- Chris Hemsworth built massive muscle playing Thor with the help of Luke Zocchi, his personal trainer.
- But one of his most challenging roles required him to lose a lot of weight quickly, Zocchi said.
- Intermittent fasting was crucial to reaching the goal weight, and the results were “crazy,” he said.
Actor Chris Hemsworth is best known for his divine physique as Thor, and building and maintaining Marvel muscle takes a lot of hard work and strategy.
But his trainer said his proudest moment was when Hemsworth lost a lot of weight to play a sailor after being shipwrecked for 2015’s “In the Heart of the Sea”.
“Everyone thinks of him in Thor, he’s big and muscular, but this was the big achievement for me. It was a huge challenge for us,” Luke Zocchi, Hemsworth’s longtime personal trainer and friend, told Insider in an interview coordinated by Centr, Hemsworth’s wellness app.
He said an important part of the body’s transformation was intermittent fasting, a popular dieting technique that involves eating only for a certain amount of time each day.
Zocchi said intermittent fasting was now his favorite strategy for boosting weight loss, for celebrities and everyday dieters alike.
Intermittent fasting may boost weight loss if exercise fails, Zocchi . said
For the part, Hemsworth had to lose as much weight as possible and get thinner and thinner over the course of the film. Zocchi said it was particularly challenging because the actor was already skinny after losing weight for a previous role and exercising intensively.
Hemsworth adhered to a rigorous workout schedule to burn calories while filming, but exercise alone wasn’t enough to help him shed pounds, Zocchi said.
“He was so tired from all the workouts that we couldn’t add more workouts, so nutrition was a big deal,” Zocchi said.
To change things up, Hemsworth started eating all of his meals within an eight-hour period each day, while fasting the other 16 hours.
“We implemented intermittent fasting along with lower calories, and it was bizarre how much that worked,” Zocchi said.
Intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone, and research on its effectiveness is mixed.
But Zocchi said it gave Hemsworth an edge in reaching his goals when they’d tried everything else, including severe calorie restriction (at one point, Hemsworth and his costars stuck to a diet of just 500 calories a day, Entertainment Weekly reported). ).
—Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) November 22, 2015
Actors need to lose weight fast, but it can be risky
Rapid, extreme weight loss can be incredibly risky, even for actors with a lot of resources and support, such as Hemsworth, George Clooney and Joaquin Phoenix.
You should not attempt severe calorie restriction at home or without professional supervision. Major weight loss can also lead to side effects such as muscle loss, which affects strength and slows metabolism.
Actors often have to gain and lose weight for their roles, sometimes drastically, so trainers rely on all the techniques they know for the best results.
For Zocchi, intermittent fasting is the only thing.
“It’s a very good system for losing weight. I always come back to that,” he said.
Shortly after “In the Heart of the Sea” hit theaters in December 2015, Hemsworth had re-entered for his next role in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” and had a bigger physique for his role as Kevin in the 2016 “Ghostbusters.” “-remake .
By the time “Thor: Ragnarok” began filming in the summer of 2016, Hemsworth had regained his divine proportions to play the god of thunder again.
Most recently, Zocchi worked with Hemsworth to help him rebuild for “Thor: Love And Thunder,” due out next year.
He has published his 10-week diet and exercise program – with adjustments for different levels of strength and experience – on Centr Power.