Joe Manganiello is ripped to shreds, thanks to CrossFit workouts and a low-carb Paleo diet, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
Joe detailed his diet, workout and success secrets in his book Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls.
The 6-foot-5 Manganiello is now 230 pounds of solid muscle, but said he was scrawny and nerdy as a kid. Joe decided to build up his physique after he was unable to do a single pull-up during a high-school fitness test.
He said the embarrassment he felt at failing the test gave him the motivation to change his body.
Manganiello said anyone can work out, but not everyone develops a superior physique, because becoming excellent at something is a mental — not physical — process. In his case, failure became a driving force.
“Failure became a huge part of my success story,” said Joe, who once battled alcoholism. “I’m glad I failed. I’m glad I felt that way and decided to do something about it.”Joe maintains his chiseled body by working out twice a day, six days a week, and following a low-carb, high-protein Paleo-inspired diet. He typically eats the same foods and follows the same routine every day.
“I wake up at the same time every day to get to the gym,” said Joe, who does CrossFit. “I work out six days a week to look like Alcide: big and strong, but light on his feet and agile like a werewolf.”
Joe Manganiello’s daily menu looks like this:
- Breakfast at 7:15 am: Granola with Fage plain Greek yogurt and a glass of water with Gold Standard whey protein.
- Mid-morning snack at 9 am: Another protein drink.
- Second breakfast at 10:15 am: Egg-white omelet with ham, peppers and feta cheese, a small cup of fruit and black coffee with Splenda.
- Lunch at 2:15 pm: Two oven-roasted chicken breasts with corn and green beans, and six baked buffalo chicken wings with hot sauce.
- Dinner at 6:30 pm: Italian-style salmon with leafy green vegetables and a cup of coffee.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Fitness expert Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution, agrees. Robb said Paleo isn’t a fad diet because it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.
“The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic,” said Wolf.