Dieting Tips for Actors

November 29, 2017

Let’s be honest. Nobody likes dieting. In fact, when I’m not supposed to eat something, it makes me want to eat it more. But there are ways to get around the intense cravings and still shed some pounds effectively.


1. Fast

This is a controversial one so take it as you will. I love eating huge meals, but I can’t do it if I’m restricting my calorie intake as well as eating consistently throughout the day. So to get around this I intermittently fast. Intermittent fasting is just a fancy phrase for only eating during a certain period of time in the day. For example, I will only eat from about 1 PM to 8 PM and fast (Only coffee, tea, and water) the rest of the day. This keeps me energized throughout the day and also lets me eat the massive meals that I cherish so dearly!

There are a plentiful amount of studies that go into detail about the pros and cons of intermittent fasting. If your worried about what it will do to your health, a quick google search will put your mind at ease!


2. Caloric Deficit

The rule of thumb seems to be that you should eat ten times your body weight in calories in order to maintain your body weight. So if you’re 150 pounds, you should be eating about 1500 calories a day. This can be more or less depending on your body fat percentage but I won’t go into that in this article. Basically, if you want to lose weight, eat less than the amount to calories you need to maintain your body weight. Plain and simple. Now, don’t go starving yourself. Acting takes a lot of energy and you need to have sustenance to perform to your potential, but if you need to shed a few pounds, just focus on eating about 250 calories less than the amount you need to maintain your weight and you’ll lose about 1-2 pounds a week!

"Acting takes a lot of energy and you need to have sustenance to perform to your potential"

3. Protein Bars

We don’t always have a ton of time to eat, but it’s important that we nourish ourselves while we are working to stay on our game. Protein bars are an excellent snack that is nutritious and will keep me from pigging out in a starving panic when I get home. My favorite bars are Quest Bars. They are packed with protein (20-25g per bar) and are relatively low calorie (180cal-200cal per bar).


4. Eat Clean

Throw out the cronuts, chocolates, sweets, and treats. There’s no need, they are pure entertainment. Focus on getting all the macronutrients you need like protein, fat, and complex carbs, and important vitamins that you get from vegetables.


5. Don’t Starve Yourself

I just want to revisit this because it’s EXTREMELY important that you don’t go too hard when dieting. Not only is it unhealthy to deprive yourself of nutrients, it’s not sustainable. You’ll end up just binge eating when you can’t take it anymore and lose all the progress you’ve worked so hard to make.

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