When it comes to weight loss wars, advice on diets for women dominate the media. But as "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt knows, men often wage their own battles of the bulge. And before he went on a low carb diet, Chris weighed 60 pounds more and didn't even think of himself as an action hero, reported the Seattle P.I. News on August 8.
Chris admits that it wasn't easy to lose the weight. "You can't have hash browns, or burgers, or anything fried. You can't have carbs."
He learned to focus on what he wanted (a sleek physique) and prioritize. "So instead of 'Boy, I'd love to eat this hamburger right now,' I'm considering a little further into the future. I'm thinking, 'I eat that hamburger and that's 1,200 calories, and I'm gonna work out tomorrow and burn 800 calories. I may as well eat a salad... do that workout, and then I'm actually making progress.'"
In addition to cutting carbohydrates, Chris turned up the heat on his metabolism by turning up the intensity on his workouts. "I can do 40-inch box jumps now. Action-hero physical stuff. Jumping that high feels really good," he said proudly.
His fitness routine lasted three to four hours daily. Chris supplemented his P90X workouts with boxing, kickboxing, running and swimming. He even participated in a triathlon.
The benefits of his weight loss extend beyond a trimmer body. "I like clothes now. I have more energy. I sleep better," he said.
Chris feels that the sacrifices were worth the results, although it wasn't easy to shift from his role as plump Andy Dwyer on the comedy "Parks and Recreation" to tough Peter Quill. Part of his low carb diet required quitting drinking, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Instead of enjoying an alcoholic beverage by the pool, Chris now drinks plain black coffee during interviews. Such changes exemplify his decision to give up what he admits what was an relaxed lifestyle.
"You know, drinking and eating whatever I wanted and partying and having fun," said Chris in describing his pre-action hero life. "I thought this isn’t a bad niche. … If I can get consistent work as this bumbling kind of fat guy who says funny things and falls down on rollerblades and gets really sweaty, why not?"
But the chance to play an action hero gave him the incentive that he needed to make the transformation. Farewell, triple hamburgers with secret sauce. Good-bye, beer.
If you're thinking that all this makes Chris seem like Superman, his past includes some interesting escapades. At one point, he lived in a van in Hawaii and smoked weed daily, reported the Tucson Weekly on August 6.
And Chris doesn't devote all his time to eating salads, obsessing about hamburgers and performing jumps on 40-inch high boxes. He also indulges in some sedentary activities such as memorizing rap songs.