You think you have it hard with intense workout regimes? Be grateful you’re not a celeb: celebrities are a different breed when it comes to crazy diets. Take Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, for example. They take on an extremely lean meal plan, omitting a lot of everyday things we wouldn’t go a day without.
Kate Hudson has a high-alkaline diet and Kristin Cavallari has an incredibly strict, non-processed food regimen. All these crazy diets and we haven’t even mentioned the even crazier workout regimes. They’ll make your spin class look like a walk in the park.
Back to food, though, and Matt Damon recently took part in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) in which he revealed just how he lost 60 pounds for Courage Under Fire back in 1995, his insanely amazing taco recipe, and his opinion on the still-hot debate: are hot dogs sandwiches?
Courage Under Fire is a war film where Damon plays Specialist Ilario, a soldier traumatized by the effects of war, now addicted to heroin. When it came out, it hit the news for unexpected reasons, after people became concerned about the amount of weight Damon had lost to embody the role.
“I think the most challenging role that I’ve ever had, was when I did Courage Under Fire and I had to lose all the weight that I lost on my own,” he said. “That was the most physically challenging did I’ve ever had to do in my life. I weigh probably 190 pounds right now, and I weighed 139 in that movie, and that is not a natural weight for me and not a happy weight for me even when I was 25.”
You may be wondering Damon’s big secret when it came to dropping all those pounds. Luckily for you, he was nice enough to tell us. “I had to run about 13 miles a day, which wasn’t even the hard part. The hard part was the diet,” he said. “All I ate was chicken breast. It’s not like I had a chef or anything, I just made it up and did what I thought I had to do. I just made it up and that was incredibly challenging.”
When he’s not drastically changing his lifestyle, Damon is big into his tacos. After one fan asked what the ingredients of his ideal taco would be, Damon was taken back for a minute. “Oh my god. Fantastic question,” he wrote. Then he admitted that the quintessential taco is one he’s not supposed to have; the one he makes on taco night at his house.
“It’s the crunchy corn shell with the good meat, just ground beef in there,” he wrote. “It’s all about the layering. The meats gotta be hot, and the cheese goes on first so that it melts. And then you’re gonna get in there with a little bit of tomato and lettuce but not too much cause it’s not a salad, it’s a taco, and then you’re gonna throw some avocado on top and some sour cream.” I am both surprised (and impressed) at how elegantly Damon talks about food.
Damon polishes off his taco with a bunch of Cholula, he goes on to say: “I don’t know if you know what Cholula hot sauce is, but it’s the best. Throw a bunch of Cholula on there, maybe squeeze some lime on top, and go to town.”
His strong opinions on food don’t just stop at tacos. As mentioned before, Damon has stern words to say on the hot dog-sandwich debate. “I mean technically it comes between two pieces of bread or one fold it into two, so I guess you can classify it as a sandwich. Then what would you call it, a hot dog sandwich? That’s like a hat on a hat so let’s just keep it as a hot dog.” A solid argument, if I ever heard one.