I think Hugh Jackman, aka "Wolverine", is a total Aussie hottie.
This video I came across on youtube last weekend has only increased my respect for Hugh.His first comment about his training regime is bang on:
The way you want to look is 70% determined by your diet and only 30% on how you're training. If you're going to train, train hard, but if you don't eat right none of it matters.
Hugh, I couldn't agree more. Amen.
This fact took me YEARS to actually prove to myself that it is accurate. At least 70% of how you look is determined by what you put into your mouth. If you don't want to look big, blulky and bloated than reach for the carrots and cut out the cake. The 30% of training is where the magic happens, where you can turn a mortal into a model but you just can't get there without good, classic clean eating.
If I look back on my diet and exercise history some of the leanest times in my life have been when I was doing the least amount of exercise but getting the diet part bang on and vice versa.
In the last five years the lightest I've been was coming back from my trip to South East Asia. I was a lean mean 123 lbs and at my frame that's about as lean as I go. I LOVED the food there, couldn't get enough of the hormone-free meat, fresh veggies and their tiny portion sizes! When we first got to Asia I felt like half the meal was missing, their portion sizes are akin to our tapas portions. After a few days my stomach adjusted and I was full faster. In Asia I was working out only 3-5 times per week for 20-30 minutes max at a time.
On the other side of the coin, the heaviest I've been in recent memory is just after finishing a marathon. Somewhere in the high 150s and feeling pretty stocky at that size. I was working out for at least two hours per day, running and weight training but I was starving and not feeding my body correctly. I was much bigger working out twice as much, isn't that nuts?!?! But it now makes total sense. My marathon nutrition was horrible. I'd have at least a pint of ice cream every single night and whatever else I could find in the fridge. Sugar just feeds on sugar, the worse I eat, the more I crave bad foods.
I wish I'd known then what Hugh knows now! As a trainer it's hard to admit this but diet trumps dumbells.
The bottom line is this: just because you're working out 3-4x per day, (like I often find myself doing lately haha), does not give you free reign in the kitchen. Ever. Food is our fuel and the more we look at it that way the closer we will all be to Hugh's insane abs!!