Overdone it on the Christmas pud? Still hungover from New Year’s Eve? Well it’s time to stop wobbling your belly in horror at your festive season blowout and start planning your New Year’s diet and fitness regime. With even the super-slim likes of Jen Garner admitting, “I’m definitely not strict with myself over Christmas. If I had to say ‘no’ to the cheeseboard and the candy, I’d be in a totally bad mood,” the stars certainly indulge themselves too – but now’s the time to get back on the diet wagon.
We reveal the diet and fitness secrets the A-list owners of some of the best bods on the planet swear by…
Gym workouts five times a week
Famously blasé about her incredible body, Blake has previously admitted, “I had to do a scene for Gossip Girl in a bra and shorts. On the day of the shoot, I ate a pork burrito, chips and coke.” But the 23-year-old has recently hired celeb personal trainer, Bobby Strom, to make herself “feel healthier”.
“We focus on core and strength training,” reveals Strom of their five-day-a-week, 90-minute sessions. “She looked at her stomach and said, ‘I have abs!’” And food-wise, Blake’s all about the low-GI, balanced meals, enjoying oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch and fish and vegetables for dinner. And dessert? “Just a fork-full.”
Two-hour yoga sessions
Jen has famously followed the Zone Diet since the start of her career, but is now a devotee of a diet devised by sisters Jewels and Jill Elmore, which only allows carbs at breakfast and insists every meal is super-low in calories – lunch is a mere 151 cals! And as the Switch star also lives by her own dieting advice of “Just stop eating sport_article.xml every day,” her diet has been cleaned out of all pre-packaged or non-natural foods.
Breakfast is a slice of wholewheat toast, lunch consists of tomato and cucumber salad with a small amount of halloumi cheese, and dinner is white fish over steamed vegetables. Snacks are celery soup and a handful of almonds. And when it comes to working out, 41-year-old Jen does an hour of cardio every day and two hours of yoga every other day.
Always have breakfast
Working out with Khloe
Although she swears by the dieting aid Quick Trim (which she’s paid to promote), Kim also works hard at maintaining her incredible hourglass figure, but also indulges every day too. Breakfast for the reality TV star is a smoothie of bananas and berries with low-fat milk, followed by Cobb salad with ranch dressing for lunch.
“Before, all I’d have for breakfast was a grande soy chai latte, now it’s oatmeal or eggs, turkey bacon and fruit,” reveals the 30-year-old. Adding that she never deprives herself – “If feel like a milkshake, I have one.”And Kim cites younger sister Khloe as her secret workout weapon, spilling, “Khloe will call me up and say, ‘Come on, let’s do boot camp,’ and that motivates me.”
The newlywed singer is a fan of trainer Harley Pasternak’s five-a-day approach to diet and exercise, which keeps her slim, but not at the cost of her famous curves.
“She works out as often as she can – she’s a busy woman – but her goal is five times a week and she eats five small meals a day,” says Harley, who also trains Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry. And the Fireworks singer’s meals all consist of just five ingredients each, ensuring that they’re all fresh – and she also ensures she has one cheat day a week, with her fave indulgence, cheeseburgers. “I have my beloved double double at In-N-Out Burger. So good.”
Martial arts and surfing
Her best pal Drew Barrymore calls Cam a “freak of nature” due to her incredible body at 38, and the My Sister’s Keeper actress admits she eats what she wants. “My body functions best when I eat consistently. I pretty much eat the same thing every day for week at a time,” she admits. “Food is one of my biggest pleasures. I love to eat.”
But when it comes to fitness, Cam never scrimps on her vast array of workouts, preferring outdoor pursuits to clocking up gym time.
“I hate going to the gym,” she admits. “I love being physical. I love sweating. I love getting my heart rate up.” She adds, “Physically, I can do pretty much anything I put my mind to, and I really like that feeling. If I’m surfing, I’m out there for like four hours.”
The actress flits between being super-skinny and rocking sexy curves, and, as a recent convert to exercise, she says she hopes to maintain her fuller figure. The Transformers star sticks to the Paleo Diet, which avoids processed foods in favour of vegetables, grains and lean meats – based on the ‘caveman diet’, which features only foods that our ancestors would have had access to. When it comes to working out, the actress is a fan of high intensity interval training, and her trainer, Craig Ballantyne reveals, “We do planks, which is the best way for women to get flat abs, mixed up with time-compressed workouts.”
One ‘cheat day’ a week
Hiking and jogging
With one of the most athletic builds in the business, Jessica certainly isn’t a skinny minnie actress who starves herself. But she bases her diet on allowing herself one day off a week, “I eat healthily all week, I then give myself one day – usually Sunday – when I just eat what I want. You have to, otherwise your mind goes a little nutso,” she insists.
And the A-Team star plumps for “lean and low-cal” foods, including turkey bacon for breakfast, undressed chicken salad for lunch, and dinner is the ubiquitous steamed fish and veg, with the occasional sushi and sashimi platter thrown in. And when it comes to exercise, Jess reveals, “I see my trainer three days a week, and the other times you’ll find me hiking or jogging in the hills.”
An hour at the gym every day
Having battled an eating disorder in the past, now that she’s a mum, Jess takes more care when it comes to her diet and has settled on a low-carb option. Pasta, bread and white rice is out in favour of wholegrain cereals and fruit for breakfast, and she drinks up to three litres of water a day. “Her secret is portion control,” spills her trainer. “Jessica likes to have dinner out, but will only eat half of the food.”
And when it comes to working out, she does an hour every day, hitting the treadmill for a hard five minutes before switching to weights and yoga.
The Tracy Anderson Method
The health-conscious actress recently revealed the super-strict diet she follows to get movie-ready and drop pounds fast. With breakfast consisting of green tea and a ‘Clean Shake’ of almond milk, blueberries and powdered supplements, the actress then embarks on a 90-minute workout, followed by kale juice, and then for lunch a low-carb, low-cal wrap of chicken or fish with salad. Insisting, “I can eat what I want as long as I exercise,” Gwyn follows up her workouts by snacking on almonds and “super low-cal turkey broth” for dinner. “To really get in line, I follow Tracy’s strict diet for five days to lose my winter weight,” says the Iron Man 2 star. “I work out six days a week, and it’s freakin’ hard.”
Five small meals a day
With her naturally athletic build, Kate sticks to five small meals a day to keep her energy up. “Kate eats lots of protein such as chicken or fish and minimal dairy products,” spills her trainer, Ashley Conrad. “If she needs a little something to stay full, I suggest a protein shake with banana, cinnamon, frozen spinach and almond butter.” And Kate also fights water retention by having lemon in hot water when she wakes up. And when it comes to working out, Kate prefers pounding the pavement, or splashing around on paddle board to gym workouts.