Forrest Gump actor Tom Hanks is undoubtedly one of the sweetest and the most impeccable stars in Hollywood. Well, he has come a long way from eating unhealthy food like cheeseburgers, to ensuring he eats a healthy diet so that he can manage his diabetes.
The 65-year-old actor first opened about his Type 2 diabetes diagnosis on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2013.
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As per Hanks, the doctor suggested that he get down to a similar weight as he was as a teenager to rid of the disease. To which Hanks reportedly replied, "Well, I'm going to have Type 2 diabetes then, because there is no way I can weigh [what I weighed] in high school."
However, with time, the star has made several life adjustments over the years.
In a 2018 podcast, the Cast Away star opened up about dealing with the condition in his everyday routine and explained what caused it in the first place. He said, “Part of it is because of my genes and part of it is because of the horrible lifestyle that I led of eating anything. So now the first thing that I do is I try to take care of that.”
Hanks keeps a check on his diet and ensures to exercise, “I try to get, every single day, one hour of activity. That can be anything from a treadmill or a walk or a hike with a dog but it has to be one hour every single day,” he added.
In a previous interview with Radio Times, Hanks admitted being a ‘total idiot’ about his weight and relationship with food.
“I'm part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady. I was heavy. You've seen me in movies, you know what I looked like. I was a total idiot. I thought I could avoid it by removing the buns from my cheeseburgers.”
Now that he watches his diet, he added that sometimes he has a few slip ups. But, he makes sure to get back to workout and a disciplined diet.
“I watch what I eat to a point of boredom,” Hanks said. “Every now and again I cheat to the point of self-loathing. That’s it. So after that, have some coffee, read the paper. Get up, get the workout out of the way, take a shower.”
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