Chris Evans' bland chicken diet for Captain America

Chris Evans as Captain America

Chris Evans as Captain America

Chris Evans had a strict diet of "lean, dry, simple food that provides protein" including "bland chicken" to develop the hunky image of Captain America.

Chris Evans had a diet of "bland chicken" to develop Captain America's hunky physique.

The 32-year-old actor has been cast as the titular superhero in forthcoming film 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and was forced to do "weight training" and eat protein foods to build the image needed to depict his character.

He said: "I'm a skinny guy naturally. My body wants to be about 170-180lbs, so to get it to 200lbs, I have to eat a lot. It's not so much what you're eating, it's the quantity. Aside form the weight training, which is brutal - although when you walk out of the gym you feel great - it's inbetween the workout that's tough, just eating, eating, eating. It sounds pleasant, but it's not pizza and doughnuts, it's just bland chicken. Very lean, dry, simple food that provides protein. You always feel bloated and uncomfortable."

Evans reprised the role he first took on in 2011's 'Captain America: The First Avenger' for 'The Avengers' and 'Thor: The Dark World' before taking on the character again for 2014's film, and admits he doesn't continue to work out between movies.

He told UK's Glamour magazine: "A week before we wrap, I stop working out. I literally just started again this week [for the second Avengers film], but these past few months have been so wonderful - not even thinking about the gym."

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 128 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan
  • UK release: 28 March 2014

Just as the titular hero (Evans) is adjusting to life in the 21st century, SHIELD turns out to have been infiltrated, and he must team up with Black Widow (Johansson) and Falcon (Mackie). A highly enjoyable conspiracy thriller with stunning action sequences, outstanding performances and a clever, morally complex plot.


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