Chris Pratt skipped the 2015 MTV Movie Awards to compete in his first-ever half-Ironman triathlon. Pratt, who credited CrossFit workouts and the low-carb Paleo diet for his 80-pound weight loss, completed the Ironman 70.3 Florida triathlon, which consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run.
The once-sedentary Pratt finished the Ironman 70.3 Florida triathlon on April 12 in an impressive time of 7 hours, 4 minutes and 52 seconds. A week before the triathlon, Chris apologized to his fans on Facebook, alerting them he would miss the MTV Movie Awards in order to raise money for injured military veterans.
“I’m joining former Navy SEAL Mike Day as he participates in a grueling half-Ironman to raise money and awareness for our nation’s brain-injured heroes,” Pratt wrote on Facebook.
“The Ironman 70.3, or ‘Half-Ironman,’ is an endurance race of swimming, biking and running. It’s going to be a major challenge and I’ve trained long and hard for it … I hope to help raise awareness and money for a great cause and true hero.”
Chris, 35, raised eyebrows last year after showing off his jaw-dropping 80-pound weight loss after following a low-carb, beer-free Paleo-style diet for six months, Celebrity Health reported. At the time, Pratt had been training to play Peter Quill in the film, “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Chris said becoming ripped took a lot of dedication but was worth the effort. “You have to eat protein,” said Pratt. “You can’t have hash browns, or burgers, or anything fried. You can’t have carbs. You have to work out five times a week.”
Pratt said intense triathlon training, weight-lifting, P90X and CrossFit workouts totally reshaped his body. “I did a training for a triathlon in terms of swimming, biking, running,” said Chris. “I also did weights and CrossFit high-intensity interval training, jogging and straight body-building: Pull ups, push ups, P90X. I did about four hours a day for maybe five months.”
‘Being Obese Made Me Depressed’
Pratt is no stranger to major weight fluctuations. In 2011, Chris lost 30 pounds for the drama “Moneyball” and then, shortly afterward, regained 50 to 60 pounds for the comedy “Ten Year.”
“I went from 220 pounds that I cut down for ‘Moneyball’ to almost 270-280 pounds for ‘Ten Year,’ ” Pratt told Conan O’Brien in 2012. “I gained like 50 pounds to play this fat, alcoholic character.”
At some point in between, Pratt got super-buff to play a Navy SEAL in the 2012 drama, “Zero Dark Thirty.” After that film wrapped, Chris gained 60 pounds in four months to play an obese lawyer in the comedy “Delivery Man.”
Pratt said he did not have a weight problem growing up but allowed himself to be overweight for seven or eight years. In addition to looking bad, Chris said being obese made him very depressed.
“I do know what it feels like to eat emotionally,” Pratt said. “To be sad and make yourself happy with food, and then be almost immediately sad again, and then ashamed.”
Now a father (Chris’ son with actress Anna Faris was born in 2012), Pratt feels better than ever and has totally embraced a healthier lifestyle. “Blood’s flowing,” he said”I’m less susceptible to impulse. I’m in a different mode. I like clothes now. I have more energy. I sleep better. My sex drive is up.”
Chris Pratt isn’t the only celebrity who has transformed his body with the low-carb Paleo diet and CrossFit. Country superstar Tim McGraw attributed his stunning 40-pound weight loss to CrossFit and Paleo. Similarly, Joe Manganiello maintains his rippling physique with CrossFit and the Paleo diet.