- Nick Jonas’ body-building diet was outlined in Men’s Journal, and I decided to try it for a week.
- The breakfasts were large and the lunches were delicious, but the dinners were a bit bland.
- Overall, Jonas’ diet was easy to follow and left me feeling satisfied most of the time.
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Recently, I found Nick Jonas’ muscle-building diet in Men’s Journal and was surprised by how simple it appeared to be. I decided to give it a go for a week.
Since I didn’t have the resources to get the same test, I examined Jonas’ diet to cut out foods that have historically bothered my own stomach. For example, the diet includes a lot of cheese, but I decided to leave it out of most of my meals.
It’s also important to note that Jonas has type-1 diabetes, so some aspects of the diet are chosen to keep his blood sugar regulated and to maintain his carbs for working out.
Additionally, Men’s Journal explains a muscle-building diet is not a “one-size-fits-all” deal, so I was prepared to listen to my body and tweak the plan throughout the week, while honoring Jonas’ general approach to meals.
I bought eggs, broccoli, spinach, chicken breast, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, turkey bacon, and avocados, among other items.
In all, I spent over $US100 ($AU137) on the groceries, which is more than I usually spend on food per week. Although it was outside of my budget, I hoped the health benefits would make the price worth it.
On the first morning, I cooked egg whites with spinach and mushrooms and served them with a side of oatmeal. Although it was delicious, I couldn’t finish it all because there was just so much.
The following morning, I had four strips of turkey bacon and two pieces of toast with almond butter. Four strips of bacon were way too much for me in the morning, and I could only get through the first two.
Although the meals were delicious and hearty, by the end of the week I was cutting back and just having a bowl of oatmeal.
When I did finally get hungry for lunch, my go-to was Jonas’ sandwich, which includes sliced turkey, spinach, tomato, mustard, and cheese. I went with Swiss cheese because it has a low lactose count and whole-wheat bread to keep it as healthy as possible. This meal was simple and delicious.
I also tried the fish tacos that Jonas eats for lunch but found it took too much time to prep. On his tacos, he likes sliced cod, but I went with shrimp instead. The singer’s tacos also had lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheese. I decided to forgo the cheese, but the meal was still flavorful.
My favorite was the chicken with a side of broccoli. He usually adds beans to this meal, but I hate beans, so I kept them out. I also tried the salmon with quinoa, but I found the dish lacked some flavor. I later replaced the quinoa with a side of rice and broccoli.
Overall, I felt like the dinners were nutritious but lacked excitement. I found this was the meal I dreaded most during the week because none of the options particularly excited me.
I also added hummus to dip the carrots in.
According to Men’s Journal, he uses a lot of gym equipment, like a Prowler sled and a VertiMax. In 2014, Jonas told GQ that he works out three times a day when getting in shape for a role and then brings that number down to three to four times a week when he isn’t.
Since I don’t have a gym membership and I only have a few dumbbells at home, I kept my workouts comparatively simple. I focused on squats and dumbbell curl variations and worked out three times during the week for 30 to 45 minutes.
I followed a few other muscle-building workouts on YouTube during the week and found myself winded and sweating by the end. I’ve always hated working out, so this was a real struggle for me.
However, I did notice the healthy meals I was eating during the week were keeping me energized during my workouts.
I was surprised to find that I was wrong. Since I didn’t add peanut butter, honey, or the other ingredients like I usually do, this one really let the taste of berries shine.
But I found Jonas’s diet to be completely doable. Although some of the servings were quite large and other recipes were a bit bland, I didn’t feel hungry during the week nor did I have any major cravings. I consistently felt full and satisfied. Plus, there were no crazy ingredients that were hard to find, and it was possible to make small changes to fit my own meal preferences.
Of course, I didn’t see any results over the week, but I could see myself sticking to this simple diet in the future. If only I could get a better handle on the workout side of things, then perhaps I could get the muscles I’ve been hoping for.