Chris Pratt’s weight gain woes and weight loss story graces the cover of Men’s Health UK as the Jurassic Park star admits he was once close to 300 pounds. The only thing that draws headlines faster than talk of losing weight is an admission of weight gain along with the secrets for shedding the pounds.

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Yes, here we have the perfect storm. The 34-year-old surprised many when he reinvented himself as an superhero in last year’s box office blockbuster ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as he revealed a finely chiseled physique. We’d grown accustomed to ANDy, his heftier character in the NBC hit sitcom ‘Parks and Recreation.’

And it was this very transformation — among others — that Chris Pratt was so candid about with Men’s Health. We’ve seen actors gain weight and lose weight for roles and if we wondered what that does to the body, Pratt was kind enough to get us out of our wonderment.

He said of the show, “I saw myself in an episode, and in the matter of two moments very close together, I thought, “Oh my God, I’m getting fat.” And then almost immediately I did something else and I thought, “Holy crap, I’ve never seen myself funnier.” And I put the two together.’

And from that point point on, he said he told the ‘Parks and Recreation” cast of his plans to put on weight and that it “it became a bit of a game: how fat can I get and how fast.”

He went on to say, “I would eat four burgers at every read. I became really fat and got up to almost 300lb.”

He also said of himself in those days, “I was impotent, fatigued, emotionally depressed. I had real health issues that were affecting me in a major way. It’s bad for your heart, your skin, your system, your spirit.”

He also admitted that there were personal reasons for being overweight. He told the publication that his relationship with his wife, actress Anna Faris, had something to do with it because, in her words, she “loved to feed her man” and that they were “drinking a lot of wine and having fun.”

He continued, saying, “I was her little Hansel out in the woods and she was fattening me up to put me in the fire. It was like Momma Bear and Papa Bear. She would eat a little bit, I would eat all of mine and the rest of hers.”

He went on to speak of the ups and downs of his weight for various roles — 2011’s Moneyball which say him dropping the weight, and then regaining it for the TV show, and then, dropping it again for 2013’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty.

And that was the movie that was the turning point. After trimming down to portray a Navy SEAL indeed there was no turning back for him. He explained it in no uncertain terms, saying, “That’s when I saw Zero Dark Thirty and right after walking out I was like: “I’m going to get in shape and I’m never going to be fat again.”‘

He spoke about identifying his unhealthy relationship with food and making changes. He said that in the past, he “felt great shovelling food down my neck and totally negative in between.” And the difference now? He said, “Now mealtimes are sometimes lame, because that’s the way it can be when you’re eating healthily. But all the time between meals, I feel great.”

And bravo for Chris Pratt. Not only in regaining his health but also in witnessing his career soaring. That’s much more exciting after all than any momentary pleasure from an unhealthy food. And we the movie-going public are the bystander beneficiaries.

More interview excerpts are here.

All the talk of weight gain and weight loss had driven curiosity about his physical changes, and you can see a gallery of before and after pictures of the Chris Pratt weight gain and weight loss in discussion below.

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