Gwyneth Paltrow is baring her bikini body at 42 to defy the notion that getting older means the end of looking fit and fabulous. Instead, the actress says that by following simple diet and fitness rules, she feels better than ever, reported Entertainment Tonight.
When it comes to staying slim in her 40s, Gwyneth follows a low-carb diet that emphasizes protein and vegetables. And contrary to all those reports that she’s completely eliminated any type of carbohydrate, Paltrow admits to enjoying dining with her kids on old-fashioned potatoes or pasta.
“For lunch I usually have a big salad with grilled chicken, and then for dinner I’ll have whatever I want,” revealed the 42-year-old mom of two. “Most nights I eat with the kids, like, a stir-fry of chicken and broccoli or pasta or roast chicken and potatoes.”
As for exercise? Gwyneth says that the best exercise in the world doesn’t require a celebrity trainer or chic health club membership.
“Laughing, having sex….” summed up Paltrow of her favorite forms of fitness.
But Gwyneth is also aware that she’s gotten some bad press for her unconventional recommendations when it comes to caring for the body via her Goop columns.
“Anytime I do anything for a while, there’s always a ‘she’s insane,'” Paltrow admitted.
“I think Goop has become synonymous with detox because we’re interested in ways to be healthy. It’s not hippie-ish. It’s dealing with the reality that we live in a really toxic world.”
To deal with that toxic world, as the Inquisitr reported, part of Gwyneth’s detox regime involves a Paleo-style low-carb diet and oil-pulling. She follows her Paleo detox a few times each year, eliminating all processed foods, dairy, and sugar.
“I probably eat this way two or three times a year for three weeks at a time. Past that, I’m not willing to make the sacrifice. Life is about balance.”
As for her fitness regime beyond laughter and sex, Gwyneth works out with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, who emphasizes using the body and brain to sweat out those toxins, boost the mood, and tone that body, reported Allure.
The exercises combine strength-training and cardio, including dance moves to burn calories and tone the muscles. And when the music is cranked up, the body and brain are completely involved, says Tracy.
“The music is loud—I do that on purpose. The heat is high; the movements are designed specifically so that your brain has to participate. You can’t be thinking about other things; you can’t be on your phone and stopping. Emotions come up because the music is on. You’re sort of preoccupied, so you can’t deal with the fact that it’s so physically challenging or physically uncomfortable to be in this space. The environment is good for people to heal, without really realizing how much they’re healing, if that makes sense.”
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