Chris Pratt is in the best shape of his life after losing 80 pounds on a low carb Paleo-style diet and doing rigorous workouts that include CrossFit and P90X. Pratt said he feels better than ever since embracing a healthy, active lifestyle.
"It's been a complete lifestyle change for about a year and a half now," Pratt told Glamour UK. "I don't drink alcohol like I used to, only eat very clean, healthy foods, and I spend at least an hour every day working out — a massive change in diet and physical activity."
Chris said he now has more energy, feels happier and sleeps a lot better. Pratt, whose weight has fluctuated over the years for film roles, recently lost 80 pounds to get in shape for the sci-fi action flick, "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Pratt, who previously got ripped to play a Navy SEAL in the 2012 drama "Zero Dark Thirty," said he never realized how much his looks and body shape affected how he was viewed by film executives and casting agents.
I think I was a little naïve when I first started acting, maybe 10 years ago, and didn't quite realize the impact the way you look has on the people who are making casting decisions. I thought for a while I was going to find a career playing the fat friend, and that was totally fine. But doing 'Zero Dark Thirty' opened my eyes to the idea that I could be taken more seriously as a leading man character."
Shortly after "Zero Dark Thirty," Chris was cast as the swashbuckling adventurer Peter Quill in this summer's blockbuster, "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Beer-Free Low Carb Paleo Style Diet, P90X and CrossFit Workouts
To get in shape, Pratt adopted a low carb Paleo-style diet that eliminated processed foods and alcohol, especially his beloved beer. His workout routine included intense triathlon training (swimming, biking and running), weight-lifting, P90X and CrossFit workouts. Chris' hard work resulted in a stunning 80-pound weight loss in six months.
"I did a training for a triathlon in terms of swimming, biking, running," Pratt told Greggenheim. "I also did weights and CrossFit high-intensity interval training, jogging and straight body-building: Pull ups, push ups, P90X. I did about four hours a day for maybe five months."
The 6-foot-2 Pratt, who previously gained 60 pounds to play an obese lawyer in the 2011 comedy "Starbuck," said his diet features protein, vegetables and nuts. "You have to eat protein," Chris said. "You can't have hash browns, or burgers, or anything fried. You can't have carbs. You have to work out five times a week."
Tim McGraw Credits Paleo and CrossFit for 40-Lb Weight Loss
Other celebrities who have dramatically transformed their bodies on low carb, Paleo-style diets include country superstar Tim McGraw, who credits Paleo and CrossFit for his 40-pound weight loss, and Joe Manganiello, who stays ripped with a low-carb Paleo diet, weight-lifting, and CrossFit.
The Paleo diet is an alcohol-free eating plan that emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, and processed foods.
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a huge celebrity following, including Megan Fox, who lost all her baby weight with the diet, and Kristin Cavallari, who lost 20 pounds in two months on the Paleo plan.