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Twilight star’s fitness mantra

A few strokes in the pool, small meals and some exercise did it for Kellan Lutz.

entertainment Updated: Jul 03, 2010 01:03 IST

Kellan LutzSix packs or eight, tinsel town seems to be getting it all right. Actor Kellan Lutz has now joined the bandwagon. In an interview to the latest edition of Men’s Health India just before the release of his next film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, he shared his best-kept fitness secrets.

It was during an eighth-grade graduation party at a water park that Kellan Lutz had his fab ab moment. “Before that, I never knew abs were attractive. Where I grew up in Arizona, you would never see anyone without a shirt at school. But when I took off my shirt, all the girls were like, ‘Oh, look at your abs!’ And I was like, ‘Yeah!’”

To stay in shape, Lutz starts every workout with five minutes of cardio and follows it up with core work. The workouts don’t end when Lutz leaves the gym. It’s easier to stay active when fitness blends naturally into your day. That’s why Lutz hikes and swims in his backyard pool with his shepherd husky, Kola.

Food used to be a problem, though: good eating habits weren’t something Lutz had an early start on. He was one of eight kids raised by a divorced mother. “With a big family and not a lot of money, we ate whatever we got,” he says. Years later, he could still eat 10 Taco Bell tacos together.

Now, Lutz eats small meals every two to three hours, and he never skips breakfast. To keep his metabolism humming overnight, he downs a hard-boiled egg before bed.

One thing that worked was eating slower. “Even if it’s pizza, I’ll eat with a fork and knife to slow down.” Eating calmly lets your body announce when it is full before you have overstuffed yourself, the actor advises.