The Brad Pitt Diet is constantly searched in google and sought after as a way to get lean and stay that way year-round. True, he has upped his game for his various roles in Troy and Fight Club, but what is the Brad Pitt Diet that he always comes back to after filming? You know, the one that he and the rest of us are actually able to sustain over the long term???
While you can check out the Brad Pitt Troy Diet here, that’s not the one I’m going to be talking about on this page. This page is dedicated to the day-in, day-out meals he consumes that allow him to still look good, but also have a social life too!
The Brad Pitt Diet he adheres to on a regular basis is essentially high in lean proteins (chicken, fish, eggs, turkey, etc), high in non-starchy fruits and vegetables (avoiding things like bananas, mangoes, squash, potatoes, corn, peas, etc.), and low in carbohydrates (bread, pasta, oats, etc…yes, even the “whole grain” kind), although he is a confessed beer drinker, cutting back dramatically to get ready for Troy. This diet is a favorite among Hollywood celebrities (male and female alike) as it seems to effortlessly keep you lean year-round.
Admittedly, he is a heavy smoker and has been for years (though he also quit smoking to film Troy). Smoking does help to suppress the appetite, and considering the Brad Pitt Troy Diet was designed to pack on 10 pounds of brawn on the guy, he really didn’t need an appetite suppressant! Okay, I kinda feel like I’m advocating smoking here. That’s definitely not my intention. We all know that smoking causes cancer and while smoking may help suppress his appetite now, it will exacerbate any and every problem he faces as he ages. It also severely limits his workout abilities (as his lung capacity is compromised), and will age him faster than any plastic surgeon can keep up with!
When he is gearing up for a role, he will tighten the reigns in his carbohydrate consumption. In an interview with USA Today, he stated that the Brad Pitt Diet consisted of four high protein, low carb meals and his days consisted of about 4-5 hours.
Granted, Pitt is genetically gifted in the fat genes department and may not have to work as hard as the rest of us to stay lean. In an interview with USA Today, George Clooney said of his Ocean’s Eleven co-star, “He’s a little ugly,” Clooney deadpans. “He got hit with an ugly stick.” Pitt, who’s a couple of years younger than Clooney, “looks a decade younger than me. He’s sort of a genetic freak.” But, genetics can only take you so far and I roll my eyes at anyone who credits solely his genes for his great physique. The guy works hard and sacrifices a lot to stay in camera-ready shape. Let’s at least be real and acknowledge that!
I’ve been in this industry for a long time, and have found a few things that year-round lean and cut physiques have in common:
1.) They mainly eat a high protein/low carb diet. Protein has the highest “thermal effect” than does its’ fat and carb counterparts. A thermal effect simply means the amount of heat (calories) the body has to produce in order to digest it. It isn’t necessarily that they’re cutting back on carbs (although the sugar content in carbs has been accurately pinpointed as the leading cause of weight gain), it’s that they’re amping up their clean protein intakes (not farm produced, but free-range, grassfed, and organic meats), which then amps up their caloric burn to digest it, and keep digesting it.
2.) They’re active. To reach and maintain a Brad Pitt weight, you’ve got to be moving! Cardio will keep you lean and weights will keep you cut.
3.) They don’t overdo it. This is true (for the most part) of diet, exercise, and splurges. Celebrities are busy people…busier than you or I for the most part…and they don’t have time to constantly be in the gym when filming. And, contrary to popular belief, they don’t have superhuman willpower. They’re people, they have temptations too, the only real difference is that they get paid a lot of money to overcome those temptations! Every celebrity I’ve written on allows room for splurges…the Brad Pitt diet splurges on beer and McFlurry’s…but they don’t take it to the extreme. One meal per week as a celebratory meal is pretty much standard, as long as their diet throughout the week was pretty stellar.
So, if you’re looking to mimic Brad Pitt Diet lifestyle, then eat clean protein and limit your carbs (I typically recommend men stay under 100 grams of carbs per day if they’re active…75 grams or less if you’re sedentary).