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Joe Manganiello says 'True Blood' werewolf role and low carb diet saved his life

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In his 20s, Joe Manganiello was a "ticking time bomb" who was abusing alcohol to the point of endangering his health. What turned his life around? Intense exercise, a low carb diet and his starring role in the vampire drama "True Blood," reported CTV News on Dec. 19.

"I was drinking long before I moved to Los Angeles. When you're young and you are successful at a young age, and you have negative habits, the success validates in your mind everything you're doing across the board," he explained.

But a series of events and the recognition that he was "hurting myself and hurting other people around me" finally forced Joe to stop drinking.

"I was at a place where I needed to quit drinking. And it had been a long time coming," he admits now.

Joe credits his role in "True Blood" for helping him regain his health and stay sober.

"The role of Alcide on 'True Blood' was an opportunity to push myself and see what I could possibly become.
"There was no gun to my head, nobody forced me to do any of this," he emphasized.

"It was basically at 33 years old, what do you want the rest of your life to look like? Do you want to know what you're capable of or not? And I used it as my motivator," Joe explained.

Joe has detailed the low-carb, high protein diet and exercise plan that he uses to "push himself" in a new book: "Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted" (click for details).

He's featured on the cover of Muscle and Fitness magazine in January, reported Just Jared on Dec. 18. In his interview, Joe explains his views on exercise from the vantage point of an actor.

"There’s the triangle – the mind, body, and spirit. And all too often I see actors really work the mental and spiritual side but not put anything into the physical side, they just kind of ignore it. I don’t come from that school. I come at it in ancient Greek sense, in that their culture was built on athletics and on philosophers," he stated.

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