'Entourage's Turtle Shares Weight Loss Tips That Work for Women, Too

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jerry ferreraMan am I happy now that Entourage has started up again. My Sunday fun-day is finally back in action! Jerry Ferrara, better known at Turtle, has always been one of my top three favorites in the group, next to Adrian Grenier (I'm drooling just thinking of those brown curly locks) and Jeremy Piven. But Ferrara's recent weight loss boosts him to my No. 1 man. The 31-year-old actor dropped 55 pounds, and he looks dayummmm good.

Before you call me shallow, I'm not loving on him more because he lost weight. I've always loved his one liners and mostly level-headed personality. But I adore him that much more because of how he lost the weight. No surgeries or crazy diets here, ladies. And trust me, his weight loss strategy can work for you, too. It worked for me.

Jerry lost pounds simply by incorporating diet and exercise into his daily routine. He told Life & Style that the weight loss was slow, "about 2 or 3 pounds a month." If you ask me, that's the kind of weight loss that sticks. No crazy fad diets. Just eating right and working toward a goal. Sounds easy enough, right?

And it is. Like Jerry, I managed to lose 60 pounds by monitoring my portion sizes and upping my workout routine. I learned very quickly that if I was going to diet, and maintain lasting results, it was going to have to become a lifestyle for me. When a diet becomes a lifestyle, the question isn't "Am I allowed to eat that?" but rather "How can I make this fit my standards?"

For example: Can someone on a diet eat a cheeseburger and still lose weight? Of course they can! In fact, nothing is off-limits. Dieters just need to be smart about it. With a burger, for example, you might consider the size of the patty, and then try swapping out a kaiser roll for two slices of high fiber wheat bread. It's all about how we can translate what we crave on a day-to-day basis into feasible meals and munchies.

If you ask me, there's no sense in losing the weight if you're going to be miserable the entire duration because you're eating only lettuce leaves and protein shakes. I'm not saying go gulp down the highest calorie drink in America and run an obscene 18 miles to make up for it. What I am saying is if you're on a diet and want to try the shake, then go for it and share it with eight of your coworkers.

It's all about balance. If you want to lose weight, then it's critical to find a balance in the way you eat and work out to achieve long lasting results. Kudos to you, Turtle! You look like a total stud.

Do you have any diet secrets?


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