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Mark Wahlberg’s Chef Says Actor Is Eating ‘Eight Meals a Day’ To Gain Weight for Role

by Josh Lanier
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Marky Mark is becoming Porky Mark. Mark Wahlberg is packing on pounds in a hurry for his upcoming movie role. So far, the star has added 20-pounds of flab to his usually buff body.

His personal chef, Lawrence Duran, said Wahlberg went from eating 2,000 calories a day to 7,000 over eight meals a day, according to The Daily Mirror. Wahlberg is preparing to play a former boxer turned priest in the upcoming movie Father Stu.

The 49-year-old has already put on 20 pounds, and he has another 20 to go. And he has to do this all within six weeks to meet shooting schedules. But regardless of the time crunch, he’s still getting fat “the healthy way.”

‘We meet with a team of doctors who do his bloodwork and a nutritionist who gives us a full breakdown of what his body needs, what his body’s lacking, and basically come up with a meal plan accordingly,’ Duran explained.

Wahlberg posted side-by-side photos of the transformation to his Instagram.

Chef Breaks Down Daily Mark Wahlberg’s Meals

Mark Wahlberg is famous for his insane work schedule. He gets up at 3 a.m. for his first workout of the day. He still rises early, but now he’s added some fork lifts to his workout schedule that includes a dozen eggs for breakfast.

“So morning usually starts about 3 a.m. and his first breakfast is four eggs—that’s the pre-breakfast. Then, he does his workout, and then after the workout, which is usually around 5 to 6 o’clock in the morning, we do eight eggs, six strips of bacon, a cup of rice, two tablespoons of olive oil, and a protein shake.

“It’s his protein-inspired mass weight-gainer to help build on a little more muscle as well,” he added.

After that it’s a meal about every three hours.

“Then, three hours later, we do some kind of ground beef or ground turkey, whether it’s been made into a hamburger patty or a meatloaf, with another cup of rice.”

Lawrence says he tries to mix up the types of meals to keep it from being monotonous. And he is working in a lot of healthy greens, vegetables, and fruits as well, he said.

Though, Wahlberg is allowed one meal a week where he doesn’t have to stick to the diet.

‘[Mark] will have a cheat meal one day, whether it be Saturday or Sunday, where he’ll go to one of his favorite restaurants and he’ll indulge and have pastas or pizzas or cookies,” Duran said.

Actors packing on or losing a lot of weight isn’t that uncommon. Christian Bale went from 120 pounds in the dark thriller The Machinist to bulking up to 220 in six months to play Batman, Screenrant said.