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