Chris Hemsworth dramatic weight loss is a real shocker. After he shared a shirtless photo of himself on Instagram, the Australian actor’s flaxen hair, and Sexiest Man Alive title are now gone. What remain of him are a gaunt face and a famished physique with visible ribs and collarbone.
But he did it on purpose for his upcoming movie In the Heart of the Sea. Based on a true story, Chris played Owen Chase in the film.
The story was set in 1820 and it was about an American vessel that had a collision with a giant sperm whale. As a result, the 20-man crew was stranded at sea.
Chase and other survivors resorted to cannibalism before they were rescued.
In order to play the part perfectly, Chris Hemsworth had to look the part. That is a man who’s desperate to eat his crewmates.
He has already shed some of his weight before the production. But getting emaciated required him to consume as few as 500 calories a day.
500-calorie Diet Was Insane
This is an extreme weight loss that Chris wouldn’t recommend. According to him, he and his co-stars, who also had to endure an extreme weight loss, went insane. They talked nothing but diet and weight loss.
An extreme weight loss method is not uncommon in Hollywood. And Chris Hemsworth dramatic weight loss isn’t the first.
Matthew McConaughey had to drop 38 pounds of his weight when he played a part of a man diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the film Dallas Buyers Club.
Christian Bale also underwent dramatic weight loss two times — first for his role in American Psycho and second for The Machinist.
Although they got scarily skinny, they did take home a fat paycheck because of their sacrifices.
Unfortunately, drastic fat and muscle loss have worse consequences. For nutrition experts, starving yourself like what Chris did can cause your system to start shutting down quickly. Yes, you’d die eventually.
But Chris and his colleagues didn’t starve themselves to death. Before your body to begin going haywire, it takes a few days of not consuming enough food.
What happens when you starve yourself to death?
When there are no enough calories coming in, your body will use glucose that is stored in fat, muscle tissue and liver.
Once the reserves are burned and exhausted, the body forces itself to get fuel from other tissues to create glucose. This will cause the body to produce toxic compounds that your pancreas, lungs, and kidneys shall continue to flush out, causing a threat to those organs.
The heart is the one that takes a huge hit. It’s a muscle. So, if your body doesn’t get sufficient amount of fuel to function properly, the heart is also being chewed away to give your body the energy that it needs.
It can also lead to irreversible brain damage. Without enough electrolytes, your brain won’t have the power to connect and tell the rest of your body to work.
Prolonged starvation is also emotionally damaging.
In other words, there’s nothing to gain here and you have a lot to lose.
Chris Hemsworth dramatic weight loss has resulted in him receiving a multimillion-dollar paycheck. But was it worth it?