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David Harbor Discusses the “Tough and Exciting Race” to Lose Weight for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4


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David Harbor took to Instagram to let fans know how exactly he lost all that weight for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4.

In the series’ fourth season, Harbour’s character, Jim Hopper, has been living in a Russian prison for eight months and doing hard labor. The character’s situation required Harbor to lose some weight to make his scenes believable, and it worked, as fans were shocked when they saw him onscreen.

Harbor began the post by saying that he decided to address his weight loss regimen due to the number of fans reaching out and asking how he had lost so much weight. He credited his trainer David Higgins and a strict diet for the reasons he was able to do it.

“My coach @davidhigginslondon worked with me for 8 months to do the transformation and then another year to sustain it through the pandemic,” Harbor explained. “All in all, it was a tough and exciting race, changing diet and exercise plans (or lack thereof).”

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David Harbor worked with a trainer for 8 months to reach his goal weight, and another year after to maintain it.
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The post featured a series of photos chronicling his weight loss journey, the first of which was a before and after image of him in season three of “Stranger Things” and then in season four.

“In total I lost over 75 pounds 265-270 in Season 3 and up to 190 when we shot,” Harbor explained.

After all his hard work losing weight, Harbor has landed the role of Santa Claus for a new movie slated for release this holiday season. He admitted in his post that he wasn’t having so much trouble losing weight for season five, acknowledging that the constant fluctuations in weight aren’t good for him.

David Harbor Discusses the “Tough and Exciting Race” to Lose Weight for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

Harbor regained most of the weight because he signed on to play Santa Claus in an upcoming holiday movie.
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“I’m having a hard time fighting to get to a good weight where Hopper finds himself in Season 5,” he said. “All those ups and downs aren’t good for the body, and I’m going to have to give them up soon, but it’s so much fun living in a different version of your skin for a while.”

The comments section under this post was a very rave spot for Harbour, as celebrities and fans praised him for his hard work. Some commenters pointed out that the actor looks good wearing both body types and should just work out to be healthier.

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Many fans also said that what they most wanted to see was him and his “Stranger Things” co-star Winona Ryder, giving them the couple name “danona.”

Those fans will be disappointed to learn that Harbor is actually married…and not to Ryder, but to British singer Lily Allen. The two started dating in 2019 and were married in 2020 by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas, Nevada.

David Harbor Discusses the “Tough and Exciting Race” to Lose Weight for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4

Although fans would love to see Harbor and his co-star Winona Ryder reunite, he is married to British singer Lily Allen.
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The fifth and final season of “Stranger Things” is being written and is set to release in 2024.

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