Without doubt one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses is Jessica Biel. Since the days of watching her on “7th Heaven” on a Sunday evening, I’ve always admired Jessica’s beauty, and as her star has grown, and she has become more known for blockbuster roles in Blade;Trinity and Total Recall, as well as the coveted real life role of Mrs.Timberlake, she has also become a role model for a healthy lifestyle, as her flawless, strong and lean physique and glowing skin continues to land her on the top of any “Best Celebrity Body” list, year after year.
So I decided to do a little bit of research into the diet and fitness routine of Ms.Biel (or should I say Mrs. Biel Timberlake) and one thing is for sure, Jessica work’s hard and consistently to maintain her fabulous figure. She’s not one of those who claims to eat anything she wants and never workout. She admits that strict diets and grueling gym sessions are the secrets to her enviable body, but that it is a necessary part of her career.
“You spend months and months and months training with crazy martial arts instructors and you’re on crazy diets. It’s the hardest experience, it really is ’cause you’re eating a lot of boring stuff – chicken breasts and vegetables all the time. But it’s cakes and pastas and breads and sandwiches and croissants (you crave) all the time, that’s all you can think about.”
But in saying that, the majority of us are not training with crazy martial arts instructors, or intending to strip off for the big screen anytime soon where every flaw is visible to the world, so we don’t have to go to such extreme lengths to attain a nice body thankfully! (Unless of course your some kind of masochist and enjoy such things!)
But we can adapt Jessica’s diet plan and workout routines when she’s not training for an extreme role. It keeps her in great shape and bikini ready all year round without too much pain!
Jessica follows a basic clean eating regime 6 out of 7 days and on the 7th day she splurges and allows herself whatever food she craves. This once a week cheat day is a common technique of a lot of fitness and bodybuilding professionals as it is said to help rev the metabolism up a notch and keep you from going completely insane. It must be said though, when Jessica does indulge she said it’s still non-processed, organic food as much as possible. Her diet is heavy on vegetables, grain proteins and occasional animal protein. She also includes fermented foods in her diet which help with digestion
“When I’m working, I try to keep my diet really clean: loads of vegetables, lots of quinoa and grain protein, and some occasional animal protein,” says the star,
“Fermented veggies and probiotics are also great for my skin and digestion. You can also buy shredded fermented vegetables at a health-food store and sprinkle them over a salad or even eggs in the morning. I also drink green tea, and I slip in veggies like beets and zucchini into cakes and fudge.”
She eats 5-6 times a day. Another common technique of fitness professionals and athletes is eating several small meals a day as opposed to the traditional three big meals a day. It is said to keep the metabolism firing and burning calories all day, as well as keeping hunger at bay so you never get the chance to make a bad food choice when your mind goes delirious from lack of food! She eats three small meals and two snacks that all combine complex carbohydrates and protein to keep her full.
An example of what Jessica’s eats on a daily basis is as follows
Breakfast; Oatmeal with nuts and berries or Egg with wholegrain bread(if you’re gluten intolerant, choose a gluten-free option like corn cakes or rice cakes.)
Mid morning; Mixed berry protein shake. (any combination of fruits banana/strawberry, banana/mago,berry, with a good protein powder like pea protein)
Lunch ; Baked potato with tuna and sweetcorn or a grilled chicken salad
Mid afternoon; Handful of raw almonds and a banana, or apple slices with 1 tbsp of almond butter.
Dinner; Grilled salmon with lemon and steamed green veggies.
Dessert; Homemade applesauce sweetened with honey or a square of good quality dark chocolate.
Also make sure to be drinking 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day! VERY IMPORTANT!
And as regards Jessica’s workout routine;
She works out 5-6 days a week, mixing intense cardio with strength training and yoga or pilates classes. This allows her to achieve a lean, strong, flexible body.
“Yoga is a constant for me because it keeps my muscles long and flexible.” She always tries to fit yoga in at least twice a week.
“Some days I’ll sprint on the treadmill; other days I’ll hike with the dogs. I also fit in yoga classes and some swimming.”
Whatever it is, She is active almost every day in some shape or form and is a big fan of the outdoors. Getting out of the gym and choosing fitness activities outside is a great way of keeping fitness fun and interesting while also keeping us connected to the beautiful world around us.
“When you get out into the wilderness and strip away all of the stuff in your everyday life, you really gain a great respect for your own life, simply as it is,” Jessica says of her grueling mountain climb. “Needing things starts to feel like, Oh, I kind of have everything, don’t I? It’s pretty great.”
So to some up, if you desire to achieve a look somewhat like Jessica Biels physique the first thing you need is determination and the will power to stay consistent with your healthy lifestyle. You will need to be conscious of eating several small meals a day, and choosing wholesome foods, as well as working out for 30 mins to an hour at least 5 days a week, mixing it up with cardio, strength training and yoga.
While the hard work may not get us Jessica Biel’s paychecks, it sure will have us looking amazing in just about any piece of clothing, and feeling great in our own skin which is what we all really want!
And who knows, we may even end up bagging our own handsome pop star husband! Stranger things have happened! 🙂