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This Is Ryan Reynold's Exact Meal and Exercise Plan to Stay in Shape

The "Free Guy" star works hard in both the gym and the kitchen to achieve his muscular physique.

Ryan Reynolds is a jack of all trades in Hollywood, playing everything from superheroes to the love interest in countless romantic comedies. However, it's not the star's acting chops alone that have made him the perfect fit for so many roles—the actor's ripped physique has made him the envy and admiration of countless fans.

So, just how does the Free Guy star stay in such incredible shape? Read on to find out the exact diet and exercise plan Reynolds sticks to in order to maintain his amazing physique. And for more on how your favorite stars stay in shape, check out Chris Hemsworth Shares His "Ultimate Family Workout" in Hilarious New Video.

He doesn't cut out carbs.

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While many stars attribute their lean, muscular figures to ketogenic diets, Reynolds doesn't number among them.

"We introduced carbohydrates and I think that's when his physique changed. Sweet potato is one of his favorite carbohydrates. He'd do oatmeal and protein in the morning. Brown rice and a little bit of fruit," Reynolds' trainer of many years, Don Saladino, told Esquire.

"His body became the best it has ever been when he started consuming carbs; it gave his body the energy it needed to start looking the way he wanted to start looking."

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He keeps his diet simple when he's training for a role.

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Instead of relying on protein shakes and powders to bulk up, Reynolds says his typical eating plan when he's packing on muscle for a role is nothing out of the ordinary.

In a 2017 cover story for Men's Health, the actor revealed that he simply eats "clean, whole foods" every two to three hours throughout the day to ensure he's getting enough calories to support his training.

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He trains multiple muscle groups a day.

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Rather than focusing on a specific area of his body each day, Reynolds works out multiple muscle groups in a single workout to avoid overly fatiguing any particular area, Saladino explained to Esquire.

"Instead of coming in and destroying one body part like chest or back, we're going to spread that out over five days," says Saladino. "We're accumulating the same amount of work but we're spreading it out."

He does bursts of high-intensity cardio.

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Since he's typically trying to build muscle for roles, not lose weight, Reynolds limits the amount of cardio he does during his regular workouts.

"Ryan enjoys doing three to five sets of 10 seconds of intensity on the bike ERG, or 50 to 100 feet climbs on the vertical climber," Saladino explained to Esquire. For more on how your favorite stars shape up, check out Jessie J Reveals Her Exact Butt and Abs Workout, and for the latest celebrity health and fitness news delivered to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter!

Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more about Sarah