Gal Gadot ate five times a day to prep for 'Wonder Woman 1984'

Lauren Del Turco
·4-min read
Photo credit: Gal Gadot / Instagram
Photo credit: Gal Gadot / Instagram

From Harper's BAZAAR

Since first stepping into role as Wonder Woman role in 2016, Gal Gadot has taken her health and fitness to a superhuman level in order to do everything from fly around in a harness to sword fight on the big screen.

In fact, preparing for the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 movie was an otherworldly undertaking in itself. When she wasn't filming high-energy scenes or rehearsing stunts, Gal crushed it in the gym for about an hour almost every day with her trainer, Magnus Lygdback, to truly embody Wonder Woman's strength (and toned physique).

To keep up with the physical demands of being Wonder Woman, Gal's daily diet had to be totally locked in, Lygdback tells Women's Health. To keep her energy up while prepping for and shooting WW 1984, Gal ate five times a day (three main meals and two snacks), all focused on whole foods and a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates (like wild rice), healthy fats, and, of course, plenty of vegetables.

Lygdback's main rule? Focus on nutrition in 17 out of every 20 meals. For the other three, Gal could enjoy the pasta, wine, or whatever else her heart desired. Otherwise, she simply avoided high-glycemic (aka blood sugar-spiking) carbs, like white bread, in order to keep her energy stable.

Under Lygdback's guidance, here's what Gal put on her plate in order to look and feel like a true superhero.

Breakfast

Usually, Magnus and Gal hit the gym to train for about an hour to kick off the day, so Gal could carry that badass energy with her through shooting (and to ensure hectic schedules didn't derail her fitness).

Demanding mornings meant Gal needed to fuel her body with the good stuff from the get-go, so her breakfast was usually a colourful combo of poached eggs, quinoa, tomato, and avocado.

Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback
Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback

Having some healthy carbs from the quinoa ensured Gal's muscles restocked and recovered from tough training sessions so she'd continue to see results, Lygdback says. Of course, she also downed lots of H2O in order to stay hydrated and keep her calories on her plate, not in her glass.

Mid-Morning Snack

Since Wonder Woman was such a physically-demanding role (swooshing around in a harness really takes it out of you), Gal needed to eat a little something before lunchtime.

Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback
Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback

Her mid-morning snack looked more like a mini-meal than a quick handful of pretzels, though. One of Lygdback's go-to picks for before lunch: a small salad with tomatoes, seeds, and cured meats. (I'm calling this a charcuterie board salad.)

Lunch

One of Lygdback's favourite proteins to serve up to his celebrity clients is fish, which often made an appearance in Gal's midday meal. A fun variety of vegetables and colour was the name of the game here, so lunch often involved a cut of fish, like seared tuna, with grilled bok choy, baby broccoli, pickled radishes, and peppers.

Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback
Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback

"You don't have to eat just white rice and broccoli and chicken," Lygdback says. His philosophy: The more creative and interesting you make eating well, the easier it is to stick to a healthy lifestyle.

Mid-Afternoon Snack

Come mid-afternoon, Gal needed another energy boost—and, again, fish often took centre stage.

Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback
Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback

Typically, a simple salad with grilled mackerel, seeds, and a hefty scoop of guac kept her powering through until the end of long, exhausting days.

Dinner

It'll come as no surprise that Gal's Wonder Woman dinners involved more fun plant foods, like kale, kimchi, and wild rice. Instead of fish, though, she got her protein from a piece of steak, such as grilled ribeye.

Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback
Photo credit: Magnus Lygdback

Not the leanest cut of beef you can opt for, but Lygdback was more concerned with the quality of Gal's proteins (like whether they were grass-fed, organic, or wild-caught) than their fat content.

And when it came to Gal's treat meals? Something tells me pasta was a go-to...

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