Miles Teller was seriously dedicated when it came to getting in shape for his role as boxer Vinny Pazienza for 2016 flick Bleed for This. While chatting with Us Weekly at the Men’s Fitness Game Changers event in West Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 24, Teller admitted he couldn’t eat much of anything to get his seriously ripped bod.
“You can’t eat anything that you want. You have to be very — I just kind of locked myself away,” the actor told Us. “Like I remember Halloween was the only night I drank really in like 8 months. I didn’t eat bread for 7 months. You have to just stay committed. You’re playing a professional boxer. It’s embarrassing if you’re not in good shape. I just didn’t want to be embarrassed by not putting in the work physically.”
Teller, who told Us he started out weighing 188 pounds with 18 percent body fat, dropped down to 168 pounds and had an impressive 6 percent body fat by the time his transformation was complete.
“It takes a long time to transform your body,” Teller told Us. “I thought that you start doing some crunches, you get abs. It’s like no, man, you gotta totally change your body’s chemistry…but I always love when actors do an accent or change their bodyweight so I was excited for the opportunity."
Someone who wasn’t exactly stoked about his new diet and exercise regimen was his girlfriend, Keleigh Sperry. “He was ripped and shriveled, but he was also boring. He wouldn’t drink,” Sperry told Us, laughing.
In fact, Teller’s strict diet even caused a fight between the two lovebirds, dating since July 2013. “One time, I came home and I was in the middle of my training…and there’s french fries — she had just ordered this burger or something. And I got so pissed off!” Teller told Us. “I was like, ‘Baby, you cannot be eating this crap in front of me! It’s torture!’”