Overheard: McConaughey's weight loss secret
January 11th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

Overheard: McConaughey's weight loss secret

With New Year's resolutions still hanging over us, Matthew McConaughey had a bit of timely advice when we caught up with him at the Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles Thursday night.

We started chatting about his weight loss for the upcoming "Dallas Buyers Club," and McConaughey explained that dropping nearly 40 pounds wasn't that tough.

"It wasn't as difficult - once I made up my mind to do it - as people said or thought it would be," McConaughey said. "I got past being hungry. I think the secret [to losing weight] is don't take meetings as Pizza Hut. Don't put yourself under that temptation."

That said, once he wrapped up his diet, he knew precisely the temptation to indulge in: a perfectly prepared cheeseburger.

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  33. mercyme

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  57. i have the same problem..

    school at 6 no dinner...starving at 10pm...no good the weight came up very fast.– i have to lose the weight before april where i head to LA

    January 12, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  58. my process is slow..

    i fall off every so often but now i have to go head on with the next 20 pounds...salad water that's about it..

    i will never gain this weight again...its the worst.

    January 12, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  59. there are people who eat

    5 or 6 sundae's a day look at them

    January 12, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  60. my first meal

    was my mothers breast...next.

    January 12, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • BorgX

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      January 14, 2013 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  61. paul

    It's amazing how celebrities, like Matt and others like him, can claim "It's easy to lose weight" when with his wealth ... and most likely the studios money as well... he lost a considerable amount of weight in a short window of time. SUre, it's easy if every day you have a trainer or a doctor checking on you because this extremely bad idea of weight loss is not really good for your body.

    As a survivor of Anorexia/bulimia, I can tell you that the loss of 40 or more pounds in a drastically short window of time is not healthy. Your organs are forced suddenly to do without and bad things can happen.

    With Matt, standing there saying "it's easy, you just have to concentrate" there is a subtle condescending tone to his statements towards those who struggle with weight loss every day. Sure, he may not have meant it towards those people but as a celebrity with a platform, he should pay more attention to what he is saying and when he is saying them. He lost a lot of weight under medical supervision, throws out a claim that wieght loss is EASY if you concentrate, and then goes on to say that one of his first meals was a CHEESEBURGER.

    Talk about sending out a mixed message. Sad to say, though, most likely the most dramatic part of his portrayal of this man dying of aids will be his dramatic weight loss.

    January 12, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • you never looked like you had aneorexia

      to me...sorry then your the wrong rear i was looking at.

      January 12, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  62. Tony

    He look hungry how about some pizza hut with extra toppings

    January 12, 2013 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  63. alumette

    What secret ? he is all bones....hope he can get healthy again. He looks sick right now. I hope it was worth it.

    January 11, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
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    pie's on matthew tomorrow...ha!

    January 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  66. He looks so sad...

    is the marriage alright?

    January 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  67. lol

    hahahaha that's funny!

    January 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  68. davia55

    calm down...he lost the weight for a roll for heavens sakes

    January 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Matthew

    looks like real perv to me..

    January 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Mindy

    He looks really really bad. He looks like he's fighting something horrible like cancer and doesn't want to air it to the world.

    January 11, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  71. GulpOff

    His acting and his mannerisms are so contrived. Now his ruined his health by losing so much weight. He'll only know this in his fifties.
    I just don't like him.
    There. Mucho idiot.

    January 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  72. katt

    He looks terrible

    January 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Marie

    It also helps and would be wonderful motivation if everyone was paid $5, 6, 10 million to lose weight. Money is always a great motivator.

    And for tracie and Sokman you're both idiots.

    January 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Sokman

    Why do you f at girls on here think he's good looking? I recall what you said in a previous thread. What is fine about him?

    January 11, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |

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