Kellan Lutz recently switched to the low-carb Paleo diet and has never felt better, and credited Paleo and CrossFit for his rippling "Hercules" body.
"I adopted the Paleo diet," Lutz told Knoxville.com. "It helped me because I had tons of energy. It made me even more healthy and able to stay sick-free and push, because I pushed myself quite a bit."
Kellan started the Paleo diet in 2013 to get in shape to play Hercules in the film, "The Legend of Hercules." The Paleo diet emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, fats, vegetables and fruits, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, starches, alcohol and processed foods.
Proponents say it produces dramatic weight loss and praised its emphasis on whole foods over processed junk. NBA superstars LeBron James and Ray Allen are followers of the low-carb Paleo diet, as is country superstar Tim McGraw, who credited Paleo and CrossFit for his 40-pound weight loss.
Research suggests the Paleo diet accelerates weight loss, reduces blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer's.
Studies: Paleo Twice As Effective For Weight Loss, Belly Fat
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes.
Fitness expert Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution, said Paleo isn't a fad diet because the emphasis is not on calorie restriction, and it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.
The rippling 6-foot-1 Lutz said the Paleo diet enabled him to reduce body fat and helped him stay healthy despite lots of grueling training and a rough shooting schedule.
The former Calvin Klein model said eliminating sugar from his diet was extremely difficult at first, but he's glad he did it. "I really started getting really tight, which was quite nice," said Kellan. "I ate a lot of proteins but it was really hard deleting the candy from my system because I love candy. You really just notice that your body will adjust, and you feel healthier."
Lutz's workout routine for "Hercules" involved weightlifting, CrossFit training, horseback- iding, fighting with swords and coordinating action scenes with stuntmen. While it was tough, the athletic Kellan enjoyed the hard work.
"I'm an action junkie at heart," said Lutz. "I love pushing myself to the limit. I don’t really have fears as far as heights, skydiving, or bungee jumping. I love mixed martial arts, weapons training, guns, knives, driving fast cars, and motorcycles. I love it all."