From Tom Hardy, who does endless pushups for Bane and Bronson, to Zac Efron, who regularly does a 1000-pound bodyweight workout, the methods some Hollywood actors use for their roles can be absolutely stunning.
Few other actors are better able to embody the "transformation" of Hollywood than Christian Bale, who fattened his career for American Hustle, shredded to single-digit body fat for American Psycho and topped up for the Dark Knight trilogy, then lost weight for Le Mans 66.
However, there is one role that receives more attention than everyone else: Christian Bale's portrayal of emaciated sleeplessness Trevor Reznik in the thriller 2005 The Machinist. To play Reznik, a factory worker suffering from mental health problems, Bale lost 56 pounds in four months using an extremely low-calorie diet to lose the weight of his previous role in the 2000s . American Psycho .
During the four months of pre-production, Bale ate black coffee, an apple, and a can of tuna every day. Speaking to Esquire UK, Harley Street health specialist Daniel O & # 39; Shaughnessy explains that "these are less than 200 calories a day, so not healthy at all. An extreme diet like this will destroy your metabolism and cause a lot of stress to the body . " (For those who might want to try the less extreme "coffee diet", here's what you need to know about the fat-burning potential.)
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For comparison, Bale won a remarkable 43 pounds for 2013 American Hustle :" I ate a lot of donuts, a whole lot of cheeseburgers and everything I could get my hands on "he said People after filming" I literally ate everything that came in my way. I was about 185 [lbs] and rose to 228. "
At this point, it goes without saying that Bale's machinist transformation diet is completely unsuitable for anyone to try at all. Now, 15 years after its publication, the Spartan diet serves little more than a memory the effect that a low-calorie diet can have. In fact, Bale's binge eating and weight lifting method for 2015 Batman Begins sounds a lot more accessible. Make us a cheeseburger.