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Mark Wahlberg says he drank glasses of olive oil to prepare for his new role

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Mark Wahlberg has totally transformed his body for his role in the upcoming film, ‘Father Stu’, but not in the way you’d expect! The 50-year-old actor gained 30 extra pounds in just six weeks to play boxer-turned-priest Stuart Long.

Wahlberg ate a 7,000 calorie a day diet of at least a dozen eggs, large bowls of rice, and protein shakes to prepare for the role.

“I had six weeks to put on about 30 pounds,” Wahlberg told ET Canada. “I started with 7,000 calories for the first two weeks and then 11,000 calories for the last four weeks. None of it was fun, except the first meal was amazing because I hadn’t eaten anything until But after that, when you’re already full and you need to eat again, and at my age, it’s just not a healthy thing to do, to try to put on that kind of weight in such a short time. of time.

Wahlberg was not chowing down on junk food for gain. Instead, he ate smaller, carefully prepared meals in an effort to gain weight.

“I wasn’t eating anything like you would think, ‘Oh my God, I can sit on the couch and eat ice cream and pizza,'” he said. “…I tried to do it in a healthy way. It was a dozen eggs and a dozen pieces of bacon, two baked potatoes, a Porterhouse steak, two bowls of white rice and a glass of olive oil. The first two weeks were high in protein. The next two weeks there were a lot of carbs. Starches for the past two weeks, then sodium, just to get as bloated as possible. So not very fun.

Wahlberg chief Lawrence Duran previously told E! News that he was feeding the star to “get into shape” for the film. “We do good carbs, dark green vegetables, then just change the protein throughout the day and, at least, a dozen eggs a day.”

The actor consumed ground meat and leafy vegetables at specific intervals and added mass weight gain to protein shakes.

“Mark’s chef was using a weight gain powder that was dense in protein and complex carbohydrates,” nutritionist Christina Meyer-Jax, RDN, told TODAY Food. “Adding this powder to regular calorie foods will increase overall intake. However, Mark was also eating high fat meats like bacon, large portions of protein, and large amounts of grains like white rice.” Meyer-Jax noted that abdominal weight gain, also known as visceral fat, is not long-term healthy weight gain for those looking to gain weight and that even normal-weight people with excess visceral fat have a significantly higher risk of health problems. .

And while a glass of olive oil doesn’t sound like an appetizing appetizer, Wahlberg said the worst part was actually having to eat while still full from his last meal. The actor continued with his normal workout routine while expanding his height.

“I had to work up an appetite, so I would go out there and try to lift as much weight as possible just to be hungry,” Wahlberg told ET. “And then I would also have the weight gain shakes and all that. But none of this was fun. There is nothing worse than when you are full from the last meal and need to eat again.

Meyer-Jax said that when it comes to health, you should always consider the quality of the calories you consume. She said the best way to approach healthy weight gain is to follow a program that includes healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and plenty of lean protein sources. “Filling up on processed foods and fast food will lead to weight gain, but will also lead to systemic inflammation putting a person at risk for chronic disease,” she said.

Just in time for the film’s April 13 release date, Wahlberg is already back in fighting shape at his normal and lower weight, but Meyer-Jax said it’s not something you should try at the moment. House.

“Mark Wahlberg was doing this drastic metabolic move for a professional role and was medically monitored throughout by doctors and nutritionists,” she said. “It’s not a healthy approach to weight gain – or weight loss – for most people. Each person may react differently to this drastic change and it’s almost never sustainable for long-term health. term.”

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