Our favorite fit celebs and trainers spill their easiest fitness, weight-loss, and diet tips to help you live a healthier life
Jillian Michaels: Follow the 80/20 Rule
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In order to eat healthy without abstaining from everything she loves, Jillian Michaels told Health that she follows the 80/20 rule. "Make 80 percent of the food you eat healthy, then take 20 percent of your daily calories and make them fun," she says.
Julianne Hough: Challenge Yourself
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Our December cover girl—a morning exerciser who trains with Astrid Maguire—challenges herself at the gym by regularly intensifying her workouts. "I like to shock my body by doing different things," she told us. "When I was on tour, even though I was dancing two hours a night, I felt I needed more, so I started doing dance moves with ankle or wrist weights on." (Try The Workout Julianne Hough Swears By.)
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Jackie Warner: Add Lemon To Your Water
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Hydrating all day, every day is crucial to your overall health, but fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and star of Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start Jackie Warner says it can help you in the weight-loss department, too. She suggests drinking three liters of water with lemon daily. "Adding the lemon helps to detoxify the liver and metabolizes fat, and can speed up metabolism by about 33 percent," Warner says. "That burns about 100 extra calories per day!” (Speaking of personal trainers, Jay Cardiello answers 5 Most Common Celebrity Fitness Questions.)
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Candice Swanepoel: Mix Things Up
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Supermodel Candice Swanepoel keeps herself motivated at the gym—and avoids the dreaded workout rute—by switching things up. “For me, mixing workouts like boxing, jump rope, and basic ballet works best,” she told us. “Boxing works my arms and core, ballet elongates my muscles, and jumping rope is a great way to warm up before any workout.”
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Lacey Stone: Pump Up The Jams
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Celebrity fitness expert Lacey Stone told The Huffington Post that exercising with music makes a huge difference in your workout (it's scientifically proven, too). "Make working out more fun by downloading your favorite tunes on a portable electronic device when you workout," she suggests. "Music will distract you from boredom and keep you on track."
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Katy Clark: Sit and Sip
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Here's a simple rule to follow whenever you're at a party or a happy hour: don't stand and sip! Calories add up when you're drinking alcohol, says Food Network Star's Fit Chef Katy Clark. "I found that I grab a drink because that's expected party behavior, and just take sips to look busy, even though I'm not really enjoying it," she says. "Instead, I drink cocktails and wine during great sit-down moments. At the party, I stand with bubbly water or nothing in my hand so I can give out better hugs!"
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Harley Pasternak: Take A Walk
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“Walking is the most effective form of exercise,” says celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. Schedule lunch meetings outside the office so you have an excuse to walk during the day, and make sure to wear comfortable shoes so you won't mind those extra few extra blocks. You'll save money and burn calories at the same time.
Kelly Osbourne: Dress Confidently For The Gym
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For Kelly Osbourne, the hardest part about getting in shape wasn't the workout, it was seeing her reflection in the mirror. "I would look at myself and think, 'Ugh!' I was miserable," she says. "To get to the gym when you already don't like yourself is really hard. So I had to make it fun. I started wearing cute outfits and putting on a little bit of makeup. And as vain as it sounds, it really helped me because eventually I stopped hating the way I looked." (Read about her weight-loss story in the 9 Celebrities Who Are Losing Weight the Right Way.)
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Mandy Ingber: Set Short-Term Goals
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Yoga guru Mandy Ingber believes that it's the short-term goals that matter most when it comes to hitting health and fitness milestones. "You set yourself up for success by having mini-wins along the way," she says. "You don't have to beat yourself up or be hard on yourself. It doesn't get you 'there' any faster. You can encourage yourself instead. Love what you have and go for more!"
Jennifer Aniston: Listen To Your Body
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When Jennifer Aniston has her moments when she'd rather be anywhere but the gym, she told Women's Health that she swears by the 10-minute workout rule. "There are days I go 'I can’t' and 'I don’t want to,' and I think you just have to listen to your body," she says. "And then there are times when you go, 'Really? Do you really not want to?' And then if you just say, 'OK, I’m going to get on some machine for 10 minutes,' you just start to get the endorphins going. Then you feel great, and you just keep going. So sometimes you can actually override the 'I don’t want to work out' feeling."
Jeanette Jenkins: Believe In Yourself
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Celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, whose clients include Kelly Rowland and Serena Williams, believes that fostering a positive mindset will get you farther with your goals. "Create a plan to achieve your goals, execute your plan, and when the road gets rough, just know that the tough times will make you stronger, smarter, and more compassionate," she says. "Above all else, always love yourself. Positive mind, positive life."
Ellie Krieger: Find A Workout That's About More Than Working Out
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Ellie Krieger, nutritionist, chef, and host of Healthy Appetite swears by a wide range of exercises, but always makes sure to make time for vinyasa yoga each week. “It is so much more than exercise for me,” she told us. “It literally resets my equilibrium mentally and physically, not to mention helps my flexibility, balance and strength.” (Check out other Celebrity Chefs' Fitness Tips here.)
Nat Bardonett: Add Beta-Carotene To Your Diet
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Of course, you're paying attention to fruit and veggie servings, but you should be paying attention to what's in those foods as well. "I recommend eating more beta-carotene rich foods like carrots, mangoes, oranges, peaches, and cantaloupe to give [my clients] a nice glow," Nat Bardonett, celebrity trainer for Halle Berry, told us. "And eat asparagus, it’s full of fiber and water to reduce bloating.” (Find beta-carotene in the delicious mango-infused Berry UpBEET Smoothie from Jamba Juice, among other nutritious fruits and veggies.)
Kristin McGee: Snack On Almonds
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There's nothing worse than dealing with hunger pangs when there are no healthy food options around. That's why celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor Kristin McGee, whose clients include Tina Fey, LeAnn Rimes, and Bethenny Frankel, recommends keeping an Altoids-sized container of raw almonds on you at all times. A small portion of any raw nut helps to keep your blood sugar stable. "The perfect portion size of about 22 almonds, 15 cashews, or eight walnut halves will fit in one, and studies have proven that people who eat nuts weigh less and eat less overall," McGee told us.
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Cheryl Burke: Eat Small Portions
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When Dancing With The Stars pro Cheryl Burke lost 15 pounds earlier this year, she did it not by depriving herself of the foods she wants, but simply controlling how much she ate. "I wanted to eat what I wanted, but I made sure that portion control was basically half of what I normally would eat," she told People.
Patrick Murphy: Ignore Exercise Trends
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"My philosophy is to take each individual and to help them move better. It's that simple," said celebrity trainer, Patrick Murphy, who helped Sophia Bush get in shape for Chicago P.D. "I'm all about optimal movement and posture. I ignore trends, what exercises 'look' the coolest, and even what 'feels' cool. I take each individual's specific anatomy, and do what's best for that body."
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Miranda Lambert: Get Creative With Your Veggies
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Miranda Lambert isn't a huge fan of veggies, so she sneaks them in. "I like the green juice because I don't like vegetables. I mean, I do...I like broccoli with cheese, and carrots with ranch dressing! It's just how I eat. I'm not trying to pretend that I'm something I'm not," she told Women's Health. "With the juice, I feel like I'm getting straight-up vitamins and good food. So if I don't eat anything else green that day, I've got my green in."
Tracy Anderson: Snack Smart
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Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson—who's responsible for Gwyneth Paltrow's amazing body—believes in the power of a pre-workout snack. "Fuel yourself 20 minutes before a workout with a protein bar," she told Allure. "But don't down a sports drink or coconut water after—you'll be drinking calories when water would be fine."
Kristin Bell: Make Exercising a Friend Activity
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Kristin Bell told Good Housekeeping that she likes to plan active activities with her friends to stay healthy. "It's so hard to schedule workouts, so I try to do activities with my friends — instead of going to the movies on Saturday, we'll go play Ultimate Frisbee or go hiking with the dogs or go bike riding," she said. "Something that's social, but also gives you a workout."
Kelly Rowland: Manage Your Cravings
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Kelly Rowland has mastered the art on how to Fight Food Cravings without Going Crazy. "I’ve come up with variations on some of my favorites that give me the flavor I’m craving in a healthier way," she told us. "When I want a steak, I grill some portobello mushrooms and put a little goat cheese on them. When I make fish tacos, rather than flour tortillas, I use butter lettuce leaves. And I’ve learned to satisfy my sweet tooth by replacing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with half a tablespoon of almond butter on half a banana.”