Kumail Nanjiani had jaws dropping when he unveiled his ripped physique on Instagram in December. After a year of a strict diet and fitness regimen to get buff for Marvel’s “Eternals”, Nanjiani is caving into his cravings for the first time in a year with Jimmy Kimmel.
“You work out every day and you sort of learn to enjoy it. But the diet is the hardest thing,” the actor, 41, says during his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. “I have not had pizza or a donut in over a year! I have had no refined sugar in a year. I’ve had almost no carbs at all.”
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I never thought I’d be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I’ve worked way too hard for way too long so here we are. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked. I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time. So big thanks to @grantrobertsfit who started working with me at the beginning of the year and made me understand true physical pain for months and months. Then, once we started shooting, a massive thanks to @davidhigginslondon and his team (@ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for training me almost every day and making me strong, limber and injury free. I can almost touch my toes now. (And thank you for forcing me to do cheat meals David.) Matthews Street Catering for their delicious and healthy meals. And finally, the biggest thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year. I promise I’ll be interesting again some day. #thirstyshirtless (Photo by @markupson.) (edit: I left off one very important person: @lancecallahan who trained me for 6 years and helped me build the foundation I could use to do this. Thank you!)
Nanjiani revealed his diet go-to snack is “a bag of sugar snap peas.”
“That’s what I’ve been doing. At night, I’m like, ‘I’m a little hungry. I’m gonna treat myself. Crunch, crunch,'” he says as Kimmel lowered several cakes and pastries into the actor’s view.
“This is for me? For me, Kumail? I can have it? Are you serious?” he exclaims as Kimmel sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez appears with a pizza.
“I’m literally gonna cry right now. I’m not joking,” Nanjiani says, as he takes his first bite of pizza in a year. “Oh, my God. I’m shaking. Hey, pizza’s really good!” he says before sampling a cheesecake and chocolate-covered cream pie.
Nanjiani will show off his muscles when “Eternals” opens on November 6.