[checks Wikipedia] Yep, says here that Jinder Mahal is still WWE Champion. How about that! He’s less than a month into his first world title reign, but is several months deep into defending his new, ultra-jacked physique to everyone on the internet and within visual range of his extravagant vascularity.
He’s said for some time now that no one out-diets him, and we know that he uses a meal prep service, similar to what The Rock does, but we’re assuming with probably at least slightly less steamed cod. But now we know for sure exactly how much cod the Modern Day Maharaja is slurping down, because he spoke to GQ and broke down exactly what sort of vein-engorging diet he’s been on that has made him look like a 3D pipes screensaver wearing a morph suit.
Mahal said his diet began on June 1 of 2016, before which time he was eating a lot of junk food and drinking a lot of beer. (Hang on, let me write down that those are bad.)
He gave up alcohol entirely, and also gave up big meals. As most lean athletes will tell you, it’s all about staying nourished throughout the day, and Mahal says the key to veins in your abs is consistency. He eats the same size meal every two hours, each of which are 350 to 400 calories, and have 30 grams of carbohydrates and between 30 and 40 grams of protein.
His routine goes like this:
— Wake up
— Drink water or black coffee
— 25 minutes of cardio on an empty stomach, six days a week (usually on the elliptical)
— Meal one: packet of oats, two scoops of whey protein powder, both mixed with water, and one banana
— An hour later, 90-minute workout
— 30 minutes of stretching
— Meal two, post-workout: another banana, packet of oats and whey protein
— Beginning an hour after that, he eats his meals from the meal-prep company every two hours, which are varied, but consist of things like chicken and rice, or turkey and pasta, all with the same carb/calorie/protein breakdown discussed above
Seems simple enough. Also seems like a lot of work! 30 minutes of stretching! Jinder says when it comes to carbs, he eats simpler carbs like white rice earlier in the day, and as the day goes on, he mixes it up with complex carbs like brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, or sweet potatoes. He says half of his suitcase is always filled with his prepped meals on ice and his supplements.
Oh yeah, he says he takes “quite a few supplements” as well.
— branched-chain amino acids (which prevent muscle breakdown)
— magnesium supplements (prevents cramping)
— multivitamin packs (10 different vitamins and digestive enzymes in each packet)
— creatine and pre-workout
He also says every time he finishes a bottle of pre-workout, he switches it up and gets an entirely different brand, so his body doesn’t get used to it. Oh, and he drinks two gallons of water a day, and has always finished his first gallon by the time his workout is done. Head over to GQ to read all the other details and comments, because it’s fascinating.
So there you go. Now you have your marching orders on how to look like Jinder Mahal. So get started, because by the time you read this, Jinder has probably already been working out for two hours and is filled with water and oats. Stop slacking, sheesh.