Jonah Hill's Workout Routine, Diet Plan & Supplements

James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Published by James Cunningham, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: June 21, 2024
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Jonah Hill's weight loss journey has been far from linear, but he's indeed come a long way since the early days of his career.

We searched the web high and low for the Hollywood actor's old interviews to find his secret to shedding all those extra pounds.

And after hours of researching, we've covered all there is to know for you.

Jonah Hill's Weight Loss Workout Routine

In his interviews, Jonah Hill never really mentioned anything about following a structured cutting workout plan. Instead, he got into fitness with running, a bit like a client of mine. Running is an easy start for staying fit, especially for busy folks like actors.

A pal nudged Jonah to start small - just 10 push-ups a day, and he worked up to 100. He added jiu-jitsu, hitting the mats five times a week, and boxing at Gotham Gym.

Committed to fitness, Hill dedicated over 8 hours weekly to a varied routine of running, boxing, and resistance training.

"I found that people like rules, and I love to tell people what to do. It's not rocket science when it comes to weight loss. It's about eating a little less and moving a little bit more."

- Bob Harper, Personal Trainer

Here’s what his weekly workout looks like.

Sample Weekly Workout Schedule

A man on a karate uniform

Monday: Jiu-jitsu, running, boxing
Tuesday: Jiu-jitsu, resistance training
Wednesday: Running, 100 push-ups, boxing
Thursday: Jiu-jitsu, resistance training
Friday: Jiu-jitsu, 100 push-ups, boxing
Saturday and Sunday: Rest

Before starting his weight loss journey, the person he first went to for advice was his co-actor and good friend Channing Tatum.

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Hill asked him if eating less and going to a trainer will help him get in better shape. Tatum, of course, agreed, telling him that “it’s the simplest thing in the entire world.”

His Workout And Life Principles

Jonah Hill's decision to lose weight wasn't for vanity reasons or even for acting roles. It's a deeper, more meaningful motivation that I've seen lead to more sustainable and rewarding results.

Jonah Hill experienced weight fluctuations and mental health challenges due to his on-screen roles and public image.

He shared in an interview that it took time to genuinely express his true self, moving beyond the façade often required in his acting career.

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Jonah Hill's Weight Loss Diet Plan

Healthy Salad Meal

In 2011, Jonah Hill turned heads with a 40-pound weight loss, thanks to lifestyle and diet changes—reminds me of a client who also had to tweak their diet. Ditching high-calorie stuff like pizza for healthier picks like sushi wasn't easy, but it was crucial for the weight drop.

This change wasn't just about eating better; it highlighted the risks of yo-yo dieting, a common trap in showbiz where actors often swing in weight for roles.

After bulking up again for "War Dogs," Jonah got back on track with a nutritionist and a food journal, pinpointing diet tweaks to shed pounds.

The actor ate

  • a lot of lean protein
  • sushi
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • low-fat dairy
  • whole grains

He steered clear of

  • junk food
  • processed food
  • refined food
  • sugar
  • pizza

However, Hill admits that he still drinks beer. The Hollywood comedian wishes he could give it up, though, because he sees that he’s thinner without it.

His Diet Principles

Jonah Hill's battle with body image as a young adult is all too familiar. His story puts a spotlight on how celebrity weight loss is worlds apart from the average Joe, with different resources, motivations, and social pressures.

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Jonah mused about hiding his true self from the world, especially during his lonely, self-doubting teen years because of his weight.

I've seen clients with similar struggles. It's rewarding to help them not only shape up but also boost their self-image and confidence.

Jonah eventually found a better view of himself, improving his mental health and confidence. He credits his weight loss to simple lifestyle changes and a nutritionist's advice, steering clear of quick fixes.

Related: Liam Hemsworth Workout and Diet Plan

What Supplements Does Jonah Take?

Close up photos of different supplements

Jonah Hill doesn't advocate for any supplements, but the ones listed below can effectively fill some nutritional gaps for individuals with similar diets trying to speed up their weight loss.

Multivitamin: You can never go wrong with a multivitamin. Just make sure to buy from a reputable brand that manufactures high-quality health products.

Fish oil: If you’re not a fan of sushi, fish oil supplements are a good alternative because it’s rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3s.

Protein: A protein supplement will help fill you up when you’re on a caloric deficit and aid in building muscle.

His Rise To Fame

Before and after workout result of Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill began his career in college, writing and acting in plays at The New School in New York City. He rose to fame with leading roles in "Superbad" and an Oscar-nominated performance in "Moneyball."

Hill also co-wrote and starred in "21 Jump Street" and its sequel alongside Channing Tatum. At 37 years old, he stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall.

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James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer & Senior Coach
James Cunningham, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Hertfordshire. He's a Health & Performance Coach from London that brings a unique blend of academic knowledge of health supplements and practical exercise experience to the table for his readers.
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Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC is an ex-National Soccer player turned MMA and Kickboxing champion, with ACE CPT and PN1-NC certifications. His advice is rooted in education and experience, ensuring that readers receive scientific and battle-tested insights. His mission is to empower his clients and readers to realize their potential and become the best versions of themselves.
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