August 02, 2012

INTERVIEW: Liam Hemsworth talks about diet for The Hunger Games with Men's Health Magazine

Liam Hemsworth is on the cover of Men's Health magazine September issue and in an interview for the mag, Liam talks about his diet and training for The Hunger Games.

The physical challenges presented by Hemsworth’s workouts for The Hunger Games were more strenuous. “My character was spending most of his life in a state of hunger, and I wanted to get a sense of that, physically and mentally.” With the help of his trainer (a former Navy SEAL) and a sparse variation of the Paleo diet, the actor dropped 20 pounds in the month before filming. 
As with any weight-loss regimen, exercise and diet played equal roles: Hemsworth’s 5-or 6-day-a-week workouts with his trainer included “throwing around tires, ropes—all sorts of unorthodox stuff that you wouldn’t normally do in a gym.” The main goal, he says, was to sweat for 90 minutes. “The Navy SEAL was awesome. I always love hanging out with security guards or Marines—real men—because they’re the most focused, professional people. And my trainer was a great guy . . . who made me want to die for an hour. 
“Training for The Hunger Games, I literally had to wait a half hour after each session before I drove anywhere,” he says. “I had to lay on the ground until I could breathe properly again.” 
That sounds like the kind of workout that could leave a man puking. Did he? Liam Hemsworth is the type of person to whom such questions may be comfortably directed. There’s a long pause while he retrieves a possibly repressed memory. “Uh,” he says, cringing visibly. “I did, actually. One day toward the end of the workout I went really white in the face, went over to the trash can, and did a little chuck-up. It was mostly just water,” he laughs. “I hadn’t eaten all day.”
Read the rest of the interview where Liam talks about Expendables 2 and taking surfing as a class in school HERE.


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