Elizabeth Banks fitness secrets are a low carb, gluten-free diet and rigorous workouts that include yoga and weightlifting.
“It’s essentially a gluten-free diet: no rice, no bread, no pasta,” Banks told Women’s Health. “I’ll eat tons of protein and veggies.”
Elizabeth doesn’t believe in starving herself, and prefers to load up on healthy foods such as kale, and limits soda, dairy, sugar and processed foods.
People ask me how I stay thin. And I’m like, ‘When you go to the grocery store, buy more bananas than cookies.’ “
Low carb diets such as the Atkins and ketogenic diets promote rapid weight loss by inducing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Dr. David Ludwig, a physician and nutrition professor at Harvard University, agrees. “‘Eat less, exercise more’ doesn’t work,” said Ludwig.
By reducing carbs and eating more healthy fats, you can accelerate weight loss and enjoy consistent energy throughout the day, said Dr. Ludwig, author of Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells.
Elizabeth Banks has been athletic all her life, and admits she works hard to stay in shape. The mom of two works out for an hour several days a week with a trainer, combining cardio exercise, weightlifting and plyometrics. When she’s not at the gym, she hikes, swims, plays tennis, walks and does yoga.
Yoga promotes weight loss by reducing stress, building lean muscles and suppressing appetite, said Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher, Mandy Ingber, author of Yogalosophy.
Elizabeth said managing portion sizes on her diet can be a challenge.
Portion control is a real problem. My husband and I always split one appetizer and one entree. I’m sure waiters hate us.”
In 2013, Banks raised eyebrows after remarking that celebrities are “genetically superior human beings” while discussing post-pregnancy weight loss.
Basically, Elizabeth said normal women shouldn’t feel bad comparing their post-baby bodies to those of super-skinny stars because celebs have so many advantages that enable them to be slim and gorgeous.
“I just want to remind people that celebrities generally are genetically superior human beings on a certain level anyway,” said Banks. “They’re mostly thin, they got trainers, they work out, they’ve got money, and they are normally genetically predisposed to being thin people.”
Elizabeth Banks recently starred in the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise.