David Harbour is an American actor known for his supporting roles in various movies like Suicide Squad, The Green Hornet, End of Watch, and Extraction.
However, David’s career took a major turn when he landed a role in the Netflix original series, The Stranger Things.
His performance in the show earned him a Critics’ Choice Television Award, along with nominations for two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
Recently, David surprised his fans with his return in the fourth season of The Stranger Things. This comeback brought about two big surprises for fans.
First, they learned that the character Hopper, who was thought to be long-dead, was still alive. Second, fans noticed that David’s physical appearance had significantly changed.
He had shed an astonishing 75 pounds to fit into his role for the fourth season. Yes, you read that correctly! The storyline involved Hopper being held captive by the Russians and forced to do strenuous labor, so Harbour had to undergo a significant transformation for the role.
Once fans realized that David Harbour had lost so much weight, they became curious about how he achieved this impressive feat.
Well, there’s a fascinating journey behind David’s remarkable weight loss. So, without further ado, let’s delve into his inspiring weight loss story.
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David Harbour’s Weight Loss Journey
“When I took my shirt off, I wanted to reveal this body that had been hardened by this prison,” Harbour said talking about his weight loss and his character. He added, “You know, a guy who was more brutal but was also thinner and had not been eating well.”
Well, in reality, David didn’t go to any gulag to lose weight. To shed pounds, he maintained intermittent fasting.
David observed fasting with a lot of discipline. And in the end, it paid off. Fasting was more restricted to the amount of food he ate rather than what food he ate.
Talking about his efforts, Harbour said, “It wasn’t so much about what I was eating, it was about the how, and that was much better for my lifestyle. All these guys in fitness are like ‘you’ve got to steam chicken breast and vegetables and a little bit of rice,’ and that’s just not my vibe.”
He added, “I did eat some of that though because I was really big, the weight came off pretty easily.” After losing weight, David felt very healthy and happy. He felt like a burden was just lifted off of his back. He plans to live healthily like this for the days to come.
Before & After Weight Loss
David Harbour accomplished a remarkable feat by practicing intermittent fasting, which helped him shed a staggering 75 pounds. This weight loss not only allowed him to convincingly portray a gulag worker but also had a profound impact on his overall health.
Now, after shedding those pounds, Harbour’s current weight hovers around 190 pounds, a significant drop from his previous weight of 265 pounds. This transformation is a testament to his dedication and determination to improve his health and excel in his acting career.
David’s Comments On His Weight Loss Transformation
David seems very happy with his weight loss transformation. Talking about which, he said, “There’s health, and then there’s aesthetics, like how you look, and then there’s how you feel, and I think sometimes those are the same, and sometimes they’re very different.”
He said, “My whole relationship with my body changed. I felt I could trust this machine more, I could do things. It’s those little things I’m grateful for. I don’t have aches in my hip and knee anymore because I’ve strengthened my core.”
David’s Struggle With Alcoholism
Harbour also struggled with alcoholism in the past. And only after knowing that, you can truly appreciate his hard work in practicing fasting.
David had struggled with the addiction in his 20s. He said that he was feeling “very lonely and directionless in his life”.
And it was after realizing that, that David decided to get rid of the alcohol addiction for the good.
As it seems, Harbour is very firm in his decision. He said, “I enjoy consciousness too much now to drink again.”
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Through maintaining discipline and following a healthy routine, David got rid of his addiction and lost a significant amount of weight.
It just proves all kinds of myths associated with weight loss wrong. So, the decision is yours now: either believe in those myths and do nothing or change your life by taking action.