Actor Jared Leto says healthy living and a vegan diet is responsible for his youthful looks. Leto, who at 41 looks a decade younger, doesn't drink or eat meat and makes sure he gets enough rest.
"I still have plenty of vices, but alcohol isn't one of them," Jared told British GQ. "It's probably just down to sleep and diet. If you travel long-haul a lot or don't sleep much, [your body's] not going to last very long, that's for sure.
"I'm pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I've been that way for a long time. Twenty solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process."
The boyishly handsome Leto also does yoga, hikes and cycles to stay fit. "I'm a pretty adventurous hiker, so I like to crawl through the brush," he says. "I like to be outdoors. I never use an iPod. I like to hear the sounds of nature."
Radical body transformations are nothing new for the dedicated actor. In 2007, the naturally lanky 5-foot-9 Leto gained 67 pounds to play John Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, for the drama "Chapter 27."
Jared, who binge-ate to gain weight, says the unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle took its toll on him physically and psychologically.
"To get into character I just ate giant pizzas and everything you know you're not supposed to eat," he recounts. "That's what you eat to gain weight like that. If you're a young actor reading this, you should never do that. It's really stupid. It's a mental and physical challenge. Putting on the weight was very difficult and very weird. I started every meal completely stuffed."
After losing the weight in 2008, Leto insisted he would never again gain weight for a film role because carrying the excessive weight on his slender frame damaged his health. "I'd never do it again; it definitely gave me some problems," he said. "I don't know if it was gout, but I had a definite problem with my feet.
"Towards the end of the shoot, one of the glaring issues was the pain I had with my feet. I couldn't walk for long distances; I had a wheelchair because it was so painful. My body was in shock from the amount of weight I gained. It took about a year to get back to a place that felt semi-normal. I don't know if I'll ever be back to the place I was physically."