Matthew McConaughey lost 50 pounds last year on an extreme low-calorie diet to play an HIV patient in the film “Dallas Buyers Club." Looking back, McConaughey said he was surprised how energetic he felt on his near-starvation diet.
"I was kind of uncontainable with energy," McConaughey told People Oct. 16. "All the acuity, energy and power I lost from the neck down transferred to the neck up."
The 6-foot-tall Matthew slimmed down from 185 pounds to 135 pounds by eating tiny portions of fish and vegetables and doing intense cardio workouts. He stopped doing the cardio exercise after getting injured, but realized he was able to lose weight without working out simply by eating very little.
McConaughey, who's now back to a healthy weight, said he sought weight-loss advice from Oscar winner Tom Hanks. Hanks recently revealed he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which was likely caused by his dramatic weight fluctuations.
Hanks, 57, said he will no longer gain weight for film roles because of its impact on his health.
Meanwhile, Matthew said he's not concerned about the health consequences of his own dramatic weight loss (and regain) because he worked with a nutritionist and ate healthy foods.
"I fed myself good food, just not much of it," he said. "I found through this journey that the human body is much more resilient than we give it credit for."