Jonah Hill's Secrets For Getting Leading-Man Lean

The newly svelte actor even gave up beer.

Jonah Hill skinny

Have you seen Jonah Hill lately? He's looking good. Like, really good. So good, in fact, we should start calling him Jonah-donis. The 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street star packed on a whopping 40 pounds for his role last year in War Dogs. But recently, all of that extra weight—and more—has seemingly evaporated. Yes, we're now in the age of a shredded Jonah Hill, just one more strange-as-hell thing you didn't see coming in 2017.

But how did he pull it off? The official word on the street is that he simply curbed his diet and hit the gym. In an interview on the Tonight Show, he said, "I wanted to get in better shape, so I called Channing Tatum and said, 'Hey, if I ate less and go to a trainer, will I get in better shape?' And he was like, 'Yes, you dumb mother*cker, of course you will. It's the simplest thing in the world.' "

Fair enough.

But as anyone who has tried to shed pounds can attest, losing weight is most certainly not the "simplest thing in the world." What's more, it turns out, even for Hill, it wasn't the simplest thing in the world. Here are the five seismic lifestyle shifts the erstwhile actor had to make to achieve his newly svelte figure.

He Gave Up Beer

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As he said on The Kyle and Jackie O Show. "I went to a nutritionist and I said, 'I'll lose weight, I'll eat healthier and whatever, but figure out how I can drink beer.' It's so annoying because, if I don't drink beer, I get really, really thin. Then when I drink beer, I get a little bigger," he added. Though if you can't bring yourself to cut beer out entirely, be sure that the beers you're imbibing are one of the 30 best workout beers of all time.

He Adopted A Healthier Diet

chicken yogurt salad jonah hill

In addition to simply eating less, Hill also adopted a healthier diet. As revealed to an accidental email (Hill was supposed to email his nutritionist an eating plan) to Drake the actor consumes yogurt, salad, and chicken, all great foods for melting fat and building muscle. Plus, Hill's lower calorie count is sure to give him a few extra years.

He Swore By Japanese Food

jonah hill japanese food sushi

Back when the man was preparing to be a "serious actor" with his Moneyball role, Hill needed to slim down. And slim down he did. Tabloids reported that Brad Pitt helped Hill to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Turns out, that was false; again, it was a nutritionist, and the nutritionist had Hill eating Japanese food. "I found that Japanese food was very helpful to me," he told ABC News. However, if you can't stomach Japanese cuisine, try making other healthy shifts to your diet by swapping in the 20 anti-aging foods for men over 40.

He Hit The Gym Hard


Yup, that much is obvious.

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Ari Notis
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