While it's true that celebrities have more resources at their fingertips for getting in shape than the average Jane (read: personal trainers, nutritionists, even chefs), and it's probably counterproductive to actually strive for celeb-level results, there's still wisdom in their flat-belly efforts.
It's especially inspiring when celebs like Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston have gotten into the best shape of their lives after age 40; it shows that even though it's harder to build muscle mass as we age, it is indeed possible.
So while everyday people may not have the extra cash lying around to cough up to a personal trainer, we can still take this weight loss advice from celebrities over 40.
At 63 years old, we wouldn't blame you if you guessed Christie Brinkley's age to be 20 years younger. The supermodel looks like she hasn't aged a day since the height of her career.
In fact, she got back in a swimsuit in front of the camera again this year, proving that the vegetarian diet she's been practicing since she was a teenager is doing wonders.
“I truly think my vegetarian diet plays a huge role [in looking younger],” Brinkley told New Idea magazine.
It doesn't hurt that she uses Total Gym to break a sweat (as well as SoulCycle, yoga, bicycling, paddle boarding, surfing, skiing and swimming).
"The only constant that I have in my [fitness routine] is that I start whatever I do with my Total Gym because I believe it helps keep me from getting injured," she told Shape.
The award-winning actress alerted the world to her passion for wellness when she founded the lifestyle blog Goop, but Gwyneth Paltrow has been living a healthy lifestyle her entire life. In fact, she's famous for working out almost every single day.
“I like feeling good, and I know I feel my best when I exercise,” she told Women’s Health. “I’ve made it a habit, just like brushing your teeth. That’s how you have to look at it.”
“I’ve been a Tracy Anderson fanatic for over a decade, I’m an investor in her company, so yeah, I go every morning,” she said. “I drop the kids at school, work out, go to work.”
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When Drew Barrymore prepared for her role as Sheila on the Netflix series The Santa Clarita Diet, she famously dropped 20 pounds. How so, you ask? By hitting the gym and upping her protein intake, of course.
“[The show] turned out to be this great thing I got to escape into, lose 20 pounds, get liberated with Sheila and kind of have this physical transformation,” Barrymore told Magic Radio. “It gave me a lot of goals and things that weren’t just like showing up to work every day. I had to do things to be her that were actually very positive for my real life.
“If a woman is just eating simple protein, everyday all day long, she would lose weight. It’s like a very macabre Atkins,” she told The TODAY Show.
Barrymore went from 144 to 124 pounds throughout the filming of Santa Clarita Diet by following nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s methods with some tweaks.
“I added some protein like fish and chicken since [Snyder] is all vegetarian or vegan,” Barrymore told Us Weekly.
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She didn't earn the nickname "The Body" for no reason, and 53-year-old runway veteran Elle Macpherson is nowhere near ready to retire the moniker. She credits her still-bangin' bod with the alkaline diet, a plan that shuns red meat, wheat, dairy, sugar, and processed food to create an optimal pH balance in the body.
If that sounds way too tricky to keep up in the long term, know that Macpherson doesn't stick to it rigidly. In fact, her longtime nutritional doctor Simone Laubsher, MD, told Redbook that she advises to follow the 80/20 rule: eating clean 80 percent of the time, then allowing yourself to indulge 20 percent of the time.
"Pure alkaline would be too tricky," Laubscher explains, "It's about trying to have whole foods that come from nature. We can't all live on smoothies, we can't all do yoga 24/7 and hold down a job."
At 51, Cindy Crawford has three things we know that are responsible for the supermodel's youthful vibe: Genes (because obviously), fitness and her healthy diet.
The mom of two says she works out with her trainer Sarah Hagaman three days a week. "We do circuit training for the whole body using weights, some machines, and my own body weight with lunges and squats," Crawford told Shape.
When it comes to her healthy diet, Crawford starts her day strong with a protein shake, then munches on a salad for lunch. Check out her entire daily diet here.
As you've surely seen in Aveeno and Smart Water ads, Jennifer Aniston looks better than ever at 48 years old. Some may say it's the bliss of married life, but we know it's really about her impeccable diet and exercise routine.
Ingber shared with InStyle that she and Aniston work out three days a week together, citing a cardio-yoga hybrid as her workout of choice. The star warms up with 20-25 minutes of spinning, followed by a 45-minute yoga routine.
For the days when Aniston and Ingber don’t work out together, Aniston goes for the barre method after 20-30 minutes of cardio. She likes to switch up her routine, telling Well+Good that “keeping your body confused is always key.”