Leave it to one of the NBA's most frenetic offensive teams to field a groundbreaking study that uncovers how much energy its players expend.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, who finished the 2009-10 regular season third in Pace Factor (an estimate of team possessions per 48 minutes), teamed with New Orleans-based trainer Mackie Shilstone last season to discover how they could help four of their players manage key weight issues.

The veteran actor explains his journey and weight-loss goals

Men's Health writer Paul Kita recently talked to John Goodman about the actor's tremendous weight loss. How'd he do it? Read on for the complete interview.

I'm glad we got you on board for this, and I appreciate you talking to us. I guess the logical place to start is that for most of your life you were overweight. What was the turning point for you? When was your wake-up call?

It's been constant. It's always been in the back of my mind. It just ate at me the whole time. That may be part of the reason I shoved food in my mouth so much. That satisfaction. But what clicked was three years ago I did a Santa Clause movie. I looked at it and I was really unhappy about the way I looked. For years, at Christmas-time I'd get fed up and make a resolution, and I'd lose 60 pounds, 65 pounds. And then I was off to the races again in the summer. I'd just eat whatever I want, and the big key was drinking. I'm an alcoholic.

So I went to a man named Mackie Shilstone in New Orleans, who is our own fitness guru. He trains Serena Williams. He's trained many boxers. He brought Ozzy Smith back--gave him a few more years in his career.

I set up a program with him, medically, first.

Jonathan Bender had to step away from the game he loved in 2006, when he retired from the NBA after six years of dealing with chronic knee problems.

The 7-foot forward didn't regret the decision then. He knew it was part of some kind of plan.

"It's part of God's plan, " Bender said. "I didn't regret it. I haven't regretted anything about it. That's what I had to do at the time. I know it was a setup for something bigger."

By 2000, Mackie Shilstone had already had a tremendously successful career for almost 20 years as a sports performance and lifestyle management expert. He had consulted for countless sports teams, among them the San Francisco Giants, the New Orleans Saints, the St. Louis Blues, and the Indiana Pacers. On an individual basis, he has worked with over 3,000 pro athletes such as from the NFL, Morten Andersen and Lomas Brown, from MLB, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and Will Clark, from the NBA, Jonathan Bender and Baron Davis, from the NHL, Brett Hull and Curtis Joseph, and from boxing Roy Jones, Jr. and Bernard Hopkins, just to name a few.

FOXBORO - As soon as the Patriots signed Alge Crumpler this offseason, the new tight end vanished. He disappeared, never doing an interview, never popping his head out in public.

With good reason. The 32-year-old former Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans star spent the last six weeks in Louisiana under the watchful eye of wild, wacky and respected fitness guru Mackie Shilstone, who specializes in prolonging the careers of athletes.

Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for Nola.com detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 

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