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Workout supplements are popular, but they don’t magically burn fat or build muscle.
Instead of spending money on supplements, focus on diet and exercise, said Chris Hemworth’s personal trainer.
A good diet of whole foods and consistent exercise are the most important factors in fitness, he said.
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Chris Hemsworth is known for building muscles worthy of the god of thunder in his role as Thor in the Marvel film franchise.
Trying to grow like the actor does, you don’t have to spend money on supplements like protein shakes to get the profits you want, according to Luke Zocchi, Hemsworth’s longtime personal trainer and friend. Most recently, he trained Hemsworth for his role in Thor: Love and Thunder.
“Good food and excess calories are more important,” Zocchi said in a Centr-coordinated interview with Insider, Hemsworth’s wellness app that offers 10-week programs for all skill levels based on his specific training and diet for the film.
He said the star gets most of his gains from a combination of good nutrition and a rigorous exercise regimen.
While some diet supplements have fitness and fat loss benefits, they can be expensive and unreliable due to a lack of regulation. Instead of spending money on pills and powders, stick to a healthy diet and focused exercise program, recommends Zocchi.
Dietary supplements offer minor benefits compared to diet and exercise at best
Zocchi said people rely too much on products like protein shakes or creatine to build muscle and burn fat.
“People think things like protein shakes and creatine make a huge difference, but that’s only about 5% of the equation,” said Zocchi.
Creatine, BCAAs, and similar products can give you an advantage, but only if you’ve already understood the basics of good nutrition and consistent exercise.
There’s nothing magical about protein shakes either, the main benefit of which is to provide concentrated nutrients to round out your diet when you’re not getting enough of whole foods.
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This can help for Hemsworth’s 4,500 calories a day, but it’s only a small part of his overall training and diet.
And for the average person who is not consuming 4,500 calories, nutritional supplements are far less important than high-quality foods and regular fitness sessions.
“It’s about choosing the basics and sticking to the program to get results,” said Zocchi.
It can also be difficult to know what you’re getting in supplements as they don’t need to be FDA approved, so products may contain fillers, unreliable doses, or ingredients that aren’t on the label.
Be realistic about expectations
Complementing or not, Zocchi said, neither approach is going to magically make you look like Thor unless you are Chris Hemsworth yourself. So it’s important that you set goals that prioritize your own progress, rather than yourself to compare with a Hollywood star.
“Every body is different. I do the same workouts and eat the same as Chris and I don’t look like him, ”he said.
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