As the New Year begins, many set out to lose weight and get healthier. Aware of these challenges, Arnold Schwarzenegger shared his ‘best of the best’ dieting tips on a recent episode of Arnold’s Pump Club podcast, providing straightforward guidelines for dieting success.
After years of proving himself as a successful bodybuilder, seven-time Mr. Olympia champion Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn’t stopped bettering himself now that he is retired. At 76 years old, Schwarzenegger has managed to maintain his impeccable physique all while giving credit to diet and exercise.
Arnold Schwarzenegger believes that sweat is the anti-aging secret along with the anti-inflammatory response from working out. This combined with his ‘you rest, you rust’ mentality, Schwarzenegger still hits the gym every day for at least 45 minutes.
It isn’t just exercise that has helped Arnold Schwarzenegger defy Father Time, as his diet plays a major role as well. Sticking to a mostly plant-based food program, he has been able to lower his cholesterol significantly which has given him more energy.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals ‘Why The Diet Industry is Misleading’ and How To ‘Build Better Habits’
Thankfully the ‘Austrian Oak’ shares all his knowledge of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and has compiled it into his newsletter and podcast Arnold’s Pump Club. Recently, he gave his ‘best of the best’ tips heading into the New Year which included dieting and how to find the most success.
Schwarzenegger referred to a study that showed why people are often misguided by the diet industry and then gave a better option when looking to get healthier.
“A study shows why the diet industry can be so misleading. If you want better results, stop looking for a magic pill” Arnold Schwarzenegger says.
“A ten-year study examined more than 17k people and found that a few eating habits can make a huge difference. Regardless of genetics, these eating behaviors led to less body fat, more muscle, and better overall health.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed some of the simple habits that can aid health such as eating three pieces of fruit a day along with two servings of vegetables a day.
“The healthy habits include eating about three pieces of fruit and two cups of vegetables per day. Successful dieters also tend to keep total dietary fat to less than 30% of your total daily calories.”
“This doesn’t mean you can’t eat more than that but gives you a range. So, if you are following a 2,000-calorie diet, this means you could eat up to 65 grams of fat per day.”
“They also found that you want to limit saturated fat to 10% or less of your daily caloric intake and you also want to keep sugar at less than 10% of your daily calories” Schwarzenegger added.
Additionally, Schwarzenegger advocated for fiber and potassium consumption.
“Try to eat 25 grams or more of fiber each day and finally consume more than 3,500 milligrams of potassium. Potassium is found in many foods including potatoes, avocado, bananas, and oranges, dairy, cashews, beans and lentils, and salmon.”
Schwarzenegger reminds listeners that this is a flexible guideline meant to help navigate you in the right direction. Even implementing a few of the tips can help overall dieting success.
“These diet recommendations provide good guidance without telling you exactly what to eat. Even if you don’t follow all the suggestions doing a few can help you build better habits and that’s a great reminder that the best diet is the one that you can follow.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger not only offers guidance on improving dietary habits but also imparts his comprehensive knowledge about various aspects of health. He aims to assist his followers in steering clear of common misconceptions related to health and well-being.
This includes calling out supplement companies for hiding illegal ingredients. He also points out that supplements like fish oil aren’t giving the appropriate dosage necessary to provide the benefits intended.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s influence in the fitness community extends to his role as a motivational speaker and mentor, inspiring individuals to achieve their health goals. His legacy in bodybuilding makes him a lasting inspiration to those seeking to better themselves mentally and physically.