Gwen Stefani is known for many things, including her killer abs. The iconic frontwoman and Voice coach has three children, but you’d never know it! Her former personal trainer shared a few diet and exercise secrets with Shape magazine a few years back; check it out and get inspired for quick weight loss:
Stefani worked with trainer Mike Heatlie on and off for years, who helped her maintain sculpted abs, legs, arms, and butt. He recommends high intensity interval training to maintain these areas.
“I would recommend a high-intensity weight training routine combined with some quality cardiovascular training. My clients will adopt maybe four to five exercises and perform them without any rest between sets and then do one to three minutes of high-intensity cardiovascular work; moves like 20 reps of full barbell squats, 12 reps of military press, 20 reps of reverse barbell lunges, 15 reps of dumbbell chest press, and three minutes of cycling at a fast pace. This type of circuit would be performed three to four times before adopting another circuit with more isolation exercises of less intensity.”
“Weight loss is at least 75 to 90 percent diet. The best diet for burning fat and losing weight is carb/calorie cycling. To burn fat, we must drop the levels of stored carbohydrate (glycogen) in the muscles and the liver, and therefore the body starts using more stored fat for fuel and metabolic processes. To do this, one needs to reduce the amount of carbohydrate in their diet—less bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice. It goes without saying that sugar and high-fat foods such as French fries are extremely limited! It isn’t easy to reduce carbohydrates, as they are highly enjoyable foods to consume and very popular, especially given the environment we live in, so therefore it is advisable to “cycle” the intake where one would be more strict on certain days than others.”
A Tip From Gwen
“There is no secret: you just have to eat healthy, work out, and torture yourself!” Stefani joked to Harper’s Bazaar about balancing her crazy schedule and still managing to look great.
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