Chris Pratt explains why he decided to do the biblical Daniel Fast for 21 days

Chris Pratt had a serious start to 2019.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part star spent most of January and some of February participating in the Daniel Fast, a Bible-inspired diet that is described by the fast’s website as “a vegan diet with additional restrictions.” 

"I just came off it a couple days ago,” Pratt revealed during a Thursday appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. "It’s a 21-day fast. A lot of people are doing it. I did it through my church. It’s based on Daniel, the book of Daniel, the prophet Daniel from the Old Testament.” 

Noting that Daniel "only ate fruits and vegetables and grains, and didn’t have any breads and didn’t have any animal products,” Pratt revealed that the diet was church-inspired, saying, "I was inspired by my pastor, we do it, it’s kind of like our Lent, you know, give something up. So for 21 days I had no meat, no sugar, no alcohol, and it was actually amazing. It was really cool.”

He also teased, "If you know how much I drink, you know that 21 days [is tough].”

When Colbert asked Pratt if any of the diet involved fighting actual lions as Daniel did in the famous lion’s den story, the actor jokingly replied, "Lion fighting is sick cardio. We do that on the last day.”

It was an eventful 21 days for Pratt, who got engaged to his now-fiancee, Katherine Schwarzenegger, while on the diet.

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US actor Chris Pratt and fiance author Katherine Schwarzenegger arrive for the World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Chris Pratt and US author Katherine Schwarzenegger arrive for the World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Chris Pratt and US author Katherine Schwarzenegger arrive for the World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt attends the World Premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Avengers: Endgame' at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt attend the World Premiere Of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Avengers: Endgame' at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Patrick Schwarzenegger, Chris Pratt, Abby Champion and Katherine Schwarzenegger are seen on March 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel LIve' on March 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt are seen on March 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger seen on a night out leaving Soho House on January 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger seen on a night out leaving Soho House on January 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger seen on a night out leaving Soho House on January 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go! 💍🙏♥️
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