When Chris Pratt, star of this summer’s blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, shared a gym selfie showing off his beefed-up biceps and shredded six pack abs last year, the Internet went a little bit wild.
At the time, he was most well-known for his role on Parks and Recreation where he played Andy Dwyer, a goofy and aloof City Hall employee.
But to prepare for his role as Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt had to transform from everyday American to buff super hero status, and when he shared proof of his progress (according to his Instagram caption his brother made him do it), his fans (and just about everyone else) took notice.
Not only was everyone wowed by his transformation, but they wanted to know how he did, too. Well, according to his Instagram post, he gave up alcohol for six months while training, but during a recent panel discussion, when a fan asked him how he got in shape, Pratt had even better advice to share.
“If you are someone who’s been struggling with your weight your whole life, just know this— all you have to do is just a few things every day and remain consistent, and time will fly just a fast as it flies whether you’re working hard or not,” he said.
“If you just cut the crap out of your diet and spend an hour a day doing something physical that will make you sweat, six months will pass by, you will feel better mentally, physically, spiritually—it all is tied together,” he continued.
Pratt noted that his experience was accelerated because he had a deadline, and since it was his job to get in shape he was able to dedicate three or four hours a day to working out. But he believes that with a few simple lifestyle changes, anyone can make a similar transformation.
“If you get after it I swear to God you can do it, and by January first of 2015, which I promise you is right around the corner, you can have made substantial gains that will truly change your life,” he said. “So I think you should do it.”
Click here to watch his entire answer.