Jonah Hill soared to fame with supporting roles in comedies including Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, where his stock characters mostly leaned on his weight as well as his humorous comedy.
Hill is notable for his first supporting appearance in Super Bad, another performance that employed his weight as part of his character 's identity and as the tail of a few jokes (both self-imposed and otherwise).
When the star started looking for more exciting parts, he made a point of losing some of his weight. Like other dietitians, Hill initially endured some weight fluctuations — he plummeted down for 21 Jump Lane, then needed to add weight back for War Dogs, but fans were motivated by a lean, healthy Hill.
Jonah Hill's Dramatic Weight Loss and Fitness Journey
Jonah Hil before and after weight loss.
Source: Men's Journal
Back in June 2019, Jonah Hill revealed his latest weight loss journey for the second time since losing weight for War Dogs.
He began his weight loss quest back in 2011 and then continued it in 2017 after gaining 40 pounds for his part as Efraim Diveroli. He called on a dietitian and trainer to assist his 21 Jump Street co-star, Channing Tatum.
This also makes the 35-year-old focus on Jiu-Jitsu as another type of exercise and a means to help him "let go" from his high school experience of being harassed.
"I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2 months ago and try and train 4 or 5 times a week," he posted on Instagram.
"In high school, the dudes who did Jiu Jitsu used to beat the shit out of us at parties so it turned me off to it as an idea growing up. But quietly I always thought it was a beautiful form."
"At 35, I try and get over the stuff that made me feel weak and insecure as a teenager," he continued.
"It's just wasted time and lessons you'll never learn. Trying to let go of that. Nothing more humbling than getting your ass kicked by a 12-year-old your first week."
"Got my first stripe today. I know it sounds corny but it's pretty dope to jump in and do stuff you'd never think you'd be able to do," he concluded. "Much respect to Sensai Josh and [Clockwork BJJ] and Anthony for getting me into it."
Hill's fans called out with positive words for the star in the comments.
In the past decade or so, the Superbad star has become vocal with the psychological, emotional, and physical transition.
"I became famous in my late teens and then spent most of my young adult life listening to people say that I was fat and gross and unattractive," Hill said in another Instagram post.
"And it's only in the last four years writing and directing my movie, Mid90's, that I've started to understand how much that hurt and got into my head."
"I really believe everyone has a snapshot of themselves from a time when they were young that they're ashamed of," he continued.
"For me, it's that 14-year-old overweight and an unattractive kid who felt ugly to the world, who listened to hip-hop and who wanted so badly to be accepted by this community of skaters."
Hill Sought Out Advice from Channing Tatum
If anybody knows the tricks to a balanced diet and fitness routine, we believe it to be Hill's 21 Jump Street co-star, Channing Tatum.
The actor's fit physique has graced the cover of several publications, and his routines have been replicated and updated several times online for the public.
Hill admitted to Jimmy Fallon at The Tonight Show that he was taking help from Tatum because he decided to shed weight after shooting War Dogs.
After Tatum informed him consuming less and working with a trainer would help him drop a few, Hill contacted a few nutritionists who recommended creating a food journal to document his regular diet.
Hill Added Exercise and Removed One Particular Drink
“A friend of mine was like, ‘If you do 100 push-ups a day, you’ll be in good shape … I worked my way up, and now I do that every day,” Hill said about his weight loss journey in an interview.
Numerous paparazzi photos showed Hill is heading to the gym, so the push-ups are not his only exercise — but obviously his pal was on something.
While incorporating daily workout, the star came to grips with one aspect he needed to seek to cut down on, beer. “I still drink beer — that’s my Achilles’ heel,” he told the Kyle and Jackie O radio show.
“It’s so annoying because if I don’t drink beer, I get really thin, and then when I drink beer, I get a little bigger.”
The Actor's Diet Included Lots of Sushi
While continuing to work with a dietician, Hill disclosed a food that seemed to function for him to achieve a healthy form of weight loss, saying, "I found that Japanese food was very helpful to me."
He reportedly integrated more sushi into his eating habits. Sushi is a fairly low-calorie snack (assuming you don't consume baked, sauced rolls) and has loads of omega-3 fatty acids that lead to a balanced metabolism.
Hill also bumped into a favorite location when filming pieces of The Wolf of Wall Street in New York — Sushi of Gari.