Why Chris Pratt Decided He Didn't Want to Weigh 300 Pounds Anymore

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Chris Pratt (as Parks and Recreations' Andy Dwyer) has been hailed recently as the perfect example of the "dadbod" trend at its best, but the now-slim actor says tipping the scales at 300 pounds for the role had serious consequences when it came to his health and emotional well-being ... and even his love life!


As someone who was a bit of a professional yo-yo dieter anyway (Pratt often packs on/takes off the pounds, depending on what his current role requires), the 35-year-old Jurassic World star says his weight gain started out innocently enough -- basically, he thought Andy Dwyer would be a lot funnier as an overweight guy. 

"I said to the creators that I wanted to get fatter for the role. They loved it," he says. "I announced it to the whole cast, and then it became a bit of a game: how fat can I get and how fast can I get that fat."

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So he started scarfing down three to four cheeseburgers at Parks and Rec table reads, and his wife, actress Anna Farris, was happy to help out on the homefront.

"We were drinking a lot of wine and having fun," he says. "I was her little Hansel out in the woods and she was fattening me up to put me in the fire. It was like Momma Bear and Papa Bear." 

Then he saw himself on screen:

"I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm getting fat. And then almost immediately I did something else and I thought, 'Holy crap, I've never seen myself funnier.' And I put the two together."

Believing that his ability to be funny was linked to his heavier stature, Pratt might have been willing to stay big for the long haul. But roles requiring a buff bod came calling (Zero Dark Thirty) -- plus, he says, his health was compromised by the extra pounds. Like, really compromised:

"I was impotent, fatigued, emotionally depressed. I had real health issues that were affecting me in a major way. It's bad for your heart, your skin, your system, your spirit."

Yikes!! Then, after seeing how ripped he looked on the big screen during a screening of Zero Dark Thirty, he made a promise to himself:

"Right after walking out I was like, 'I'm going to get in shape and I'm never going to be fat again.'"

So far, so good! Honestly, we love Pratt any which way: Chubby, chiseled ... who cares? The guy's hilarious and adorable no matter what. But when weight becomes a question of health (and romance!), then clearly something has to be done -- and Pratt definitely made the right choice by getting in shape. Because one thing's for sure: We want Chris Pratt around for a long, long time!

Are you surprised to hear of how Chris Pratt's health suffered as a result of being overweight?


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