The secret of Billy Gardell’s weight loss

Billy Gardell, the star of the CBS sitcom Mike and Molly, is no stranger to weight gain. He has joked in interviews about how he has “eaten his way through Hollywood.” 

But recently, Gardell decided to do something about his weight and embarked on a major health overhaul that has seen him lose an astonishing 270 pounds.

See how Gardell managed to drop the weight and get into great shape.

Billy Gardell in Mike and Molly

Billy Gardell’s weight loss journey

Billy Gardell’s weight loss journey started in 2011 after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Billy realized that he needed help with this problem, so he went through a management treatment process recommended by his doctor.

He had a team of experts who helped him along the way. The team included Franklin Becker (Type 2 diabetes Cookbook author), Dolvett Quince (celebrity fitness trainer), Marlene Boas (certified life coach), and Laleh Mohajerani (certified diabetes educator).

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Billy Gardell was committed to his Type 2 Diabetes management treatment, and weight loss routine, and he lost about 140 pounds from 350 pounds. However, he was still in the overweight category at 202 pounds.

Following the Coronavirus outbreak and learning that his lifestyle and weight made him susceptible to contracting the disease, Billy sought to lose more weight. And his efforts paid off.

At the start of Bob Hearts Abishola season one (2019), he weighed about 202 pounds, but he has now successfully shed an additional 130 pounds.

If you haven’t seen Billy in a while, it may take a moment to realize it’s him. As of today, Billy Gardell is within the healthy weight category.

Remarkably, the second actor in the series, Folake Olowofoyeku (Abishola), has also lost weight since the premiere.

How did Billy Gardell lose weight?

For his first weight loss journey (which started in 2011), Billy took a medication called Ozempic, engaged in regular exercise, and made changes to his diet. This whole routine and lifestyle changes helped him lose the initial 140 pounds.

He began to try new things like cooking healthier food for himself, cutting out sodas, barbecue, and pizza from his diet, and becoming more physically active.

When he decided to lose more weight during Covid (the second time), Billy took a different approach. This time he went for weight loss surgery, losing another 130 pounds.

Billy admits he had “gotten so big it hurt to exercise,” and that’s why he considered surgery. Today, Billy Gardell has a healthy weight, and looks fantastic and we are loving it!

Billy Gardell talking to Rich Eisen about his weight loss

How much weight has actor Billy Gardell lost?

Billy Gardell lost over 140 pounds in his first attempt to lose weight. The actor initially weighed 350 pounds in 2011, but it came down to about 202 pounds. Years later, after his weight loss surgery during Covid, he lost another 130 pounds.

Billy has lost a combined total of 270 pounds since 2011 to date. And this has taken him off the obese and heavyweight categories, and he is now within the healthy weight bracket.

Billy Gardell’s diet routine

Billy Gardell said he tried to eat less, but it was hard because of the kind of food he liked.

Billy loves eating food; he said that out loud in one of his recent interviews on the Wendy Williams show. But he had to tame this desire for food, especially unhealthy meals.

billy gardell diet

Thanks to his dietitian, his new diet consisted of vegetables and lean meats with some carbs like oatmeal or rice. 

Generally, vegetables are low in calories, high in fiber, and healthy. Lean meat also has fewer calories than processed meat and is a much healthier alternative. And oatmeal helps lower cholesterol, aids in weight loss, and improves gut health. Oatmeal is also rich in nutrients like zinc and fiber.

Billy didn’t need to count calories, as long as he kept portions small. Billy avoided carbs like white bread or rice at dinner because they can cause spikes in blood sugar levels later on.

Billy Gardell’s favorite recipes

Billy Gardell’s favorite recipes now are:

  • Mixed veggies and chicken stir fry, with brown rice
  • Oatmeal pancakes w/ blueberries (a variation of Billy’s creation)
  • Smoked salmon w/ lemon juice + dill

Billy also eats a lot more vegetables than before. His favorite vegetable is broccoli, but since eating more vegetables in general, Billy has found many different varieties to enjoy!

Lessons from Billy Gardell’s weight loss

1. Exercise

Billy Gardell has a routine of exercises he does that are specific to a Type 2 diabetic patient. With the help of Dolvett, his fitness trainer, Billy was able to keep up and achieve his goals.

Whether or not you have diabetes, exercise plays a crucial role in weight loss. Exercise helps to build resistance, increase core strength, relieve stress, relieve depression and burn more calories.

Some exercises that help with weight loss include:

  • Cycling
  • Weight training
  • Interval training
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Pilates

2. Nutritionist 

Among the experts helping him lose weight, he had a nutritionist who helped him with healthy food recipes. Having a nutritionist helps with weight loss.

Eating healthy will complement your exercise routine, and the results typically get better with consistency. 

3. Life coach

Billy also had a life coach who helped him stay motivated and determined to manage his diabetes and lose weight.

Billy Gardell said having a life coach to talk to and motivate you helps with the mental switch you need and the strength to keep going.

A life coach can help you clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and make strategies for overcoming each barrier.

4. It’s Okay to Have Surgery

Billy decided on surgery because he felt it was his best option to lose weight the second time. It’s okay if you want this for yourself, too, but be sure it’s what’s best for you, and you’re not doing it because Billy did.

The best and safest ways to lose weight are eating low-calorie diets with fewer calories and having a consistent exercise routine.


Billy Gardell went from being obese, overweight, and unhealthy to losing over 270 pounds.

He changed his diet by cutting out processed foods and making sure what he ate was fresh and healthy. He made physical activity part of his daily routine and committed to it.

His lifestyle changes have had clear results on both his waistline and overall health. We hope it inspires you to make some changes, too, if you have a weight loss goal.

And if you decide that surgery is the way to go for your weight loss, go for it.

Jude Uchella is a research writer and a strong advocate for health and fitness. He takes pleasure in helping people live their best life. When he's not writing, he's probably researching the next topic to write about. :)