Chris Pratt Completes Ironman Triathlon To Honor Nation’s Heroes After 60-Pound Weight Loss With Paleo Low-Carb Diet

Chris Pratt was expected to attend the MTV Movie Awards. But the Jurassic World actor revealed that he missed the show in order to focus on completing the Half Ironman triathlon for a charity event, reported Entertainment Tonight.

Pratt used social media to explain why he skipped the award ceremony.

“If you voted for me or ‪#‎GOTG for the ‪#‎MTVMovieAwards that’s really awesome of you, I appreciate the support. Sadly I will be missing the show. On Sunday I’m joining former Navy SEAL Mike Day as he participates in a grueling half ironman to raise money and awareness for our nations brain injured heroes.”

In addition, Chris revealed what’s involved in that Ironman.

“The Ironman 70.3 or ‘Half Ironman’ is an endurance race of swimming, biking and running,” he clarified. “It’s going to be a major challenge and I’ve trained long and hard for it…. I hope to help raise awareness and money for a great cause and true hero.”

To finish the triathlon, Pratt swam for 1.2-miles, biked for 56 miles, and ran for more than 13 miles. His total time: Seven hours, four minutes, and 52 seconds.

So how did Chris get in shape for that intense race? He shed 60 pounds prior to Guardians of the Galaxy.

“I have more energy,” declared Pratt of his post-weight-loss success. “I sleep better. My sex drive is up. Blood’s flowing. I’m less susceptible to impulse. I’m in a different mode.”

To win the weight loss game, Chris used a low-carb Paleo diet and CrossFit, as the Inquisitr reported.

To distinguish himself from his former chubby self in Parks And Recreation wasn’t easy. But he eliminated alcohol and starchy carbohydrates and set himself up with a tough fitness regime.

Now, Pratt views his Paleo diet as a lifestyle.

“I’m done with that,” declared Chris with regard to both booze and starchy carbs.

Named “GQ Man of the Year,” Chris has come a long way since his chubby actor days, admits formerly skeptical Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn.

“I thought it was an insane idea to cast the fat guy from Parks and Rec as the lead of our superhero movie,” Gunn now confesses. “I didn’t really even want to see him.”

But Pratt’s acting convinced him.

“I thought, ‘Well, hell, he’s overweight, but if that means we have the world’s first overweight superhero, I’m okay with it,’” recalls Gunn.

But Pratt lost the weight anyway.

“I like the challenge of it,” he said simply and succinctly.

[Image Via Chris Pratt/Twitter]