Kevin James Weight Loss: How MMA Helped Him Shed The Pounds For His Newest Movie

By Amir Khan on October 11, 2012 10:21 AM EDT

Kevin James
Kevin James, best known for his sitcom "The King of Queens," was the butt of many jokes about his weight throughout the show's run. But that won't be the case any longer. (Photo: Columbia Pictures)

Kevin James, best known for his sitcom "The King of Queens," was the butt of many jokes about his weight throughout the show's run. But that won't be the case any longer. For his newest movie, "Here Comes the Boom," the actor shed the pounds, thanks to mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Kevin James' weight loss was dramatic, and he said in order to shed the pounds, he embarked on a grueling exercise regimen. For 14 months, he worked out three times a day, which included running and sparring in order to get into shape and be able to withstand the grueling punishment that MMA can bring.

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But it wasn't just exercise -- Kevin James attributed his weight loss to a change in diet as well, drinking greens and vegetables daily. However, though his weight loss was dramatic, he said he's still not in perfect shape.

"I threw my back out ... getting into a town car. That'll show you the kind of shape I'm in now. How far I've let myself go," he told CNN.

Kevin James was a wrestler and football player when he was younger, but let himself go as he got older, much to the chagrin of his mother.

"If I do a movie where I have to have (a son) and it's a chubby kid, my mother is always like, 'You were never like that.' She gets so upset about it," he said.

While his weight loss was dramatic, he did not elaborate on the exact number of pounds shed. However, to anyone who was a fan of his earlier work, the change is obvious.

Kevin James' weight loss wasn't only for him though -- he said it was for the UFC as well.

"The UFC gave us their blessing to make this movie," he told CNN. "I had to promise them I'm going to make this thing as realistic as possible and it's going to be something that they haven't seen in me before."

James had to be able to withstand the fights, as everything that happens in the movie has happened in an actual fight, he said.

"There was a ring that broke. A guy got thrown through the ring. There was a rain fight. These are all from real life."

"Here Comes the Boom" premieres on October 12.

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