18 Years After Being Voted “Sexiest Man Alive,” Fitness YouTuber Unearthed 53-Y.O. Matthew McConaughey’s Secret to a Ripped Physique

Published 06/06/2023, 1:34 AM EDT

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In 2005, People Magazine named Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey the “sexiest man alive.” Back then, the Dallas Buyer’s Club star gained popularity as the leading man of Hollywood rom-com films. While McConaughey transitioned to more serious roles since starting in The Lincoln Lawyer in 2006, one thing remained constant, his fitness regime. The Interstellar actor maintained a ripped physique throughout his acting career, but unlike most celebrities, his methods were different.

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Unlike most leading men, who go through bodybuilding transformations, the 53-year-old actor barely hit the gym. While he has lifted weights to get into shape, the actor employed his unique method. He also focused on his diet to stay in shape. Here’s what fitness YouTuber Will Cozens found out in 2022.

Matthew McConaughey believed in doing push-ups at intervals throughout the day

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Like all his short videos covering celebrity fitness regimens, Cozens priced together McConaughey’s secret from different interviews. Instead of hitting the gym and lifting heavy weights under a trainer, the Texan primary did push-ups. In a clip from an interview, the 53-year-old said he didn’t need the gym to work out.

Cozens quoted McConaughey “I drop and give myself 20 push-ups in intervals throughout the day. 8:00 am, bang out 20. Sitting in a boring meeting at 10:30 am, bang about 20. I’ll do that 10 times throughout the day, And then I’ve done 200,” the actor said in the video.

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However, it’s not just the years of doing push-ups that gave the actor his chiseled physique. McConaughey is also a sports lover and participates in sports like surfing and running. In another clip, the actor said the secret to his abs is not crunches but cardio and diet. The fitness freak also revealed how diet contributed to his visible six-packs.

McConaughey also took care of his meal timings

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Besides having good genetics, the Magic Mike actor talked about his diet in an interview. However, while most actors often discuss what they eat, the Academy Award winner spoke about when he eats. The said he didn’t care too much about what he had for breakfast. “It’s not breakfast. you’re fine on breakfast,” said the actor. 

However, if someone is trying to lose weight, they shouldn’t have dinner after a specific time, according to the actor. “Don’t eat your dinner after 6:30 if you’re trying to lose,” said McConaughey. Besides strict timing, the 53-year-old often resorts to fasting when cutting weight. “Just a juice fast,” said the Oscar winner.

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Sagnik Bagchi

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Sagnik Bagchi is a sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in American sports. He has a deep understanding of combat sports, gymnastics, and weightlifting. He holds a Master's Degree in English Literature from a top university.
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