Zac Efron finally told the truth about the extreme routine needed to produce the “Baywatch” body just like his and warned others about its worst effect on his long-term well-being.
In an interview with Men’s Health, Zac Efron said achieving the attractive look in the 2017 action comedy came at a cost to his physical and mental health. Efron played Matt Brody, an Olympic swimmer who becomes a lifeguard to rehab his image after a controversy.
He told the magazine, That ‘Baywatch’ look, he doesn’t know if that’s attainable. There was just too little water in the skin. Like, it’s fake; it looks CGI’d. And that required Lasix, a powerful diuretic, to achieve.
Efron said he was taking diuretics, overtraining, and eating the same three meals every day while not getting enough sleep due to filming and his intense training routine, including walks and exercises.
He started to develop sleep, as he said. Moreover, he fell into an extremely bad depression for a long time. Something about that experience burned him out, he said with a low voice.
He also added that, at last, they chalked it up to taking way too many diuretics for way too long, and it messed something up. It took six months after filming wrapped for him to feel better.
He said he was talking about it now because he wanted people trying to achieve that body to know how damaging the procedure was and how long it took him to recover.
He is currently bulking up for an unnamed new role, but he is taking a new approach to his training this time and won’t be trying to get into the same shape as he was in for “Baywatch.”