WWE Champion Jinder "Hardbody" Mahal recently came out and flatly denied all steroid allegations, saying "I've been tested plenty and never failed one."
So how did he get that amazing physique, and how does he maintain it. Well, unsurprisingly, he works out. A lot. But perhaps very surprisingly, he also eats. A lot. A lot more than he works out.
Speaking with GQ, Jinder said the weight-loss and toning began when he changed how he ate, not just what he ate.
“I actually started being more consistent with my meals. Before when I was hungry, I would eat a big meal and then not eat for a couple of hours. Maybe have a snack. But what I do now, what’s made the biggest change in my physique, is I eat every two hours and I eat the same portion meal—about 350 to 400 calories, about 30 grams of carbs, and 30 to 40 grams of protein. I eat a meal with that same breakdown every two hours.”
And here's what that looks like in practice. Every single day.
“The first thing I do when I wake up is cardio on an empty stomach. I’ll just drink water or maybe I’ll have a black coffee with no sugar, and I’ll do about 25 minutes of cardio, six days a week. If I’m home, I have an elliptical trainer. If I’m on the road, I always go down to the hotel gym and just use whatever cardio equipment they have. I prefer to use the elliptical because it’s a little bit easier on my joints than running on a treadmill. But right after I do that I have my first meal, which is usually one packet of oats and two scoops of whey protein isolate. I just dump the oatmeal right into the protein shake and mix it with water. I’ll also have one banana. That’s meal number one.
“About an hour after that I get my workout in. I’m training for about an hour and a half. I do about 30 minutes of stretching and then right after that workout I eat another banana, a packet of oats, and a few scoops of protein for my post-workout meal. An hour after that is when I start my regular meals. With the meal prep company, it makes it so easy and it’s a different variety every meal. Chicken and rice, pasta and turkey. Like I mentioned before, the main key is balance. Each meal has those balanced macronutrients—same amount of protein, same amount of carbs.”
So, kids, it's not just cutting out those late night Taco Bell runs. It's not just joining your local Planet Fitness. It's also (mostly) about "macronutrients."
I know I'm going to try Jinder's regimen, lose a few of these pesky pounds. Maybe even a few dozen.
Starting tomorrow, though. The pizza delivery guy just showed up.
You can read the rest of the interview at this link.