Disney heart throb Zac Efron is paving his way as leading man in Hollywood. His newest role as a soldier in the romantic movie The Lucky One required him to transform his body into combat shape, and it wasn’t easy. The Men’s Health cover model opened up to the magazine about exactly what it took to make a believable Marine, and what he learned from these real life heroes along the way.
Efron and his director went to the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to meet with real soldiers to prepare for his new role. The vibe on base was all business and Efron was inspired, and maybe a little intimidated, by the soldiers who had experienced two or three tours of duty already.
“They were my age. 23, 24, even younger,” said Efron. “And most of the staff sergeants were not huge guys. They were about my height, 5’9″, 5’10″, some shorter, but all very stocky. And I’m there in a backward hat and Vans, walking around like I’m still in college. It’s much different from the lifestyle I’m living over here. Where do you start the conversation? I didn’t know what to say, what questions were inaccurate.”
Efron trained for 4 months, 5 days to week to prepare for his role, eating around 3,500 calories a day spread out over 6 to 8 meals with a heavy emphasis on protein for muscle growth- and when I say heavy, I mean heavy. Breakfast alone consisted of “A shake and, you know, an eight-egg omelet. I got used to it at the time, but I wouldn’t recommend it,” Efron admitted. “It’s not practical to do for a long period of time.”
While the regimen was tough, Efron loved seeing the results of all his hard work.
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It looks like Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron may be trying to lose weight, now that shooting for The Lucky One has wrapped. Besides getting a buzz cut, Efron gained about 18 pounds to play a veteran of the Iraq War. “I was just eating, eating, eating,” he said of preparing for the role.
Efron was recently spotted carrying a cooler bag from Z.E.N., a California meal delivery service that specializes in healthy and convenient diet plans. Z.E.N. offers several programs, including one for weight loss, one for maintaining a healthy weight, and a cleanse program for rapid weight loss. Z.E.N. stands for “Zero Effort Nutrition,” and provides its clients with three fresh meals per day, plus dessert and a snack. The company also offers a totally personalized program, so customers can tailor their diets to their tastes and needs.
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With his charming good looks, Zac Efron is one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars. And he has the body to prove it. According to People magazine, being physically active is just a natural part of this High School Musical star’s daily routine.
“I definitely love to stay active. If it gets me outside and gets me moving, then I love doing it,” says Efron.
The 23-year-old actor works out regularly with his personal trainer. His dedication to ab workouts is very visibly reflected in his chiseled six-pack abs, which he often shows while hanging out on the beaches of Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens.
When he goes to the gym, Zac hits the strength and resistance training workouts hard. He engages in heavy weight-lifting while also getting enough of the proper rest in between workouts for lean muscle growth and recovery.
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