The actor, 34, told Men’s Health magazine that he is no longer interested in maintaining the body he had in 2017 for “Baywatch.”
“That ‘Baywatch’ look, I don’t know if that’s really attainable. There’s just too little water in the skin,” he told the outlet. “Like, it’s fake, it looks CGI’d. And that required Lasix, powerful diuretics, to achieve. So, I don’t need to do that. I much prefer to have an extra, you know, two to three percent body fat.”
Efron told Men’s Health he felt depleted and struggled with “bad depression” during the intense training “Baywatch”required. Emerging from the 2020 pandemic, the actor felt he was ready to make a change to how he approached fitness.
“I started to develop insomnia,” he added in the magazine’s October 2022 cover story. “I fell into a pretty bad depression for a long time. Something about that experience burned me out. I had a really hard time recentering. Ultimately, they chalked it up to taking way too many diuretics for way too long, and it messed something up.”
The “High School Musical” star made major adjustments to his eating and sleeping habits. Efron had been a vegan for about two years, which was seen on his Netflix show with wellness expert Darin Olien “Down to Earth.”
During the pandemic, Efron took a break from acting and moved to Australia.
“At one point, that was a dream of mine — what it would be like to not have to be in shape all the time,” he said. “What if I just say, ‘F–k it,’ and let myself go? So, I tried it, and I was successful. And for all the reasons I thought it would be incredible, I was just miserable. My body would not feel healthy. I just didn’t feel alive. I felt bogged down and slow.”