Bodybuilding icon Arnold Schwarzenegger moved on from professional competition years ago but maintains a strong presence in the community. In a recent edition of The Daily Pump newsletter, Schwarzenegger shared his one-step weight loss plan of utilizing meal replacement drinks.
Arnold Schwarzenegger led one of the most successful careers as a professional bodybuilder. He racked up seven Mr. Olympia victories going up against the likes of former champions Sergio Oliva, Franco Columbu, and Frank Zane. Besides his impressive physique, Schwarzenegger gained attention for his charismatic personality and sharp wit. He is widely credited for taking the sport’s popularity to the next level through his work in the docudrama Pumping Iron (1977).
With more than 23.4 million followers on Instagram, Schwarzenegger frequently motivates his fans to lead a healthy lifestyle. He highlighted the need to make workout routines a daily part of your life and recommended staying consistent with exercising.
Schwarzenegger followed that up with a checklist for a healthy diet, including the recommended amount of fruit along with the macros and other nutrients. He also shared some of his best practices for making the most of your rest time for optimal recovery.
A few days later, he stressed the importance of building quality muscle to attain several benefits, such as metabolic advantage, extended lifespan, maintaining a healthy weight, improved blood sugar, and more.
‘The Austrian Oak’ stressed 30 minutes of daily exercise with a ‘bulletproof’ workout routine for longevity two weeks ago. He provided three steps to turn your goals into a reality. Last week, the 75-year-old shared a full-body stretch regimen to soothe muscle pain and reduce the chance of injuries. He added in a two-minute muscle challenge with minimal equipment requirements.
Arnold’s impact on the sport of bodybuilding is palpable to this day. He pioneered the gold standard for Men’s Open competitors. However, the landscape of the division changed significantly over the decades with the rise of mass monsters like eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, and former champions Jay Cutler and Phil Heath.
Former Mr. Olympia Samir Bannout credited Schwarzenegger for having the greatest physique of all time. Besides his refined skin and muscle quality, Bannout praised Schwarzenegger for achieving it before the widespread use of growth hormone.
Arnold Schwarzenegger shares one-step weight loss plan
In a recent edition of The Daily Pump newsletter, Arnold Schwarzenegger shared his one-step weight loss plan based on utilizing a meal replacement drink instead of whole foods. He also gave a list of ingredients along with the macros to aim for when preparing the shake.
“The One-Step Weight Loss Plan Many diets make weight loss seem overly complicated. If you’re looking for a quick fix, it’s time to pour yourself a drink,” said Schwarzenegger.
“Even though most people think of them as muscle builders, meal replacement drinks can be surprisingly effective at supporting healthy weight loss. We are critical about a lot of supplements because the hype doesn’t match the science, but protein shakes and meal replacements are an exception.
“Research suggests they can help burn fat, reduce hunger, and improve your overall metabolic health. But the real trick is how you incorporate protein shakes into your diet. Research suggests that replacing just one meal with a meal replacement drink can lead to an average of 5.5 pounds lost compared to a diet designed to help weight loss. Meal replacements work because they are convenient and quick, and loaded with protein and other nutrients that can help you stay full.
“Whole food meals do the trick too, but we tend to be bad at preparing them or knowing what to eat, and when that happens, you can become your own worst enemy. Research shows that we typically underestimate how many calories we eat (by about 47 percent!) and overestimate how much we burn. If you want to see if this strategy works for you, take your most challenging meal of the day (usually breakfast or lunch) and swap it with a shake. Just make keep an eye on what you add to the shake.
“Many people will use milk, nut butters, lots of fruit, and a variety of other ingredients that — while healthy — pile on the calories. In general, look for a shake with at least 20 grams of protein and 200 to 400 calories.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger promoted the benefits of using caffeine before workouts in a way that doesn’t negatively impact sleep quality. He suggested a dose of 200-300 milligrams of caffeine as a pre-workout to yield better results.
Arnold remains the most influential bodybuilder ever. His tips are sure to inspire many to make an effort toward healthy living and getting in shape.