Matthew Morrison got his six pack by eating only sweet potatoes for three days

I really hate fad diets. I get that it may seem simple and easy to eat only cabbage soup and lose a ton of weight in a short period of time, but that never lasts long term and you feel miserable in the mean time. There’s also no trick or secret formula to losing weight except making the calories you take in less than the calories you put out. So when I need to lose weight I just write down everything I eat, keep it around 1,500 calories a day, and exercise. You get tempted to take shortcuts and drastically cut down what you eat, but whenever I do that I lose weight the first week, then end up pigging out and more than making up for it.

All that is to preface this diet trick that Matthew Morrison claims helps him maintain a fit physique. He says he’ll prepare for shirtless scenes on Glee by eating only sweet potatoes for three days, because “The potato acts as a sponge and your body literally shrinks and gets ripped and tight.” That’s so stupid I don’t know where to start. He’s perfect for The Goop though. They can be constipated and go on starvation cleanses together. It’s a match made in self-obsessed know-it-all heaven!

First of all, let’s debunk this myth that a food can be a sponge in your body and suck up fat. That’s not possible and you lose weight because you’re taking in less calories. Second, it’s not healthy to eat just one food at a time. To be fair, sweet potatoes do have a lot of nutrients and fiber in them and are actually considered one of the healthiest vegetables. It’s just dumb to eat just one food at a time, but if Morrison wants to do it he can go ahead. I’m sure Goop will give him some tips on how to mix it up by drinking vegetable juice for a week instead.

Whatever the guy is doing, it’s working for him. He looks great. I would rather get with a carb face with some extra weight on him than a guy who thinks sweet potatoes “act like a sponge” and “literally” make your body tight. Give me a smart guy who eats bread and drinks beer instead.

Here’s a clip of Morrison on The Tonight Show getting embarrassed by a cameo he made as a member of a gay boy band (really) in a 2003 movie.

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  1. nikki says:

    hahahaha “…your body literally shrinks and gets ripped and tight.” oh those sweet potatoes

  2. beth says:

    he could eat sweet potatoes off my six pack any day
    - wait, i don’t have a six pack…

  3. Riley says:

    Celebitchy, I like this side of you– the really bitchy side, that is.

  4. DenG says:

    Ripped and tight would result from exercise, am I right or am I clueless?

  5. Hollowdoll says:

    I am so over him. He was never that great to begin with. He’s better off if he keeps his mouth shut and relies on his looks.

  6. irishserra says:

    I prefer my sweet potatoes organic, fermented and distilled…

  7. Jackson says:

    Stand still. Look pretty. Don’t spew your stupid.

  8. mln76 says:

    Does anyone need anymore proof that he and Goopy are having a fling?

  9. Diane says:

    Sponge potatoes, who knew?

  10. luls says:

    u know wat they say, ‘cover the face and f*ck the base’? eh, it totally applies to this assface! :P

  11. Tac says:

    *sigh* that body takes me back *double sigh* he speaks?? Could barely get above navel.

  12. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Maybe by sweet potatoes he meant balls? B/c if you were just getting up close & personal with a sack of two for 3 whole days, that would probably burn a decent amount of calories.

  13. danielle says:

    Just the headline made me laugh. I’m pretty sure I could eat sweet potatos for a month and not end up with a 6 pack!

  14. Diane says:

    Anyone else think he looks like Robert Buckley?

  15. lucy2 says:

    This makes him sound like an idiot.
    I wonder if Goopy told him “talk about your very restrictive diet, people love that!”

  16. Quest says:

    I knew a “sweet potato” once, he had ripped abs like Morrison and kept me fit as a fiddle.

    If this is what Morrison mean by eating sweet potatoes then I’m listening [sigh]. Maybe he would co-sign on the cooking thing with Goop

  17. STUPID. nothing, I said NOTHING gets you a six pack in three days. well, photoshop does. eating healthy and working out is enough to look great if you do it all the time and are not fat to begin with.

  18. KattyKat says:

    I want to go on the sweet potato (fry) diet. I’ll take extra salt please!

  19. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    Does this apply to normal potatoes too? Because sometimes I supplement my diet of hotpockets with instant mashed potatoes…and if this is true, then I’m going to be the most ripped grad student EVER.


  20. Violet says:

    god what an idiot. surely as someone who clearly eats well and works out a lot he must realise that it just doesn’t work like that. sounds like a weird food superstition.

  21. Ron says:

    The clip on Leno was funny. I find this guy equally as annoying as Lea Michelle.

  22. wemmz says:

    oh who cares.
    he’s beautiful. he’s talented and sweet as hell.


  23. Phoenix says:

    Christ. What an idiot. Why do celebrities feel that they are in a position to give out diet advice? I’ll file this under the same category as Snooki’s cookie diet and Megan Fox’s cleansing with vinegar.

    Sweet potatoes are good though!

  24. thinkaboutit says:

    COME ON! All of you know exactly what he meant. He’s obviously fit and health conscious, but wants to look his best (indeed, is REQUIRED to as part of his JOB) when he’s going shirtless, and does this trick as needed. He’s not doling it out as advice. He just saying that 3 days of restriction leaves his already hot and fit body looking LIKE THIS. I do the same. I work out and eat well as a lifestyle, but when I plan to wear something really body conscious, I have my own bag of tricks for how to look extra svelte in a matter of days, neither expecting it to last beyond 24 hours of normal eating, nor advising others to try it. Stop being so cynical…it’s not a good look on anyone.

  25. TeeTee says:

    He just should have said what everyone else says and NOT ventured into unknown

    hmph, him and his ideas.

    stop trying to be “fancy” and pose for the camera, boy!

  26. Nia says:

    Actually sweet potatoes are considered a super food and fitness blogs, fitness experts and doctor all talk about how sweet potatoes are “good for abs.”

    They aren’t starchy or heavy like other potatoes. That doesn’t mean it’s ok to ONLY eat sweet potatoes or that Matthew is right to advocate any “diet” but they are healthy and they don’t make you bloated like other potatoes or foods.

  27. Strictly coincidental: I just so happen to be eating leftovers from dinner last night – roasted sweet potato. So yummy. But for three days? Maybe if they were sweet potato fries, which pretty much defeats the purpose, I guess.

  28. jemshoes says:

    You said it, CB – exercise and an eye on calories, plus eating healthily from a wide range of foods. Nothing beats common sense when it comes to looking and feeling good!

  29. SRM says:

    I only find him appealing from the neck down.

  30. kikay says:

    usually gay people have nice body ,they take care of themselves very well except Perez Hilton.

  31. crab says:

    Maybe Russell Crowe should eat sweet potatoes for the rest of his life! Man what happened to him??

  32. sweetpotato says:

    Wow, you ARE celebitchy. I’m with thinkaboutit: a guy with such an incredibly body was in no way claiming he got it by eating sweet potatoes, or that you can too. These guys are trying to give a good interview under the gun and whatever they say and however they say it gets quoted. Nor do I expect my celebrities to be health geniuses. I think it was intended as an attempt to be modest—to say that he doesn’t always look like this. But I’m pretty sure he looks pretty close–so in that way he’s already acting smarter than the “guy with a carb face and some extra weight on him.” Anyway, there are unlikely to be major health problems that result from eating sweet potato for three days.

  33. AMR says:

    What he means by it acting as a sponge is that will absorb all the water of the body, reducing the water weight which in turn gives ur body more definition ..
    Now this only works if are already fit with low body fat, it’s an additional step to make you look even better.

    And he said he only does this for shirtless scenes so he isn’t saying that it’s a permanent thing…

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