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19th Jul 2021

Mark Wahlberg regrets following insane 11,000 calorie diet to gain weight for new film

Kieran Galpin

Wahlberg swaps abs for absolutely everything in the fridge

In the ’90s, Mark Wahlberg was a universal sex symbol. His iconic Calvin Klein runway arguably sparked the brand’s connotations with buff celebs stripping down into their Calvins for various ad campaigns. Since then, Wahlberg’s body has remained consistently sculpted, until now.

Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon via video call to promote his new film Father Stu where he will play someone larger than himself.

“Unfortunately, I had to consume, for two weeks, 7,000 calories, and then for another two weeks, 11,000 calories. And it was fun for about an hour.

“It’s such a hard, physical thing to do. Losing weight, you just kind of tough it out – you just don’t eat, and exercise.

“And this, even when you’re full, I would wake up after a meal and have another meal.

“I was eating every three hours. It was not fun.”

Wahlberg also commented on the fact he isn’t getting any younger and how losing and gaining white becomes a lot tougher as he ages.

“Once the metabolism starts to slow down it gets really difficult.

“But, you know, it was something… I’d been trying to get this movie made for six years, we only had 30 days to shoot it. So I wanted to really make it happen.”

Earlier this month, Wahlberg’s personal chef shared his diet with E!

“His first breakfast is four eggs – that’s the pre-breakfast.

“Then, he does his workout and then after the workout, which is usually around 5 to 6 o’clock in the morning, we do eight eggs, six strips of bacon, a cup of rice, two tablespoons of olive oil and a protein shake.

“It’s his protein-inspired mass weight-gainer to help build on a little more muscle as well.”

Celeb diets are always slightly bizarre, but getting up super early and protein loading is nothing particularly bewildering. But here’s where things kick up a gear:

“Then, three hours later, we do some kind of ground beef or ground turkey, whether it’s been made into a hamburger patty or a meatloaf, with another cup of rice.

“And then, three hours later, I usually do half of a roasted chicken, another cup of rice.

“I’ll do about a cup of cooked spinach and a cup of cooked beets as well.

“After two, essentially, main courses, Mark ate an eight-ounce veal or pork chop and a four-ounce piece of salmon with rice and beets, before his last big meal consisting of eight ounces of some type of steak, eight ounces of some kind of white fish, like a sea bass or a halibut, and load up on tons of vegetables.”

Is there a Doritos and ice cream option? Because that I could definitely do!