Monday 22 July 2019

How and why Bradley Cooper ate 8,000 calories a day

Freya Drohan

To bulk up for his latest role, Bradley Cooper was required to eat three times the recommended daily amount of calories.

To play Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the critically acclaimed film American Sniper, producers wanted the actor to gain 40 pounds.

Bradley Cooper stars in American Sniper
Bradley Cooper stars in American Sniper

In order to do so, the 40 year old was required to eat a massive 8,000 calories of food every day. To make sure he was eating a sufficient amount, he had to eat every 55 minutes.

The film’s producer also revealed that Bradley would work out every day, sometimes for up to four hours, in the run up to shooting.

“He was determined to do it naturally, he didn’t want to use any hormones or steroids or anything. He was just very systematic about it and took his trainer with him wherever he went,” producer Jason Hall told People Magazine.

The average man should be consuming 2,000-2,600 calories a day, depending on their level of activity.

Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from American Sniper
Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from American Sniper

Here’s what a diet akin to Bradley’s would look like:

Morning smoothie: 1 cup full fat coconut milk, 2 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, and 1 scoop whey protein = 1,294 calories

Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs on 2 slices of buttered rye toast with a glass of orange juice = 670 calories

Snack: 100g macadamia nuts = 718 calories

Lunch: 4 oz grilled fillet steak, large baked potato with garlic butter, spinach and green beans sauteed in olive oil = 760 calories

Smoothie: Banana, tablespoon almond butter, handful of blueberries, 150g whole milk yoghurt, 1 scoop whey protein = 450 calories

Dinner: 5 oz salmon fillet, 100g brown rice, 3 oz cooked broccoli with olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, and 2 oz of petit pois = 929 calories

Dessert: Large bar of high quality 70% dark chocolate= 604 calories

Believe it or not, that ALL only adds up to about 5,350 calories!

Always consult an expert before embarking on a 'bulking' diet.

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