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'True Blood' Joe Manganiello talks high protein diet and fitness with Dr. Oz

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Dr. Mehmet Oz has invited a wide range of celebrities to his talk show to share their fitness and diet secrets. For example, he worked out with Snooki and her trainer on a recent show, and took up celebrity trainer Tony Horton's challenge to get fit fast on another episode. His latest uber-fit superstar: "True Blood" and "Magic Mike" actor Joe Manganiello, who visited Dr. Oz's talk show on December 4 to discuss his tips and new book "Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted" (click for details)

Hard to believe now, but Joe admits that he once was a high school weakling. So what made the difference? Joe believes in the validity of mind over matter. He contends that by making a complete commitment to get fit mentally, you can achieve your goals physically.

In addition to the mental commitment, Joe recommends a two-part physical commitment:

  • Exercise for six days a week, alternating body parts and focusing on two body parts each day.
  • Follow a high protein diet divided into mini meals, eating them throughout the day and focusing on clean eating (choose natural foods rather than processed). However, rather than the Atkins-style high fat diet, Joe recommends low-fat protein choices.

But the road from weakling to wizard of wow hasn't been easy. Joe told the HuffPost Live on December 3 that he battled alcohol in his 20s.

"There was a period of about four years where I needed to quit drinking. And the drinking got in the way [of my career]," he admitted.

"It was one of those obstacles that I had to get over and once again I needed to clear the road in order for these things to happen, so it really is an inside job. I had to clean up my act and figure that whole situation out," Joe reflected.

And although it's been more than 11 years since he had a drink, Joe recalls those days ruefully.

"My life was ruined," he added of his struggle. "I was homeless, careless and broke with no career."

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