The Skinny on Slimming Down
Amanda Seyfried, Hilary Duff, and Katy Perry all credit their hot bods to trainer and nutrition expert Harley Pasternak. Here's his tailored-to-you advice.
Q. My metabolism is definitely slowing. How can I rev it up?
A. Graze, don't gorge. Studies show that smaller, more frequent meals shift your metabolism into high gear, which is why my plan has you eating five times a day.
Q. Is there a healthy way to lose weight this week?
A. In the long term, moderation is key. But if people don't see results quickly, they tend to give up. So I suggest having three smoothies and two snacks a day for five days, then two smoothies, a solid meal, and two snacks a day for five more days. You'll lose weight right away because the smoothies have fewer calories than your average meal, but they're so filling, you won't feel deprived. Then for the last five days, you taper off to just one smoothie a day, which is something I suggest keeping up for life.
Q. What's so great about smoothies?
A. For one thing, they're incredibly convenient: You just throw everything into a blender and press a button, which eliminates any excuse for not eating right. For another, they're high in volume, so they take up a lot of space in your stomach. Best of all, the blades of the blender slice through the cell walls of all those fruits and veggies, making their nutrients -- like fiber, protein, and healthy fats -- easier for your body to absorb. And the more fiber you get, the fuller you feel, which means you can eat less and still be just as satisfied.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2013.
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