Unlikely fitness icon Nick Jonas has been in amazing shape over the last few years. From his role as a fighter in Kingdom, to his turn as a helicopter pilot in the recent Jumanji reboot, Jonas has proved he's a force to be reckoned with in the fitness world. He is close mates with The Rock after all...
Always keen to share the wisdom that has got him into shape, the professional Slashie (singer slash actor slash chef) shared his go-to post workout snack and preparation in a lengthy series of Instagram stories earlier this month, following one of his trademark back and shoulder sessions.
“I’ve been a tuna enthusiast for a long time and it’s something that not a lot of people understand,” says the youngest Jonas Brother to his fans.
“It’s sort of a niche market these days. A lot of people are heading towards the pre-packed, pre-made stuff that you can get... any one of your places that’s going to sell you just a fancy tuna fish [with] lots of bells, lots of whistles.”
While the video is obviously a lengthy p*ss-take (at the end of the day, he's mixing tuna with mayonnaise), Jonas is not far off the mark when it comes to creating a muscle building, high-protein snack post workout.
Depending on the brand and size, a can of tuna can usually contain around 30 grams of protein, without the sugars associated with processed protein shakes and powders. Although they're lacking some of the necessary carbs to replenish energy stores, for lean muscle recovery and building, tuna comes with it's own host of benefits and is a great clean alternative for athletes and bodybuilders alike.
As well as providing gym goers like Jonas with that post-workout pump, tuna holds the ability to lower blood pressure, strengthen bones, improve skin health and boost immunity. Oh, it's also extremely cheap. Tick.
Jonas remains on the money when adding spice to his snack through hot sauce, hacking his metabolism to target fat stores and light them up.
“You know, hot sauce makes everything better. I agree but with tuna it’s about being specific, being intentional with how you’re hot saucing,” he says.
A new study published in Obesity Open Access suggests that the capsaicinoids in spicy foods such as Tabasco may have a thermogenic effect, the study authors write, meaning your body creates more heat as it digests the hot stuff, which results in more calories burned.