44-year old Australian actor and producer Hugh Jackman, best known for his role as Wolverine, definitely shows a great commitment to his work, from gaining muscle weight in preparation for the movie “The Wolverine,” to losing weight for his role in “Les Miserables,” he does adhere to a strict diet for each transformation.
According to Yahoo, Hugh Jackman revealed how difficult it is to prepare for the role of the blade-knuckled mutant in the “X-Men” franchise. He basically had to pile on a large amount of calories, eating bland food and adhering to a strict daily schedule.
In an interview with Sirius XM satellite radio, Hugh Jackman said: “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 more bland. Chicken breasts, but steamed, no salt. And steamed spinach.”
Hugh Jackman calls his diet, the 16-8 diet, a diet in which he sticks to a strict time schedule in which he said: “What I do is I eat in an eight hour period, it’s all the rage this diet now. It’s called the 16-8 diet. For sixteen hours of the day, I fast, so I don’t eat. Between ten in the morning and six o’clock at night … I eat 5,000 calories. And then I eat nothing … it’s more about, ‘This is a disgusting amount of food, I can’t eat another bite.’ 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! Just two meals left!”
For his role as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” Jackman indicated that he fasted and cut back on his water intake in order to capture the character’s physical transformation as he wasted away during the course of the story.
One thing for sure is that Hugh Jackman is buff and those abs are to die for. Well you now know some of his workout and diet secrets.