Samuel Timothy McGraw is originally from Louisiana. McGraw was always active as a child and played baseball. He attended Northeast Louisiana University on a baseball scholarship, but an injury ended his hopes of going pro. He learned to play guitar at college and started playing with local bands. In 1989, he dropped out to pursue a music career. To date, he has released 15 studio albums, 10 of which have hit #1 on the Top Country Albums charts. He has 25 singles that also hit #1 and has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. McGraw is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has won 3 Grammys and dozens of other music awards. McGraw has also tried acting, including in films such as Four Christmases and the tv series Friday Night Lights. He is part-owner of the Nashville Kats football team. McGraw supports various charities, including Hurricane Katrina relief, the American Red Cross and MusiCares. McGraw is married to country singer Faith Hill and they have 3 daughters together. He has millions of followers on social media. McGraw is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 175 lbs.
Tim McGraw’s Diet
McGraw managed to drop 40 lbs. through a combination of diet and exercise. He cut out ‘truck-stop’ foods and alcohol and started eating more of a clean diet consisting of fresh, natural foods made with minimal processing. He eats things like meat, vegetables, fruit, as well as oatmeal and spelt (a primitive form of wheat). He stays hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Low-Medium 30% 30%
- Medium Fat 40% 40%
- Medium Protein 50% 50%
Spice Up Your AM
McGraw starts his day with a detoxifying beverage made of cayenne pepper, lemon juice, Manuka honey and hot water.
For his mid-morning snack. McGraw might have spelt pancakes made with soy milk, egg whites and ground flax seed.
Ditch the Junk
McGraw totally revamped his diet, cutting out all alcohol and fast food, and immediately saw an improvement.
Eat Like a Caveman
McGraw now eats things like oatmeal with fresh berries, kale salads and grilled salmon. Snacks are fruit and nuts. Whole, unprocessed foods are high in fiber and nutrient-dense, and can help you lose weight and reduce the risk of lifestyle diseases like diabetes and hypertension.
Cheat Like a Rock Star
McGraw loves his cheeseburgers and sweet tea, and doesn’t feel guilty about indulging himself once in a while.
What to Eat
Whole, Natural Foods
Herbs & Spices
What to Avoid
McGraw on Food
‘I like to eat. I like food. That is one of the reasons that I throw in that extra hour of working out in.’
McGraw on his Health
‘I really was not taking care of myself as well as I should.’
McGraw on his Previous Lifestyle
‘My lifestyle wasn’t as good: up until 3 o’clock in the morning, having the extra beer with the band, eating cheeseburgers late…’
McGraw on his Weight Loss
‘I was just wanting to be healthy…It’s about feeling good and being where I want to be physically and on stage.’
McGraw on his Motivation to Lose Weight
‘I want to be able to spend time with my grandkids. I want to take them diving and spearfishing, all those things…’
Tim McGraw’s Fitness Routine
McGraw was active in his youth, but middle age spread hit him hard. He began walking every day which turned into running and then weightlifting. He saw his singing improve along with his physique.
Get a Trainer
McGraw initially worked with Roger Yuan, a stunt man and martial arts expert who also worked with Daniel Craig for the James Bond films.
McGraw’s a-ha moment was after his daughter saw him in a movie and said he looked ‘big’ on screen. That was all the motivation he needed to get moving, and his family continues to inspire him.
McGraw puts a down-home spin on his exercises. He calls the farmer’s walk with kettlebells ‘taking out the trash.’ His yoga flow is ‘Infinity’ while sumo squats are ‘Beyoncés.’
Whenever possible, McGraw will squeeze in 2 workouts a day and sometimes more. It might be time on the elliptical or treadmill, and he likes CrossFit. He is also known for doing a 4-5 mile run right before a show, then it’s into the shower and straight out on stage.
Tough But Fun
McGraw tries to make his killer 90-minute exercise routine exciting while pushing his limits. The workouts can go for as long as 3 hours when he’s ‘having fun.’
McGraw worked with Snap Fitness to create TRUMAV, a gym filled with his favorite tools: battle ropes, TRX and kettlebells. He has the same equipment in his mobile gym that he takes with him on the road. The whole band uses it.
A Tim McGraw 20-Minute Routine
Warm up: 20 jumping jacks x 3 sets w/ a 30 second rest between sets.
Do each of the following moves for 40 seconds, followed by a 20 second rest. Rest 1 minute after each round for 5 rounds total.
Push-ups. Advanced move: rotate to side plank between push-ups.
Sit-ups. Advanced move: V-ups.
McGraw on Exercise
‘I don’t really get tired of training. There’s such a feeling of accomplishment that comes from the feeling of being my age and still being at the top of my game.’
McGraw on Exercise & Singing
‘I use my whole body to sing…and having more control over those things makes my voice stronger.’
McGraw on his Decision to Reclaim his Health
‘I decided to go from being in good shape to being in the best shape of my life.’
McGraw on his Exercise Routine
‘This workout is my meditation. It frees things up in your head so you can get the trash out for a little while.’
McGraw on the Full-Body Effect of Exercise
‘My mind is clearer, my sense of purpose is sharper, and my relationships are deeper. Consistent physical exercise helps me bring focus to my life.’
Tim McGraw’s Supplements
Part of McGraw’s morning wake up beverage is cayenne. The natural compounds in cayenne offers many benefits, including reducing hunger, boosting metabolism and lowering blood pres-sure.
Another part of McGraw’s morning brew is lemon juice. The vit-amin C in lemon juice helps flush toxin from the body and stimu-lates gastric juices, aiding digestion.
Another component of McGraw’s morning drink is Manuka honey. All honey has healing properties, but Manuka goes the extra mile. Despite being sweet, its antibacterial and antioxidant prop-erties can help improve oral health. It can also soothe a sore throat and heal and prevent stomach ulcers, and improve overall digestion.
McGraw adds ground flaxseed to his protein pancakes. Flax seeds are high in omega 3s, which reduce inflammation through-out the body and protect your heart and brain, making it a favorite among vegetarians and those who don’t eat fish.
McGraw will often sprinkle healthful goji berries on his morning oatmeal. Goji berries improve immunity, are high in antioxidants and can help stabilize blood sugar. They may also improve ener-gy and mood.
Rather than regular soy sauce, McGraw uses liquid aminos. It has a milder taste than soy sauce, and is free of chemical addi-tives and gluten.
Tim McGraw’s Lifestyle
Rise & Shine
McGraw doesn’t mess around with his exercise routine. He’s up every day at 7 to work out.
Surprise in the Closet
While searching through his mother’s closet, 11-year-old McGraw found his birth certificate and learned the man he thought was father was not. His biological father, former MLB pitcher Tug McGraw, continued to deny paternity until Tim was 18.
McGraw’s 3 daughters are adults now, but he was careful to keep them away from the media when they were growing up. All 3 girls can sing, and the eldest taught herself to play guitar and booked herself some shows without telling her parents.
(Not) An Encouraging Start
McGraw says his guitar playing was so bad at first, his college roommates would hide it. When his hero Keith Whitley died in 1989, McGraw dropped out of college and moved to Nashville.
McGraw on Seizing Opportunity
‘Be ready. Be primed for opportunity when it shows up because it will come once, it will move on quick, and if you’re not ready to make the shot, your whole destiny can change in a heartbeat.’
McGraw on the Rocker Lifestyle
‘No one wants to grow up and be a rock star to sing the same song over and over again in a studio. The reason you want to do this is to be in front of thousands of people, playing the guitar and doing what you love.’
McGraw on his Wife, Faith Hill
‘Faith saved my life in a lot of ways — from myself more than anything…My wife makes me a better man.’
McGraw on his Life
‘I think that I’m firing pretty much on all cylinders. I’m in a good place all the way around.’
Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life
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