Analyzing Diets: Christian Bale’s “The Machinist” 200 Calories Diet

Christian Bale in “American Psycho” on the left, in “The Machinist” on the right

Christian Bale is considered by the youth of our times as a rockstar for his role in the film “American Psycho”, where he played Patrick Bateman. In this role he was jacked, lean and toned. However not many people know 4 years after starring in American Psycho, Bale lost 62 pounds (~28 kilos) for his role in “The Machinist”, where he played the role of Trevor Reznik, a starved machinist. So, how did Christian Bale do his “The Machinist” Diet, and is this even safe?

Christian Bale’s ” The Machinist ” Diet

For 5 months, in preparation for his role, Bale consumed every day only the following foods:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 can of tuna in water
  • Black Coffee

Yep, that’s it. So let’s dive in to the macronutrients of his diet.

The Macros

Daily Calories: 237
Protein: 32.55 grams
Carbs: 25.13 grams
Fat: 7 grams

This is an absolutely abysmal diet in terms of macros. Not only you are barely getting half of the minimally recommended daily norm of 60 grams of protein, but also you are only getting 1.9 grams of fat per day!

Fat is a crucial element of our endocrine (hormonal) system, it is basically what our body uses to create hormones which affect our organism. Christian Bale was only consuming 4% of the daily requirement for fat!

If you eat this way for a prolonged period of time, you will suffer not only from weakness but also from serotonin deficiency and other hormonal deficiencies that originate from a low consumption of fat. That being said, it is also worth mentioning that 237 calories is 1/5 of the minimal requirement for calories on the most rigorous “cut” phase.

With that being said, let’s check out the micronutrients on this diet

The Micronutrients

This diet lacks in almost all of the micronutrients, and I would even go as far as saying that it is easier to list what nutrients this diet isn’t deficient in than the nutrients that this diet is deficient in.

This diet lacks almost entirely in Calcium, as the primary source of calcium comes from dairy, Iron, Zinc and Manganese. It is also worth mentioning that this diet lacks in the vitamins A, E, D and K, but this is irrelevant because even if they would be present in the diet in adequate quantities the body wouldn’t be able to absorb them since the absorption process for these vitamins requires fat.

Conclusion and Final Grade

No matter who you are, no matter your goals, unless your name is Christian Bale and you are preparing to torture yourself for another role – do not do this diet.

As a person who practice very sharp calorie deficits and even occasional fasting I am telling you that doing a diet of this kind might have irreversible effects on your health.

If you want to lose weight fast and safely, give yourself more time and pick a sharp (-1000-1500) caloric deficit, but don’t torture yourself eating 200 calories per day.

If you are interested in weight loss, check out my latest article on quinoa and its effects on losing weight!

Final Score for Christian Bale’s the Machinist Diet – 0/10

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