The Train wreck star Amy Schumer has surprised everyone when she recently put up pictures of her in a tiny bikini on the beach.
Fact is, she’s lost a good amount of weight and the world is just loving her new look! Due to her line of work in stand-up comedy, Amy has had to develop a very thick skin.
As a matter of fact, a good amount of her comic material was based on her weight alone; lots of comedians use self-deprecating humour from time to time. Sometimes this is a good thing but when you’re trying to take your acting career to the next level can be a bit of a challenge.
The world of entertainment and film is mostly about being visually accepted so this is what most actors and actresses go for.
Owing to the fact that stereotypes are still very much alive, Hollywood is still known to look down upon overweight people. In a recent interview with the Huffington post, Amy reveals the amount of pressure and bias that overweight people face especially in the film industry.
For her roles in Train wreck, Barbie and Snatched Amy said that she lost some weight “so that she wouldn’t hurt people’s eyes” after her realization that Hollywood generally consists of many ‘fat-shamers'.
In this article, we feature how this stand-up comedian and upcoming producer shed those pounds.
- Height: 5’6” | 1.7 m
- Weight: 74 kg | 163 lbs.
- DOB: June 01, 1981
- Zodiac Sign: Gemini
- Net Worth: $16 Million
In an interview with Maria Shriver on the 36 year old funny woman revealed to the audience how much of a struggle it had been to feel comfortable in her own skin especially when she couldn’t find a flattering outfit to go out on stage in.
So before shooting Train wreck, the movie producers suggested that she lost some weight before filming began. She knew that filming this movie would be an uphill task that required a great deal of energy so this meant that she had to eat ‘clean'.
For breakfast, Amy was advised to just have a smoothie; Nothing too heavy. As a matter of fact, the smoothie would often be made from fruits and veggies such as avocadoes, coconut shavings which all acted as antioxidants to purify her system and at the same giving her sustainable bursts of energy for the morning sessions.
This was to avoid starting the day high on carbohydrates which would have driven up her energy but she would eventually ‘crash' and end up binge eating before midday! On days where she was really hungry, Amy would incorporate some oat porridge or high fibre bran cereal with very little or no sugar at all.
Amy admits that this was a really big change from how she would eat in the past. Breakfast for her would consist of a lot of carbohydrates, sugars and sometimes fatty foods. For lunch the 38 year old would have a Caesar or cracker salad with a dressing of her choice.
Because her nutritionist understood that it was quite hard to make the transition to salads, Amy was allowed to have controlled portion of lean chicken breasts and sirloin steak with pasta from time to time.
Before her gym sessions, Amy would have a protein shake to help her body recover then for dinner she would have some fish, rice and occasionally a glass of wine.
The movie directors brought in the Harley Pasternak who has on many occasions worked with Hemsworth and Megan Fox. Amy often spoke of her first time meeting Harley which she described a pretty mortifying experience.
Harley assessed Amy from top to bottom as if she was assessing the damage that she had to deal with! She knew that Amy was not a big fan of going to the gym so she made a program that allowed her to work out from anywhere since she was also going to be on tour quite often. All she needed was a bit of space, some boxes and lots of energy!
The plyometric routine consisted of:
- Single leg lateral jumps –Three sets of 10 reps on each leg
- Frog hops – Three sets of 10
- Long jump with hop – Three sets of 7 with 90 seconds rest in between
- Box jumps with rebound – Four sets of 8 reps
- Lateral jumps with hop – Four sets of eight reps
- Kangaroo jumps – Three sets of 10 with 90 seconds rest in between.
Her trainer encouraged Amy to include cardio sessions into her exercise routine. Even jump-rope would come in handy on those days when she was not in the mood for getting on the treadmill.
Amy admits that there is a lot of pressure to ‘fit in' especially in the film industry. Initially she was very insecure from all this external pressure but after some time she realized that all that matters is how she felt inside and not how others felt about her.
At some point she even jokes about how stupid she would look while skinny because when she loses weight, her head still remains the same size! In 2015, this Peabody award winner was named by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people.
So she took it upon herself to bring positive change by addressing various social issues through comedy.
As we mentioned earlier, she had to develop a very thick skin and love herself first instead of spending sleepless nights thinking about what other people thought of her.
In a world where dramatic weight losses and reality shows around this plot are trending, Amy still comes out really strongly owning her physique, at one point even taking a friendly jab at Khloe Kardashian’s show by saying that it is now time to retire Revenge body and adopt “Revenge eating” as her new mantra.
What matters is that Amy says that she now feels stronger, healthier and sexier than ever.