certificate that you have to have two slices of pizza every week.”
I’m sure being married to a yoga instructor doesn’t hurt Alec’s overall health, either. In last night’s red carpet interview, Alec said he asked Hilaria (post sugar detox, of course!): “What are we going to give out to the neighborhood kids for Halloween? And like a shot she went: toothbrushes!” Haha. I can’t really disagree with that idea! Toothbrushes are certainly a lot healthier (if a lot less fun) than candy.
I can’t help but wonder, though, why the media coverage of Alec’s get-healthy plan has been so slight…if a woman had lost 35 pounds and drastically altered her appearance by cutting out sugar and dairy, there would be miles of content written about her. The ladies’ mags would be fighting to feature her in a bikini on their covers. We’d all be salivating to find out exactly what she eats and exactly what she does at the gym. With Alec, everyone’s just kind of like “Cool! Good for him.” I can’t disagree with saying “Good for him!,” but I also can’t totally disregard the double standard relating to weight loss and healthy habits in our culture.