Food·Updated on Aug 27, 2019. Posted on Dec 13, 2017James McAvoy Revealed How He Got So Big, And It's Pretty SimpleNope, he didn't start a 6,000-calorie diet.by Michelle NoBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink This holiday season, James McAvoy got swole AF (and brought us the greatest early Christmas gift of all). Gilbert Carrasquillo / GC Images *Drools eggnog down keyboard* You probably heard that he bulked up via a 6,000-calorie-per-day diet, but this week, McAvoy shut that down. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Bravo In an Instagram post that addresses the widely spread claim, McAvoy writes, "Me saying 'I ate 6,000 calories a day' is inaccurate, was meant as a joke, and is being widely used out of context." View this photo on Instagram instagram.com McAvoy originally made the "6,000-calorie" statement in an interview with Mr. Porter, where he was talking about his role in Split and was speaking in humorous hyperbole. Duh. You can read his full explanation on Instagram here. Instead of relying on extreme calorie intake to bulk up, McAvoy says he used a nutritional tool that's been trending in the last year. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF TriStar Pictures He explains: "We counted macros... [which] I think is probably a healthier way of tracking intake." View this photo on Instagram instagram.com He's talking about macronutrients, aka fat, protein, and carbohydrates. "We didn't count a single calorie," McAvoy clarified. For more information on macronutrients, read the BuzzFeed guide here. And to be sure, he's not advocating for any particular diet at all. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com His post on macro-tracking was mostly to prevent the possibility of people "labor[ing] under bad advice or worse yet seriously harm[ing] their health." His advice? Just do whatever feels right for your body: "Enjoy your workouts or nonworkouts, stay healthy, and eat well." Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com Good man, James. Now pass the shortbread cookies.