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“Water Poisoning Was a Thing”: Days After Chris Pratt’s Alarming Diet Hack for $2 Billion Franchise Went Viral, Fitness World Left Horrified

Published 09/27/2023, 2:44 AM EDT

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Chris Pratt became famous after starring in Parks and Recreation; however, his breakthrough role came in 2014 with Guardians of the Galaxy. People were surprised to hear Pratt would portray Star-Lord, as he had been overweight during his time in Parks and Recreation. Yet the actor shocked the world with an insane fitness transformation for the film.

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Since then, the actor has become one of the most bankable leading men in Hollywood. Recently, a hidden detail about the 44-year-old’s bodybuilding transformation for a $2 billion franchise went viral. When fans learned about the diet hack Pratt’s coach used to get him in shape, they were horrified.

Did Chris Pratt really drink that much water?


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Recently, X (Twitter) page Culture Crave shared information about Pratt’s insane water intake hack while he trained for the MCU film. “Chris Pratt says Marvel’s nutritionist had him drinking ~220 glasses of water a day while training to play Star-Lord,” wrote Culture Cursh in their post. For every pound of body weight, Pratt drank a glass. The experience was nightmarish for the actor.

The information originated from a new book, MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios. However, a doctor of toxicology, Ryan Marino, shared the post with a statement. According to the doctor, drinking so much water would be impossible. “It’s literally how you get water poisoning,” said the doctor. He also claimed that Pratt didn’t do this and that no one should try it.


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The doctor’s claims left the fitness world horrified. However, there might be more to the story than meets the eye. According to many, the original post left out a critical piece of context on the size of the glasses.

Puzzled fitness enthusiasts debated in the comments

One person commented that they had no idea about the existence of water poisoning. “Wait, what? I didn’t even know water poisoning was a thing. I’m shocked!” wrote the X user. Another horrified fan wrote about an incident involving a woman dying due to water poisoning. “A mom literally died from water poisoning trying to win a video game console on a radio show,” wrote the user.

One fitness enthusiast provided the missing context. “Looks like it was supposed to be ~220 ounces, not glasses. But I don’t know if that’s still a dangerously excessive amount or not,” the person wrote. The clarification meant Pratt drank about two gallons. Despite the clarification, people debated whether two gallons was too much water.

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However, some cracked jokes. “I knew water was bad for you. Thanks Twitter,” wrote one fan. Meanwhile, an entrepreneur said he had worked with Pratt’s coach. “I have personally worked with the nutritionist in question – he advocates drinking around 6-8 liters of water per day,” the man commented.


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Sagnik Bagchi


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Sagnik Bagchi is a sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in American sports. He has a deep understanding of combat sports, gymnastics, and weightlifting. He holds a Master's Degree in English Literature from a top university.
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