Try to keep up: Mark Wahlberg has changed his wellness regimen once again. The soon-to-be 50-year-old actor has sampled it all \u2014 2:30 a.m. wake-ups, performance tourniquets, cryotherapy chambers \u2014 and this time around, he\u2019s radically changed his diet. In preparation for a biopic called Father Stu, in which the actor plays a ripped boxer-turned-schlubby priest (based on the real-life Father Stuart Long), Wahlberg has started eating 7,000 calories a day. According to a recent Instagram post, the new diet is really working. See below. The photo on the left is Wahlberg just three weeks ago. How has he done it? Well, his plant-based diet has gone completely out the window. Last summer, Wahlberg announced that he had more or less eradicated meat from his diet. At one point, he didn\u2019t touch a piece of meat for four straight months. He shifted his protein intake to plant-based protein shakes, fish dishes and occasional faux burgers and reported feeling more energetic for his workouts. A normal breakfast would include: \u201c\u2026 plant-based sausage with a sweet-potato patty and avocado, followed by three juice shots: greens, turmeric, and apple-cider vinegar with raw garlic and ginger.\u201d The news was surprising. For one, Wahlberg literally owns a national burger chain, Wahlberger\u2019s (which now includes the plant-based Impossible Burger). But the Dorchester-born star is also known for being hothead who has frequently portrayed manliness in war movies, disaster blockbusters and \u201cguys being dudes\u201d TV programs for years. Considering how meat-eating is lionized in this country, usually as some macho endeavor, something about Marky Mark sticking with vegetables, even if just for athletic reasons, just felt too good to be true. And apparently, it was. Call it the nature of the job \u2014 Wahlberg\u2019s peers have to transform their bodies for roles all the time \u2014 but Wahlberg is firmly back in the carnivore\u2019s circle. To get to 7,000 calories, Men\u2019s Health reports, he\u2019s eating eight meals a day or about every three hours. The dietary onslaught includes a combination of dark leafy greens, at least a dozen eggs, rice, protein shakes, cooked beets, steel-cut oatmeal and almond butter. But it also includes six strips of bacon, ground beef, ground turkey, veal chops, pork chops, salmon, sea bass, halibut and steak. Wahlberg\u2019s personal chef Lawrence Duran deserves credit for his devotion to real ingredients \u2014 Wahlberg had hinted at a \u201csuper size me\u201d-esque plan to Jimmy Kimmel last month, saying he would just eat \u201c20-piece chicken nuggets and 20-piece hot wings from Kentucky Fried Chicken with a six-pack of beer.\u201d It looks like Duran\u2019s designed a different route forward, and good thing that he did. Gaining this much weight in this little time is dangerous enough as it is. Ultimately, Wahlberg\u2019s latest shift somewhat trivializes his foray into the plant-based diet, which probably deserves more credit than its trendy \u201cperformance fuel\u201d status. A lifestyle (not just a summer) that cuts out meat or cuts back on meat truly is the healthiest way forward \u2014 for you and our planet. It\u2019s a salient reminder to forgo taking nutritional advice from a Hollywood star, who is likely subject to the whims of his\/her brand, or whatever the next role is. More Like This Are We Heading Into a Future Where Human Beings Live Until 200? The Healthiest Nut Butter? You've Probably Never Heard of It. How Weight Loss Can Lead to Disturbing Binge Eating Habits Down the Line Thanks for reading InsideHook. Sign up for our daily newsletter and be in the know. The post Mark Wahlberg Has Abandoned His Plant-Based Diet to Eat 7,000 Calories a Day appeared first on InsideHook.