Now anyone who’s a fan of James McAvoy will have noticed that he has been looking remarkably different in recent months. The X-Men star is no longer the relatively small and skinny actor we once knew him to be.
In fact, the talented Scotsman is now legitimately ripped. And his reason for wanting to get jacked? Well, aside from the aesthetic appeal, he is a world class actor – and what are actors known to do? Transform themselves and their bodies for their latest (hopefully) Oscar-winning role. For some actors, this will mean losing a ton of weight so that they can attain the look of an emaciated person. Others will be expected to practically balloon in size. And then there are actors such as McAvoy whose latest roles demand an authentically Adonis-type look. McAvoy, being the dedicated star that he is, wasted no time in hitting the gym in order to attain the look. However, while reports have been flying around that part of his fitness routine involved consuming up to 6,000 calories a day, this is simply not true according to McAvoy. However, the repeated mention of “6,000” across multiple publications wasn’t entirely a fabrication, it actually came straight from the horse’s mouth. In January this year, McAvoy explained his entire process of bulking up to the journal magazine for fashion retailer Mr. Porter. McAvoy first started training at the gym in order to prep for M. Night Shyamalan’s 2016 blockbuster Split, the sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable. But it wasn’t until McAvoy started filming for Glass,the third movie in Shyamalan’s trilogy, that we really began to see the incredibly impressive results. He told Mr. Porter magazine that he managed to bulk up without the help of personal trainers and dieticians. McAvoy said that he created his own weightlifting routine which he referred to as “super simple, but it works every muscle”. He also explained how he went all out when it came to increasing his food intake. In fact, he actually made his own diet plan which involved consuming “5,000, 6,000 calories a day.” Or did he? “Instead of eating two eggs in the morning, I’d eat eight. Then a snack of chicken breast,” McAvoy continued. “Then two chicken breasts for lunch, and then a steak for another snack. Then two salmon steaks for dinner.” Now even to the food lovers amongst us, the mere idea of eating a whopping 6,000 calories in a single day sounds insane. However, in an Instagram post, McAvoy said that his words were taken out of context and that he actually doesn’t eat anywhere near that amount of calories. Recognising that eating “6,000 calories” is not just false, but potentially dangerous, McAvoy revealed the truth on the social media site:
“Seeing a lot of articles saying that I ate 6000 calories a day to get bigger and leaner. Just to set the record straight incase anyone decides to give this a go. I have never done this. The quote is taken from an interview I did for a movie called ‘Split’, not the one I’m on right now which is called ‘Glass’.”
“The interview was done at the beginning of the year and me saying ‘I ate 6000 calories a day’ is inaccurate, was meant as a joke and is being widely used out of context. The truth is that this time around I gained more muscle weight and got leaner by not counting a single calorie.”
“Good old @magnuslygdback had me eating a lot but nowhere near the 6000 calorie mark. In fact we didn’t count a single calorie. We counted macros…I think probably a healthier way of tracking intake.
I’m sure most people would never dream of copying the advice of some article/s on the internet about some actor but I know some would and id be gutted if they laboured under bad advice or worse yet seriously harmed their health. 6000 a day might work well for somebody but I’ve got zero experience or info on that being the case. Guys and girls in the gym and out… this IS NOT how I got the results I got.please don’t copy. enjoy your workouts or non workouts.stay healthy and eat well to enjoy if you can! All the very best, James.”
So there you have it, McAvoy has never and will never be eating up to 6,000 calories in a single day. Yes, spending hours at the gym in order to bulk up does usually meaning increasing your food intake especially foods that are rich in protein. However, for most people, a diet of 6,000 calories would actually end up being counterproductive. So you’d have more success emulating McAvoy’s actual diet plan rather than the one currently making waves in the media.