3. Limit your carbs
While carbs are necessary to fuel a workout properly, beware the ides of starch. Processed carbohydrates will increase fat storage instead of fuelling your next deadlift. Jackman opts for whole grains in the morning to stock up on energy all day.
“I have oatmeal for breakfast, and brown rice or yams for lunch,” he says. After 3pm, Jackman institutes a blanket carbohydrate ban, as that’s when his metabolism slows down. It minimises the chances of fat storage. “If you just made that one change and did nothing else, you’d lose 11lb (5kgs) in the first month.” Follow the Wolverine diet plan and clawsome results are guaranteed.
4. Play the long game
Bulking up quickly with chemical aid will only create unsustainable gains, or beach muscles filled with water weight. Jackman, ever the pragmatist, opts for true strength.
“I didn’t want to bulk up quickly,” he tells us. “I wanted to do it slowly so I could look after my heart at the same time.” Steroid use has long correlated with high blood pressure and heart failure. With no other chemical than BCAAs, Jackman went on the hunt for lifelong muscle. “I started training a year before the film [X-Men] began. When you’re changing your body, it takes that sort of time to make permanent changes.” Don’t be disheartened with slow progress. If it’s good enough for Logan, it’s good enough for everyone.
5. The X-factor
Actors, boxers and athletes alike are notorious yo-yo dieters, training for a specific role or match. Not Jackman. “There is nothing on my radar to train for at the moment, but I’m in the gym five days a week.”
Is this a tad overzealous? Perhaps not. A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found daily exercise slashes your ‘death risk’ by 40%. Smashing your leg muscles on Friday, for example, only to follow it up with a sedentary weekend, robs you of health benefits like lower blood pressure and improved brain chemistry. Can’t face the barbell again? Go swimming as a form of low-impact active recovery.
Source: Men's Health UK