If we were to choose the five most memorable movie scenes starring Jennifer Aniston, the We’re The Millers strip-down clip would surely grab the top spot. After all, the sultry backdrop highlighted her chiseled abs and toned arms, inspiring us all to head to the gym, stat!
While many of us would love to think that Hollywood A-listers have it easy and can achieve their dream bod with little to no effort, that is simply untrue. Sure, the celebs we see on the big screen have private chefs, shoppers, and personal trainers at their disposal, but weight loss requires the same essential lifestyle hacks the rest of us must implement in order to see results.
In fact, Aniston achieves her trim tummy by doing the nitty gritty: following a diet and exercise routine that works for her. From her go-to workout routine to her favorite snacks, below you’ll find the actress’ secrets to keeping fit. And then to further lose the belly fat, don’t miss our tried-and-true 100 Best Weight Loss Tips.
Try Different Forms of Cardio
If the mere thought of cardio makes you cringe, you shouldn’t force yourself to an hour on the treadmill. While cardio can keep your heart healthy, you should also experiment with different forms to keep your spirits high. After all, what’s a workout worth without the endorphin rush? Whatever you do, make sure you aim to constantly move throughout the day. “I work out almost every day,” Jennifer told InStyle magazine in their March 2012 issue. “I do 40 minutes of cardio: Spinning, running, the elliptical, or a combination of all three.”
HIIT, or high intensity interval training, has been shown to increase weight loss without increasing your time spent at the gym, and Jen has totally adopted the trend. “I still love yoga and cardio, but these days it’s been interval training. I think muscle confusion and switching it up is important,” she told SHAPE. “I work out at Rise Nation [a 30-minute total-body climbing workout] and with my trainer [Rise Nation founder] Jason who just has me carrying really heavy ropes around and throwing medicine balls against walls and stuff. I’d never really done anything like that before, but I love it.” In addition to keeping her body challenged with a bootcamp-like training routine, Jen also enjoys pilates and resistance circuits.
Stick to Whole Foods
Instead of filling up on baked good for breakfast, fast food for lunch, and frozen dinners for supper, focus on filling your plate with whole foods at every meal. One study showed that eating foods such as whole grains, lean meats, olive oil, reduced-fat dairy, legumes, and produce helped people lose more weight than tracking their macros did—which is exactly why counting calories won’t help you lose weight.
That’s why Jen snacks on kale chips and savors brown rice bread. And most days, she wakes up to a protein-rich shake. “I make a quick shake with protein powder, spinach, maca powder, berries, and vitamin C powder I put in there that’s pretty good. I’m not a big breakfast person, but I made myself become a breakfast person. I was always one of those people that just didn’t eat in the morning but, of course, you’re always hearing it’s the most important meal of the day so I find that the shake is really good,” she told SHAPE.
Stay Consistent When Traveling
Don’t let all-day beachside tanning and the resort’s all-inclusive swim-up bar deter you from sticking to your slim-down plan. Consistency is key when it comes to weight loss, which means that vacations pose no excuse to leave your running sneakers at home. Aniston reveals to InStyle, “I take 8-pound weights with me whenever I’m staying in a hotel.” Can’t find the time to fit in a workout between sight seeing and booking excursions? Aniston suggests doing arm exercises using dumbbells when watching TV.
Indulge in Moderation
“I also indulge when I want to,” Jen said, as reported by Women’s Health. “I don’t starve myself in an extremist way. My advice: Just stop eating junk every day!” Instead of loading up on snickerdoodle cookies and chocolate-coated candies, try reaching for better-for-you swaps such as a square or two of 70-percent dark chocolate or strawberries dipped into our #1 best peanut butter.