Tim McGraw is in the best shape of his life at 47, thanks to a low-carb Paleo diet and rigorous CrossFit workouts. McGraw, who recently quit drinking, has developed a ridiculously ripped physique since losing over 40 pounds, Celebrity Health reported.
“I like to eat. I like food. That is one of the reasons that I throw that extra hour of working out in,” said Tim. “I’ll eat a cheeseburger now and then, and I love sweet tea.”
McGraw, who has the chiseled six-pack abs of a professional bodybuilder, says dieting and working out before going on tour is part of his job as an entertainer.
“No one wants to grow up to be a rock star to sing the same song over and over again in a studio. The reason you want to do this is to be in front of thousands of people, playing that guitar and doing what you love. When I’m on stage, I want to feel good.”
To maintain his age-defying physique, the buff 6-foot McGraw follows the low-carb Paleo diet, which emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, starches, alcohol and processed foods.
McGraw also does intense strength-training workouts up to three times a day with martial-arts expert Roger Yuan. “We work with pulleys, bars and do core training, strength and balanced movements to build up the muscles between the ribs and connective tissues,” says Yuan, who also trained Daniel Craig to play James Bond.
“I have trained a lot of people and many are hard workers. But Tim is another animal. I have to reign him in and have to tell him, ‘You can’t do that much.’ There is no quitting in him.”
Research suggests the Paleo diet accelerates weight loss, lowers blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer’s.
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a large celebrity following, including LeBron James (who lost 25 pounds on it), Ray Allen, Megan Fox and Joe Manganiello.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said Professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes.
Joe Friel, a U.S. Olympic triathlon coach, said the Paleo diet works for athletes because it helps with recovery. “[Paleo offers] better long-term recovery due to greater micronutrient content [than a standard high-starch, high-sugar diet], allowing the athlete to train with a greater stress load,” said Friel, author of the Triathlete’s Training Bible.