Jennifer Lopez is hotter than ever at 45, thanks to a low carb mostly vegan diet and rigorous workouts that combine cardio exercise with weight lifting Lopez showed off her rippling abs during a gym workout with fitness trainer Tracy Anderson (pictured above).
Lopez’s workouts with Anderson typically combine high-intensity cardio dance exercise with light strength training using body weight and high repetitions done with small hand weights (three pounds maximum).
“She does the Tracy Anderson Method, which includes muscular structure work and between nine and 13 different exercises that change every 10 days, and dance aerobics as well,” Tracy told Allure. “I keep [her butt] toned and in position. We do planks, moving the legs and butt at different angles.”
Lopez, who lost 40 pounds after giving birth to twins in 2008, previously said her No. 1 weight loss secret is portion control. “Just like anybody, I try to watch what I eat,” she said. “There’s no big science to it.
In April 2014, Lopez credited a low carb vegan diet for her 10-pound weight loss in five weeks. “Her diet is built around plants,” said a source. “Rather than ordering steak and then adding vegetables, she asks for vegetables and adds in sides of protein.”
Lopez is no longer 100 percent vegan and recently began incorporating some fish and chicken back into her diet, but sticks to a mostly vegan diet because it has motivated her to eat more vegetables. “The truth is, even if you’re 70-80 percent vegan, it’s so much better having those vegetables, greens, and plant-based stuff,” said Jennifer. “It’s going to change your life and health.”
Lopez’s foray into veganism was inspired by the 22-day vegan diet challenge Beyonce and Jay-Z undertook in December 2013. The 22-day vegan cleanse was designed by Beyonce’s trainer, exercise physiologist Marco Borges.
Beyonce and Jay-Z have since gone back to their regular eating plans, but Beyonce continues to eat one vegan meal a day, saying it helps her maintain her 65-pound weight loss.
Other celebrity vegans include Jared Leto, Samuel L. Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Al Sharpton, and Michelle Pfeiffer. They have all credited the plant-based diet for giving them more energy, helping them lose weight and staying youthful-looking.
Jackson, 65, said the vegan diet was responsible for his recent 40-pound weight loss and improved energy. Since going vegan, Jackson said he has never felt or looked better. “I feel great,” he said.