We've all watched Matthew McConaughey become a shadow of his former self as the actor underwent a drastic weight loss in order to play AIDS patient, Ron Woodroof, in The Dallas Buyers Club. Now, following a 38-pound slimdown, the actor is opening up for the first time about the struggles he faced in dropping the lbs. and how he's feeling today.
"I feel good, now," McConaughey tells HitFix's Gregory Ellwood. "Overall, probably got 35 percent less energy. The tough part, there have been plateaus."
"Getting past 170 was really hard, but then once you get into the 167, the next 7 come off easy. Getting past 160, really hard. But then you fly down to 150. Getting past 150 was really hard. And then, bam, got down to 143 and that's where I want to be. Once you get past the plateau, the body seems to understand, 'OK this is where we're living now, this is where we are,' so the energy rises."
In enduring this weight loss, a result of dietary restriction and cardiovascular exercise, has forced McConaughey to become more selective about where the day takes him. "I choose to pick my places where there's less good smells and temptations. I don't want to be doing this interview at a Pizza Hut buffet," he laughs.
But McConaughey can't stop his mind from imagining the day Dallas wraps filming and he can resume eating as usual. Although, he is cautious about returning to his old life too quickly. "The organs shrink, so my stomach has shrunk as well. So as much as I can't wait to have that cheeseburger, on the day, it'll be damn hard to eat the whole thing."
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