Risking his health in order to portray an HIV patient realistically, Matthew McConaughey starved himself for the "Dallas Buyers Club." In a September 20 interview with Access Hollywood, Matthew revealed what he did to lose almost 50 pounds.
“I ate a lot of fish, but only five ounces of it, and then a cup of vegetables,” Matthew explained to Access. And that mini meal occurred only twice a day.
He combined his extremely low calorie intake with exercise in order to ensure he lost the weight in time for filming.
“I started off doing a lot of exercise, burning 1,800 calories a day,” he said. “I had to do that for two weeks. My goal was to lose four pounds a week. So I was doing that for the first two weeks, lost eight pounds,” he continued. “And then I had a week where I had an injury and I couldn’t exercise, and I stayed on the same diet but I lost the same amount of weight. I was like oh, well hang on. Let me see if I can do this without exercise! And I lost the same amount of weight.”
Helping Matthew shed the weight: His wife Camila.
"It helps to have a wife who’s preparing your meal,” he said. “And you don’t take any meetings out at the pizza joint or the buffet.”
But he did allow himself one perk. Wine.
Admitting that he indulged in "some wine at night," Matthew added, "People were like,’ You didn’t have wine.’ Oh yes I did!”
Matthew co-stars with Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto, and the latter actor also suffered hunger pangs.
In order to lose 30 to 40 pounds for his role as a transsexual living with HIV in the 1980s, "I stopped eating," Jared said, according to CNN. It impacted every aspect of his life. "It changes the way you walk, the way you sit, the way you think," declared the actor, who got down to 114 pounds.
What both Matthew and Jared learned from the experience: "It takes a while for your body to understand that it has to feed off of itself and that you’re not going to give it something else from the outside,” Matthew says of the experience.