Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Actor
Born: 1967

Jamie Foxx is the stage name of Eric Bishop. He was raised in Texas by his grandparents. Foxx had a strict Baptist upbringing, began playing piano at age 5 and was a part-time pianist and choir leader at his church. A natural jokester, he was also an excellent student, played football and basketball and sang in an R&B band. Foxx received a scholarship to attend the US International University for music. On a dare, he told jokes at an open mic night in 1989 and was well-received. He joined the cast of In Living Color in 1991, then landed a recurring role on Roc, before finally starring in a self-titled sitcom from 1996-2001. He received his Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2007. Foxx collaborated with Kanye West in creating some songs that hit Billboard’s Hot 100 singles. In 2009, he earned a Grammy for Blame It. He also received much critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the film Ray including an Oscar, and has gone on to star in a wide range of films, from cartoons to action-adventure to rom-com. Foxx has millions of followers on social media. He has 2 daughters and was once engaged to actress Katie Holmes. He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 220 lbs.

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Jamie Foxx’s Diet

Summary

Foxx loves to eat and often has 5 meals a day. He says it’s okay to eat so long as you’re picking the right things. For him, this means protein-packed foods like egg whites, poultry, and fish. He shaved 20+ lbs. off his frame for Sleepless by eating clean and sticking with the usual suspects of egg whites, chicken and veggies. Then he had to bulk up to play Mike Tyson, still eating plenty of protein and other clean foods, and hoping the magic of the silver screen would fill in the rest.

Estimated Macros

  • Low-Medium Carb 20% 20%
  • Medium Fat 30% 30%
  • High Protein 60% 60%

Diet Details

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Eat Your Protein

Foxx doesn’t believe in starving himself, and is always up for eating. However, he makes sure it’s clean and healthy, such as egg whites and chicken breast.

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Rollercoaster Weight

Foxx has lost and gained some 75 lbs. for various roles. He dropped about 20 lbs. for Sleepless, and attempted to pack on at least 15 lbs. onto his usual 215 lbs. to play Mike Tyson.

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See Something, Say Something

Foxx says people were shy about telling him he was getting a little paunchy, and says he’d really rather hear it than pretend otherwise.

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Avocado Advocate

Foxx owns an avocado farm. As if that weren’t cool enough, his next door neighbor is Tom Selleck who also owns an avocado farm.

What to Eat

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Egg Whites

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Eggs

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Chicken

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Steak

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Avocados

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Broccoli

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Vegetables

R

Oatmeal

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Whole Grains

R

Fruit

R

Water

What to Avoid

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Empty-calorie Foods

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Fast Food

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Refined Sugar

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Processed Foods

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Artificial Ingredients

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Chemical Additives

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Foxx on Losing Weight for Sleepless

‘I didn’t really diet. I just cut all that s*** out.’

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Foxx on his Sleepless Diet

‘I ate chicken, fish and vegetables. Within 2 weeks, I lost 8 pounds.’

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Foxx on Bulking Up to Play Tyson

‘We will balloon to 225, 230, which will look like 250 on screen.’

Jamie Foxx’s Fitness Routine

Weekly Routine

Hard-Working Guy

Foxx is a talented and versatile actor, in no small part because he is able to transform his body to fit any character.

Mini Circuits

For maximum efficiency, Foxx’s workout moves fast, allowing him to hit multiple muscle groups, burn fat and zero in on flexibility, definition, or whatever else he needs to improve.

A K.I.S.S. Plan

To prep for Tyson, Foxx started with pull-ups, dips, and push-ups, and just those 3 simple exercises were enough to kick-start a ripped physique.

Go to Your Happy Place

Foxx says a gym right near where he lives called the Sports Academy is his favorite place to go. It helps him de-stress and stay fit.

Band Together

One of Foxx’s standard warm-ups is to use resistance bands with standard moves like squats, lunges and bridges.

The Simplest Routine

Foxx’s advice for anyone who can’t afford a gym is to get a pull-up bar. He says you can use just about anywhere and you’ll feel it all over.

Exercise Style

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A Jamie Foxx Sample Routine

Warm up with a resistance band:
Squats: 20-25
Lunges: 15/side, 15/front, 15/back
Semi-circles: 20
Bridges: 50

Pull-ups: 60
Dips: 60
Push-ups: 100

Play basketball. Do anything that gets you moving.

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Foxx on his Favorite Gym, Sports Academy

‘Going there is a great way to decompress and get in a workout.

I’m 50 years old; they got me touching the basketball rim…I bring the whole family there and we can all enjoy it.’

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Foxx on his Go-to Piece of Equipment

‘One of the most effective things for me is working out with bands.’

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Foxx on Pull-up Bars

‘Seriously, you get that pull-up bar working for you, it improves everything.’

Jamie Foxx’s Supplements

Foxx isn’t dishing about any supplements he might have taken for his various roles, so below are supplements that can benefit anyone following a similar diet.

Protein Powder

protein

To bulk up, protein is a good bet, as are BCAAs and creatine which, besides building and maintaining muscle mass, also improve gym performance and help with re-covery.

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Omega 3 Fish Oil

omega-3s

Also important to reduce inflammation, for recovery and a posi-tive mental outlook are omega-3s.

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Zinc

Zinc

Zinc is another essential nutrient for good health and strong im-munity, and many people run low in it.

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Pre Workout

Pre workouts

Pre workouts offer energy to help you last through long, intense routines, and beta-alanine boosts lean muscle gains and stamina.

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Vitamin D

vitamin D

Deficiencies in vitamin D and magnesium have been linked to lower levels of testosterone, something men over 50 want to watch out for.

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Jamie Foxx’s Lifestyle

Strategic Name Change

Foxx picked his stage name in tribute to comedian Red Foxx. After noticing that female comedians often got picked first to perform, he chose ‘Jamie’ as gender-ambiguous because he thought it would give him a shot at being called earlier in the rounds.

Big Task

Foxx was thrilled to finally get the Mike Tyson biopic underway, but says the hardest part was transforming his body to look like Tyson’s. He found his skinny legs to be a particular challenge.

Fab Five

Foxx is one of five entertainers who have earned Oscars and #1 hit Billboard songs. The other four are: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, and Cher.

Serious Prep

For Ray, Foxx wore prosthetic eyelids that made him blind, which led to panic attacks during the first weeks of filming.

All a Big Joke

Foxx didn’t take his Oscar nomination for Ray seriously. He went drunk to the Golden Globes and shouted repeatedly on the red carpet about all the awards he was up for. His behavior improved after a sit-down with Oprah and Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win an Oscar.

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Foxx on Music

‘I went to college on a classical piano scholarship. My grandmother made me practice 1 full hour a day. I thought all she wanted was for me not to have any fun. Next thing you know, you have a career in music. Now, not everybody’s going to go on and be Mozart or Michael Jackson. But music makes you smarter.’

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Foxx on the Arts

‘That’s what’s great about the arts. Everything inspires you, and you get a chance to grow from watching other people and how they do their work.’

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Foxx on his Destiny

‘When I was growing up in Terrell, Texas, I felt that it was not where I was supposed to be. I knew that I was meant for a different destination.’

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Foxx on his Physique For Playing Mike Tyson

‘I ain’t got no legs! I ain’t go no calves, so we’re going to have to get some prosthetics for that. We’re going to be shooting the top half.’

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Foxx on his Animal Spirit

‘If I were an animal, I would be an eagle.’

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Foxx on Happiness

‘Perfect happiness. Man, that’s…the pool is about 92 degrees, the Jacuzzi is about 102, and an avocado farm.’

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