Sylvester Stallone Still Looking Fabulous At 73- How His Diet & Workouts Have Evolved With Age
Sly puts a new spin on the phrase “extreme diet”.
He’s used every trick in the book to shed that last pound of body fat in preparation for a big movie role, and although he’s put an end to the extreme diets now, he still has some great stories to tell…
“I think of my body as a sports car,” explains Sly.
“I’ll fill it with ‘fuel’ for the job it needs to do.
If I know I’m going to be working out, then I’ll prepare myself with the right nutrition to enhance that training. But if I know I’m not going to be working out, then I usually cut my intended calories in half for that day.
This way, I can remain on target even if I have a week where I’m only able to hit the gym, say, twice.
If it’s a particularly busy day and I’m also training, I’ll fill my tank up. But if I don’t need the fuel, then I won’t have it. I’ll let it run on half empty.”
The system Sly refers to here is carb cycling. It’s a good way to get lean, and stay lean. The rationale behind it is pretty solid: you get the perks of going high-carb during the days you work out, and the perks of going low-carb when you’re not as active.
With carb cycling, when you exercise, your body dips into your carb stores for energy, so naturally your high carb days would align with training days, when your body can best utilize that fuel. That can be a great thing, because an extra push during your workout means you can go harder for longer, burning more calories overall. On your rest days, you can scale your carbs back as a way to reduce empty calories without feeling too restricted for the rest of the week.
But here’s the real takeaway from this…
In an age where everyone counts everything, and obsesses over minutia, isn’t it refreshing to hear that Sly diets somewhat instinctively, not obsessing over every little thing?
𝗦𝘆𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘁
“These days, I’m a big believer in just staying healthy, and you can have anything in moderation.
I wouldn’t have been able to carry on doing what I do, at the level I still do it, if I had kept using my old ways.
Sylvester Stallone at 73
Most of my approach to nutrition has changed over the years, but one thing I’ve always done, is I like to eat a lot of easily digestible protein like chicken and fish, and steer clear of the stuff which I know is going to be harder for my gut to handle.
Red meat is an easy example to give you.
I have avoided eating red meat for so long now, it’s been about 20 years since my diet included it in any more than very small amounts.
That being said, I make sure I stop by a McDonald’s about once a month and enjoy a burger. It might sound strange, but I do that because my line of work sometimes has me caught in a situation where I don’t have any food prepared, and I don’t want to eat some red meat and get stomach convulsions.
At one time, I was so strict with my diet I remember eating some hot dogs, just regular hot dogs, and experiencing incredibly painful stomach cramps because I just wasn’t used to digesting that type of food at all!
So that’s my workaround, and it seems to do the trick.”
Everything in moderation, folks. Take it from Rocky himself.
So there you have it!
Stallone has openly admitted that his early career workout routines and diet were dangerous. Crazy and unsustainable diets, twice a day lifting sessions, HGH and outrageously high amounts of amino acids were all part of his routine. His work ethic was admirable to say the least, but with age came wisdom. He now realizes the critical importance of rest and balanced nutrition. He alternates his daily training routine between aerobic and strength training to allow muscles to rest and recover, understanding now that daily lifting is detrimental to his health.
So the next time you hit a plateau with your training, remember, somewhere out there, is a 73 year-old Stallone pressing a dumbbell bigger than your face, but doing so with sensibility and structure.
𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 + 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 + 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 = 𝗦𝗨𝗖𝗖𝗘𝗦𝗦!
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