- Ice-T said intermittent fasting and resistance band workouts helps him stay fit.
- Intermittent fasting, which involves alternating between fasting and eating over a certain time period, is popular among celebrities.
- Resistance band workouts are low-impact muscle exercises that can limit stress on the joints.
In an interview with GQ, Ice-T said intermittent fasting and resistance band workouts helps him stay fit at 64.
The veteran rapper and actor, who plays Sergeant Tutuola on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” has been in the public eye for decades and told GQ how he’s maintained his health and physique over the years.
Ice-T said he doesn’t follow a strict diet and still eats candy, cookies, sugary cereal, and takeout from Mexican and Chinese restaurants, but he credits intermittent fasting and resistance band workouts for helping him become ‘the best version’ of himself.
Intermittent fasting may reduce inflammation and promote weight loss
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves switching between fasting and eating over a certain time period. It is popular among athletes and celebrities, like Serena Williams, Ndamukong Suh, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Aniston, and Reese Witherspoon.
Fasting helps empty a person’s glucose reserves, which is the main sugar found in the blood, which may reduce painful inflammation, Andrew Wang, MD, a professor of immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine, previously told Insider. Wang said the body produces less inflammation when burning ketones for energy compared to glucose.
Research suggests intermittent fasting is also linked to weight loss. A 2015 systematic review of 40 studies found that participants lost 7-11 pounds over 10 weeks while intermittent fasting. Fasting may also help a person maintain a calorie deficit, which is key to
overall, Insider previously reported.
Resistance bands can help workout muscles with minimal impact
Ice-T told GQ that he does 100 bicep curls using his elastic resistance bands every day.
Working out with resistance bands has unique benefits when compared to weightlifting. For one, they provide tension throughout the whole exercise compared to curling a dumbbell, which is heaviest towards the bottom of the curl and lighter at the top, trainer Don Saladino previously told Insider.
Resistance bands also have less impact on the body than weightlifting, which can create less strain and stress on the bones and muscles, which can lead to potential injuries and chronic pain, physical therapist Keaton Ray previously told Insider.
Another celebrity who favors elastic resistance band workouts is Tom Brady, who said resistance bands are the only workout equipment he owns in a blog post for his wellness brand TB12.