The actor lost weight for an upcoming film role

By Gabrielle Olya Scott Huver
October 21, 2014 06:00 PM
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Fans of The Mindy Project may have noticed that nurse Morgan Tookers has been looking slimmer in his scrubs.

“I lost a couple ounces, yeah,” Ike Barinholtz told PEOPLE while promoting the show. “I did this movie [The Nest] with Tina [Fey] and Amy [Poehler] last summer, and I had to lose weight for it. I was real big, and the part was kind of a romantic part, and the director – in the NICEST way – was like, ‘This is a character who recently lost some weight.’ Draw your own conclusion.”

As for how he dropped the pounds, Barinholtz, 37, admitted he had to give up on a couple of his favorite indulgences.

“I stopped drinking beer, which I love,” said the actor. “And then cheese popcorn was a big thing for me. I would go to Whole Foods and get one of those bags of cheese popcorn and eat the whole thing right away. So basically it was just, for the first time in my life, trying to eat reasonably.”

But Barinholtz couldn’t stay away from his beloved beer for long!

“Oh, I’m back on it, don’t worry,” he joked. “Oh, Daddy’s back!”

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