Chris Hemsworth’s personal chef has shared some of the secrets behind the Thor star’s diet, and how he keeps himself in such great shape whilst still eating well.
Sergio Perera is the man who makes the meals for the Marvel star, and explained to News.co.au: “When you’re training to build Thor-worthy muscles, you need to eat well.”
It certainly doesn’t happen by accident, that’s for sure.
For the past 10 years, he’s been helping out with Hemsworth’s health, ever since the A-lister’s Elsa Pataky wife called him up to ask him to work with him.
The Spanish-born chef said: “He had just finished the first Thor movie and he needed someone to help match his meal plan to his physical demands and that’s how I came on-board.
“I would sit with his trainer, who is one of his closest friends, and we would all work together on figuring out Chris’ goals.”
Over the years, he’s helped Chris shed pounds, as well as pile on the bulk for different roles, tailoring a plan to every situation.
Now, he’s shared some of the secrets, including Hemsworth’s love of ‘good quality beef’.
“Obviously the guy is a big boy,” Perera said.
“He requires a lot of protein for the body he has.
“When it comes to building muscle he just keeps it very clean with of a lot of barbecuing — like meats and vegetables — and keeping it Mediterranean which involves a lot of olive oil.”
As part of his diet, Hemsworth doesn’t eat anything ‘boxed or canned’ and eats loads of greens, as well as drinking a load of water.
Perera said: “One thing I did religiously with him, was every single day he would have one very large, hearty salad that consisted of raw and cooked vegetables, fermented products, nuts, seeds and a lot of good fats with a piece of steak or a big piece of fish.”
During filming for Avengers: Endgame, Chris had a diet of mostly red meat, eating only during daylight hours, because red meat requires more energy to digest.
As for the mornings, he’d eat loads of greens, have a big healthy smoothie, and a bit of salt for good measure.
He’d also have a protein snack, like a yoghurt with seeds and berries, or some fried eggs on bread with Vegemite and avocado.
It all sounds pretty good, right?
Obviously, this only works if you’re putting the hours in at the gym, too.
That’s not a problem for Hemsworth.
Then, there’d be more protein in the form of steak and veggies at 2.30pm and 5.30pm, before a last meal of the day at around 7pm, featuring white fish, large amounts of vegetables, and a green salad.
That’s six meals a day, all crammed into daylight hours.
It’s all important too, as on a documentary not so long ago, he found out that he was eight to 10 times more likely to develop a degenerative brain disease.
That means he needs to keep his brain healthy too, for which he does meditation and breathing work.
Speaking to Men’s Health, he said: “I’ve always been pretty consistent with my exercise commitments, but lately I’ve really felt the importance of taking time for yourself without any outside voice or stimulation, and making time for stillness.”
As for Sergio, he’s loved his time working with Chris, becoming fast friends with the actor and even working for his fitness app.
“I went there thinking I was only going to be there for a few months but I ended up staying,” he said.Featured Image Credit: Instagram/chrishemsworth