This post was spurred by our friend Grant who is interested in a comprehensive guide for getting that Hollywood look. This is something that I personally strive for in my workout and meal plan and I know that most of you would like the same results. It requires a precise attention to detail and a little know how, but once you get the hang of it as a life plan, all you need is consistency!
Eat Your Vegetables And Fruit Or Don’t Even Bother
We’re always looking for shortcuts and ways of getting around things to attain our goals. But I’m sorry to say that there is simply no substitution for getting a wide variety of vegetables and fruits in your diet. And it’s not just about the nutrients found in fruits and veggies that are necessary for muscle growth (CDC):
You can create lower-calorie versions of some of your favorite dishes by substituting low-calorie fruits and vegetables in place of higher-calorie ingredients. The water and fiber in fruits and vegetables will add volume to your dishes, so you can eat the same amount of food with fewer calories.”
Understanding how this substitution benefits your weight loss will be key in the second component of reaching your goal of a Hollywood physique.
Drop Bad Eating Habits And Develop Good Eating Habits
Anything worth doing is worth doing right. So drop out processed foods and restructure your new meal plan to revolve around at least 95% whole foods. Humans were not meant to mess with the food that the planet provides and if you want that lean physique, you won’t mess with processed foods either.
Another key component in developing good eating habits is understanding that at the present, you are eating too much. Do you know how I know that? Because you’re consulting an article about attaining a physique that you currently do not have. And you know what? That’s totally ok!
No one has the answers, or results for that matter, by virtue of following their instincts. In this case, our instincts happen to be counter-intuitive to our goals. As history has shown us, our survival as early humans were contingent on hoarding energy in the form of calories whenever we could because we used to live in an environment of scarcity. That isn’t the case in the modern world, so don’t eat like it is!
Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Cardio
Sprints yield physiques. Period, scoreboard, end of story. Take a look at Usain Bolt (the world’s greatest sprinter) and then take a look at Haile Gebrselassie (the world’s greatest marathon runner). Between these two, who would you like to look like?
How about football players? Do you see them jogging much or are they doing sprints? Ok, you get the point. So switch out the chronic, steady state cardio and start doing sprints at the local park or even on the treadmill at the gym.
Weight Lifting Should Be A Staple In Your Workout Routine
While bodyweight circuits can help build a lean, muscular look, the most tried and true component of fitness for that Hollywood look has always been lifting weights. But how you go about it is very important (Fitness Black Book):
Many people need to change their idea of a good workout. The idea should be to work up a sweat while getting stronger and burning off body fat. This can be done with just a few quality sets and 1-2 different lifts per body part…blitzing a muscle group will just force you to rest more days in between workouts and will lead to slower strength gains.”
Remember, “blitzing” a muscle group, as Rusty calls it, is a technique used by bodybuilders who are looking to increase their size. The Hollywood look is about getting a lean, muscular physique with much less mass than your typical bodybuilder.
Be Willing To Make Changes When Necessary
This is arguably the most important part of the process because it encompasses all of the other components. Trust me when I say that you will not stumble onto the perfect balance of healthy eating and be working out the first time around. It takes time, an understanding of your body and how it reacts as well as multiple tweaks to both how you eat and how you are working out.
Building muscle and burning fat, the holy grail of 21st-century fitness takes a concentrated effort that is adaptable. Whether it requires you to eat fewer calories or lift more weights, the key to improving your physique is a reflection. So write everything down, observe the results and then change them accordingly. I promise you’ll get to your goal quicker!
Don’t forget to check out the Celebrity Diets & Workouts archive for specific Hollywood stars diest and workouts!
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