Sterling K. Brown Shares How He Stays in Shape

“I try to eat well — a lot of protein in the morning," said the “American Fiction" actor.

Sterling K. Brown is revealing his recipe for staying in superhero-like shape.

In an interview with PEOPLE, he named Peloton as his resource for fitness. He said, “I got the bike. I got the treadmill. I love the workout classes.”

The “This Is Us” alum continued, “I try to eat well — a lot of protein in the morning. You have the carbs in the morning, so you can burn them all throughout the course of the day. Hydrate, a lot of water, good for the skin, good for the tears, good for everything.  And just try to be mindful.” 

Brown also avoids overeating. "Don't be making yourself so damn full all the time. Then you got to be unbuttoning your pants at the end of the meal. Get up and take a walk, big homie. There will be more food later on,” the actor shared.

He went on to share that due to his upbringing he had to unlearn some unhealthy behaviors. Brown added, “Growing up in what I think is a poverty mindset and the idea of don't be wasting, other people will be happy to have that, clean your plate — and that became the modus operandi. And then you walk around just bloated, and full, and heavy.”

The "Honk For Jesus" actor had a realization: he used to be able to burn calories quickly when he was younger, but now he has to be more mindful of what he eats and how much he exercises, as our metabolism changes as we age.

In addition to his wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Brown cited his two young children, Andrew and Amaré, as motivators for him to stay healthy. "I like to play with them and be able to enjoy it," he said. "I want to be able to enjoy their kids. So it's not a vanity thing. It's like I want to keep on doing what I'm doing for a long time."

It seems that his new film, "American Fiction," is aligned with his fitness journey as it speaks to how we see ourselves. The satirical comedy, which also stars Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Issa Rae, tells the story of a Black author whose book contains stereotypes he originally wrote as a joke and the book became an unexpectedly huge success.

”As it relates to this film in particular, there's always this schism between how you see yourself and how the public sees you and you're eager to show them who you are.”

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