weight loss FRANK Fritz has been absent from the History channel’s hit series American Pickers for over a year.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Fritz explained how his new healthy lifestyle has given him a new perspective on life – and a new battle against Crohn’s disease.
Speaking from his Le Claire, Iowa farmhouse, the collector debuted a shockingly thin appearance compared to his heavier figure on the show – and revealed what has kept him off American Pickers.
Since Fritz’s stint on the hit show, he has lost 65 pounds, which he attributes to living a healthier lifestyle as he battles Crohn’s, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
“After a while, I started watching what I’m doing, and I’m doing a little bit more walking. I keep pretty busy around here too, taking care of the grass and getting rid of the weeds.”
Fritz continued that he is sober today, adding: “Not drinking helps with the weight loss because when you drink, you eat. I’m not dieting.
“I was drinking a little bit too, but that didn’t work out either. I haven’t had a drink in almost nine, ten months.
“It would have been a year, but I had one slip up; it was maybe for four hours, but it was enough.”
The American Pickers star also blamed his heavy drinking on his nasty split from longtime girlfriend turned ex-fiancee Diann Bankson.
He said of their split: “I tried to drink her away.”
In photos exclusively obtained by The Sun, Frank posed near his $155,000 Iowa farmhouse, where he has lived for 11 years.
This is the first time Frank has been seen in over a year, as he smiled while showing off his impressive weight loss.
Frank is in his element in another series of photos as he poses with his extensive motorcycle collection in his bike garage and with his favorite picks.
weight loss What’s the value of Fritz’s Iowa farmhouse?
After his mysterious disappearance from the History channel show, Fritz has taken up residence in a modest $155,000 Iowa farmhouse.
The 57-year-old bought an Iowa farmhouse for $130,000 back on May 14, 2010.
The 1,660 square-foot farmhouse sits on .79 acres of land and features two bedrooms and one bathroom.
The home also boasts a basement, three garages, barn and shed.
Fritz renovated the farmhouse from when he bought it, as he painted it blue with white shutters, according to photos obtained from the Scott County Assessor’s Office.
In 2013, Frank purchased the adjoining property for $25,000.
The property is .34 acres of land.
Fritz built a $3,240 square-foot warehouse in 2015.
weight loss When did Fritz and his ex-fiancee Diann Bankson split?
As The Sun previously reported, Fritz and Bankson had a nasty split.
In court papers obtained by The Sun, Bankson sued Fritz for negligence on January 27, 2020; however, she dismissed the case in March 2020.
Diann revealed she and Fritz were engaged in 2017 and were living together in the Iowa farmhouse.
In November 2018, she “walked in and caught him in bed with another woman,” according to the lawsuit.
After the two reconciled, she claimed an incident took place at the farmhouse when Fritz and a friend set off fireworks.
Diann claimed the men “had been drinking” when she went into the home while they lit the fireworks.
She continued in the court papers that the men were unable to light a firework.
Bankson alleged: “Both defendants then put it in a closed cylinder vintage ashtray and tried to light it there. The firework did not light again and the defendant just left it in the covered intake ashtray instead of properly disposing the firework.”
She then claimed she wasn’t warned about the ashtray, as she used it while smoking a cigarette.
The lawsuit continued to claim: “The ashtray blew up severely burning her hand and arm with third-degree burns and burnt off eyelashes and eyebrows.”
She claimed Fritz “refused” to “take her to the hospital” and instead told her to “toughen up.”
She went to the hospital in the following days and was “treated for third-degree burns.”