Losing Weight with Entourage Star Jerry Ferrara

Jerry Ferrara Celebrity Lose Weight Secrets

As “Entourage” wound down, Jerry Ferrara got more attention than ever. His character, Turtle, is a departure from his coiffed and polished co-stars, but he is certainly beloved. Jerry Ferrara has gone through a serious transformation and now he’s talking about his losing weight journey.

While some actors are required to have a weight loss diet plan and fitness training exercise program to keep in tip top shape, this is not the case for Jerry Ferrara. His character Turtle has always been known for being quite chubby so he was never required or asked by producers of the hit show to lose weight. So how does his newly slimmed down body affect his character Turtle?

“When I first started losing weight, it didn’t really cross my mind, because I didn’t really know how far it would go. But once I was into losing weight for about a year, that’s when it did start to kick in like, Uh, maybe this weight loss will be a little bit jarring for people. Doug Ellin, when I first walked back into the office after not having seen him for a few months, he was like, “Dude, what did you do?” Fortunately, it fit the way the character was going in terms of his evolution.”

Jerry Ferrara has a hit show, a beautiful girlfriend and a thriving acting career. Life is seems to be pretty good for the actor. So why did he want to lose weight?  “I was just really out of shape. Every time you start a new project as an actor, you take a physical. They’re not the most in-depth, but they serve a purpose. I got on the scale and I weighed around 203. I’m only 5’7. I was about to turn 30, and I wasn’t active anymore. So I sought weight loss help from a nutritionist who got me started on a weight loss diet plan and a fitness trainer who helped me with my fitness exercise program. I did cardio exercise by playing basketball twice a week. And soon it all just became a habit for me. I became addicted to something good for a change,” said the actor of his weight loss and fitness motivation.
So how did the bosses of Entourage react to Jerry’s incredibly unexpected weight loss? Jerry said he was about 3 to 4 months into his losing weight journey when Entourage creator Dough Ellin noticed. He had already achieved about 20 pounds of weight loss over several months and no, it wasn’t one of those celeb diets plan.
“I admit the timing of my weight loss wasn’t perfect. Turtle was associated with being that way. Creatively, though, I think it worked. The character evolved a lot. And at the time I was highly motivated to stay with my weight loss diet plan and fitness exercise program —it’s hard to just turn around and wait a year. Who knows if you’ll ever be that motivated again to lose weight?”
So do they ever directly address Turtle’s weight loss on the show? “The truth is, Doug had a great way of bringing up Turtle’s weight loss and integrating it without being too heavy-handed.”
The most dramatic adjustment that Ferrara had to do to his lifestyle to help achieve his fitness and weight loss goals was cutting out pasta from his diet plan. He’s only had pasta twice in the past six months. He also had to cut back sweets from his diet plan but that Ferrara said that was easy for him to do since he didn’t have a giant sweet tooth. “I gave up so many things to achieve my fitness and weight loss goals. It wasn’t that I was out of control—it was just years of eating anything I wanted. I wouldn’t eat a whole pizza, but if I wanted pizza two or three times a week, I didn’t think to limit myself. So I just cut out all the stuff that I viewed as unhealthy from my weight loss diet plan. I live alone, too, so I’m not a big cook. I’d eat pancakes for breakfast, or a burrito with everything I wanted. Now I’ve replaced those with oatmeal and egg whites in my diet plan.

 

On Squeezing a Fitness Exercise Program in His Time

Actors work notoriously crazy hours but Jerry had managed to find time for a workout routine. How did he do it? “I won’t lie—there’ve been times when two weeks have gone by and I didn’t do any kind of fitness exercise programs. Sometimes your days are 12, 13, 14 hours, Monday through Friday. When it’s like that, I try to get fitness exercise on weekends. You just gotta’ suck it up. If I have to work at 7 AM, I’m up at 5 and get 45 minutes fitness exercise. Granted, I hate it when I get up but when I leave after my fitness training exercise program, I feel happy about it. Every morning I can come up with 10 reasons I don’t need to do this fitness exercise and weight loss programs —and I just ignore those.”