Taylor Kitsch Five Rules Of Leaness

October 2, 2011

Today we are talking about the the five golden rules of “leaness” according to Canadian actor and model Taylor Kitsch.
Taylor has modeled for Diesel and Abercrombie & Fitch, he portrayed Gambit in the X-Men franchise spinoff “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and football player Tim Riggins in the NBC series “Friday Night Lights”.
In 2012 he will be portraying John Carter in science fiction action adventure film “John Carter”, the heroic protagonist of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume Barsoom series.
But that’s not it. Taylor is also a certified nutritionist and personal trainer.
So you might have figured out by now that Talyor Kitsch is not a novice when it comes to training, health and well-being.

That is why his five rule of leaness (that he unveiled in an interview to MensHealth) totally make sense and if you manage to follow them well you might end up in an A&F campaign or in a major blockbuster movie...

1. Always Start With Protein

"I begin my meals with a lean protein and then work around that. Tipically egg whites for breakfast and poultry or fish at lunch or dinner.

2. Front-Load Your Carbs

"Throughout the day, I like to reduce the number of carbohydrates I eat, since I don't need as much energy at night as in the morning."
So eat most of your carbs at breakfast and cut back on the amount at every meal thereafter.
For Kitsch, dinner typically consists of meat and vegetables, which have very few carbs.

This is actually a principle supported by science as researchers have found that your body's ability to metabolize carbs drops as the day goes on, so more end up stored as fat.

3. Avoid Fast-Digesting Foods

"I stay away from sugar and flour," says Kitsch. “That's because products that contain high amounts of these ingredients (such as most breads, pasta, and baked goods) are quickly digested, causing blood sugar to rise dramatically. This stimulates the release of the hormone insulin, which signals your body to stop burning and start storing fat.
Kitsch always chooses 100% whole-grain bread and pasta.

4. Strike a Balance

"There are times when you simply can't get to the gym as much as you'd like," he says. "But as long as you're eating right 85 to 90 percent of the time, you'll be fine. It's not realistic to expect your diet to be perfect, especially when you're busy."
For example, let's say you eat five times a day. That's 35 meals a week. Stay disciplined for 30 of those meals and you'll keep your diet, and your midsection, on track.

5. Monitor More Than Your Abs

"Your mood swings and your whole outlook on life revolve around what you're putting into your body," says Kitsch.
The take-home advice: start paying attention to the way you feel ,for instance, by keeping a daily log, and not just the way you look. Chances are, you'll find even better reasons to stick with a healthy diet for the long term.

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  1. I stumbled onto this post through a link on your Persian pasta post - Taylor Kitsch is one of my all time favorite actors - I am working my way through Season 3 of Friday Night Lights now as I never got around to watching the show back when it aired on TV - love this post highlighting his take on nutrition, Mike!