By this point, you've probably seen the scary skinny photos of Matthew McConaughey, who has shed 38 pounds for his role as an AIDS patient in the movie "The Dallas Buyers Club," which he started filming this week. Now, for the first time, the actor is speaking out about his dramatic weight loss, and reveals how he's feeling having reached his goal weight of a shocking 143 pounds.
"I feel good now," the 43-year-old tells HitFix. "Overall, [I] probably got 35 percent less energy. But the tough part is there have been plateaus. Getting past 170 was really hard, but then once you get 167, the next seven come off easy. Getting past 160, really hard, but then you fly down to 150. Getting past 150 was really hard and then, bam! Got down to 143 and that's where I want to be. So, once you get past the plateau, your body seems to understand, 'OK, this is where we're leaving now, this is where we are,' and so the energy rises."
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McConaughey, who is nearly 6 feet tall, says that through the process he discovered that his diet had more of an impact on his weight loss than his exercise regime did. "I'm doing cardio but I'll tell you what, the more I've learned is — and I think it comes with age, too — is it's 90 percent diet," he explained. "It's 90 percent amount and then what you're eating because right now I'm not losing any more weight if I burn 1,500 calories — two hours of cardio in an afternoon — or if I don't. It doesn't matter. It's a matter of how much I eat or how little I eat."Read More »from Matthew McConaughey Speaks Out About His Dramatic Weight Loss