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Subsisting on a diet rich in potato chips isn’t as blissful as one might imagine. Just ask Charlize Theron.

Yesterday, Theron visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show and spoke candidly about how gaining 50 pounds for Tully via potato chips negatively affected her mental health. The Oscar winner plays Marlo, a mother struggling to keep it together, in the upcoming film, and, as a mom herself, Theron felt a responsibility to put on the weight IRL instead of donning a fat suit. 

So she turned to the light flakiness of potato chips to help her pack on the pounds. At first she enjoyed noshing on chips all day (literally), but it wasn’t long before she realized that all the processed food she was consuming was making her depressed. 

“The hardest thing for me was I wasn’t prepared for how that amount of processed food would affect [my] mood. I dealt with depression for the first time,” Theron admitted. “What they say about what you eat is kind of who you are is so true, because I ate like a person who just didn’t move, and I felt like that.” 

She went on to explain that her chip-heavy diet left her feeling “lethargic” and “tired all the time,” but that the side effects were more mental than physical.

So there you have it: Potato chips don’t equate to happiness.

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