Aussie actor Lincoln Lewis, reveals the insanely crazy diet he did to shred fat fast for an acting role.
As kids, we all had big (unrealistic) ideas of what we wanted to be when we grew up: the Prime Minister, an astronaut, the world’s top heart surgeon, a Hollywood actress, Beyonce’s BFF etc. Then we reached our teenage years and those dreams flew out the window, all motivation depleted, and those nasty teenage hormones kicked in – soz mum. But as we graduated high school, reality began to sink in and all of a sudden it was a case of ‘oh crap, what do I actually want to do with my life?’
Sounds all too familiar. But unlike majority of us who are still cruising along in life waiting for our next big break to magically appear, there is one iconic Aussie human being who had his heart set on one dream his whole entire life.
From his first big break on Home and Away, to his role on Tomorrow, When the War Began, Lincoln Lewis has put his best efforts into everything he has taken on. He was also blessed with an incredible mindset, a heap of talent….and bloody good looks (talk about having the best of both worlds, eh?)
Exhibit A: getting ripped for a role in a Pilot, where he had to follow the strictest diet ever invented; and let’s just say we wouldn’t be complaining about your Keto flu if we were you.
“My trainer put me on this eating plan and it was no meat, no carbs, and no sugar for 13 days straight,” the actor exclusively tells myBody+Soul.
“It doesn’t sound like a long time, but when you go from one day of normality to just straight cold turkey, it was death.”
Okay, maybe we’re thankful our dream of becoming a Hollywood actress didn’t turn out.
And this crazy diet didn’t just stop there – his morning routine consisted of some deliciously-disgusting cleansing drinks and a lot of push ups.
“It was a pretty hectic regime, so I’d wake up and have half a lemon in warm water, then do 50 push ups. Then I did a cleanse drink which was an ounce of liquid chlorophyll, an ounce of flax oil, an ounce of aloe vera juice, the other half of the lemon, and fill that up with water.”
“It looked like sewerage, tasted like sewerage.”
Anyone else regurgitating last night’s dinner back up?
He then followed this with a “glass of mineral drink, then chilled for five to 10 minutes, do another 50 push ups” and then made himself a plant-based protein shake with coconut water.
And what he put into his body was only half of the hard work.
He would hit the gym for a “one to two hour session, come back and have the same protein shake”, have a nap, then wake up and make himself a salad for lunch filled with spinach, lettuce, avo, lentils or quinoa and a tiny bit of chopped mango.
And you guessed it; he headed back to the gym for another sweat sesh. Yep, we feel puffed out just by reading this.
Although the steak-lover admits the ‘first week was death”, it completely changed his mindset on what healthy eating meant to him.
“I never felt better and had never physically performed better – my training was crazy, I was so happy physically, I dropped all the excessive sh*t and because I was eating plant based proteins, I was retaining size and was getting really fit. I was feeling really good because all the fat was just dropping off.”
He felt so good that he even admits that he’s going to start getting back into that routine because apparently he’s “been really generous” to himself. Okay, Lincoln, if that’s what generous-sized you looks like, you clearly haven’t seen us in the middle of winter.
But while we normal people look back at all the crazy diets we’ve gone and have used them as a firm lesson to never put our bodies through such agony again, Lincoln uses each experience as a stepping stone. Combined with his crazy shredding diet and cooking skills he picked up while filming for Hell’s Kitchen last year, the 30 year-old is now quite the Masterchef.
“I’m very very picky with my tastebuds, so doing Hell’s Kitchen was good because I got to learn specifics and I got to learn how to mix different ingredients.
“But on top of that I think when you’re preparing your own meals you put so much more thought into what you’re putting into your body. I gained a real appreciation from that because when you order something at a restaurant you don’t realise how much thought and preparation goes into making it,” the ambassador for Naked Kitchen explains.
He swears by Naked Kitchen’s new meal bases and soups, which are free from preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and makes sure he always has a few packs in the kitchen so he can whip up a healthy, nutritious meal in seconds.
So he loves to cook, he’s a friggin’ good actor, he has the mentality to actually complete a diet – man, is there anything he can’t do?
According to us, apparently not. And to add to his never-ending list, we’re also deeming him Gandy 2.0, because he is literally the walking dictionary of wise words.
It’s through his family and friends (aka. Will and Jayden Smith – yep, he’s biffels with the Smith fambam) where he draws his inspiration from to help him power through the difficult times working in “an industry based on rejection”.
For starters, his actual family has instilled in his mind that “everything happens for a reason” and “you learn from your mistakes, and everything comes back like an echo”.
Throughout the years, he’s picked up little tips here and there from other actors, learning that “life’s a game of persistence and every rejection is one more no to getting a yes.”
But on the first page of ‘Lincoln’s Book of Wisdom’, he takes it all back to his idol and BFF Will Smith.
“In terms of your own preparation and your own work ethic, I’ve taken my life motto from Will Smith and his is: ‘stay ready so you never have to get ready.’ Whether it involves your physical routines, your work routine, preparing for a role or keeping up with your craft.
“If you sort of take a chill because it’s time to relax, yeah, you do enjoy that but you also have to still stay on top of yourself because if something gets thrown at your really quickly, instead of having to start from the starting blacks, you’re already mid jog.”
And his key to staying humble is remembering that “no matter where you go in life, no matter what you achieve, you always had to start somewhere so never forget that.”
Until we learn how to implement his wise words into our lives, at least we can now tick off one childhood/teenage/adult goal: meeting Lincoln Lewis.
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