Hugh Jackman has played the Wolverine since 2000, and confirmed he’ll hang up his claws after “Wolverine 3” comes out in 2017. Jackman credited a 6,000-calorie-a-day diet, intermittent fasting and weightlifting workouts for his ripped Wolverine body.
While most people find losing weight difficult, the naturally lean 6-foot-2 Hugh said maintaining muscle mass and gaining weight is a struggle for him.
Jackman followed a 6,000-calorie-a-day, low-carb high-protein diet to achieve his jacked-up Wolverine body, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
Hugh, who went nude in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, asked the director for three full months to prepare for the scene, which included twice-daily weightlifting sessions and a high-protein, high-calorie diet.
In addition to weightlifting and a high-calorie diet, Hugh credited intermittent fasting for his chiseled Wolverine body, saying IF got him ripped, gave him more energy and improved his sleep.
“I feel a lot better on that regime,” said Jackman. “My energy is better and I sleep better. There’s a lot of research saying that it’s better for your heart, cancer and many, many things to give your body a break.”
Hugh’s 16/8 intermittent fast regimen involves doing all his eating for the day during an eight-hour window and then not eating at all (except for water) for 16 hours, TheImproper reported.
Hugh typically consumes all his calories between 10 am and 6 pm. It’s an eating plan Hugh follows even when he’s not training for a role.
Jackman said he was inspired to try intermittent fasting after reading The 8-Hour Diet by David Zinczenko, the former editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine.
Intermittent fasting has been touted for its ability to produce rapid weight loss and torch belly fat more quickly than conventional dieting, said Michael Mosely, author of The Fast Diet.
Intermittent fasting has also been called a powerful anti-aging diet because it reduces the oxidative and metabolic stresses that damage cells, said Krista Varady, author of The Every Other Day Diet.