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After beefing up for 'Hercules,' actor Kellan Lutz powers up with Paleo diet

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After starring in "The Twilight Saga" film series, actor Kellan Lutz faced the challenge of becoming Hercules. To do so, he gained weight by muscling up through fitness. Now, however, he told On the Red Carpet on Dec. 27, he's decided to power up with a very structured food plan: Paleo.

And although the low carb Paleo diet has rigid rules, Kellan isn't overly heroic about sticking to it 24/7.

"I'm currently doing the Paleo diet -- but I've treated myself to a cheat day. Everything in moderation," he said.

However, Kellan admits that maintaining a fit body requires discipline.

"I live an active lifestyle. I'm a thrill junkie by heart and I love just pushing myself to the limits, risk-taking but living an active lifestyle," he said.

By setting diet and fitness goals, Kellan feels that he can focus on being his best.

"I'd rather live each day to my fullest and know that I had a great day versus a bad day," he explained.

Kellan's decision to follow the Paleo diet came after having allergy tests performed, he told Access Hollywood.

"It's really important to learn about your body," he said.

"They (medics) actually said that caffeine is not good for me and that I should be a vegan but I love meat," Kellan revealed.

And that's where the Paleo diet came in.

The low carb Paleo plan requires eliminating grains and sugar, and it apparently required a Herculean effort from the heroic actor. It's also designed to produce weight loss, especially for those who, like Kellan, are fond of sugar.

"I've cut out all of the sugars. I have candy drawers all over my place, so waking up and seeing my Starbursts and Gummi Bears ... Knowing that it's not good for me though has been very easy (to give up)," he confessed.

So what exactly is the Paleo diet? The plan calls for unprocessed foods that our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. It's high in protein and healthy fats, and low in carbs. Permitted foods include:

  • Fish, meats, poultry
  • Eggs, nuts
  • Vegetables, fruits
  • Olive and coconut oil
  • Water and green tea

On the list of "no no's": Dairy, grains, legumes, salt and processed foods. Learn more by clicking here to get insights from experts.

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