Jen’s Hot Body Secrets!
There’s something about Jen Garner recently… Since awards season started, the Valentine’s Day star has been bringing some serious ‘oomph’ to the red carpet, and it’s got everybody wondering what’s brought on the change? The celeb mum – who we’re more used to seeing dressed down in frumpy jeans and a tee for the school run – has dropped
two dress sizes and has been showing off her enviable new bod in couture. “She’s a size zero now,” revealed a
red carpet source. “She used to be a size six.” So, what’s her secret? “I got on the treadmill, stopped stuffing my face and lost the weight,” says Jen. “I cut out croissants, bagels and muffins – all the good stuff –
and went back to just having salads and protein.”
Jen’s High-Protein Diet
Jen limits her daily calorie intake to 1,600 calories, eating five to six small meals a day. Filling up on plenty of green veg, fruit, chicken and fish, she’s adopted a high-protein, low-carb plan, which still allows her the occasional indulgence.
While self-confessed chocoholic Jen has cut back on sweet treats, she refuses to deprive herself completely. “I’m doing what I can. I try to eat in a way that makes me feel good,” says Jen. “If that means a little bite of chocolate I do that, but I try not to use food as a reward for myself.” Adding, “I’m over that, ‘Oh, that was so hard. I want to have a bowl of ice cream’ mentality.”
She’s also got creative with healthier ways to satisfy her sweet tooth, revealing, “I love to make a smoothie with a banana, mango and huge handfuls of spinach,” says the Juno actress. “It’s really yummy!”
Jen trains with celeb trainer Valerie Walters for 50 minutes, five times a week. “She’s consistent, not obsessive,” says Valerie, who also works with Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale. For cardio, Jen alternates between the treadmill, with two-minute bursts of running, the exercise bike and the cross-trainer, with lunges and squats for strength training. She finishes her workout with five minutes of work on her abs.
“I just try to be smart and consistent about the way I work out,” says Jen.
Valerie adds, “If you can only exercise 20 minutes three times a week, you should be strength training – squats, push-ups, lunges, planks.” She explains. “You’ll burn the same amount of calories [as cardio], but you’ll also add lean muscle, which speeds up your metabolism.”
Follow Jen’s Diet Plan
Breakfast:Egg white omelet, with a side dish of fruit
Snack:Apple slices with almond butter
Lunch:Chicken breast with mango chutney, steamed veg and a green salad
Snack:Wholewheat crackers with low-fat cheese
Dinner:Grilled salmon in lemon ginger sauce with steamed veg and salad