Picks and Pans Review: Man vs. Food's Adam Richman

updated 09/27/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/27/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

HIS PLATE IS FULL

In three seasons of his Travel Channel show, the ex-actor, 36, has crisscrossed the country eating massive meals and extreme cuisine.

HOW HE DOES IT

Before every challenge, he calls his mom for a pep talk. Then as he eats, "I hum songs: the Marine fight song, rap music," he says. "If I focus on what I'm doing, it's impossible."

WHAT HE EATS OFF-CAMERA

"At home I eat extremely light," says Richman, a fan of broccoli, egg whites and grilled chicken, "so I can film with a clear conscience."

HIS WORKOUT PLAN

"I credit running with being the single reason I'm still wearing the same size as I did before the show," he says. "I'm a single man; I've got to bring sexy back a little bit!"

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