Country superstar Tim McGraw flaunted off his rippling 8-pack abs after his recent 40-pound weight loss. A shirtless McGraw tweeted a photo of himself flyboarding on crips blue waters.
Tim is ripped and fitter than ever after he stopped drinking alcohol, began following a low carb Paleo diet, and started doing CrossFit, as Examiner has reported.
McGraw had an epiphany in 2008, when he realized that his drinking not only made him overweight, but was ruining his life, Celebrity Health Fitness reported.
"I drank a lot from my point of view and I needed to stop," said Tim. "I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn't feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run."
I realized it was time to start taking care of myself. You start thinking about longevity, and you wanna stick around. It was the way I felt, more than anything. It's tough to be at your best when you're not taking care of yourself."
Tim stopped drinking in 2008 and began an intense workout program that includes running, weight-lifting and basketball, and has never looked or felt better. The resulting 40-pound weight loss has given him the body of an athlete.
"To stay fit, I try to keep it consistent as best as I can," says McGraw, who's married to singer Faith Hill. "Part of my routine is getting up in the morning, taking the kids to school and then going to the gym, spending a couple of hours in there."
McGraw also does CrossFit workouts and intense strength-training with martial-arts expert Roger Yuan. "We work with pulleys, bars and do core training, strength and balanced movements to build up the muscles between the ribs and connective tissues," said Yuan. "I have trained a lot of people and many are hard workers, but Tim is another animal. There is no quitting in him."
Paleo Diet Embraced by NBA Stars and Supermodels
To maintain his age-defying physique, the 6-foot McGraw follows a low-carb Paleo diet, which emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, starches, alcohol and processed foods.
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a large celebrity following, including NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Ray Allen, supermodel Adriana Lima, and actor Kellan Lutz.
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 and The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook.
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.
Joel Friel, a U.S. Olympic triathlon coach, said the Paleo diet works for athletes because it aids recovery. “[Paleo offers] better long-term recovery due to greater micronutrient content [than a standard high-starch, high-sugar diet], allowing the athlete to train with a greater stress load,” said Friel, author of the Triathlete's Training Bible.