You’ve seen him in Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’ video, and Britney Spears’ collab with Tinashe, ‘Slumber Party’, but you would NEVER know that sexy HEARTTHROB, Sam Asghari, Britney Spears’ was not always the FIT and TRIM fitness model we see today!
In a recent Men’s Health magazine, Asghari talks about hitting ROCK BOTTOM with his WEIGHT and life situation and finding the MOTIVATION to change his LIFE and EATING habit and how Britney Spears INSPIRES him!
“I didn’t want to have to deal with that depression and disappointment anymore. I had to restart.”
With nobody around, Asghari turned on college football to pass the time. On the TV, the former lineman saw a reflection of his former self.
“I was living that life six month ago, and I was no longer there,” he says. “I was disappointed in myself. I thought, ‘I wish I could go back and change things.’ When you look back, and you know you could’ve done better and put in the extra work — knowing that was so disappointing for me.”
Asghari was cut from University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Division I football team his freshman year. After losing his scholarship, he was forced to move back to Los Angeles. Working out was no longer a priority — but he continued to eat like he did when he played football. 6-foot-2 Asghari was tipping the scales at 290.
But that night in 2013, he realized he had to make a change.
In the six months that followed, Asghari dropped nearly 100 pounds. His new physique and healthy lifestyle changed his life, leading him to modeling, which turned into acting. And acting led him to getting cast in Britney Spears’ 2016 “Slumber Party” music video. That, of course, sparked a romance with the pop star. Two years later, they’re stronger than ever.
After hitting rock bottom that night alone in his apartment, Asghari quit his jobs at Best Buy and the nightclub to focus on a career in fitness. “I told the general manager [at Gold’s], ‘I want to be a personal trainer, and learn about the human body and the scientific aspects of it,’ and he said, ‘Sam, whatever makes you happy.’”
Asghari says he signed up for Gold’s Smart Nutrition course, which taught him about nutrition, anatomy, and personal training. And he taught himself about fitness by watching YouTube videos. [MORE]
“I allowed myself a $50 shopping budget every single week at the grocery store,” says Asghari, who mostly bought meat and vegetables. “Because of that low budget, I wasn’t able to buy other things that would break [my diet].”
Asghari says his meal plan consisted of 25 percent protein like chicken, turkey, eggs, and fish, 15 percent vegetables like broccoli, green beans, asparagus, and 25 percent complex carbs. “I didn’t eat for pleasure. My eating is now for nutrition and survival,” he says.