|Reality TV star Hayden Moss. (Handout) |
Reality TV star Hayden Moss is getting more than his 15 minutes of fame. Much more.
But the strapping young lad from Texas, a fit 190 pounds at six-foot-one, has made sure to be ready for his close-ups - and especially his ratings-boosting shirtless scenes.
“It starts with eating right. Always,” he tells Sun Media during a recent promotional stop in Edmonton. “I would say I eat better than 99% of the world.”
Moss, 27, won Big Brother 12, which aired on CBS and Global TV in 2010.
He can currently be seen on those networks’ other (and arguably much more popular) long-running reality TV series Survivor.
Moss earned $500,000 with his Big Brother victory. A cool $1 million, of course, is up for grabs in Survivor.
Filming for the latest installment of Survivor, which took place in the Philippines, wrapped up in June.
But Moss, the only person to ever appear on both Big Brother and Survivor, has been sworn to secrecy.
Internet rumours suggest he outlasts his girlfriend and makes it to the final four.
However, Moss won’t even hint at how much weight he loses while marooned on the remote island for fear that the total will reveal how close, or not, he comes to the Final Tribal Council.
Fortunately, he’s much more forthcoming about his nutrition and fitness regimen.
“At home, I try to eat less of the white carbs,” he explains.
“So my carb intake is mainly vegetables and fruits.”
He adheres to a high-protein, low-carb diet, although he doesn’t really consider it a diet in the sense that he doesn’t restrict calories.
“I eat as much as I want to eat, but it’s just high in protein and low in carbs - usually,” he adds.
“There’s a cheat day, or two, every single week, where it’s like, ‘OK, I’m out with friends and I’m going to have some beers and pizza,’ because at the end of the day, you’ve still got to have fun.”
Moss stays away from soda and drinks mostly water.
He also never eats dessert.
“Ever. I don’t know why, but I don’t like sweet stuff that much,” he says. “I think that’s kind of a blessing for me. I can’t even tell you the last time I ordered a dessert.”
As for exercise, Moss strives to work out most days of the week, opting for resistance training.
He targets his upper body on Mondays, his lower body on Tuesdays and his core on Wednesdays. On Thursdays and Fridays, he performs a variety of full-body movements.
“I do a lot of body weight exercises - pullups, pushups, dips, reverse rows, a lot of that,” he explains.
Moss typically throws in some cardio with every workout, either at the beginning or end.
But no matter what he does in the gym, he knows he must back it up in the kitchen.
“I mean really, at the end of the day, it’s about what you eat,” he emphasizes.
“People gain weight because they take in more calories than they burn. And if you’re taking in shitty food, shitty calories, then you’re going to be sloppy.
“The problem is most people don’t have very much willpower. It’s hard. I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s really hard, especially when you’re out with friends. The drive-thru is the easiest thing to hit on the way home. It’s a tough thing to try to eat clean.”
In other words, keeping fit can be challenging. But as reality TV fans can attest to, Moss knows how to rise to a challenge.
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