To take on the role of the flamboyant transgender rock star diva Hedwig for the musical "Hedwig And The Angry Inch," actor Neil Patrick Harris pursued a strict weight loss plan that transformed his body.
"I'm skinny," he told hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on "Live! With Kelly & Michael". "When I was filming How I Met Your Mother, I knew this show is coming up and it's such a different type of role that for three or four months I've been doing nothing but cardio and trying to lose some weight. So I lost about 22 lbs."
Harris, 40, says he succeeded in losing the weight by changing the time of day he ate dinner. He and his fiance David Burtka are parents to three-and-a-half-year-old twins Gideon Scott, and Harper Grace - and eating earlier with them made a difference.
To maintain the weight loss, all Harris has to do is show up to perform. His role as Hedwig, complete in high heels, is a 90-minute roller coaster of intense energy.
"I just hope I don't destroy my body before my commitment is done," he adds.
Check out a behind-the-scenes look at Neil Patrick Harris in "Hedwig" below:
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