- Chris Hemsworth built huge muscles to play Thor with the help of Luke Zocchi, his personal trainer.
- But one of his toughest roles required him to lose a lot of weight quickly, Zocchi said.
- Intermittent fasting is critical to reaching target weight and the results are “insane,” he said.
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Actor Chris Hemsworth is best known for having a god-like body as Thor, and building and maintaining Marvel muscles takes a lot of hard work and strategy.
But his coach said his proudest moment was getting Hemsworth to shed a lot of weight to play a sailor in “Heart of the Sea” for 2015 after a shipwreck.
“Everyone thinks of him in Thor because he’s big and muscular, but that was the big accomplishment for me. It was a huge challenge for us,” said Luke Zocchi, Hemsworth’s longtime personal trainer and friend, insider at one of Centr’s coordinators Interview. Hemsworth Wellness App.
He said a key component of body transformation is intermittent fasting, a popular diet method that involves eating only during a specific time window each day.
Zocchi said intermittent fasting is now his preferred strategy for enhancement
, for celebrities and everyday dieters alike.
Intermittent fasting can increase weight loss when training fails, Zocchi said
For the role, Hemsworth had to lose as much weight as possible and get thinner and thinner as the film progressed. Zocchi said it was especially challenging because after losing weight for a previous role, the actor was already slim and used to exercising intensely.
Hemsworth stuck to a rigorous exercise regimen to burn calories while filming, but exercise alone wasn’t enough to shed pounds, Zocchi said.
“He was so tired from all that training that we couldn’t add any more workouts, so diet was a big deal,” said Zocchi.
To change things, Hemsworth began eating all of his meals within an eight-hour window each day and fasting for the other 16 hours.
“We introduced intermittent fasting, along with fewer calories, and it was crazy how much that worked,” said Zocchi.
Intermittent fasting is not for everyone, and research into its effectiveness has been mixed.
But Zocchi said it gave Hemsworth an edge in achieving his goals when they’d tried everything else, including severely cutting calories (at one point, Hemsworth and his co-stars were sticking to a diet of just 500 calories a day, reported Entertainment Weekly).
—Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) November 22, 2015
Actors need to lose weight quickly, but that can be risky
Rapid, extreme weight loss can be incredibly risky, even for resource and support actors like Hemsworth, George Clooney, and Joaquin Phoenix.
You shouldn’t attempt strict calorie restriction at home or without professional supervision. Severe weight loss can also lead to side effects such as muscle breakdown, which affects strength and slows metabolism.
Actors often need to put on weight and lose weight for their roles, sometimes drastically, so coaches rely on all of the techniques they know for the best results.
Intermittent fasting is the right thing for Zocchi.
“It’s a really good system to help you lose weight. I always go back to it,” he said.
Shortly after “In the Heart of the Sea” hit theaters in December 2015, Hemsworth re-filled his next role in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” and a bulkier figure for his role as Kevin in the 2016 “Ghostbusters” remake obtain .
When filming of Thor: Ragnarok began in the summer of 2016, Hemsworth was back in his divine proportions to play the god of thunder again.
Most recently, Zocchi worked with Hemsworth to help rebuild himself for Thor: Love And Thunder, out next year.
He has published his 10-week diet and exercise program – with adjustments for different strength and experience levels – on Centr Power.