Producer, TV-host, radio personality, and ideal toothpaste cover model Ryan Seacrest may be one of the most basic men we’ve met during our Gym and Fridge series. And we mean “basic” with the highest level of respect; the man’s fridge is practically the antidote to a Dwayne-Johnson-sized cheat meal.
Men’s Health caught up with Seacrest backstage at Live with Kelly and Ryan, Seacrest’s daytime gig as co-talk-show host with Kelly Ripa. Best known for his hosting work on American Idol, Seacrest’s more recent ventures include tech investment and the development of his own close-fitting suit line. Seacrest has been in television since 1995 (he’s 44, believe it or not). Backstage, we wanted to find Seacrest’s magic elixir. (Or his aging portrait stuffed in the corner, while the host lives forever young.)
As it turns out, that magic elixir is actually a concoction of watercress, ginger, turmeric, lime, and pineapple. “That sounds so good,” says Seacrest, as though he’s never seen or drunk this potion for the last decade of his life. “I usually have these in the morning. But not before the show, because it burns.”
The contents of Seacrest’s backstage fridge also includes: bottled water, raw vegetables (which he sometimes eats) vegetable wraps (which he eats for lunch), and almonds (which he maybe easts too much of.) Of course, Seacrest doesn’t always chow down like a forest creature. He’ll also indulge in dairy and fine cheeses. (Okay, maybe like a refined version of Remy from Ratatouille.) “If it’s stinky,” he begins, “if it smells like dirty feet and makes you sweat when you eat it, I like it.”
If Seacrest gets the 2 a.m. munchies—a time closer to “breakfast” given Seacrest’s hectic weekly schedule—he steals away for some almond butter in a jar. And a natural fruit spread, which he combines on two spoons and then double fists. “It’s kind of like peanut butter and jelly without the bread,” says Seacrest. You mean, without the peanut butter. Or the jelly.
Seacrest will do Live with Kelly and Ryan early, then head over to his radio show for 4 hours, before taking off to the gym.
Seacrest works out 4 to 5 days a week at Dogpound, an exclusive and highly Instagrammable NYC gym, where the host lifts and punches to hip hop—and then runs to opera music.
“I want to look stronger and larger than a thirteen-year-old kid,” says Seacrest, half joking, when we ask him why he visits so religiously. He’s not too worried about the pounds, though. Seacrest is mostly looking to bulk. “They say television added pounds to you. Sure. I wish it added height.”
Seacrest says his fitness goals also include maintaining a healthy body—one to see him through his marathon of a workday—and also so that he can live to see 100. “Not 105,” he clarifies. “Those last five years… who wants those?”
For the sake of his mental health, Seacrest has stumbled upon a novel nightly strategy. “I’ve discovered this thing that I didn’t do for the first 40 years of my life. It’s called ‘sleep.’ I’ve just discovered it, and I’m getting better at it.”
Wait, so all this time Seacrest has been sleeping for only a few hours a night? Add in a few more hours and that magic turmeric elixir and we may see Seacrest on season 97 of American Idol.
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