Posted by personaltrainersscottsdale.com | Posted in Celebrities, Nutrition | Posted on 04-12-2010
If you’ve ever wondered what Jennifer Aniston’s diet consists of, you’re not alone. There are a lot of people out there that look at the seasoned star and think to themselves how does she get her body to look like that? A lot of people would respond to that question with “maybe she just doesn’t eat…maybe she starves herself.” Nice try, but think again…
Let’s get real. No one really boycotts food altogether. Fasting, maybe. Dieting, sure. But perpetual starving? I don’t think so…and what of her sexy curves and solid muscle tone? That comes from a healthy diet (where she eats real food!) with enough calories to support her activity level and keep her metabolism revving. Without a doubt, her diet follows a few main principles:
1. It’s low to moderate in calories, so she gets just what she needs and no more.
2. It’s got enough protein so she can build and maintain lean, graceful muscles.
3. It tastes good, so it’s easier for her to stick with it!
Ok, so that all kinda makes sense, right?
That basically sums up a few of the main ideas behind her diet, but it still leaves one question for all the people out there wanting to look like the real woman behind Rachel Green from Friends: what does Jennifer Aniston actually eat?
Here’s the lowdown:
Nowadays Jen has the assistance of a couple of pretty cool celebrity chefs who prepare her meals every day. Not only is this great in terms of guaranteeing she’s getting what she needs nutritionally, but it’s pretty freakin’ convenient!
Jewels and Jil Elmore, her chefs, have helped her change the way she views her kitchen from a place to store Powerbars (a food she used to eat all the time when she didn’t have time – or chefs) to a real sanctuary where she can realize healthy eating habits.
With the help of these two culinary experts, Jennifer Aniston now sticks with healthy foods such as quinoa, salmon, and Greek yogurt, to name a few. Before she used to think that all she had to look out for were foods packaged with “low fat” labels and she’d be fine. These days she knows better.
When it comes to eating she says “there’s literally nothing more important to our health, happiness, and success than what we put into our bodies and the energy, clarity, and stamina that come as a result.”
Jen keeps her calories in the 1200-1300 range. This might sound on the low side – and it is – but the key is that it’s not too low. To stay trim – and maintain her muscle – Jen has to be taking in enough calories to support her metabolism, but not so many that she starts storing them as body fat. By the same token, if Jen were to take in too few calories, say 800 or so per day, she would actually have more trouble maintaining a lean and healthy physique because her body would go into “starvation mode” and store more fat even though she was consuming less.
Here’s an example of what an average day of meals looks like for Jen:
Eggs with Feta Cheese and Parsley in 1/2 Whole Wheat Pita
Arugula, Shaved Artichoke and Toasted Hazelnut Salad
Roasted mixed nuts with Furikake dressing
Grilled Halibut with Red Quinoa and Grilled Yams
How to Eat Like Jennifer Aniston:
So you might not be a celebrity and you might not have your own chef. So what? You can still eat well, enjoy your food, and look great! Here are a few ideas to get started:
1. Learn to cook. (even if it’s just a few simple healthy recipes) As you may have noticed, Jen not only eats healthy foods (what a generic term, right?), but she tends to eat all natural, whole foods as often as possible. All of her calories come from natural sources. Try to do the same and you’ll see success.
2. Avoid the processed JUNK. Jen didn’t always have a chef. Back in the day, she used to chow down on Powerbars and other packaged foods for the convenience factor. While sometimes this is ok, most of the time it’s pretty bad for you and there are other options. The main challenge it finding the time to cook and prepare wholesome meals, but if you follow rule #1 above, you’ll be on the right track.
3. Get carbs and protein at every meal. This one is normally pretty important but in Jen’s case (and yours), since she is taking in a somewhat light amount of calories, it’s extra important. It helps keep you full longer and gives your muscles more glycogen for workouts and sustained energy.
4. Drink water. Although Jen doesn’t mention it above, she drinks a good amount of water and you should too. It will help keep your mind away from food so you’ll avoid extra snacking, it will keep your muscles hydrated, and, if you opt for one of the flavored no calorie options out there, it really will stop you from daydreaming about cheeseburgers (hopefully).
5. Get your rest. When you are sleep deprived you tend to eat more because the signalling processes that tell your body when to eat and how much don’t function properly. Sleep enough and you won’t gorge yourself on cheat foods.
Try these tips and you’ll be showing off long lean legs and a flat stomach in no time!