Ever wonder what hunky fitness models-slash-personal trainers eat to stay trim? Well, we found one! Max Tapper— body shaping expert, frequent face in Chelsea Piers‘ ad campaigns, and Detective Theodore Price on “One Life to Live”—let us in on what he noshes on in between training clients and mugging for the camera.
Okay, we have to ask—you have a lot of food in there. Models eat?
I’m not a fashion model, so I can eat as much as I want with no weight restrictions. So yeah, I eat—a lot! It’s one of my favorite things to do.
But for a person who loves to eat, I have almost every food sensitivity in the book. I don’t eat eggs, milk, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, vinegar, or nuts (among other things). So I’ve had to work my way around them. That’s resulted in my family’s nutrition being based on home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients and tons of flavor.
Is that why there’s Sofrito on the top shelf? It looks homemade?
My lady is from Puerto Rico and she makes the Sofrito. It’s a homemade seasoning made with cilantro, onions, garlic, and red, yellow and green peppers. She makes it every month or so, and it serves as the base for most of the foods we cook. It’s fresh and tasty.
And what’s one food or drink you can’t live without?
One I love is Mango Lemonade from Trader Joe’s. Other than that I only really drink water!
Yeah, but there are a lot of other beverages in your fridge. Fair to say hydration’s a big factor for you?
Yes, I feel good when I’m hydrated, so I drink a lot of water. The seltzer is for my homemade soda. I’ll mix the mango lemonade with some lemon seltzer and—bang!—a low-calorie tasty soda. It’s very refreshing in the summer.
Okay, last one: What’s with all the meat? You’ve got chicken sausage and turkey kielbasa in there.
I’m a 6’5”, 220-pound athlete, so I am very accustomed to having meat in my diet. I eat a lot of chicken, fish, and turkey. And I love lean red meat, but only eat it maybe one to two times a week. I definitely consider it normal to have meat in my diet since I am a fast oxidizer, meaning I break my food down quickly. Without a good amount of protein to slow my digestion, I would be hungry all day long. —Catherine Pearson
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