We’ve seen other actors make dramatic transformations for roles, Christian Bale for the machinist comes to mind, but Bradleys transformation here is particularly impressive.
We know from previous movies that he’s a huge fan of supersetting exercises, doing both circuit training and strength training sessions each week, and we know that the diet has always been a huge factor.
Should You Eat Paleo?
I’ve gotten two dozen emails this week with this same question: If I want to look like a space-raccoon, do I need to eat Paleo?
Oddly, no details about Bradley’s Guardians of the Galaxy Diet have emerged. So while Paleo might be an option, I think it’s smart to go to the source:
It looks like raccoons eat their own sort of “Zone Diet”:
- 40% invertebrates
- 33% plant foods
- 27% vertebrates
It appears that Raccoons are both Paleo and Gluten Free, but they take it a step further — I’m willing to guess most of my readers aren’t getting anywhere near that ratio of invertebrates to vertebrates.
But I’d caution you not to get entirely wrapped up in thinking vertebrate/invertabrate ratios are the magic key to fat loss – you have to always remember that quantity plays a big factor. It’s a safe bet that Bradley Cooper ate significantly less this time around than for his previous action movies.
Again — you definitely, definitely want to keep a food journal, where you can track both ratios and quantity. The most important thing is to strategize every week:
- If you didn’t get enough invertebrates, you may need to schedule in foraging time
- You’re four feet too tall to be a raccoon? Definitely check your food journal to make sure you’re getting enough invertebrates
- Other neighborhood raccoons won’t talk to you? Definitely share your invertebrates.
I’m confident that with the proper planning, tracking, and re-planning, you can get the body you want.
Let Bradley’s dramatic body transformation inspire you. But don’t get caught up in trying to compare yourself to him — everyone has different genetics and different metabolisms, and your results may be slower or faster than his.
*Also, they usually do a fair amount of photoshop on the movie posters. Which is why you should also always take a look at more candid shots:
by Josh Hillis
Author of the upcoming Fat Loss Happens on Monday, with Dan John
Head Coach at PowerHour Group Personal Training in Denver.