the not-so-secret secrets to a red carpet-ready physique
posted: February 26, 2014
Cameron comes clean in her tome about everything from pubic hair to processed foods (image via PopSugar)
Celebrities are our physical role models. So it makes sense that when Cameron Diaz, alluringly Amazonian at age 41, released The Body Book last month, the world went crazy for it.
Sure there’s such thing as good genes, but it turns out what we all really want to know is how women like Cameron do it. We like to assume that with the resources to hand (the nutritionist personal chef, the trainers), we could all achieve a ‘celebrity perfect’ body.
But curiously, exactly what made Cameron’s book particularly popular is that there’s nothing in it we don’t kind of know already.
“Eat a proper breakfast, drink lots of water, and take the stairs instead of the elevator.” And how reassuring to know that’s all it takes, right? (Ed.’s note: personal trainer and TV personality Jillian Michael calls BS on just taking the stairs.)
Only Cameron’s personal workout mantra, “pain is weakness leaving your body,” (Ed.’s note: Jillian Michaels concurs) suggests how hardcore it really has to get in order to have abs and arms like hers. But the overall message is eat mindfully, move more.
Cameron, makeup-free last December to promote her book on Instagram
Having interviewed a fair share of A-listers, it seems like this is actually the case. Unless they’ve all been lying through their perfectly polished teeth, there is no Big Secret to getting ‘red carpet ready.’
Like a lot of us, they drink their greens for breakfast. Debra Messing and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld were kind enough to share their green smoothie recipes with me: kale, kale, and some more kale—always frozen “so you don’t need to add ice,” in Julia’s case.
“I could eat vegetables and fish for every meal,” Eva Longoria told me. Ditto Debra (“lunch is usually salmon and asparagus”), AcroYoga superstar Chelsey Korus and Julianne Moore. Although, in Julianne’s case she admitted, “It’s incredibly dull but it works,” after sticking to “fruit, veg and protein” following her first ever juice cleanse. Endearingly, she seemed embarrassed to be admitting to such an obvious pre-Golden Globes trick.
Only Miley Cyrus and Kristen Wiig mentioned the G-word—“gluten”—with Kristen claiming a full-on allergy. And Miley told me she’s “80 per cent gluten free.” (For the record, she also said that hip L.A. health food joint Café Gratitude “is a little too vegan for me. Like I don’t want a flaxseed, kale pizza. I want a frisking pizza, pizza! With maybe, you know, a gluten-free crust.”)
Eva Longoria, meanwhile, just isn’t “a very carby person,” so dodging the breadbasket isn’t a problem for her.
And when it comes to workouts, cardio-plus-yoga seems to be the magic formula. “I run one day, do yoga the next,” said Eva, with Julianne, supermodels Lara Stone and Isabelli Fontana, Toni Colette, Alexandra Richards and Kristen Wiig following a similar routine.
In fact, yoga is a given for most of the women I interview, with Thandie Newton going into raptures about her local Jivamukti school in London (“spiritual, joyful and very sexy”), Miley preferring to practice by the ocean, and Kristen claiming to have invented “my own kind of yoga, which is really my own poses, which is just stretching until I get tired.”
Oh, and celebs love a good Tracey Anderson DVD, with Tamara Mellon, Keri Russell and Lara Stone all singing the praises of Gwyneth’s right hand woman.
Which, come to think of it, all sounds quite a lot like my personal regime. Maybe over the years all the celebrity advice has sunk in.
What are your healthy tips and tricks when getting in tip-top shape before a big event or beach holiday?
Whether it’s interviewing Lady Gaga, unveiling the latest trends in fashion, or getting under the skin of our most neurotic social trends, Ruby Warrington is at the forefront of it all. She’s a British lifestyle writer, the celebrated creator of the blog The Numinous, and a regular contributor to the lululemon blog.