Does Vanessa Hudgens work out? Probably. After all, most Hollywood celebrities do. Of course, the star of NBC’s Powerless might just have great genetics—it’s really hard to tell how or why each individual looks the way they do. But recent photos of Hudgens and her sister hiking indicate that yes, she probably works out.
But what kind of workout does she do? Hiking indicates to me that she leads an active life. Other reputable sources report that she likes to spend some time on the treadmill doing cardio with a bangin’ playlist.
And if cardio is her favorite thing, does she keep it to the trails and treadmill or does she light up the gym with some kickboxing? I guess we’ll have to wait until Powerless premieres to see if she puts any butt-whooping skills to work.
Celebrity Diets and Workouts
At the end of the day, unless they’re being paid to promote a juice cleanse or type of fitness equipment, most celebrities are working out and dieting the same way most people are.
Most of the celebrity diet/workout quotes I’ve seen indicate Pilates and kickboxing get a lot of use, particularly among women, while men seem to be more engaged with hypertrophy training. Now this isn’t always the case, but those are some definite trends I’ve noticed.
As far as eating goes, the Vanessa Hudgens diet is nothing out of the ordinary. There were reports that she gave up on fast food after “bursting out of her of High School Musical costume” in 2007 and focused on eating more whole and natural foods to provide better nutrition.
This resulted in weight loss and allowed her to feel much better—so nothing new or revolutionary here. The less processed food in your diet, the better your chances of staying lean and showing off a flat tummy, like Hudgens did on her latest hike.
Eating for an Active Lifestyle
If you want to increase your overall activity level, you’ll want to stick to nutrient-dense foods that give you the energy you need to get things gone. Getting quality carbohydrates from sources like oats, sweet potato, and quinoa is great for energy; how often and how much you eat is dependent on your activity level.
On days when you’ve got a hike, a kickboxing session, or a big session at the gym, you can kick the carb intake up a notch. On days when you’re not active, you can lower your carb intake.
Intake is not just based on your activity level, but also your weight, so it really does come down to your individual needs. I would put a low-carb day anywhere in the 130 g and less range, while a high-carb day would comprise 180 g or more.
A good way to gauge intake is to ensure that carbs make up 30% to 40% of your total daily calories, depending on your activity level and goals. These percentages should be lower when fat loss is sought or when activity is down. There are four calories per gram of carbohydrate, so keep that in mind.
During or after activity, it is a good idea to replenish your carb stores, so try eating fruit like bananas and berries.
“’I was so unhealthy’: Vanessa Hudgens reveals she gave up fast food after bursting out of High School Musical costume,” Daily Mail web site, March 15, 2011; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1366256/Vanessa-Hudgens-gave-fast-food-bursting-High-School-Musical-costume.html, last accessed December 12, 2016