Lavell Crawford is an American actor but most accurately comedian. His full name is Lavell Maurice Crawford. Crawford was born on 11th November 1968. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Crawford attended Pattonville High School for graduation his school was located in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Crawford married Deshawn Crawford and have a kid together. He was interested in stand-up comedy since his childhood and did perform whenever found a chance to do so. Crawford persuaded his career in comedy where he succeeded and earned his name and fame. In the 90s he performed multiple times on BET’s comic view and introduced himself in the world of comedy.
Crawford also participated as a contestant in NBC’s Last Comic Standing in the year 2007. He performed very well in the show and reached the finale. However, wherein a two-hour of comedy contest Crawford lost to Jon Reep. Crawford had done a lot of work but the turning point in his career came with his casting in AMC’s Breaking Bad. He played the role of Saul Goodman’s bodyguard “Huell Babineaux”. He has also worked in the same role in “Better Call Saul”. Crawford has also worked in Netflix original movie “The Ridiculous 6”.
Despite his success and fame, Crawford was struggling with one thing a lot since his childhood. That one thing was his overweight. In his childhood, Crawford was once drowned nearly to death because of his weight. But these all problems vanished when he embarked on the journey of losing weight. And this is our main concern in this article.
Weight Loss Journey
As mentioned earlier, Crawford has struggled with his weight his whole life. He nearly died because of his weight. Crawford had followed numerous diet plans in his life. But none of these plans were that much promising or life-changing compared to his recent attempt. The motivation behind Crawford’s attempt to lose weight was his family. Being over-weighed is a risk and it can cause many diseases and illnesses. In an interview, when he was asked about his weight loss journey, Crawford said “I’m 47 and I’ve got a beautiful family. I have a cute son and a beautiful wife that I want to be around for them. I don’t want to leave them hanging.”
Crawford must have been struggling with some severe problems regarding his weight. That was the main reason he was afraid and started this journey. It seems that Crawford embarked on this journey in the start of 2017. In another interview he said “When you listen to your wife and your blood pressure you’ve got to change some things. I’m walking and doing some medical things”. Crawford has also mentioned about his appointment with his doctor on this issue. He informed his fans that his doctor is really concerned about his health.
He summed up his reason to do something about his weight as follows “There are many factors that moved me to make that decision but the main one is request and advice from my doctor. I mean I have lived with this weight my whole life but the thought of leaving my family really made me uneasy and is the reason behind my new appearance.”
How did Crawford loss his weight?
Crawford has done a hard job to overcome his weight. Crawford goes through a weight loss surgery and then followed a strict diet. He has also followed visited the gym from time to time. Crawford explained his experience and concern of his well-wishers as follows “I would tell people that I was going to change and they would go ‘what if it goes wrong? What if it would not work out and I would wonder myself, what if they are right and what I died in this surgery? Well if I died I would not have to worry about anything else”.
He said that “Yes, undergoing surgery is really a big thing and is a great risk. However, for me, this risk was worth taking I would be dead anyway if not by surgery then by my growing weight. Seems to me that taking the risk was worth it.” It was Crawford’s hard work and strong belief in himself that got him success. If you are also struggling with your weight as Crawford did. You got to do something about it and ignore naysayers they are everywhere. Just ask your doctor and your loved ones who really care about you. However, if your doctor says that there are other ways of fighting your weight then listen to him.
Now we will find out what was Crawford’s diet plan and how did he manage and stopped his weight from growing again. Like us, Crawford was also a lover of fast food. After all who would deny McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried chicken? But Crawford overcomes his addiction to fast food. And if I would be precise, stopping himself from junk food was key in his success. He once explained his struggle as follows “People will go and buy a hamburger instead of a salad, knowingly they want to go on a diet. The only time we see diet commercials is late at night, right after we have eaten a large size of pizza or heavy pizza.”
He explained his commitment and advised his fans as “Passion is pushing through all of that and saying ‘I want it and I wanted to be a healthy person.” Let’s now turn to Crawford’s diet plan. His diet plan goes go as
For breakfast, Crawford takes green tea along with some healthy snacks. At lunch, he eats sometimes salad and sometimes chickens fried in olive oil. For dinner, Crawford’s daily routine is salad and Gorge Juice. He also mentioned drinking water as “I drink a lot of water a lot of water. In whole day I drink water within breaks of half an hour”. Of course, drinking water also helps you in maintaining your body hydrated and fit.
Crawford has also joined a gym where he does his daily workout. He does a lot of jogging and weight lifting. It must be hard but it is not impossible. When asked about his gym Lavell Crawford answered “Gym is really a hard place for someone like me but now I have told myself that there is no going back”. And that is the commitment a person needs in his way to lose his weight”. You can do cycling, running, weight lifting and boxing in order to lose some pounds. Pushups and pull-ups are also of good help. These all exercises are very helpful and healthy.
How much weight did Crawford loss?
Crawford has lost a tremendous amount of weight. He got successful in getting rid of unnecessary “!20 Pounds”! Great isn’t it? He shocked fans with his new appearance. When he appeared on the comedy show Steve Harvey, Harvey joked about his new look by connecting his arms around Crawford. And it is really funny and inspirational at the same time if we imagine how he had looked like before. It was his hard work and restraining himself from unhealthy food that got him where he is today.
Where is Crawford now in his weight loss journey?
Though Crawford has achieved what he was meant to. He still follows that strict diet and workout plan which he adopted right after his surgery. At one point Crawford explained his lifelong fight with his weight and his achievement as “It’s taken all my life to get here. I’m still going through it and I am not done yet. I am not planning to leave my healthy routine”. And of course, that is a healthy decision as well. Crawford is still a funny guy and a lot more than before.
Before and After
After his great achievement, Crawford shared the difference he made on his Instagram. In the above screenshot the difference can be seen. Before starting his journey, Crawford weighed 307 pounds however, after a lot of hard work he reduced his weight to 187 pounds. Crawford lost 120 pounds along the way and made an example for others as well. His happiness can be seen as he shared his progress.
Crawford described his after experience in following funny way “People ask me ‘do you feel better, are you happy, do you think you are going to go back, will you still be funny?’ I don’t know how to answer such questions. I mean if you are fat, you are fat, if you’re skinny you are skinny. What it has to do with your being funny? All I am saying is that yes I am your funny guy and I am still Lavell Crawford. Don’t worry about it I will still try to make you laugh”. Of course it can be realized that his fans were worry about his being funny. About what he was famous about. Now that he has made it clear, nobody needs to worry about.
Crawford said “My family was worried about my surgery so was I. But I knew that it was the right thing to do. I knew I had to take a chance and so I took it. And it turned out very well and I am very thankful for it.” Crawford’s inspiring journey should be a way for everyone who is looking to do something about their weight. You got to do it because guess what? There is never a right time you just got to do it. I hope that Crawford’s journey will help you along the way. Thank you