Cast Away: Tom Hanks' Weight Loss, Diet Plan & Fitness Routine Revealed!

Tom Hanks took a year off to undergo weight loss to seem genuine in the movie Cast Away. He shot the sections of the film that came before the island segments and went weeks without shaving or trimming his hair & lost 55 pounds in four months following the stringent diet and workout plan. The actor's weight has changed throughout the years like Hollywood box-office figures.

Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker known for his comedic and dramatic roles. He is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide.

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The fourth-highest-grossing actor is famous for his roles and weight transformation in numerous films like Splash, The Green Mile, The Vinci Code, Philadelphia, and others. They demanded changes, not only the personality as the main feature to be shown, but also weight.

Tom Hanks, a 65-year-old actor, was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California, to cook Amos Hanks and hospital worker Janet Marylyn. Hanks' parents split while he was a child, and he moved home with his father and two of his siblings. Hanks was extremely religious as a youth and characterized himself as a geek.

Meanwhile, the California native has the type of filmography that most actors aspire to have. Tom Hanks starred in several well-known films in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Blockbusters like Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, and Toy Story.

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On a personal front, the actor's weight has fluctuated throughout the years, much like Hollywood box-office figures. The Academy Award-winning actor has suffered from two diabetes since he was 36. And Dr. Holly Phillips, a CBS medical contributor, said that his weight fluctuations have contributed to the diagnosis.

Previously, we touched on the weight loss stories of Khloe Kardashian and CC Sabathia.

Tom Hanks's Weight Loss Journey for Cast Away!

Tom Hanks' (@tomhanks) first transformation came in 1992 when he played a former basketball player turned coach in the film A League of Their Own. For this film, he needed to undergo a 30 pounds weight loss.

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The following year was unforeseen and in many ways, as Tom Hanks got a role in Philadelphia, for which he needed to lose 26 pounds. Moreover, acting in the film, the actor received an Academy Award — the Oscar was handed to him thanks to the remarkable public and critical appreciation.

Meanwhile, when the winner of two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor returned to his way of life in the mid-1990s, Tom Hanks gained a few pounds, but the weight was not major, and he did not feel overweight.

The actor's personal best was yet to come, however. Years later, the man shed 55 pounds for the film Cast Away (2000). In this feature film, the actor plays a guy abandoned alone on an island when his plane crashes.

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As a result, Tom had to modify himself so that his body resembled Cast Away as much as possible. For the anecdote, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis opted to postpone the film's production for a year so that its lead actor could lose weight. Meanwhile, the film's producer employed the same film crew to make another picture during the one-year break.

The weight loss plans had begun a long time ago and Tom was attempting to shed 50 pounds for filming purposes. Although his starting weight was 185 pounds and the first attained point was 145 pounds, he persevered and shocked the spectators with 135 pounds.

All of this, of course, was doctor-supervised. Tom Hanks drove to lose weight for his best performance in the film industry.

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It's worth noting that the weight loss was in collaboration with another well-known Hollywood actor, Matthew McConaughey. The two were working out and dieting like ladies who wanted to see the ideal number on the scales. Both stated shortly after their release that the procedure was not as arduous as one may expect.

The entertainer lost 55 pounds just in four months for his part in Cast Away by following a stringent diet and dedicated workout regimen. The filmmaker ate very few carbohydrates, and crabs made from fruits, fish, and coconut milk in a calculated way. Similarly, he consumed a lot of veggies to help satisfy his hunger. 

Furthermore, the legendary actor revealed that, on a rigorous diet, the item he missed the most was French Fries. Despite his devotion to Cast Away, he refused to deprive himself of one thing, coffee, during his weight loss. This hasn’t always been easy for Tom Hanks, diabetics like him should also limit or avoid certain carbohydrates, especially white flours, fruit juice, and candy. 

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Additionally, the 65-year-old filmmaker was also a regular exerciser. His workout plan consisted of two hours of cardio training six days a week. He gained weight before filming his island sequences to appear more mature in his previous roles. For his different roles, Hank gains weight by consuming a lot of carbohydrates and junk food. 

Furthermore, diabetics, such as Tom Hanks, should strive for 30 minutes of physical exercise every day. This, along with a diet of roughly 500 calories per day, can result in one pound loss per week.

On sets, they would photograph him from various angles to make him appear less chubby during filming. The performers have spent the majority of time transforming their bodies for different roles in the movies, which caused some health problems as well.

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Impressively, Tom Hanks' performance earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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