Brendan Fraser on the effects of a low carb diet on the brain

Actor Brendan Fraser enjoyed huge success in the 1990s and 2000s. In 1997 he thrilled millions of viewers in cinemas with ‘George – He Came Out of the Jungle’. Scantily clad in a Tarzan look, he showed off his lean and muscular body. But the price to pay was very high, as he now reveals in an interview.

Brendan Fraser (54) has been on screen for over 30 years now. Especially in blockbusters like “The Mummy”, “Inkheart” and “George – Who Came Out of the Jungle”, he made his way into the hearts of moviegoers. The hero of the adventure always had to get in shape for his roles. Especially in the modern film adaptation of Tarzan, in the role of “George”, he not only shows a lot of skin, but also muscles, scantily clad. To do this, he had to stick to a strict low-carb diet, which came with unexpected side effects.

Brendan Fraser in conversation with Adam Sandler

If you want to lose weight fast, you need to avoid carbohydrates in your diet as much as possible – or so it’s popular diet advice. This method is especially popular in Hollywood, when performers need to be in top shape for a role in a matter of weeks or months. Forgoing carbs completely can come with significant side effects, as actor Brendan Fraser said in a conversation with fellow actor Adam Sandler for celebrity magazine “Variety.”

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In the video, Adam Sandler shares how jealous he was of the fit body Brendan Fraser showed off in George: Who Came Out of the Jungle. “I was disappointed to see how good you looked in it,” jokes comedian Sandler. “Clothing was the absence of clothing,” Fraser explains why he wore a naturally muscular suit. “George eats bananas, swings all day and only wears a loincloth”, Brendan Fraser humorously describes the character he embodied at the time.

Brendan Fraser (left) in George Who Came Out of the Jungle in 1997Photo: Getty Images

The low-carb diet has serious side effects

However, Fraser explains that this enviable beauty comes at a steep price. He was constantly waxed, oiled and starved. After a day of filming, on the way home he was so hungry that he had to stop somewhere in the car to eat. “One day I needed some cash and went to the ATM, but I couldn’t remember my PIN because my brain was malfunctioning,” Fraser says of the side effects of his low-carb diet at the time. Severe carbohydrate avoidance can actually impair brain function, as Fraser himself experienced.

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“Brain fog” due to too few carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are important for providing energy to the brain. A severe deficiency can even lead to the so-called “brain fog” (in German brain fog), as nutritionist Nichola Ludlam-Raine tells the news magazine “Insider”. The term collective refers to various symptoms such as a lack of concentration, problems with orientation, difficulty finding words and also sudden forgetfulness, as was the case with Brendan Fraser.

Actors are more open about their screen appearance

More and more actors are talking openly about their difficult diet, which they must confuse with film roles. “Magic Mike” actor Channing Tatum recently opened up about torturing and starving himself onscreen to get a six-pack (FITBOOK reported). His conclusion: “It’s unhealthy to look like that”. Actor Zac Afron worked even harder to achieve his absolutely lean body in the movie Baywatch. Not only did hours of daily training and avoiding carbs help, but also a diuretic. It even led to depression in him. (FITBOOK reported on this.)

Brendan Fraser is another example of how movie actors don’t necessarily make beauty ideals. His on-screen perfection is often just a snapshot. Months of hard training and a strict diet that you can’t stick to long term are the price. No wonder then that actors in paparazzi photos look very different in everyday life.

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