10 Interesting Diets of Top Actors and Actresses
Last Updated: May 14, 2013
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The secret to how these ten Hollywood stars get themselves into such great shape for their movies is a simple equation: exercise plus a healthy diet. What you might not know, is that the diet portion is actually the more important part of the two. No matter how much you work out, if your diet is not adequate, you won’t get the best results. Find out what these hot stars of Oscar-nominated films eat when they need to get in shape!
BEN AFFLECK – “THE SIX PACK DIET PLAN”
Actor/director Ben Affleck was possibly in the best shape of his career when he appeared in the film “The Town.” What was the secret to his success during this time? In addition to very rigorous workout plan, Affleck followed Rehan Jalali’s “Six Pack Diet Plan,” which recommends eating six to seven small meals a day, according to BodyBuilding.com. For each meal, Affleck had to eat 45% carbs (complex carbs such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, broccoli), 35% lean protein (lean steak, chicken breast, egg whites), and 20% essential fats (almonds, flaxseed oil).
JENNIFER LAWRENCE – REDUCED SATURATED FATS
The “Silver Lining Playbook” actress is no fan of starvations diets. To get in tip-top shape for “The Hunger Games,” Laurence was put on a diet of reduced saturated fats and that didn’t eliminate carbs, as carbs gave her the fuel that she needed to train for the role as Katniss Everdeen, according to Celebuzz.com
BRADLEY COOPER – NO PROCESSED CARBS
In “Silver Linings Playbook,” Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat, loses quite a bit of weight by working out, but the movie never revealed any details about his diet. Given the great results Cooper’s character achieved, perhaps he used the same diet that the actor himself followed to get in shape to play Face in “The A-Team” movie in 2010. The diet eliminated processed carbs, dairy, red meat, sauces.
Source: People Magazine
JESSICA CHASTAIN – VEGAN DIET AND YOGA
Chastain looked particularly lean and fit in “Zero Dark Thirty.” But, in preparing for 2011’s “The Help,” the vegan actress had been asked to gain 15 pounds to play the curvy Marilyn-Monroe-look-alike character Celia Foote. How did she do it? Chastain told The Hollywood Reporter that to gain the extra pounds, she ate cartons of soy ice cream. Once the film was done, she was able to slim back down by simply going back to her regular vegan diet and yoga.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
HUGH JACKMAN – CARBS ONLY BEFORE 3 P.M.; 1.3G OF PROTEIN PER POUND
What does Wolverine eat? Hugh Jackman told Men’s Health U.K. that he doesn’t eliminate carbs from his diet, just limits them by only eating them before 3 p.m. Oatmeal for breakfast and brown rice and yams for lunch. He also said that to bulk-up he had to consume 1.3g of protein per pound of his target bodyweight. So, if you are aiming for the X-Men look, then get ready to chow down on lean protein every day.
NAOMI WATTS – LEAN PROTEINS WITH VEGETABLES
With such a lean figure, I would have never guessed that this Aussie was a fan of carbs. Apparently Watts is a fan of bread and pizza (in moderation). She told Body + Soul, that she usually eats lean proteins (chicken and fish) with vegetables and also snacks on nuts, fruits, and green tea.
Source: Body + Soul
RUSSELL CROWE – GLUTEN-FREE DIET
According to Men’s Health, in order to try to get back into “Gladiator” shape, Russell Crowe followed a gluten-free diet. When I asked Kelly Plowe, M.S., R.D., LIVESTRONG.COM’s nutritionist, if this was actually a good type of diet to lose weight and get fit, she said “Any time you start omitting food groups, you’re going to lose weight. A better approach is to look at the entire diet, and I recommend one that includes lean proteins, healthy fats, and lots of fruit and veggies. A simple tip? Add two servings of vegetables to your diet each day – they’ll fill you up but are lower in calories.”
Source: Mens Health
AMY ADAMS – WORKING OUT AND EATING HEALTHY
According to Yahoo! Lifestyle Australia, Amy Adams stays in shape by working out and eating healthy. Her diet includes whole grain toast with marmalade and margarine and one boiled egg for breakfast, vegetable soup with a bread roll and fruit for lunch, a nectarine and yogurt snack, and beef and vegetable tacos with cheese and a fresh fruit salad for dinner.
HELEN HUNT – ALWAYS A SALAD FOR LUNCH?
Hunt’s yoga instructor, fitness personality Mandy Ingber, is a believer in always having a salad for lunch, says Shape.com. And by the slim looks of Hunt, it seems likely that she would agree. Ingber recommends eating a big salad and adding lean-protein (for the meat eaters).
KERRY WASHINGTON – TAKE IT EASY, AND DO WHAT FEELS GOOD
Balance seems to be the key to Kerry Washington’s good looks, as she has more of a holistic approach to nutrition and life, overall. Washington told People Magazine: “In general in life I try to live it, not diet. I think that's hard when you're restricting a lot. So I try to take it easy on a daily basis and do what's going to make me feel good."
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