Zac Efron is currently filming the Baywatch movie, which is also starring The Rock.
The reboot sees Efron set to play Matt Brody, a character portrayed by David Charvet in the 90’s TV series, while Dwayne replaces David Hasselhoff as Mitch Buchannon.
Anyone who remembers the television series from the 90’s will remember it for 2 things;
If you spent the most of your day in a bikini or a pair of lifeguard shorts, you would probably make damned sure you were in great shape also.
Last week Efron tweeted a snap of what his diet consisted of for the movie.
“9 days of absolutely zero carbs & sugar. Only organic grass fed/free range protein and organic leafy greens.
Coming from some of the celebrity diets I have seen, it isn’t the worst of them.
A high protein and low carb diet, can help with weight loss and also help maintain muscle mass, but as with any diet, you have to know the full story.
However, he doesn’t give any context as to whether this was his entire diet throughout his training for the part.
If you have seen the photos that were released last week, he is in phenomenal shape, and is extremely lean.
But I would suspect that his ‘diet’ was more of a depletion for the shooting of the main scene where he is topless throughout completing a ‘Ninja Warrior’ style obstacle course.
For those of you that don’t know, a depletion is what bodybuilders have used for years to dump the remaining water and muscle glycogen, before stepping on stage.
It usually involves several days of something like what Efron posted with a refeed, increase in calories and carbs, the day before stepping on stage to fill the muscles again.
Efron also posted up a Cheat Meal that he consumed after the 9 days.
“#Cheatday! Devoured a steak, 4 side potatoes/veggies, mac-n-cheese, 3 desserts, bread/butter, brick o cheese & caviar”
After he posted these up last week, the media did what the media always do.
The released several articles revolving around his diet.
As usual, they labelled it as his sole diet and as I mentioned above, without the full context it is hard to say that this 128-character tweet was his sole diet for the entire shoot.
The cheat meal is something that can also cause some problems for those who do not understand them properly.
If you take what he is eating and you plug this model into a male who is overweight, you may get some initial weight loss.
However, it would be very foolish to think that they would end up with a physique like Efron’s.
It also could be counterproductive if not used correctly.
I used to use Cheat Meals when I first started out training people.
They were great for psychological and physiological breaks from dieting.
However, for some, the cheat meal ended up becoming an all you can eat binge, which ended up in the person taking in thousands of calories over the course of an evening.
The result of this was zero weight loss due to them cancelling out whatever calorie deficit they had created during the week.
Controlled refeeds or free meals can work, but they have to be controlled, both in calories and in macronutrients (Protein, Carbs and fats).
A binge simply doesn’t work.
On top of this, his tweet, gives zero context as to his training regime.
His diet and training was supposedly set out for him by The Rock.
If you follow the Rocks Instagram account, he doesn’t do anything by halves.
He trains every day and sometimes twice per day depending on his role.
This is an important point when you are looking at how Efron ate as a whole.
If he was training Daily and twice per day on certain days, his calorie expenditure would be huge.
His cheat meals, wouldn’t have the same effect on his physique as they would to someone who was training 2-3 days per week and attempting the same diet plan.
The media loves to post about celebrity diets.
It garners attention, sells magazines and gets clicks on their websites.
The problem with this, is that for the majority of them, celebrity diets are extreme, irresponsible and excessive.
If we look at it as a whole, the celebrity is getting paid millions of dollars to look a certain way on screen. They are willing to do whatever it takes to look the way the director wants them to look for those scenes.
We, however are not getting paid millions of dollars.
The way we want to look is not for a single scene in a movie or magazine cover, it is for day to day life.
Unfortunately, day to day life comes with day to day problems.
Trying to emulate a diet of a celebrity, who has nothing else to do but follow the plan, will be fruitless.
Their job relays on it, ours does not.
Theirs is for a certain scene.
Ours is for life.
While the diet Efron used may not be the worst one I have seen in regards to celebrity diets, using it for yourself without having it structured to you and your needs may not get you the results you are after.
It may not get you any results at all.
Setting up nutrition for someone is an individual process.
Please don’t get caught up in the hype surrounding the latest celebrity diet craze, they never live up to the hype.
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