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Shaun T explains why everyone should eat more than 5 times per day

Fitness trainer shares his dietary habits

Shaun T has been a pillar of the television-based fitness community for decades now. Just before his 45th birthday, he released his latest at-home fitness programs, T25 Super Block and B25 Super Block.

Fresh off his bodybuilding competitions in August, where he took home eight medals and five first-place medals, Shaun T discussed it all during a recent interview with rolling out.

Shaun T, how are you doing today, sir?

I’m doing absolutely wonderful. I finished my workout. I’ve gotten three meals in. So I’m excited. Now, if I hadn’t gotten those meals in, there would be a problem. I’m fully fueled, fully worked out. And I’m really excited to talk to you.

For those reading or watching, we are doing this interview at 10:35 a.m. on the West Coast. How many times do you eat a day?

Six times.

Six times? So how do you eat? Do you have like a pre-breakfast, pre-lunch and pre-dinner?

[Laughs] I have a pre-workout, I have a post-workout, and then I have four meals.

Depending on what time I start my workout, I’ll have meal one, then I take my kids to school, then about 45 minutes before I work out, I have my pre-workout, then my post-workout. Then after that, I’ll have three more meals throughout the day.

It has me finished eating usually anywhere between 7:15 and 7:45 at night, and then I take my fiber and I’m good. … I’m telling people right now, if you can finish eating earlier in the night, I want you to eat healthy, but even if your eating is suspect, if you finish eating earlier in the night, and you give your body enough time to digest, rest, rejuvenate and just drink water, you’re literally on a path to getting results immediately. You will see immediate results. Within a week, you’ll be like, “Oh my gosh,” but what happens is, people think six times a day plus snacks when you’re watching Netflix, that’s not what we’re doing here six times a day.

I have wholesome meals. I have rice, vegetables, chicken, my protein shake, banana and peanut butter throughout [the] day.

That’s my little tip to you, don’t be afraid to eat, just finish eating a little bit earlier.

What is going on with your latest at-home workout system?

I’m actually creating a new workout that comes out in December. It is a full-on strength training, strength conditioning, lifting workout. There are no Shaun T power jumps in there, making you get out of breath from cardiovascular activity. I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older, because I’m 45 now, my joints, my sleep, my rest are all fueled by being stronger. People think that you burn calories by just cardiovascular exercise when you really burn the most [calories] by being strong and gaining muscle.

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