By Shae Blevins
The New Year is upon us and we’re sure that you’re ready to start the new diet and exercise plan you’ve been talking about since eating your fill (and then some) at Thanksgiving dinner.
A variety of celeb-backed options outrank more traditional approaches. The Paleo diet marks Jessica Biel amongst its followers. The “eating a spoonful of clay” diet favored by Shailene Woodley, of “The Fault in Our Stars.” And Zooey Deschanel, who has given up gluten.
There is also the super fit Matthew McConaughey, the ultra-fabulous Dita Von Teese, and The Queen and King — Beyonce and Jay Z — the sexy A-listers who have gone vegan by way of Mark Bittman’s VB6. (more…)
As a guy, I’ve oft wondered how celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Maggie Gylenhall shape their svelte and rockin’ bods. OK, that’s a huge lie, but all three have toned physiques, and they owe it to the blonde, pixie-trainer Tracy Anderson. The spritely fitness mogul has a celebrity client list comprised solely of females— the aforementioned and J. Lo, Shakira, Nicole Richie—but has now decided to help out the dudes.
According to Details Magazine, the “Tracy Anderson Men’s Program” aims to encourage guys that to believe that dance-cardio isn’t emasculating. The trainer has already made guinea pigs of super-studs Matthew McConaughey and Robert Downey, Jr. That’s a tough road to hoe, but if it’s good enough for the literal Iron Man, it’s good enough for me.
What did the Hollywood hunks test out for us? Per a press release, “A typical workout will include a a full0-body warmup, an arm routine, a lower-body workout that employs planks…and a focused core routine that defines the abdominal muscles and works deeply in the transverse abdominals. The workout concludes with high-intensity, agility-based cardio work.”
So, basically, a lot of dancing. (more…)
Stars lose and gain weight all the time, so it’s no surprise to see any one actress slink down from 130 pounds to 110 in a matter of weeks for an upcoming movie role. But when the actor at hand is usually bulked up, beefy and the epitome of health, it’s a bit more shocking to see such drastic transformation.
Matthew McConaughey, 42, whose most recent role in “Magic Mike” required nothing shy of masculine perfection, has dropped a considerable amount of weight for an upcoming role.
In a recent interview with Larry King on Ora TV, McConaughey revealed that he’s losing 30 pounds for an upcoming role in the movie “The Dallas Buyer’s Club.” As explained by the actor, he will play a character diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s whose doctors gave him 30 days to live.
Instead of accepting the prediction, however, he began fighting for his life and seeking out naturopathic remedies to try and mend his condition. In the process of doing so, McConaughey explained, he began smuggling medications into the U.S. selling them to people in his hometown of Dallas – hence the movie title, “The Dallas Buyer’s Club.”
Because the actor is usually looking so healthy, bulked up and ripped with muscles, his now gaunt, emaciated physique is a stark contrast to his usual appearance. Of his transformation, however, McConaughey says it’s all part of the job and he doesn’t mind altering his appearance for different roles. (more…)
There is an allusive stereotype surrounding yoga. To most, yoga is thought of as constantly stretching and stereotyped as a flimsy workout out. Yoga is popular among women, but men are hesitant to take a yoga class.
Jill Lawson, DietsInReview.com’s yoga expert, offers her take on why men avoid yoga. “One of the biggest reasons is the belief that they are not flexible enough to do yoga. I have heard men tell me they would try it, but they can’t touch their toes.”
Yoga is more than being able to reach your toes. Practicing yoga can benefit individuals in ways they would never imagine. At yoga classes you tend to see more women than men, but yogi men aren’t kidding around when it comes to their own practice. All yoga studios encourage men to give it a try. If the benefits aren’t selling men, maybe seeing male celebrities deeply committed will.
When he isn’t hitting high notes with Maroon 5 or judging fresh-faced artists on The Voice, Adam Levine practices yoga routinely. In the beginning of his career the singer didn’t practice yoga because of the stereotypes surrounding yoga. After years of pain from weights at the gym, Adam took a yoga class. He noticed the difference with his body and hasn’t stepped foot in a gym since. His godly physique is quite impressive. We say, keep on practicing, Adam, because from the looks of it yoga is doing your body well! (more…)
We’re always attuned to what’s going on in the celebrity realm, especially when it’s relating to diet and fitness. It’s kind of our thing, after all.
In a recent interview with health contributors Joy Bauer and Jill Martin, The Today Show gave the insider scoop on the diet and fitness habits of some of Hollywood’s most beautiful stars, including Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson.
One beauty on the list is 27-year-old Scarlett Johansson, who recently starred in the Blockbuster hit the ‘Avengers.’ The shapely star kept her curves in check for the film, having only six weeks to get in tip-top shape. To do so she worked with a trainer as well as her stunt double, and relied on dumbbells and resistance bands during her circuit training sessions three to four times a week.
During training, Johansson followed a mostly vegan diet, meaning no animal products, meat, or dairy. But every once in a while she would give into some of her favorite turkey chili, and one of her favorite dessert – dairy free oatmeal cookies. Bauer says even when she’s indulging, the star manages to wiggle in a few healthy components. (more…)
Forget the paleo diet, it’s time for the caveman workout! Matthew McConaughey told Men’s Fitness that’s he’s been using rocks to get a hard body. McConaughey, who appears on the cover of the April edition of the magazine, says the activity requires more finesse than it might seem.
“It’s not as simple as it seems,” he says. “You shift the weight from high above your head, in your right arm, then your left, then rest it on your shoulders, adding more weight to your back, then your legs.”
The workout challenges more than just the arms. “You get a full-body workout just by finding out how many positions you can manage without having to set the weight on the ground. You also discover the stronger and weaker spots in your physique.”
Move over Gatorade and Vitamin Water. There is competition in the beverage case and the Material Girl is one of the first to hop on the newest hydration bandwagon of coconut water.
Coconut water is a wildly popular new drink that has recently hit stores all across the country like Whole Foods and other national grocery store chains.
The New York Post just reported that Madonna is investing $1.5 million in one of the largest coconut water manufacturers in the country, Vita Coco. Other celebrities like actor Matthew McConaughey and singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers are also rumored to soon be lending their cash to help make coconut water more mainstream.
And it’s no wonder. Coconut water is quick becoming a favorite among yoga practitioners, fitness enthusiasts and those just looking for a nutritious way to stay hydrated.
Grab a copy of this week’s People Magazine. Not only will you get the dish on Matthew McConaughey impending fatherhood and fabulous shots of Katie Holmes wardrobe- but you can catch a glimpse at the new book “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.” Michael Pollan collects his research on nutrition and has a simple outlook on eating- “Eat food. Not too much.”
Quick take aways you can read about in People’s article-
– Hit the outside edge of the store where where produce, meat and dairy reside.
– Skip the processed, packaged foods
– Eat locally raised foods
– Allow for some forgiveness