Blake Lively knows what it takes to scare a shark in a film while attracting viewers to the theater: a fit and fabulous bikini body. Dishing up the details of how Lively prepped for a lead role in the Shallows, the actress’ trainer, Don Saladino, explained that it involved working out multiple days every week, reported Vogue.
“She truly listened to me every step of the way and we both listened to her body,” shared Saladino. “In order to get the results, you need to be paying attention to what’s going on [with you].”
The first day of each workout week began with Blake’s upper body, completed with a cardio session that lasted 20 to 30 minutes. Moving onto day two, Lively exercised her lower body with moves including split squats, lateral lunges, and kettlebell deadlifts.
For Day 3, Blake headed to the pool, where her workout revolved around a mix of long-distance swimming, interval work and treading water. On days four and five, travel didn’t provide an excuse, because Lively headed to the great outdoors for cardio, walking lunges, planks, and push-ups, with the fifth day devoted to jogging, walking, or hiking for a minimum of 30 minutes.
For her role in the Shallows, Blake performs a total of 90 minute in a range of action-packed movements, from the water to the rocks. Lively even did her own stunts, according to Cosmopolitan.
And while the fitness routine that her trainer provided helped, Blake also has learned what it means to have an efficient metabolism, shared Saladino. When it comes to dieting, he does not believe in the method that involves limiting calories.
“I don’t think putting someone into a caloric deficit, meaning restricting their calories, is the right thing to do,” asserted Lively’s trainer, “and this is why a lot of coaches and a lot of people are unsuccessful.”
Instead, Saladino recommends a protein-rich diet that consists of meals featuring organic protein, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and selected starches such as sweet potatoes.
“[Eat] organic, balanced meals consisting of proteins, vegetables, fruits, slow-burning starches like sweet potato, and getting healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter.”
By following this food plan, Blake’s trainer contends that she is not hungry, thereby avoiding the danger of crashing from lack of calories and then feeling tempted to binge. Lively found it easier to stick to her plan by cooking meals at home rather than dining out frequently.
“She and [her husband Ryan Reynolds] really enjoy shopping at farmers’ markets, and they pay really good attention to the things they put into their body,” praised Saladino.
Blake also has learned to listen to her body’s needs, adding more food at breakfast if she feels hungry after eating her usual meal of two eggs cooked in coconut oil with vegetables.
“If she’s really hungry, because the human body changes all the time, she may add some gluten-free oats with some fruit. Early in the day, a big priority is hydrating, feeding her food with proper nutrients, which balances her sugar levels, and then not depriving [herself] of everything she loves,” explained her trainer.
By eating balanced meals throughout the day, Lively avoids overeating, says Saladino.
“She’s not shoving big meals on her throat. She’s never really in the mood to because she’s keeping herself properly fueled throughout the day.”
And while she’s dedicated to following her diet and fitness plan, Blake does not allow herself to feel deprived because of her 80-20 rule.
“80 percent of the week, you’re really good, and 20 percent you leave for error and having fun,” explained the trainer.
For the “having fun” part of her diet, Lively indulges in pizza and pasta. And now that she’s pregnant, Blake is sharing some of her “fun” with food on Instagram, including indulging her sweet tooth.
Lively and her husband, Ryan, were seen kissing as they played around in the water during the Fourth of July weekend, reported People.
Still looking fabulous in a bikini that showed off her blossoming baby bump, Blake hugged Reynolds as he boosted her up to lock lips. The two are looking forward to welcoming their second child.
Ryan shared his adoration for the couple’s daughter, 18-month-old James.
“Having a daughter was a dream come true for me,” confessed Reynolds. “I never admitted it out loud, to myself or my wife, but I really wanted a little girl.”
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