At 67, Sylvester Stallone looks back with pride over his legendary film career. From "Rocky," when he admits that he followed a dangerously unhealthy diet, to his current regime, Sylvester recently dished up the secrets of his ageless body.
He's such a believer in the benefits of his diet and fitness plan that he's documented them in a book: "Sly Moves: My Proven Program to Lose Weight, Build Strength, Gain Will Power, and Live your Dream" (click for details).
However, Sylvester admits that it took him awhile to figure out what really works to shed pounds while building strength.
"I led a very unhealthy regimen while working to develop my body for the later 'Rocky' movies," he confessed, according to his Web site.
"I was working out on an empty stomach, and my body began to cannibalize itself. It was my plan to reduce myself that way, then add on muscle ounce by ounce. I went down to 155 pounds – and I’m five-feet-ten. I was all skin and bone. I was also drinking great quantities of coffee to stimulate myself, to give me energy," adds the star.
Now, however, Sylvester knows better. His focus for weight loss and strength: Protein. During a live chat about "Get Carter," he explained his philosophy on diet.
"I maintain a high protein diet. If it floats, flies, crawls or runs, I eat it. High protein. That’s all."
A typical day looks like this:
- Before breakfast: "I drink a glass of liquid amino acids."
- Breakfast consists of "easily digested foods. For example, two eggs, four figs, and toasted pumpernickel bread."
- Workout after relaxing for more than an hour "to give my food time to digest."
- Lunch: "For a typical lunch I might have a salad, broiled skinless chicken, broiled squash and some figs or berries."
- Dinner: "I might have something like broiled fish, another salad, steamed spinach and a couple of slices of dark high-fibre toasted bread. Besides chicken and fish, I occasionally eat veal. But any meat I eat is simply prepared and very lean. I haven’t had a pastrami sandwich in 15 years."
In an interview with Longevity magazine, Sylvester noted his emphasize on unprocessed foods.
"I eat three egg whites and a half yolk for breakfast, along with Irish oatmeal, toast and fresh papaya," he said.
Although he eats red meat only "once a week," he regularly enjoys "chicken and fish, though I gave up shellfish about a year ago because of water pollution, and that was tough because I love shrimp and clams."
Also on the menu: "Lots of fruits and vegetables."