The JCVD Diet: Jean-Claude Van Damme Reveals His Dietary Secrets


We might as well call this the official UAMC diet plan…

Jean-Claude Van Damme has lifted the lid on the diet secrets that have helped him stay in shape well into his 50s and they are pretty extreme. The Ultimate Action Movie Club legend continues to defy the ageing process thanks to an effective combination of diet and intense exercise. While other action stars of the 80s and 90s are starting to show their age, JCVD is in the prime of his life.

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The Van Damme Diet

Now, in an interview with GQ, the Muscles from Brussels has revealed the diet secrets that have helped him stay in same shape for the past 30 years. “I think you should eat what makes you feel good,” he tells GQ.

“Not necessarily cream cheese, cake and chocolate all the time. Your body knows what it wants. After so many years, my body knows what it wants to eat. Believe it or not, I can feel it.”

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It turns out Van Damme’s body wants the Belgian to eat vegetables. Lots and lots of vegetables. Preferably with the skin removed, too, which is…different.

“You have to peel the tomatoes. You have to peel the peaches. You have to peel the apples, not just wash them,” he tells GQ, stopping short of listing every vegetable or fruit that needs peeling.

“In our eyes it’s microscopic, but the skin of the tomato is a protective wall.”And when it comes to starting the day with a bang, Van Damme reckons berries hold the key to enjoying a great breakfast. “Blueberries, strawberries, all kinds of berries with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories,” he said.

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Interestingly, Van Damme avoids eating meat and doesn’t touch egg whites. He prefers foods rich in Omega 3 – but he’s not all that keen on fish. “You don’t need fish, you can have Omegas with vegetable or fish oil,” he explains.

Van Damme also eats six to seven small meals a day, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity. He also drinks a ton of water, which kind of goes without saying.

Does the system work? Take a look at the 58-year-old Van Damme and decide for yourself.

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