Mega-star actress Jennifer Lawrence, from The Hunger Games movie franchise, recently showed off new blonde extensions. The long look is a departure from the choppy bob she’s been sporting for the past while, a look that she pulls off really well.
The actress was spotted with longer hair in Los Angeles’s airport terminal on Monday with her dog Pippi. Her latest film, Passengers, comes out on Christmas day and co-stars Chris Pratt. Lately, the 26-year-old has been focusing on fitness and making healthier lifestyle choices, including her diet.
Lawrence is no stranger to the gym or to working hard. Her role in X-Men required her to wear a blue bodysuit that showed off every curve, so she needed her body to be in top physical form. She also had to pull off many intense stunts on her own, so she legitimately needed to be fit to perform those. So how does she do it? By working with personal trainers who get her whipped into shape.
Lawrence’s Workout and Diet
Dalton Wong has worked with Lawrence on and off since she was 20 on both her diet and workouts. He taught Lawrence how to eat the right amount of fats, proteins, and carbs for her body. Snacks he suggested she eat regularly are turkey, hummus, vegetables, and dark chocolate. He had her follow a portion controlled diet that ensured she had enough fuel in her body to perform the high-action scenes she had to shoot.
Lawrence told Elle magazine that “I could never live on a ‘diet.’ Dalton taught me how to eat, move and live a delicious but healthy life.” Though she doesn’t train with him regularly, she says they remain good friends and that “when I’m in London I love to train in his gym, then afterwards we go out for burgers and fries with his family. It’s all about balance.”
Wong always made sure to have full-fat Greek yogurt on hand for Lawrence. Some snacks that he approved for the X-Men star were: Air-popped popcorn; Apple slices with walnut butter and celery loaded with peanut butter; Cashews and blueberries; Almond milk with protein powder. Choose sugar-free options for both if possible; Coconut milk yogurt; Hard-boiled eggs.
For her X-Men movie roles, Lawrence exercised whenever and wherever possible, usually for 15 minutes between scenes. It helped keep her motivated and a lot can get done in that time, according to Wong. No minutes are a waste if put to good use.
The following is a sample of the 15-minute full-body workout that Wong developed for Lawrence. This fast and effective routine comes from Wong’s book The Feelgood Plan, which he co-wrote with health and lifestyle journalist Kate Faithfull-Williams.
Squats: Do a traditional squat while holding a weight, something you are comfortable with.
Kneeling push-ups: Bend the elbows and lower the chest to the ground in a controlled way. Push up until the elbows are straight. Engage your abs and the space between your shoulder blades.
Back Extensions: Lie face down and lift your head and arms roughly three inches from the floor. Hold for 10 seconds. Continue for one minute.
Mountain Climbers: Position yourself in a plank. Bring your left knee to your chest and hold for one second. Alternate legs and do this for one minute.
The first rule of the workout plan prepared for Lawrence was to break up her exercise throughout the day, as opposed to working out for hours at a time. Bursts of activity that lasted 20 to 30 minutes were key because it kept her motivated.
She began with a walk or morning jog, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) circuits were done during the day. Ending the day with stretching and deep breathing is something Wong recommends, and is one of Lawrence’s favorite parts of working out.
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