There’s no doubt about it – celebrities, in general, have incredible bodies. I mean, it’s part of their job to look amazing 24/7. Let’s face it, every woman sometimes stares at photographs of the hottest stars in magazines and wonders what exactly their secrets are. Do they eat nothing but mixed greens, dressing on the side? Do they spend six hours a day on the elliptical? Are they constantly wearing seven pairs of Spanx simultaneously? How do we get those bodies?!
Well, luckily, celebrities are pretty chatty about their diet and exercise routines. Sure, genes definitely play into it – someone with a slim, boyish figure can do squats for hours and likely will never develop a J.Lo booty. Their larger than average paychecks also play a factor – after all, they can easily a personal trainer to pull them out of bed for 5 am runs, a personal chef to serve up nothing but quinoa. However, a little hard work can pay off big time.
While they’re not going to give away all their secret weapons, many of the hottest female celebs have been honest about what exercise plans they’re following, what kind of dietary choices they’ve found help them stay slim, and more. And we’re spilling it all.
Here are how 19 super sexy celebs got their insane bodies.
19 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Every girl gathers on their couch with cocktails and a group of girlfriends when its time for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and every girl wants to know how the Angels whip themselves into shape. For Rosie Huntington-Whitley, its about a protein source – or, rather, a lack thereof. No, this blonde bombshell isn’t a vegetarian – she simply cuts out most red meat from her diet, instead opting for lighter choices such as fish or chicken. This secret isn’t exactly revolutionary – most women interested in nutrition know that getting enough protein is important to staying lean and toned – but it’s a great reminder to put down the juicy steak every now and then and dish up some lean grilled chicken instead.
18 Jessica Biel
As opposed to some super skinny starlets that have absolutely no muscle tone and seem to achieve their figures through mere caloric restriction, Jessica Biel has always looked incredibly strong and fit. While she’s been spotted doing varied workouts throughout her career, there’s one that she keeps coming back to over and over – yoga. As Biel herself said, “yoga is a constant for me because it keeps my muscles long and flexible.” She has an incredibly active lifestyle, which also helps, but there’s a lot of truth to her tip – yoga helps lean out your muscles and is something you could definitely be incorporating into your fitness routine.
17 Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes has always been sexy, but now that she’s a mama, it’s all the more impressive that she manages to keep herself looking so fit and toned. What’s her secret? Well, like countless celebrities, she’s a fan of Harley Pasternak’s five factor diet. The plan is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – you eat five meals a day, and each meal incorporates five nutritional factors (protein, complex carbs, fiber, healthy fats, and fluids) and has five ingredients. Easy to remember and, thanks to the simple, whole foods it focuses on, very good for you. Mendes allegedly lost a staggering 15 pounds from her already slim frame on the plan, and has been a fan ever since.
One of Rihanna’s secrets to her incredible body is basically the most obvious tip you could think of – consistency and determination. Trainer Harley Pasternak (yes, the guy behind the infamous five factor diet – he creates exercise plans as well as meal plans) has said that on tour she fits in three workouts of at least 25 minutes a day, and when she’s all settled in one location, she bumps it up to five days a week as well as increases her cardio to 30 minutes daily, as opposed to ten on tour. Sure, her extensive dancing and practicing choreography likely factors into things, and she probably eats a pretty clean diet whenever she’s able to, but the key point to take away is this – you don’t always need to have 90 minute workouts to make them worth it. Even a few minutes a day, though it may not seem like much, can help you get that Ri Ri body.
15 Kate Hudson
Thanks to her Fabletics sportswear line, Kate Hudson is all about health and fitness lately, and awhile back she confessed one of the biggest secrets behind her amazing body – plain old calorie counting. Apparently, actress Ginnifer Goodwin, who is also one of Hudson’s friends, introduced Kate to the calorie counting app MyFitnessPal (here’s betting that at least 50% of women already have that one on their phone – it’s so handy!). According to Hudson, “knowledge is power. I memorized everything, so if anything gets on the table, I literally know how many calories it is.” Of course, for this tip to work, you need to be aware of how many calories you should be consuming to reach your fitness goals, but it proves that you can definitely squeeze in a few treats and still look amazing, as long as you balance it out.
14 Miranda Kerr
Ah, another former Victoria’s Secret Angel – who’s surprised that so many of them made it on the list? Their bodies are absolutely insane! Well, this bombshell from down under has talked extensively about the diet and workout tips that she credits for her amazing figure, but here are two slightly strange ones. First of all, she recommends a spoonful of unrefined coconut oil every day to help combat bloat – and who doesn’t hate that gross bloated feeling? As for a workout, while she definitely makes time for the gym, she also credits sex for her upper body physique. As she told GQ UK, “the more sex I have, the more defined my arms and stomach get.” So, coconut oil and plenty of loving? Sign us up!
13 Jessica Alba
Everyone is constantly in awe of how celebrity moms are able to bounce back from giving birth in super human time, showing up seemingly a week after delivery with bikini-ready bodies. Mom Jessica Alba was a lot more honest, and acknowledged that it was definitely difficult to get back to her pre-baby body. While a healthy diet and moderate exercise contributed to her physique, she had another secret – a double corset. She admitted to wearing a double corset, every single day and every single night for three months after giving birth. “It was brutal, it’s not for everyone,” Alba acknowledges. While this tip is a lot more extreme than dietary choices and exercise routines, there’s no doubting that Alba has an incredible body, so something obviously worked.
12 Gwyneth Paltrow
Ah, Gwyneth Paltrow and her ultra-healthy, everything organic diet. Many women have given up listening to Paltrow’s fitness and nutritional tips, simply because we don’t want to consume nothing but kale and lemon water. However, she definitely looks great – and she spilled the beans on how she shed a few pounds for Iron Man 2. First of all, she’s a complete Tracy Anderson junkie. Anderson, a celebrity trainer, has been working with Paltrow for ages, and Gwyneth simply doubled up on sessions to whip herself into shape. She also followed an eating plan which included kale juice, low-carb wraps, turkey kale soup, and more kale juice. Oh, and a few almonds thrown in. It’s definitely not for everyone.
11 Megan Fox
Megan Fox has been outspoken about how she hates to exercise, and she’s not one of the celebrity gym bunnies always seem emerging, sweaty and tired, from the gym. However, pregnancy will take its toll on any woman’s body, and celebrity moms are particularly conscious about getting back in shape so they can get back to their careers. After she gave birth to her first child, Fox didn’t start increasing her workout routines – instead, she cut out dairy. According to Fox, it’s “really hard on your hormones” and just “not good” in general. Now, women should definitely be conscious about consuming enough calcium, but when you consider how many fattening products contain dairy – those delicious pints of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, that extra-cheesy pizza – it makes sense why this tip might just have an impact.
10 Minka Kelly
Many women get sucked into the trap of substitution – when we really want ice cream, we eat frozen yogurt. When we really want a juicy burger, we eat a lean ground turkey patty on a lettuce ‘bun.’ Sure, those healthy options can be really great, and really great for you, but sometimes you just need the real deal. Minka Kelly definitely agrees. She confessed to Self that she’s a big sweet tooth, but she doesn’t try to satisfy herself with substitutes. “I’d rather go for a small slice of real chocolate cake than a bunch of sugar-free cookies,” Kelly says. It’s a great tip – rather than filling up on useless calories you won’t enjoy, just go for a small portion of that thing you’re really craving – you’ll enjoy it much more. Kelly has also confessed to watching Beyonce videos for work out inspiration – I mean, obviously. Queen B is a staple of workout playlists around the world.
9 Marisa Miller
Miller is basically the dictionary definition of a blonde bombshell, and throughout her entire career she’s been known for her slim yet incredibly athletic build. Her physique is killer, but one of her secret tips has nothing to do with what you do in the gym – it’s about what you do at home. Miller has said that making the right food choice is “all about having an awareness of your body. The most obvious way to do that is by seeing it. So when you’re trying to lose weight, spend more time wearing less.” That’s right – this supermodel’s body is to stay scantily clad. Well, one thing’s for sure – if you start following Marisa Miller’s tip, the guy in your life is going to be pretty happy about it.
8 Ginnifer Goodwin
Ginnifer Goodwin’s weight has fluctuated a bit throughout her career, partly because she’s so petite that every single pound (either gained or lost) makes a huge difference. At the end of the day, however, there’s one thing that she credits her body to – and it’s not the trendiest, newest fad diet. It’s good ol’ Weight Watchers. In an interview with Health magazine, Goodwin spilled that she’s been a Weight Watchers member ever since she was nine years old. She doesn’t count up her points every single day, but when she needs to “get back on track so I can button my pants,” it’s her go to.
7 Bar Rafaeli
While many celebs are constantly singing the praises of yoga and the effect it has on their bodies, Bar Rafaeli proves that everyone has different preferences when it comes to their fitness routines – and that’s perfectly okay. “I can’t do the yoga stuff, it bores me,” Rafaeli says. Instead, her exercise of choice is TRX, a workout that involves using your own body weight for resistance and strength training. Most women who have educated themselves about fitness know that you can’t get that bombshell body solely through cardio – a bit of strength training is a crucial part of any workout, and you need to find a way to incorporate it that works for you.
6 Kelly Brook
British star Kelly Brook is known for her curvy figure, and for her refusal to starve herself down to a size 0. However, just because she has a bit more meat on her bones than the average celeb doesn’t mean that she’s not fit. She’s dedicated to her fitness routine, seeing a personal trainer three times a week, and has followed in Paltrow’s former footsteps by incorporating a macrobiotic diet. The strangest tip, however, is a workout you may have forgotten since childhood – the humble hula hoop. Apparently, Brook tones her curves by putting on some of her favorite tunes and hula-hooping for short, ten minute bursts. See, ladies – fitness can be fun!
5 Kelly Rowland
While Kelly Rowland may have often been overshadowed by Beyonce during her Destiny’s Child days, now that she’s a solo artist people are taking notice of Kelly and Kelly alone – and her incredibly body is just one part of that. Rowland follows a simple rule to get her enviable body, and it’s one that you’ve likely heard of before – the infamous 80/20 rule. It’s one of the easiest lifestyle plans in the book – you eat healthy 80% of the time, choosing whole grains, lean proteins, fruit, and vegetables, and then allow yourself to indulge in some treats 20% of the time. It’s a great way to incorporate balance and make sure you’re satisfying your cravings without going over the edge.
4 Adriana Lima
Who wants a body like Adriana Lima? The question should be, who doesn’t want a body like Adriana Lima? The Brazilian bombshell has, without a doubt, one of the best bodies in the business, and has maintained it even post-baby. What’s her secret for whipping herself into Angel shape? Well, it’s certainly not easy. Before a show, she apparently kicks things into high gear by incorporating three hour daily workouts, every single day, for a three week span. She combines this with a diet that includes only green vegetables, grilled and steamed, protein, and protein shakes. So, next time you stare at her body on the runway, green with envy, just remember – it took a LOT of hard work.
3 Michelle Williams
Petite Michelle Williams has always been slender, and after her daughter Matilda was born, she bounced back incredibly quickly. However, she wasn’t doing multi-hour workouts every day, and she wasn’t starving herself. Williams claims that she managed to whip her body back into shape by walking – a lot. Now, walking definitely burns less calories per minute than a higher intensity workout such as interval circuits. It is, however, a lot easier and less intimidating – you don’t need to know how to use a bunch of machines or how to perform countless exercises in order to follow Williams’ example. You merely need to slip on a pair of shoes and step outside. “Set attainable goals,” Williams has advised in the past, and it’s great advice to take.
2 Jennifer Lopez
Okay, it has to be said – Jennifer Lopez is officially aging backwards. I mean, have you seen her lately? Every year she seems to look better and better. So, what are her secrets? Good old fashioned hard work and dedication. Lopez has been spotted countless times coming out from gym sessions or spending time with her trainers, and is dedicated to maintaining a fitness routine. She has expressed that, like all women, sometimes she feels too busy to squeeze in a workout, or simply doesn’t want to – but she does! Even if she has to do her squats after tucking her children in, she does them. Lopez has also helped develop a line of supplements targeted towards women, BodyLab. However, she had her incredible body long before she had the supplements, so just take her work out advice – no excuses and no skipping those gym dates!
1 Cheryl Cole
While she may not be as well known in North America, Cheryl Cole is one of the biggest names in the UK – and she’s notorious for her amazing body. How does she do it? Well, like many celebrities, she’s a big fan of trainer Tracy Anderson, and incorporates the Tracy Anderson Method (a dance-cardio workout) into her fitness routine. She keeps a balanced diet, eating healthfully the majority of the time with one ‘cheat’ day a week. Of course, practicing choreography for hours and hours at a time is also an incredible workout that likely has a big impact on her physique.