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Here's How Hulk Hogan Lost 40 Pounds

Here’s how the wrestling legend got into the best shape of his life. 

Hulk Hogan is turning 70 this summer – and is in the best shape of his life. The wrestling legend opens up about how he lost 40 pounds in a new interview with Men's Health. "About 15 years ago my body kinda shut down on me. I had several knee surgeries, and then after wrestling 40 years almost, my body shut down on me," he said. "I went in for one back surgery and it was turned into 10 back surgeries. Both knees needed to be replaced. Both hips were replaced. A couple surgeries on my face from getting my orbital socket broken a couple times. And it ended up being 25 or 26 surgeries, or a couple more, over a 10- or 12-year period," he continued, confessing "it changed the game on me. It made everything different for me." How did he lose the weight and get into the best shape ever? Read on to see 8 ways Hulk Hogan stays in shape and the photos that prove they work.


He Changed One Thing: Everything

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Hulk revealed that he changed one thing to prioritize his health: Everything. "I changed my whole lifestyle because at the time, being in so much pain and getting older and older I couldn't carry that much weight. When you are sedentary and not wrestling or moving every night, it's easy to put weight on. So, I decided to drop weight and get down to about 265. Actually, the last time I weighed 265 was in ninth grade," he says in the interview.


He Quit Drinking


Hulk also put down the bottle. "I don't drink alcohol at all," he told Men's Health, revealing that he hadn't sipped alcohol in six months. "It got to be a way to numb me a little bit, because I had a bunch of crazy business problems and personal stuff going on," he explained. "And I caught myself after I would train, getting too aggressive with alcohol. So I just had to stop it."


He Hydrates

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Hulk also revealed that he prioritizes hydration – and the only thing he drinks is water. According to the Mayo Clinic, hydration is important for a variety of reasons. Water helps get rid of waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements, keeps your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, and helps protect sensitive tissues.


Here Is What He Eats in a Day


"I wasn't educated in terms of quality of food. Or quantity. I was just hungry all the time," Hulk told the publication. When he took the camera inside of his fridge he exclaimed: "Everything in here is organic. We've got the yogurts, we've got blueberries, we've got almond milk, protein to wash down vitamins." For breakfast he eats "couple yogurts, a banana, and organic coffee." For lunch he enjoys chicken or steak or sashimi. And for dinner, chicken or steak or sashimi. 


He Quit Sugar and Dairy, But Still Indulges in Sweets


Hulk stopped eating sugar, "When I realized it caused a whole bunch of inflammation in my joints," he said. "Sugar had to be eliminated immediately cuz I was trying to figure out why being completely healthy was much more important to me than, you know, making my body numb." Now his sweet treats include vanilla sandwiches, almond milk, mocha chocolate fudge almond milk, caramel crusted, non-dairy frozen dessert, and acai. "Woo bad to the bone," he exclaimed. 


This Is His Cheat Meal

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"I do have a cheat day every once in a while. I had a cheat night last night at Hogan's Hangout. I actually ate french fries and dipped them in thousand island dressing," said Hulk. "I woke up all swed up this morning from the pump." 


He Takes Supplements


Does Hulk take any supplements? "Of course I take supplements," he says to the camera, revealing a pantry filled with various vitamins. 


He Breaks Up His Workouts By Body Part

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Hulk breaks his workouts up by body part. "Well, starting on a Monday I'll do chest and back Tuesday I'll do shoulders a lot of cardio ab work. Wednesday I do buys and tries arms. Thursday I'll do legs of course, and then I may take a day off or I may not." 


Leah Groth
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