Jennifer Aniston’s intermittent fasting based, approachable health routine
It’s 6:40am, and I – the epitome of a night owl – force my heavy body out of bed. I’ve had six hours of sleep, and I feel like a shell of a human. But I need to be at the gym in 20 minutes, so up I get.
Wondering why this grumpy woman is forcing herself to go to the gym when she’d really prefer to doze off again and dream of John Krasinski?
No, it’s not because of some cliché like “beauty is pain,” or “you only get out what you put in”. It’s because for a week, I’ve been following Jennifer Aniston’s health routine and, perhaps unsurprisingly, that commitment demands a lot of gym time.
The 50-year-old actress who brought our beloved Rachel Green to life has always been in incredible shape. And over the years, she has somehow managed to avoid ageing. To your average person (i.e. me), it’s truly baffling.
As we regular folk tend to do, I’ve often wondered just how much work goes into looking like Ms Aniston. Does a body and face like that require a liquid diet, two-a-days, and a small sacrifice to some supernatural being?
Well, no. But becoming Jennifer Aniston is no easy feat, friends (lol, Friends).
Trawling through a pile of interviews led me to discover that there are four key rules that Jen sticks to:
1. Eat “clean” six days a week: She follows a diet that’s packed with fruit and veg, and is low in sugar. Her plates are usually high in protein and gluten-free. Oh, and she drinks *lots* of water, too.
2. Fast for 16 hours a day: Jen has become quite the fan of
meaning she starts her morning with liquids, only.
3. Work out for about an hour – you guessed it – six days a week: Her schedule includes a mixture of cardio, yoga and weight training.
Now, I’ve never exercised six times a week in my life. Still, irrespective of that factor, I thought her routine sounded reasonably simple. So, I tested it out for a week, and this is what I discovered:
Her diet is manageable
Aniston follows a pretty sensible eating plan.
Apparently, she usually chooses oats, or eggs with avocado for breakfast, follows that with a salad and protein for lunch, and protein with veggies for dinner. While she generally eats gluten-free, she does include some carbs in her diet. Sugar is the thing she aims to avoid most.
Sure, there were times where I wanted to eat chocolate. But overall, I felt satisfied with this style of eating. And I wasn’t too concerned about “missing out” on certain foods, because I knew I had a cheat day under my belt. You better believe I took full advantage of that gift.
Getting into the habit of intermittent fasting didn’t take too long, either. Some days I woke up a little hungry, but I usually felt okay after a glass of water or my morning coffee.
I definitely don’t drink enough water
In an interview with Shape, Aniston revealed she drinks at least 100 ounces of Smartwater per day. That roughly converts to three litres.
I maybe drink a litre a day. Yes, I know that’s not enough.
Upping my water intake to Aniston-level was difficult. I really needed to push myself to chug that amount of h20. I also went to the bathroom like 65 times a day as a result (possible exaggeration).
I should point out that I skipped the Smartwater and stuck to tap because I’m not a millionaire who can spend $50 on water in a week.
Getting a bod like that takes work
I consider myself a fairly active person. I work out about three times a week, sometimes four. I even see a personal trainer.
But to match Aniston’s fitness program, I needed to double what I was doing. It was a journey.
After my fourth workout, I was feeling pretty good so became pre-emptively cocky that I could smash out six sessions without issue.
Then my legs almost gave out from beneath me during a yoga class…
I completed three workouts with my trainer (weights and bodyweight exercises), one yoga class and two cardio sessions – all between 45 minutes to an hour. The sixth workout was like reaching the summit of an exercise mountain.
Sitting here at the end of my week as Jennifer Aniston, I can tell you my body is exhausted. But I feel a certain level of pride about having worked it so hard. My mood has lifted. People have complimented me on my skin. I’m even feeling more confident (and it’s only been a week, so not much has changed, physically).
The biggest takeaway I’m leaving with, however, is the knowledge that the secret to Jennifer Aniston’s figure is hard work. There are no dangerous trends; no cayenne pepper detoxes. Just balance and, as experience has shown me, probably some really sore glutes.