Incredible Celebrity Transformations
Jo Brand
Weight Lost: 50lbs
Name: Jo Brand
Birthdate: Jul 23, 1957 (60 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 250lbs Current Weight: 200lbs
Diet: Low Calorie Favorite Diet Foods: Unknown
Exercises: Walking
Famous For: Saturday Live, The Brain Drain, Jo Brand Through the Cakehole
Name: Jo Brand
Birthdate: Jul 23, 1957 (60 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 250lbs Current Weight: 200lbs
Diet: Low Calorie Favorite Diet Foods: Unknown
Exercises: Walking
Famous For: Saturday Live, The Brain Drain, Jo Brand Through the Cakehole
Jo Brand
Weight Lost: 50lbs
Name: Jo Brand
Birthdate: Jul 23, 1957 (60 Years Old)
Diet: Low Calorie
Favorite Diet Foods: Unknown
Exercises: Walking

Staring her stand-up comedy career in the 1980s, Jo Brand was once known as Sea Monster and was off to a rough start. Eventually, Brand would hit her stride and find a wider audience that has led to her being named one of the best comedic acts in British history. She’s parlayed her comedy career into multiple television appearances that include “The Brain Drain” and her own series called “Jo Brand Through the Cakehole”. Brand has even released several books, including four novels and a pair of autobiographies.

Brand hadn’t struggled with her weight at a young age, but would end up becoming overweight in her adult life. Gaining weight wouldn’t actually hurt Brand’s career, and actually became the source of some of her comedic material. Brand said that while in her 30s, she used her weight as a way to enhance her act. “I say to people that I do those joked to pre-empt heckling, but I really do them because I think they’re funny,” she said.

“If you’re a fat person – and especially if you’re a woman – at all stages of your life you’ll get abuse for it, so you have to work out a way of dealing with it. The best way is to be humorous about it – that diffuses any tension. If someone thinks it’s your Achilles heel, they’ll just dig, dig, dig away at it,” she added.

Brand didn’t continue to gain weight during the rest of the 1990s or early 2000s, but she didn’t seem to lose much weight either. Maintaining some consistency, Brand would end up finally breaking through to lose significant weight in 2016. It was then that Brand decided to embark on a 150 mile walk across Great Britain. Her journey was even featured on a documentary called “Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk for Sport Relief”.

It was quite the effort for Brand as she aimed on walking 20 miles per day. At an estimated 250 pounds, Brand was burning well over 4,000 calories per day just from the walking alone. Adding in her natural metabolism, Brand was believed to be burning more than 6,000 calories total per day. That’s almost enough to burn two pounds of fat per day, and Brand had been walking for a solid week.

Some didn’t think that Brand had it in her to complete the walk because of her weight. Professor Greg Whyte assessed Brand, and said that “I have no idea if she understands the enormity of this. The one thing we saw from the tests is Jo is not very fit…The big worry is her weight. She has a BMI of 41 and that makes her morbidly obese.”

Whyte then turned his attention to Brand and told her that “The weight that you carry is non-functional and when it comes to walking, it will lower your ankles, knees, hips and lower back. You are going to have to carry that weight around with you hour after hour, mile after mile.” Brand didn’t seem to be too concerned and pushed through with her long walk.

“One reason I want to do this is because I’m getting older, and as women age, they’re presumed by the rest of society as dowdy, blobby and in many ways pretty useless,” Brand said. “They just become more invisible as they get older…I want to do this. Hopefully, me doing this will call other women my age with my level of fitness to arms. Maybe they’ll see me and think ‘it’s not as bad as you think.’”

Brand’s walk was for sport relief, but said that those who make fitness gear didn’t help people like her. “It’s such an irony if you’re trying to lose weight and do exercise, the clothes don’t go up to very high sizes,” she said. “So you have to improvise and use your own stuff…If you’re not that fat, they do go up to your size but you look appalling in them, like a sausage with a bit of string around the middle…We middle-aged, overweight people are expected to lose some weight and get more exercise, so it would be good if someone designed clothes that didn’t make us look like the Michelin man.”

Brand would continue to lose weight and get into better shape because of the trek and continued to walk. She could tell that she was getting more fit, and didn’t reward herself with massive meals after her workouts to help keep the weight off. Brand lost an estimated 20 pounds and has been slowly shedding weight in the more than 12 months since she went on her walk.

While she’s still in the overweight category at an estimated 200 pounds, she’s certainly in much better condition than a few years ago. She continues to appear both on stage and television and the 60 year old is content with where she’s at now. Brand is even the host on the show “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, but has been able to contain herself around all of the delicious baked goods!