Tuesday, December 12

Get That Celeb Bod

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Celebs always look fabulous – whether they’re on the beach or on the red carpet. We reveal their diet and workout secrets so you can shape up like a star

Cindy Crawford, 43
A mother of two, Cindy has no need to hide her figure under a sarong. She looks gorgeous in a skimpy bikini and in a recent interview revealed she was still proud of her body. “I look good for 43, but I don’t look the way I did when I was 23,” she said. Cindy stays in shape by combining regular jogging and swimming with running around after her kids. She also follows a low-carb, high-protein diet, but doesn’t forbid herself the occasional treat. “If I feel I’m not allowed something, that’s what I want. I watch the carbs a bit more these days, but I don’t cut them out.”

You can do it, too
Get in the swim : Breaststroke, in particular, is amazing for toning arms, legs and tummy muscles. It’s also one of the fastest ways to slim, burning about 500 calories per hour.
Eat more protein : Nutritionists believe lean proteins such as fish, chicken, low-fat dairy and nuts keep you feeling fuller longer than carbs. A little protein with every meal and snack can help suppress sugar cravings.

Mel B, 33
Mel B has incredibly-toned abs. And the muscular thirty-something admits: “I’ve never been in better shape.” The former Spice Girl has been regularly spotted powerwalking around the Hollywood Hills with personal trainer Joey Kormier, who also counts Angelina Jolie among his clients. “Mel looks incredible – she’s never been more toned despite being a mum of two,” says Joey adding, “She works hard and the results speak for themselves.” Mel follows a varied routine to prevent her from getting bored, combining martial arts, dance, yoga, water exercises and Joey’s special marine boot camp regime when she needs a real boost. She also aims for a well-balanced diet of around 30 per cent lean protein, such as chicken or fish, 40 per cent wholewheat or vegetables and 30 per cent good fats, such as mackerel or salmon.

You can do it, too
Be a dancing queen : Dancing might not give you a six-pack like Mel’s but a good boogie can do wonders for your figure-burning an impressive 380 calories per hour.
Get fishy : Research has proven that the Omega 3s found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel boost the body’s ability to break down fat, especially hard-to-shift flab around the midriff.

Carla Bruni, 41
Despite being married to the French President, Carla is as happy to show-off her striking body today as she was in her modelling heyday. Says Carla, “I have a body that allows me to pose nude without being very provocative.” Carla and her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy enjoy working out to stay in shape. However, according to their personal trainer Julie Imperiali, the former model prefers a gentle stretching and toning routine to walking on the treadmill. And Carla has a similar relaxed approach to her diet. “Carla is a bonne vivante,” Julie says, using the French phrase for someone who loves to indulge, regardless of whether it’s healthy. “She loves beer. She smokes. She likes good food,” says Julie. “Everything is a question of balance.”I encourage clients to eat pasta with vegetables or meat with veg. Junk food horrifies me,” she adds.

You can do it, too
T ry yoga : This limb-bending exercise is perfect if you hate the gym and prefer a more gentle approach. It still burns up to 300 calories for 45 minutes and helps define your arms and legs.
Treat yourself : Stick to the 80:20 rule. If you eat healthy, 80 per cent of the time, then you can easily get away with enjoying your favourite treats for the other 20 per cent.

Gemma Arterton, 23
Gemma is certainly confident about her body. She had no qualms about stripping for the Bond film Quantum of Solace and looks completely at ease showing-off her stunning curves in a bikini. But the young actress had to defend herself over pictures of her looking as if she’d developed a double chin. And in a refreshing change to the celebrity desire to be skinny, Gemma says: “I refuse to conform to this muscly, sinewy look so many actresses seem to think is attractive. I hate it and I don’t think it’s feminine.” Gemma enjoys exercising to stay fit and uses a running machine and cross trainer. “I work out regularly but I’m not going to deprive myself. I’m happy with how I look now.”

You can do it, too
Up the cardio : Regular exercise means Gemma can still enjoy treats. Four 45-minute sessions a week burns 1,200 calories.

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