Finn Wolfhard’s Weight Loss Story (Diet & Workout Exposed)

Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
Published by Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer
Last updated: July 18, 2024
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Finn Wolfhard is a Canadian actor most famous for his role as Mike Wheeler in the TV show Stranger Things and for voicing Pugsley in The Addams Family (2019).

As Stranger Things came out with season 4 this year, Wolfhard fans noticed his dramatic weight loss.

Having successfully trained over a thousand people to lose weight for over a decade, I observed that Wolfhard’s so-called “transformation” didn’t look healthy.

To examine this further, I teamed up with a dietician and studied Wolfhard’s physique over the years.

Here’s what we found about the Finn Wolfhard weight loss journey.

The Finn Wolfhard Weight Loss Journey

Wolfhard was only 13 years old when he started playing Mike Wheeler in season 1 of Stranger Things.

He wasn’t particularly lean or skinny but seemed to have the physique of an average 13-year-old.

In fact, based on his action scenes (how he ran, jumped, and engaged in other physical activities), Wolfhard seemed energetic and fit.

 

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But what concerned his fans the most was the fact that he got skinner with every season of Stranger Things — to the point where he looked quite unhealthy.

Our dietitian said that he looked like someone who frequently skips meals.

While there were multiple speculations regarding Finn Wolfhard’s weight loss, we now know that it stemmed from bad eating habits [1].

“I still eat like a four-year-old child, which is not a good thing when you’re constantly traveling and feeling crappy because of your diet.”

- Finn Wolfhard, Canadian Actor

Finn Wolfhard Stats

The following are Finn Wolfhard’s current stats:

  • Date of Birth: December 23, 2002
  • Height:  5’8” (173 cm)
  • Weight: 117 pounds (53 kgs)
  • Build: Slim
  • Chest: 36 inches (91 cm)
  • Waist: 30 inches (76 cm)
  • Arms/Biceps: 12 inches (30 cm)

What Could Help Finn Wolfhard Become Fitter?

Intense weight training and bulking diet could help Finn Wolfhard become fitter, as far as my personal assessment of his physique goes.

Let’s dive into what his mock workout fitness routine and diet plan could look like.

Fitness Routine and Principles

A group doing barbell squats in gym

Here’s a simple weight training program that can help anyone who has a body frame like Wolfhard’s to build a well-rounded physique.

It features simple and easy-to-perform movements that build full-body strength over time.

Monday

  • Barbell squats:  3 sets of 5 reps
  • Bench Press:  3 sets of 5 reps
  • Barbell Row:  3 sets sets of 5 reps
  • Military Press:  3 sets of 5 reps
  • Dips:  3 sets of as many reps as possible
  • Barbell Curls:  3 sets of 8–15 reps

Wednesday

  • Goblet squats:  3 sets of 15 reps
  • Push-ups:  3 sets of as many reps as possible
  • Pull-ups:  3 sets of as many reps as possible
  • Side lateral raise:  3 sets of 15 reps
  • Stiff leg deadlift:  3 sets of 8–10 reps
  • Skullcrushers:  3 sets of 8–15 reps
  • Calf raises:  3 sets of 15 reps

Friday

  • Bodyweight squats:  1 set of 15 reps
  • Barbell squats:  2 sets of 8 reps
  • Dumbbell chest press:  3 sets of 8–12 reps
  • One-armed dumbbell rows:  3 sets of 8–12 reps
  • Seated Arnold press:  3 sets of 8–12 reps
  • French press:  3 sets of 8–12 reps
  • Dumbbell curls:  3 sets of 8–12 reps
  • Planks:  3 sets for as long as possible

The best part about this workout is that it can be done at home with little to no equipment. It’s also safe and highly recommended for teenagers who want to start weight training safely.

Diet Routine and Principles

Healthy diet with protein rich and fat rich foods

Since gaining muscle is the key principle here, you’ll need to focus on high-protein foods for muscle gain and a high-fat diet.

You needn’t eliminate carbs because they can provide energy for workouts.

As a personal trainer, I can say from experience that a focus on eating high-quality sources of protein is the key to a leaner body, which research at WebMD confirms [2].

Such as:

  • Lean beef
  • Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • Beans
  • Certain brands of protein powder

3 Important Weight Loss Pointers

A person with big belly measuring his stomach

We’ve seen how you can lose weight in an unhealthy manner, as in the case of Wolfhard.

So, here are some tips to help you lose weight, build muscle, and get a balanced physique without compromising your overall health.

1. Lose Weight Safely

If you’re planning on losing weight, make sure you don’t rush it. It’s unsafe and could potentially lead to health problems.

A safe rate of weight loss is 1–2 pounds per week [3]. This assures you’re getting enough calories every day while shedding fat.

2. Build Muscle Alongside Weight Loss

While losing weight, it’s also important to build and gain lean muscle mass and strength. This will ensure you have a well-balanced physique and enough strength to perform basic athletic movements.

3. Eat Healthy Food

Eat a healthy diet to ensure you have enough calories to push through your workouts. Ensure that you’re getting in all your macros as well.

Finn's Mental Health and Body Image

Finn Wolfhard's journey with weight loss highlights crucial aspects of mental health and body image, especially under the relentless scrutiny of the public eye.

For celebrities like Finn, changes in physical appearance can significantly impact self-esteem and body image perceptions.

This scenario underscores the complex interplay between physical health and psychological well-being.

It's a reminder that weight loss, often viewed through a physical lens, also carries profound mental and emotional dimensions, particularly for those constantly in the spotlight.

FAQs

Has Finn Wolfhard Maintained His Weight Loss?

Yes, Finn Wolfhard has maintained his weight loss based on his current physique. However, given that he’s currently still in an unhealthy weight range, he needs to gain more weight.

Was Finn Wolfhard Ever Morbidly Overweight?

No, Finn Wolfhard was never morbidly overweight. He’s always maintained a fairly low level of body fat.


References:

  1. https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/entertainment/-stranger-things--star-finn-wolfhard-eats-like-4-year-old-kid.html
  2. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/good-protein-sources
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20047752
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About The Author

Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer
Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is the owner of Taylor Made Fitness. Her philosophy centers on cutting through the hype and misinformation surrounding dietary supplements, focusing instead on practical, science-backed strategies for health and weight loss.
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Christiana Mikesch, CPT
Senior Coach
Christiana Mikesch, CPT is a personal trainer and author with contributions to publications like the Chicago Tribune and Yahoo. She emphasizes a holistic approach to weight loss, combining an energy-fueling diet, goal-oriented workouts, and daily habits. Her approach avoids short-term goals and fosters a lifelong commitment to health and well-being.
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