For Chris Pratt to get in shape to thwart intergalactic threats like Guardians of the Galaxyy’s leader Star-Lord he had to go on a diet who sacrificed the pleasure of eating. On the bright side, he no longer walked around feeling like shit after meals like he did while filming. Parks & Leisure For men’s health‘s In the Eat Like video series, Pratt explains how his performance as affable clown (and Mouse Rat frontman) Andy Dwyer was fueled by a diet that did more harm than good.
“I can’t believe I’d eat five cheeseburgers for lunch. I lived in a constant state of ‘Oh, my God. I’m sick. I ate so much. And it was bliss at this era,” Pratt reveals. “Now it’s the exact opposite. Now eating is boring. But, the times between meals, I feel good. Before, eating was fun, but in between, I felt like shit.
Of course, Dwyer made our weeknights more fun by solving a tart mugging case as a fake FBI agent and being uncontrollably happy to hold $1,000 in $1 bills. But it came at the cost of the health of a man who weighed almost 300 pounds while feeling unwell during the hours he didn’t eat. So now he’s a lean, mean fighting machine against Thanos who’s led two multi-billion dollar franchises (guardians of the galaxy and jurassic park) and prepares to fulfill Dwyer’s crime-fighting dreams as a Navy SEAL in Amazon’s upcoming series The list of terminals.
To get into Navy SEAL shape, Pratt has sacrificed even more enjoyment of eating than he usually does. The star committed to intermittent fasting, where he only had a six-hour window between noon and 6 p.m. to eat. During those hours he ate lots of chicken breast and lean protein, vegetables, corn tortillas with eggs, avocados and healthy fats, with a cup of steaming black coffee like the cowboys on Yellowstone beverage. The days of fat exaltation of his Parks and recreation the past is far behind him.
Its seminal Parks and recreation the character isn’t solely the product of Pratt eating unhealthily his way to happiness. The character was also designed to ensure the world didn’t sully Pratt’s inherent joy. In his cover story for men’s healthIn the July/August issue, Pratt explains that he grew up a sensitive child while his late father, Daniel Clifton Pratt, acted like he didn’t love his son to toughen him up. Pratt explains that his father viewed his sensitivity as a liability because he “probably grew up in a world where a guy like that could get eaten alive.” Instead of hardening his heart, he brushed off the cruelties of the world and an iconic television character was born.
“Early on, I developed humor as a self-defense mechanism – I developed Andy, really. Andy on Parks and Recreation was my clown that I had perfected all my life, a guy who’s affable, who’s a smart person who plays a fool.
It’s not always easy to break out of a routine that once made you happy, but Pratt has done what’s best for his body and feels unequivocally the best he’s ever felt in his life. And we got a bunch of awesome action movies as a result.
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