As a husband, father, actor, and director, Rob Lowe has a full plate. The six-time Golden Globe nominee has a rocking bod for his age (would you have guessed he’s in his mid-fifties?), but he chalks it up to prioritizing his health and nutrition and eliminating certain vices out of his diet. “I cut alcohol and sugar out of my diet when I was in my 20s, and I’ve been living a low-carb lifestyle ever since,” Lowe exclusively reveals to us via email.
And although that may sound restrictive, Lowe’s meal plan is anything but. (Seriously—he eats five times a day and even makes room for dessert!) “I can eat the stuff I love, and that’s why it’s not a diet. Atkins is a lifestyle. I don’t eat low-carb to lose weight—it’s just the way I live,” Lowe explains. So what exactly does he eat throughout the day? We break down his daily eating plan below.
Rob wakes up to a protein-packed breakfast consisting of plain Greek yogurt with berries and low-carb granola. Many commercial granolas are loaded with belly-ballooning sugars, but the actor whips up his own crunchy topper with omega-3-rich flax seeds, cinnamon, and peanut butter.
After his breakfast, Lowe wards off dreaded energy dips with an Atkins Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Harvest Trail Bar (one of our 28 Low-Carb Protein Bars for Muscle Growth). Choosing a snack with both protein and fiber will help stave uncomfortable hunger pangs before lunchtime hits.
For lunch, The Bad Seed director opts for a chopped salad with chicken, salami, cheese, and veggies. He tops his balanced bowl with a creamy dressing. If you’re stumped on which bottle to choose, don’t miss our exclusive guide, 20 Best & Worst Store-Bought Salad Dressings.
To fight the afternoon slump, Rob enjoys a satiating combo of cheese and nuts for his second snack. Balancing the protein-rich cheese with fiber-filled nuts such as almonds, pistachios, and pecans help stabilize blood-sugar levels and add a satisfying crunch.
Come suppertime, Lowe digs into grilled steak and vegetables, sticking to his low-carb lifestyle.
The father-of-two indulges in a 160-calorie Atkins Milk Chocolate Delight Shake to curb the sweet tooth post dinner. With 15 grams of slow-digesting protein, this pre-bedtime snack is sure to help Lowe rest easy.