The Christian Bale Weight Loss Story: What He Puts His Body Through Is Called Dedication
You could say that British actor Christian Bale is dedicated to his profession. Dedicated enough at any rate to be prepared to do whatever it takes to get into the right ‘shape’ for whatever role he’s playing. Whether that means acquiring the “Olympian physique” of serial killer Patrick Bateman for the 1999 movie American Psycho or piling on the muscle bulk, as he did for his role as Quinn in the 2002 Reign of Fire, Christian Bale is committed to getting himself just right for the role.
This proved to be a far from easy task. After wasting so much muscle to become the underweight Reznik, doing any sort of workout that involved using muscles was almost impossible. However, he enlisted the help of a personal trainer and within 6 months had managed to put on 100 pounds.
In between filming the Batman movies, Christian also worked on The Fighter in 2010, a role for which he had to lose 30 pounds. It paid off because he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Then in 2013 he had to put on 43 pounds for American Hustler.
It takes dedication and effort to lose or put on significant amounts of weight once, let alone doing it repeatedly. For that, we take off our hats to him. It shows real commitment to his craft over and above the call of duty.
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A very real and significant concern when losing weight is how you’ll look. You could end up with sags and bags, or you could end up lean and buff. If your body shrinks in size as you lose weight without the skin area also “shrinking,” you could end up with loose skin hanging around your upper arms, waist, stomach, and other areas. By the time you attain your ideal size, the only solution for tightening up your skin is plastic surgery.
You can avoid sagging skin by starting strength training now and continue throughout your weight-loss program and beyond as you maintain your new size. That way, your skin will shrink along with the rest of you. By the time you attain your ideal size, new people you meet will have no idea that you were ever overweight. Why? Because your skin will fit your body. Do this with strength training.
You want quick results in losing weight, and you can achieve them with strength training. After only three months of two hour-long strength-training sessions a week, your body will become smaller. Your waist will be smaller, as will your upper arms, and your stomach will be flatter.
You only need to do two sessions of strength training a week. If you feel really ambitious, you can do three, but don’t do any more than that. Strength training causes small tears in the fibers of your muscles. This is good, because as they repair on your “off” days the muscles become stronger and tighter. If you do strength training every day, your muscles won’t have time to rebuild between sessions.
Muscle weighs more than fat. Because of this, a person with higher muscle mass could weigh more, and yet wear a smaller size. In addition to using your weight as a measure of attaining your ideal size, take into account your body fat percentage.
Having a higher body fat percentage brings with it significant health risks including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and autoimmune disorders.
When you have your body fat tested at a health club or at a health practitioner’s, you’ll receive a reading of body fat, water, and muscle percentages. All three add up to 100 percent. Assuming that the amount of water weight remains almost constant for each individual, the variables are body fat and muscle. The more muscle you have, the less body fat you have (and vice versa).
In body fat measurements, lower is usually best, but don’t go below the recommended guidelines. A person must have at least some body fat to be healthy. Fat pads internal organs such as the kidneys, and it also offers protection against cold weather. For women, the minimum recommended fat percentage is 12 percent. If a woman has less, her menstrual cycles could cease. Men must have a minimum of 5 percent to stay healthy.
By doing strength-training exercises for two to three hours a week, you can reduce your body fat percentage by as much as 10 percentage points within six months.
Having less body fat and more muscle gives you more energy, higher stamina, more muscle definition, and a higher metabolism. This means you’ll burn through calories faster and can eat more food without gaining weight.
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