I’ve never really written about this sort of thing before, but I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight and I figured, hey why not. I grabbed a copy of Men’s Fitness magazine and it had a segment on various celebrities and how they got jacked for their movie or TV roll.
For the most part I’m not really interested in the lives and exploits of celebrities, but one of the guys mentioned was Joel McHale from the E television show “The Soup“. It’s the only TV show on the E channel that I can really bear watching. It’s a blend of irreverence and sarcasm just cracks me up, with Joel making it all come together.
Anyway, it was interesting to me that in the article about McHale they mentioned that he use to play football in college and is a former marathon runner. Most actors get put on a very specific and purpose-driven regimen that is designed to achieve dramatic results. This obviously isn’t a guy who gains 50 pounds in between movie rolls.
Apparently, his typical day includes doing push-ups in between takes on the set, avoiding sugar and carbs whenever possible, and snacking on almonds and hard-boiled eggs throughout the day. For dinner he’ll often have fish and vegetables for a meal. He calls it the “Hey, you’re going to be naked on TV diet”.
All joking aside, I think he really gets it. I get the impression that being in shape is a lifestyle for him, not a job requirement (mainly due to the fact that he’s had no figure rolls). Further, he basically seems to eat a paleo-style diet. One doesn’t necessarily have to avoid carbs at all costs, but Joel understands that sugar can be very detrimental to one’s health or body composition goals.
Good for Joel. Ok, another two hours till my flight, time to finish reading my magazine.