Jamie Foxx does not look 53. The actor and singer, set to star in an upcoming Mike Tyson biopic, is getting into great shape to portray the famous boxer. But at 53, he’s got to make sure he’ll remain fit and healthy for years to come.
In a new video from Men’s Health (opens in new tab) YouTube channel, he reveals his old-school workout and diet philosophy and why he avoids ‘Hollywood diets where you eat a basket of air and drink a cup of wind’.
Watch: Jamie Foxx’s diet and training routine revealed
Jamie Foxx’s workout approach
In the video above, Foxx says he loves ‘old school calisthenics’ and doesn’t use a trainer – at least, when he’s not trying to get into Mike Tyson shape – instead relying on pull-up bars and other workout equipment for home use.
“Calisthenics presents an excellent exercise choice for the over 50's because no equipment is needed, making the barrier to entry very low,” says celebrity PT Scott Laidler (opens in new tab). “You're also not carrying more than your own body weight so this can immediately lower your risk of getting injured compared to other types of resistance work.”
Want to give Foxx’s calisthenics routine a go? Our how to do pull-ups and dips guide has all the info you need to get started. Pull-ups work your back, biceps, forearms and core, while dips work your chest, triceps and shoulders. Together, these exercises can be done with minimal kit and can hit almost every muscle group in your upper body.
Jamie Foxx’s diet approach
Foxx makes it clear that the Hollywood diets associated with fasting or starving yourself are not for him, he asserts in the video, “You need food.” And for him a typical day of eating sounds fairly yummy. The actor starts the day with egg whites, turkey sausage, a slice of toast and some orange juice.
“I have my biggest meal in the morning because that’s what gets me going,” notes Foxx. His no-faff approach to dieting and working out is refreshing to hear from a Hollywood star but more importantly can inspire those over 50 looking to get into shape.
Turkey sausage is often favoured by people as a healthier alternative to a typical pork sausage. According to LiveStrong (opens in new tab), a 100g serving of turkey sausage contains around 196 calories while a 100g portion of pork sausage can contain about 339 calories. Half of these calories in the turkey sausage are believed to come from protein. Foxx doesn’t follow restrictive diets, just uses a few healthier food swaps.
For lunch, it’s brussel sprouts with either bacon or salmon and a little bit of rice and then his evening meals typically consist of a ‘good steak’ and lots of vegetables. Protein is important for muscle growth, and especially vital as we get older, when our muscle naturally begins to waste as a result of ageing-induced atrophy. A high-protein diet and regular resistance training can help turn the clock back.
However, this is an expensive daily diet to replicate, and impossible for people following vegetarian and vegan diets. To get more protein into your diet in an affordable, sustainable way, you can grab a protein shake in the morning (check out our best protein powder for weight loss guide) and use some of the best vegan cookbooks for healthy evening-meal inspo.
“My words of wisdom is this,” says Foxx, “When you look good, you feel better. So when you eat right you feel right.”
Jessica is Staff Writer at Fit&Well. Her career in journalism began in local news and she holds a Masters in journalism. Jessica has previously written for Runners World, penning news and features on fitness, sportswear and nutrition.
When she isn't writing up news and features for Fit&Well covering topics ranging from muscle building, to yoga, to female health and so on, she will be outdoors somewhere, testing out the latest fitness equipment and accessories to help others find top products for their own fitness journeys. Her testing pairs up nicely with her love for running. She recently branched out to running 10Ks and is trying to improve her time before moving on to larger races. Jessica also enjoys building on her strength in the gym and is a believer in health and wellness beginning in the kitchen. She shares all of this on her running Instagram account @jessrunshere which she uses for accountability and for connecting with like-minded fitness lovers.
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