Natalie Portman’s 20-Pound Weight Loss Set Off Alarms?

The Natalie Portman Black Swan workout lasted 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. Much of this time was spent perfecting dances for the movie. But, a large portion of time was also spent swimming, and doing the Ballet Beautiful program. In fact, Natalie spent an hour swimming (mostly front crawl and breast stroke), an hour doing Ballet Beautiful, and up to 3 more hours doing ballet work & dancing.

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Natalie Portman in 'Black Swan'

Natalie Portman in ‘Black Swan’

When Natalie Portman dropped 20 pounds to play a ballerina in her new movie, “Black Swan,”even her director worried the petite actress had gone too far. “At a certain point, I looked at [Natalie’s] back, and she was so skinny and so cut,” director Darren Aronofsky told “Access Hollywood.” “I was like, ‘Natalie, start eating.’ I made sure she had a bunch of food in her trailer.”

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Actresses have often shifted their shapes for a role. But today’s crop of waiflike actresses hardly have any weight to lose. And when they do gain weight for a part, the way Paltrow did, the additional weight barely registers.

A year before shooting “Swan,” 29-year-old Portman went through extreme ballet and cross-training, shedding 20 pounds from her 5-foot-3-inch frame. “I think it was just the physicality of it all that was the most extreme,” she told “I mean, I had never gotten that much training — to be doing five-to-eight hours a day of [it] was really a challenge.”

Natalie Portman Black Swan Diet Before And After

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As soon as filming wrapped, Portman, who danced as a kid, was happy to leave the ballet world behind. She told “Access Hollywood” that she immediately ceased working out and began carbo-loading to bulk up again.

Natalie Portman says she did the Ballet Beautiful 6 days a week, while swimming and doing more ballerina practicing, as well. The Natalie Portman Black Swan workout routine is detailed, section by section, here. Each day we’ll detail one section of the Natalie Portman Black Swan workout routine.