Henry Cavill Confirmed for Man of Steel 2: Superman’s Strict Diet Pays Off

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It is confirmed that actor Henry Cavill is set to reprise his role as Superman in Man of Steel 2. The Man of Steel sequel is being considered a high priority for Warner Bros. studios. The exact movie release date has not yet been confirmed. The 33-year-old is known to follow a strict diet to portray the role of Superman.

Henry Cavill also built muscle with a high-calorie diet for other films in the DC-Extended Universe (DCEU), including the original Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He will also reprise the role for Justice League Part One and Justice League Part Two.

Audiences have been pleasantly surprised about Henry Cavill’s transformation from slim thespian into bulked up superhero. The transformation was very simple for Cavill. Basically, he ate a lot. He consumed six meals a day.

It was also a high-protein diet that contained a healthy amount of fats and carbs. The diet certainly paid off for Cavill. After all, he looks like an amazing Superman. Let’s take a look at Cavill’s high-calorie diet and strict workout plan to play the role of Superman.

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Henry Cavill’s Diet Plan for Man of Steel 2

Henry Cavill’s high-calorie diet for Man of Steel included between 3,500 and 5,000 calories. For weeks one through six, Cavill consumed a 3,500-calorie diet. In weeks seven and eight, he ate 4,000 calories. For weeks nine and 10, he consumed 5,000 calories and then went back down to 3,500 calories for weeks 11 and 12. What did his diet plans contain? Here are Cavill’s reported 3,500-calorie and 5,000-calorie sample diet plans for Man of Steel:

3,500-Calorie Diet:

Meal 1: First meal of the day is important for Cavill. He will consume five egg whites, two whole eggs, a half cup of oats, an apple, and supplements like a multi-vitamin and a fish oil supplement.

Meal 2: Meal two is a cup of broccoli and brown rice, along with a piece of chicken breast.

Meal 3: Meal three is a 6 oz. piece of tuna, a banana, and two slices of wheat bread.

Meal 4: The fourth will then include a chicken wrap with a 6 oz. piece of chicken breast and a large 10-inch flour tortilla, half a tomato, and a half-cup of lettuce.

Meal 5: Later, Cavill will consume a protein shake with a scoop of whey protein powder, a sweet potato, a cup of oats, a 8 oz. cup of milk, and two tablespoons of peanut butter.

Meal 6: Cavill will end his day with a cup of cottage cheese and almonds, along with a small yogurt cup with some cottage cheese for flavor.

5,000-Calorie Diet:

Meal 1: Cavill will start his 5,000-calorie diet with 56 grams of protein powder, three cups of low-fat milk, two cups of blueberries, two cups of cold cereal, and six tablespoons of slivered almonds.

Meal 2: The second meal is 56 grams of protein powder, a half cup of cottage cheese, three tablespoons of barley, two cups of grapes, and some sunflower seeds.

Meal 3: For meal three he will eat 4.5 oz. of chicken breast, 4 oz. of non-fat cheese, four crackers, three whole pitas, four cups of vegetable soup, and 12 peanuts.

Meal 4: Meal four is again very large. It will contain 49 grams of protein powder, 1.5 tablespoons of barley, three tablespoons of slivered almonds, 1.5 cups of plain and low-fat yogurt, two tangerines, and one teaspoon of flax, hemp, olive, or salmon oils.

Meal 5: Meal five will be 11 oz. of lean beef, two cups of rice, six tablespoons of almonds, four cups of cauliflower, and one and a third cups of fruit juice.

Meal 6: The final meal may contain 11 oz. of skinless turkey breast, one cup of mushrooms, a quarter cup of onions, two cups of chickpeas, one head of lettuce, two tablespoons of almonds, and three cups of cherry tomatoes.

What is Henry Cavill’s Intense Man of Steel 2 Workout

Henry Cavill complemented his diet with an intense workout regimen. Cavill worked with elite trainer and Gym Jones founder, Mark Twight, to maintain a ripped physique of over 120 days. Cavill has also worked with trainer Michael Blevins, who had helped the Superman actor look lean and muscular. Cavill performed a CrossFit-style training program with timed exercises and circuits that featured gymnastics and plyometrics. The bulking phase of Cavill’s workout included Olympic-style weightlifting that builds strength, muscle, and power.

Cavill’s CrossFit-style workout included high-level lifting with presses, deadlifts, squats, sprinting, bent-over rows, power cleans, push presses with 50-poun dumbbells, kettlebell swings, back squats, push-ups, and pull-ups. Needless to say, Cavill’s strict diet and workout plans have paid off, and he is clearly fit enough to play the part of Superman.



Stolworthy, J., “Henry Cavill to return as Superman in newly-confirmed Man of Steel 2,” Independent website, September 17, 2016; http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/man-of-steel-2-henry-cavill-manager-dany-garcia-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-superman-a7313426.html.