Chris Hemsworth is used to following a strict diet and doing rigorous weight-lifting workouts after gaining 20 pounds of muscle to play Thor two years ago. And while he admits the training regimen is tough, he also has learned a lot about being healthy.
“You kind of feel like a professional athlete at times,” Hemsworth told Access Hollywood Oct. 20. “But to be able to have learned this much about health and fitness is an advantage. And I’ve always done it in a healthy way."
Chris, 30, said he tries to add muscle mass by following either a high-carb, low-protein diet or a high-carb, high-protein diet.
“They’re extremes, I guess, but it’s either by eating a lot of vegetables and minimal protein, or lots of protein and lots of vegetables,” he explained.
I have a pretty disciplined sort of attitude, but not eating chocolate and pizza and hamburgers and all the things you want to jump into has been something I’ve had to [work on].”
In addition to a strict diet, Hemsworth lifted weights six to seven days a week. In 2011, the 6-foot-4 Aussie gained 20 pounds by pumping iron (alternating body parts on different days) and consuming lots of chicken (what he calls the "Hugh Jackman diet").
For the naturally lanky Chris, eating all the time was horrible. "I feel as if I've been busy, but all I've been doing is eating all day," he said. "Eating when you're not hungry and taking in that amount of food is exhausting."
The athletic Hemsworth, an avid surfer, boxer and rugby player, also made sure he got enough sleep to ensure his muscles would grow.
"Rest and exercise were equally as important," said Chris, whose brother Liam Hemsworth is also a Hollywood heartthrob. "It wasn't until Thor that I started lifting weights. It was all pretty new to me."
Hemsworth has been working nonstop for the past few years because he realizes it's important to take job offers before they dry up.
“You strike while the iron is hot,” he said. “There have a been a few opportunities for me in the last couple of years that I couldn’t turn away from. At Christmas time we’re going to have a bit of a break before we jump into ‘Avengers’ again.”