Liam Hemsworth Men’s Health interview: ‘I surfed competitively from age 13 to 18. Every day, before and after school. I wanted to surf for the rest of my life. It’s what all my friends did, I even had it as a subject in school for a number of years. They teach you all parts of the surfing industry. How to judge surf heats, that sort of thing. Now I try to go to Indonesia whenever I have enough time.. The fear of dying? That’s part of the fun of it. The adrenaline you get from surfing big waves. I’ve seen a shark before. You get the worst wipeouts when you’re not expecting it.
When I was a kid, one time I got my leg rope wrapped around my whole body like a ball, under water. Couldn’t get up. I was in waist-deep water, but I almost drowned. You know, I’ve had a few times. I’ve faced death and lived to tell it. Ninety percent of my best friends back home are plumbers, electricians, builders, or landscapers. Most of our dads worked in trades.’
Was it hard playing a someone in a wheelchair on Neighbours? ‘Nope. You just sit in a wheelchair and don’t move your legs. The producer came up one day to tell me he saw my leg move in a scene, and they had to cut around it. I was like, ‘I’m sorry! I was trying not to!” On The Hunger Games: ‘My character was spending most of his life in a state of hunger, and I wanted to get a sense of that, physically and mentally.” With the help of his trainer (a former Navy SEAL) and a sparse variation of the Paleo diet, the actor dropped 20 pounds in the month before filming..
Training for The Hunger Games, I literally had to wait a half hour after each session before I drove anywhere. I had to lay on the ground until I could breathe properly again. One day toward the end of the workout I went really white in the face, went over to the trash can, and did a little chuck-up. It was mostly just water, I hadn’t eaten all day. It was tough, because I’m an eater. If I have one addiction in life, it’s probably food. I was in a really bad mood, with a short attention span and a short fuse.’
Josh Hutcherson told Ryan Seacrest that he’s going to Miley and Liam’s Wedding: ‘I’m definitely going to go. I’m for sure gonna go. Liam’s my boy! I’m definitely going to be there to support him. I haven’t been invited, so I have to get the invite first to know if I’m going. I’ve got to make sure I’m invited. I say I’m going, but I don’t know, maybe Liam has other plans for that.
I know when I talked to him that they hadn’t had any plans. This was like a couple months ago when they first had made an announcement, but I don’t know what the plans are. I know he’s in Philly, I think he was in New Orleans for a while too, he’s been bouncing around. It’s tough when you’re in a relationship and you’re on set. I’m not in one right now because of that. Because I’m about ready to go away for like four months and it’s very challenging to keep your mind focused.’
‘I love going to the gym, sweating, running around, feeling like I’m having a heart attack. I like the physical side of boxing—it’s fun to punch a bag for 20 minutes, but I also feel mentally strong when I box. I feel good in my own body.’ On his brother Chris: ‘We used to wrap towels around our hands and use them as clubs for sparring matches in the family room.’ To prepare for his breakout role, Liam Hemsworth starved himself—and suffered serious mood swings. Tame your own grumble with these strategies.
1. SCARF PROTEIN AT BREAKFAST
It cuts hunger pangs and cravings more effectively than protein at lunch or dinner does, a Tel Aviv University study found. You’re suppressing the production of ghrelin, the hunger hormone. Aim for 30 percent of your breakfast calories from protein to prevent a midday mood swing.
2. EAT SWEETS STRATEGICALLY
Swearing off sweets can make you want them more. The Tel Aviv scientists found that a small dessert with breakfast blunted cravings for sweets. It may be that morning treats have less effect on the brain’s levels of serotonin (the ‘happy hormone”) than treats at other times. Try a 150-to 200-calorie piece of dark chocolate.
3. SET A SCHEDULE
“It takes several weeks to make a new diet a routine,” says Drew Ramsey, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and author of The Happiness Diet. Over time, though, your body will become accustomed to eating at specific times. So hang in there.
4. CUT CARBS
People who followed a low-glycemic diet (a regimen low in carbs) reported better moods than those who didn’t cut carbs, a 2009 study in Physiology and Behavior found. Carbohydrate-heavy diets can cause swings in blood sugar, which can sour your mood. Low-glycemic foods: beef, chicken, fish, legumes, vegetables, and berries.
5. SLOW DOWN
Try foods that take a little work to eat, like mussels in shells. Besides taking in valuable omega-3 fatty acids, you’re regulating the pace of your eating and giving your brain time to realize there’s food in your stomach. Other options: pistachios, hard-boiled eggs, and artichokes.