Unlike some celebrities who seem to eat hardly anything (we’re looking at you, Tom and Gisele), Jennifer Lawrence loves booze and food. So how does her body look so amazing? Well, she has a little help.
Lawrence — as well as Kit Harington, Amanda Seyfried and Zoe Kravitz — turn to personal trainer Dalton Wong to look good while still enjoying life. Now, Wong is spilling the secrets in his new book, “The Feelgood Plan” (out today). As Lawrence herself explains in the book’s foreward, it’s not about dieting. It’s about balance. We ask Wong directly for his tips:
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Know how to manage stress
The number one thing Wong tells his clients isn’t how many times a week they have to work out or what foods they can’t eat. It’s learning how to relax. “For Kit, Jennifer, Amanda, it’s important to teach them how to cope with stress so they can be resilient for their job,” Wong says.
“It’s not sexy, but it’s one of the most important and powerful parts in order to be a healthy person. You can’t just exercise more and eat less to have a sustainable lifestyle.” His book has tips on unwinding at the end of the day and getting a good night’s sleep to help the body and mind repair itself from the stresses of everyday life. It’s an important, yet unexpected tip.
Eat what you crave, just balance it out
Instead of mandating a diet, "The Feelgood Plan" teaches readers how to tweak the eating habits they already have, so they can still eat the food they like without going overboard.
“If you want to go out with your friends and have some cake or you want to have a glass of wine with your partner at the end of the day, do it. Just balance it out by eating healthier throughout the day,” Wong says. His book is also full of ideas for tweaking everything from burgers to cheesecake to barbecue, making it healthier so you can really feel good during — and after — you dig in.
Fill up on healthy fats
If you find yourself crashing around 4 p.m. or pigging out as soon as you get home from work, Wong says it’s probably because you aren’t eating enough healthy fats throughout the day. “You need a good ratio of protein, healthy fats and carbs at lunch or else you’re start craving sugar,” he says.
Indulge when you’re happy, not sad
Wong makes a pointed observation: If you go out with your friends and you all decide to have some chocolate cake and a couple drinks, that’s going to make you feel happy. But if you drink and eat cake because you are alone and upset, it won’t. If you’re going to indulge, make it worth it.
Have a workout you can do anytime, anyplace
Being a personal trainer to Hollywood’s biggest actors, Wong says he often finds himself doing workouts in a lot of weird places. The moves in his book don’t require any equipment and the routines only take 15 minutes. “I came up with it so there would be no excuses,” he says. “If you don’t have 15 minutes, then you’re not really motivated to begin with.”
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