Can a Real Girl Get Jennifer Aniston's Yoga Body?
Before you sign up for those spendy yoga classes or personal training sessions, look at what the famous "Friend's" at-home yoga workout did for our writer
Food: Friend or foe?I've been sluggish for the last couple of days. It's harder to wake up and work out, and my body feels like it's been through a lot. What's going on? I was feeling so good. Trying to make sense of it all, I get in touch with Kathy Kaehler, a fitness expert and food coach who has also worked with Aniston (who hasn't?). Kathy is the creator of the Sunday Set-Up, a meal organization routine designed to create healthy relationships with food, so I'm looking forward to her insight.
I mention that I work out in the morning before I eat (I read somewhere that working out on an empty stomach forces your body to burn current fat stores), but Kathy tells me that's probably why I'm feeling burned out so quickly -- and that I'll actually get more from my workout and even torch more calories if I have a light breakfast before my workout.
Kathy also calls me out on a major diet no-no: skipping lunch. While I thought I was saving calories, what I'm also doing is causing my blood sugar to dip, which explains why I always feel so pooped when 3 p.m. rolls around. Kathy stresses the importance of snacking two hours after breakfast and again in the afternoon, and she offers some healthy snack suggestions. Low-fat cheese with a few almonds; a handful of pretzels dipped in hummus; non-fat Greek yogurt with fruit; and an apple with a spoonful of peanut or almond butter are a few snack ideas she recommends.
She also tells me that if I'm looking to stay low on the calorie intake, I can opt for a light salad with veggies and fruit for lunch. I decide to follow Kathy's advice and the following day, I walk over to my local salad bar and throw together a healthy mix. Delicious. As I chomp down on my organic greens, strawberries, and figs, I vow to never skip lunch again.
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