Joe Manganiello is ripped and exudes a steely confidence, but wasn't always so tough physically or emotionally. Manganiello, 36, battled alcoholism and chain-smoked during his twenties before hitting it big on "True Blood."
"There was a period of about four years where I needed to quit drinking," Joe told the HuffingtonPost (see video). "The drinking got in the way of my career.
"My life was ruined. I was homeless, careless, and broke with no career. So yes, it was worth it [to get sober]."
Manganiello has been sober for 11 years now, and credits his early failures as a gawky adolescent for fueling his drive to reshape his body and his life.
In his fitness book, Evolution, Manganiello reveals the diet and workout secrets responsible for his rippling 6-foot-5, 230-pound physique.
Joe said growing up as a skinny kid who faced adversity because of his nerdy appearance helped him become the self-confident man he is today.
Failure became a huge part of my success story. I'm glad I failed. I'm glad I felt that way and decided to do something about it. I never wanted to feel that way again and it drove me."
Manganiello underscored that anyone can reshape their body by working out regularly and following a low-carb, high-protein diet. "If I can do it, anyone can," he said. Despite his chiseled physique, Joe has trouble putting on muscle mass, and insisted he has never taken steroids.
He said working out intensely (as opposed to going low-intensity and long) and getting enough sleep is critical for getting ripped. Manganiello works out twice a day, six days a week, and eats small high-protein, low-fat meals throughout the day to build lean muscle mass.
Joe said working out pays multiple dividends because the more effort you put in, the more rewards you reap. “The harder I train, the more I get back,” he said.
Manganiello discussed his workout regimen on the Dec. 4 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.