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David Harbour's Weight Loss — 'Stranger Things' Fans Expressed Their Views

Titi Dokubo
Aug 24, 2022
12:15 A.M.

David Harbour is an actor who loves his job and would put in the work to be the best, including losing weight or adding some for his roles. Between seasons three and four, "Stranger Things" fans have noticed how David Harbour's body has transformed.

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In "Stranger Things," David Harbour plays the role of Jim Hopper, and in season three, he survived a blast, was taken to Russia, and put in a Soviet Union prison, where he was starved and traumatized.

The actor had to lose weight for the part of a starved prisoner, and "Stranger Things" fans were thrilled. They can't stop discussing David Harbour's recent body transformation as the actor looks completely different in Season 4 than he did at the show's beginning.

David Harbour at the premiere of "Stranger Things" season 4 on May 14, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

David Harbour at the premiere of "Stranger Things" season 4 on May 14, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

One fan said, "David Harbour has changed his body weight and image like five times to fit a role good lord." Another fan tweeted:

"I see that David Harbour has joined the Chris Pratt School of Losing Weight But Also The Charm And Looks That Gave Him An Everyman Quality."

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The actor candidly shared his road to losing almost 80 pounds in eight months, and a fan tweeted his support, saying, "an excellent actor explains his technique for losing so much weight." Let's take a look inside the actor's weight loss journey.

DAVID HARBOUR'S ROAD TO SHEDDING POUNDS

Harbour ruptured his Achilles in 2019, and training became difficult for him because he was in a lot of pain. However, his life changed when he met David Higgins, a physical therapist, and trainer.

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Together, they worked on getting the actor back in shape and helped him overcome his injuries as he needed to be able to lose weight for season 4 of "Stranger Things."

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From simple mobility and activation exercises to kettlebell workouts, and steady-state cardio, Harbour started to lose weight gradually. The actor said:

"It really did add up. It was the simple things that I continued to do that made a difference."

For eight months, they worked together to transform the actor, and through the pandemic, they worked for another year to maintain the look he had achieved.

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Despite being a challenging ride, the actor said it was also exciting. He said:

"I lost about 80 pounds from season three — I was about 270 [then], and when we shot [season four] I was around 190."

However, exercise was not the only thing he did as he had to fast intermittently. Harbour also added pilates to his routine and revealed that it was not about what he was eating but how he was eating.

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He confessed that the process has made him have a better relationship with his body, and because he strengthened his core, he no longer feels the aches in his knees and hips anymore.

However, Harbour said he would never lose so much weight again. He also needed to put on some pounds as he played the role of Santa Claus in "Violent Night," a movie set for release in December 2022.

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HOW DOES DAVID HARBOUR FEEL ABOUT HIS NEW BODY?

It is essential to stay healthy; exercise or eating right can help anyone shed as many pounds as they desire. However, it's more important to feel happy and confident about yourself.

If slimming down does not make you happy or confident, it is not what you need. Luckily it seems that Harbour is doing great with his recent transformation.

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The actor found what worked for him despite him not being one to cook, and he is glad the weight came off quickly. Talking about his overall take on losing weight, Harbour said:

"There's health, and then there's aesthetics, like how you look, and then there's how you feel, and I think sometimes those are the same, and sometimes they're very different."

With the weight loss, Harbour trusts his body more and calls his body a machine. He is also grateful for the little things he can now do.

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