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Bradley Cooper’s Weight Gain Was Natural To Maintain Sobriety

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bradley-coopers-weight gainBradley Cooper’s weight gain was done naturally for his lead role in the new hit film American Sniper in order for him to maintain his 10 years of sobriety.

Bradley Cooper’s Weight Gain

Don’t be fooled by the looks of Bradley Cooper’s weight gain in his latest film – he didn’t resort to drugs to prep him for the role.  The actor has been sober 10 years now, and was faced with a dilemma when he had to gain muscle quickly after being cast for the role of Navy Seal Chris Kyle for the military film. Cooper knew turning to stimulants wasn’t an option for him or his recovery.  “I did it naturally,” he explained in his Vanity Fair interview.  “Because I’ve been sober for 10 years and didn’t want to do anything.  I had a realistic conversation: can I do this in three months naturally? Can I gain 30 pounds of f—ing muscle?  I didn’t know if I would be able to do it or not.  Thank God—  luckily— my f—ing body reacted fast.”

Definition of Black and White Thinking

“I see life much more gray as I get older,” reflected the introspective actor.  However, Cooper’s perspective wasn’t always like this.  “I was so sort of black-and-white in my late 20s,” he said, when describing his perspective from when he was in the midst of active addiction and how different it is from his sober mindset today.  “There’s right and there’s wrong and that’s it.  That’s a tough way to live.  It’s rare that I judge somebody [now], really rare. I think people feel that, so it’s sort of easy to get close to somebody if you don’t feel judged by them.”

Black and white thinking, otherwise known as an all or nothing outlook, is a lack of the ability to see objectively.  This is a common characteristic for someone who is suffering from the disease of addiction, because they have the tendency to view in such extremes, including words like “never” or “always.”  Cooper highlights how throughout the process of his recovery he was able to get to a point where he was guided gradually toward being restored to a configuration of balance.  It’s positive to hear how Cooper has come this far in his recovery over time and that this gradual change is actually possible for someone who is addicted to substances. Cooper ended in saying, “The bottom line is that all I got is me, so it’s about time to stop trying to be something that I think you would want me to be.  Or that would give me what I think I need.  As you get older, thank God, your body deteriorates, but your soul sort of flourishes.”

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