NEW ORLEANS -- How does a person in their 20s mix an active social life with looking and feeling good?
Well one local guy, who has been cast with speaking roles in two upcoming movies, found out partying and a magazine-ready body, are hard to mix.
When you're young, nothing -- not even partying -- can make you look bad, right?
"My sophomore year I thought I looked great and I did not look great," said Scott Shilstone, laughing.
Scott Shilstone said college was typical -- fast food, vending machines, alcohol and little sleep.
"Let's see how late we can stay out, you know. Let's see how much we can do," he remembers about the college days with his friends and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers.
After graduation last year from Ole Miss as a journalism major, he was cast in two movies. But soon realized youth doesn't mean automatic good health and looks.
It was exactly a year ago that Scott had an epiphany. He wanted to get in top shape for two reasons. One, he was tired of always having low energy, and two, because of the physical demands and looks for his acting career.
His famous fitness dad, Mackie Shilstone, has trained major top athletes around the world in several sports. Most recently, he has taken tennis player Serena Williams to the top of her game.
Mackie, who has the Fitness Principle program at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie for people who need expert health advice and training, had warned his son long ago, that his diet was the problem.
But it fell on youthful, deaf ears until recently.
"You gotta cut back on your beer drinking. You gotta cut back on the late night eating." Scott said his father would tell him when he would ask how to lean up.
But Scott says he would tell his dad, "Nah, that's not it. That's not it Dad. That's not it."
"Of course it was the beer. Of course it was the fried food. I wasn't drinking nearly enough water. (I had a) high sodium intake," Scott said.
So he studied and studied and followed the science on his own, learning about all the supplements where he works in retail at his father's GNC nutrition store. He changed the way he worked out, weight lifting four days a week, constantly changing his routine to challenge his muscles. He only does some treadmill cardio one day a week now with core strengthening exercises.
He makes sure in-between he gets a day or so of rest from weight lifting so his muscles can recover and repair and rebuild stronger.
He now has a new, clean diet of lean protein, vegetables, high fiber carbs such as whole grain brown rice. He eats six meals a day. Lunch and dinner are bigger, others are snacks using the right combination of protein shakes.
Muscle & Body magazine in July asked him to write about his transformation from a normal-sized young guy to a now 21-pounds lighter, leaner and ripped frame. He went from 170 to 149 on the scale, but he most likely has lost a lot more body fat than 21 pounds, because he has gained more solid lean muscle, which makes you smaller and more compact in some areas but bigger in others, like his biceps. His waist went from 34 inches to 30.5 inches.
Now he even has a supplement for his weekly beer outings with friends
"I try to give myself one night a week to have my cheat night, because I'm still 24 at the end of the day. And I still want to have a good time," he says.
Now his friends want his advice too so they can lean up as well.
For Scott's complete article on his workouts and a list of his complete diet and supplements, click here.
For the unedited video of Scott showing his supplements to Meg, click here. He also takes fish oil daily for his brain and heart health and as an anti-inflammatory for weight loss that is not discussed here.
For more on the East Jefferson General Hospital Fitness Principle, click here.