Taylor Lautner Talks Diet, Workouts and Being Shirtless
MSN's TwiSuperfan paid a visit to the "New Moon" set and got the latest scoop from hunk Taylor Lautner. This interview reveals coveted Taylor deets, such as how much time he spends shirtless in "New Moon," his diet and exercise program, and why he feels bad for his character Jacob Black.
What percentage of time would you say you spend shirtless?
I’d say the same as the books. I’m not going to give you a specific percent, but the great things about this series, and the movies, is we stay true to the books. So if you read the books, you know what the movie’s going to look like. [This means Taylor is shirtless A LOT!]
Was [the physical transformation] harder or easier than you thought it would be?
The actual getting into the gym and working out process was easier, but the eating was harder. Because I had to eat, and everyone’s like “Are you kidding me? I’d love to eat like that!” I had to eat every two hours. At one point, my trainer said, “Put anything in your mouth. Go to McDonald’s, get the biggest shake possible, I just need to get calories in you.” Because my body fat at the time was only, like, seven and a half percent.
So you were on the Michael Phelps diet?
Yeah! Seriously, I’d wake up and my trainer would say, “You need to have six egg whites, and bacon and toast and…” It became a lot, so that was the hardest part. Especially putting something in my mouth every two hours.
Are you still eating like that? You still have to maintain the regimen?
Yeah. I’ve gotten used to it, but I definitely didn’t want to show up on set – now is the most crucial time, when I’m filming – so no, I’m definitely keeping it up while I’m up here.
How often do you go to the gym?
About five days a week. At one point, I realized I put on a lot of weight, and then I started losing weight dramatically and I was like, what’s going on? Why am I losing all this weight that I put on? And what I realized is that I was actually over-working myself. I was going seven days a week, I wouldn’t take a day off, and I would be in the gym for two and a half hours, and I was just burning more calories than I was putting on. That was my biggest problem. So then, I had to cut back; four or five days a week, and not be in the gym too long.
Considering how moody Jacob gets in "New Moon" – toying with Bella’s emotions – do you feel bad at all?
I don’t feel bad one bit; I feel bad for myself! [Laughs] No, when I was reading the books, I felt so bad for Jacob’s character. But now that I’m actually living him, I feel way worse. Bella’s toying with Jacob! I don’t care if she’s ripped between the two guys, I feel so bad for Jacob, because she confused him; one moment, she’ll want to kiss him, and the next moment, she’s ditching him for Edward. I mean, yeah, I understand where Bella’s coming from, and it’s a crappy situation for all of them. But I feel really bad for Jacob.
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Taylor Lautner's personal trainer Jordan Yuam was interviewed by Men's Health Magazine for its December 2009 issue. Yuam reveals the details of Taylor's workout and diet plan used, and you should pick up a copy of this issue for full workout details!