Wondering if the new fasting strategy really works? Well it did for Hugh Jackman. To bulk up for his role as the title character in “The Wolverine,” Jackman reportedly did a “16-8” diet. This involved fasting for 16 hours of the day and eating everything within an eight-hour period. From 10 in the morning to 6 at night, Jackman would eat 5,000 calories and then nothing.
“You actually have to eat a LOT, and I’m quite a skinny person. So I’m eating ridiculous amounts of food. I quite like everything I ate, but it’s (sic) more bland. Chicken breasts, but steamed, no salt. And steamed spinach,” Hugh Jackman told Sirius XM, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Eating that much food can be just as challenging as a tough workout. “I literally talk to myself like I’m training: ‘One more mouthful, c’mon man! You can do it! Just one more mouthful! Half a chicken breast to go and then you’ve got it! Two meals left!” he told Sirius XM. Jackman’s diet strategy clearly paid off, as he is extremely lean and ripped in the new X-Men movie!
In addition to dieting to prepare for the role, Jackman also stuck to a weightlifting routine that was split into three stages, according to popworkouts.com— strength training, training for muscle growth, and training for fat loss. Jackman’s trainer, Mike Ryan, combined compound lift movements and isolated exercises for Jackman’s workout, which was all about supersets.
Read the full article, which includes Hugh Jackman’s weekly workout routine in preparation for “The Wolverine” in the September 2013 issue.