The Wolver­ine Diet

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Features -

It might seem ironic that we are ad­vo­cat­ing stick­ing to a strict eat­ing pat­tern here, es­pe­cially when you’re try­ing to break free from myr­iad soulzap­ping rou­tines in your life. But don’t just take our word for it, as Hugh Jack­man is liv­ing proof that this diet might just change your life.

Jack­man is, af­ter all, best known for por­tray­ing Wolver­ine on­screen with all the su­per­hu­man an­i­mal­is­tic char­ac­ter­is­tics that he pos­sesses. But off-screen, he is seem­ingly in­hu­mane too. Jack­man grew in size at a ridicu­lously fast rate in or­der to em­body the char­ac­ter, and when quizzed on how he can con­sume 5,000 calo­ries daily with­out putting on any fats, he re­vealed that it’s all thanks to in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing.

Aptly dubbed the “Wolver­ine Diet”, the strict regime that Jack­man fol­lows is based on the con­cept of in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing, where he fasts for 16 hours, and eats only dur­ing the fol­low­ing eight- hour pe­riod. That’s the Lean­gains daily model of in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing for you. How­ever, there are also four other com­mon forms of in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing to suit your sched­ule and life­style. These in­clude the al­ter­nate day fast­ing, weekly fast­ing, the Eat-stop- Eat fast­ing (where you fast for 24 hours once or twice a week), and the War­rior diet (where you fast dur­ing the day and eat a huge meal at night).

Of course, Jack­man’s shred­ded physique doesn’t just come from dieting alone; his gru­elling “Wolver­ine Work­out” is not for the faint­hearted. But, there’s no deny­ing the other pur­ported health ben­e­fits of fol­low­ing this rou­tine such as re­duced blood pres­sure, low­ered risk of type 2 di­a­betes, and im­proved pan­cre­atic func­tion. Fans of this method also claim that it puts them in a bet­ter men­tal state, al­low­ing them to bet­ter fo­cus on their tasks at hand.

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