What Did Herculean Bodybuilder Steve Reeves Eat to Stay Super Jacked All Year Round?

Published 02/05/2023, 5:45 PM EST

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Iconic bodybuilder Steve Reeves was the jack of all trades. Apart from being a successful actor and philanthropist, Reeves left his mark as one of the fittest bodybuilders ever. A major reason behind his bodybuilding success was the strict and wholesome diet that helped him stay jacked all year round.

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Steve Reeves deserves the credit for proving that bodybuilders too can have a spectacular career in Hollywood. Reeves made perfect use of his ripped body to gain success in the acting industry. However, it took him a lot of dedication and hard work to maintain a chiseled body like that.

What went into Reeves’ nutritious diet?

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Steve Reeves belonged to a time when no bodybuilder was close to his physique dimensions. He had a perfectly sculpted body with a thin waist and broad shoulders. Apart from a rigorous workout regime, Steve also followed a well-planned diet that helped him to maintain a jacked physique. Firstly, Reeves’s diet was quite different from the diet pattern that is followed today. He would consume three-square meals a day. In a YouTube Shorts video, it was revealed that the nutritional proportion of Reeves’s diet had 60% carbs, 20% fats, and 20% protein. It included food items like bananas, eggs, honey, orange juice, fish, steak, turkey, potatoes, pasta, and bread.

Overall, Reeves’s diet had unprocessed and whole foods that fulfilled the nutritional needs of his body. Moreover, the late bodybuilder avoided consuming sugar and white flour. Arguably, his diet is quite different from the modern bodybuilding diet. For example, his carbohydrate consumption would be a strict No-No for bodybuilders today. But it worked for him wonderfully.

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A regular meal consumption day for Reeves would include a ‘power shake’ consisting of orange juice; Knox gelatin; honey; a banana; some eggs; and two tablespoons of protein powder for breakfast. For lunch, he would consume some cottage cheese with a handful of nuts, raisins, and fruits. Lastly, for dinner, it would be a big salad and some swordfish, turkey, tuna, or beef.

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Indeed, he has a well-planned diet to get him going. Moreover, Reeves also followed a rigorous workout that helped him to use the nutritional benefits to the fullest.

What was the workout plan of Steve Reeves?

The legendary bodybuilder Steve Reeves had a well-planned workout plan that consisted of a full-body workout for three days a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. He would do one to two exercises per muscle. Reeves performed each exercise in three sets for 8 to 12 reps.

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Exercises for the same muscles would have a rest gap of 30 to 45 minutes. Moreover, in the case of different muscles, the bodybuilder would take two minutes to rest and then start again.

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Muskan Sharma

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Muskan Sharma is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Calcutta. Muskan has worked as a writer for 3+ years but has a knack for filmmaking, too.
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