She may not look it, but Jessica Alba is just like the rest of us; battling carb cravings, snack addictions and a husband with a penchant for takeaways.

Feeling the effects, the actress and entrepreneur now follows a bespoke nutrition plan to quash inflammation and regulate her blood sugar levels, having enlisted Hollywood health coach Kelly LeVeque to work with her (ok, so maybe she’s not just like the rest of us).

Luckily the certified nutritionist shared her plan with Well+Good, which we can all learn from.

She had a popcorn addiction

Alba’s favourite treat is salty popcorn. “I eat a lot of popcorn,” she told Cosmo in 2015. “I have a movie theatre-style popcorn machine at my office and I eat popcorn every day and put a lot of salt on it. It’s an addiction.” If anyone could have made helped her give it up, it was LeVeque.

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She’s now careful with her carbs

LeVeque explained that Alba wanted to recalibrate her clean eating. She’d follow a vegan rice bowl for lunch with popcorn, which perpetuated cravings. “By eating back-to-back starchy carbohydrates, she was disrupting her blood-sugar balance,” she said, recommending Alba sticks to one carb per meal.

Holidays don’t count, though

When it comes to holidays, Alba dines out on the carbs. Rightly so.

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Peace out vacay🍜🍜🍜🌺💗🙌🏽

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She starts her day with a smoothie

“Some days Jess wasn’t eating breakfast—and finding herself starving by lunch,” LeVeque says. We’ve all been there. Now she’s got the A-lister onto smoothies for breakfast. As an ambassador for Zico coconut water, Alba loves combining this into her blend. Her recipe is matcha green tea, banana and chilled coconut water with ice. “Caffeine + electrolytes for hydration = ??” Alba posted with this picture.

She loves coffee

Speaking of caffeine, Alba loves her cup of joe as much as she loves her husband.

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Guacamole is her favourite snack

One LeVeque fully approves of, because avocado is packed with health fats. “Fat breaks down into fatty acids, which help facilitate hormone production and are important for cell development. It also helps elongate your blood-sugar curve and turn off your hunger hormones.” Win-win.

Her lunch and dinner is light on starchy carbs

LeVeque encourages Alba to make protein, fat, fibre, and greens the cornerstone of each meal. “For lunch and dinner, I encouraged her to build a Fab Four plate, and not to think about what she shouldn’t eat.”

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She tries to avoid soy

Given that there are health questions around soy’s phytoestrogen content and that it is largely genetically modified, Alba reduced her soy intake when she began working with LeVeque. The bean is found in foods like tofu and tempeh as well as more obviously in soy milk and soy sauce.

She has the familiar ‘husband hurdle’

LeVeque tells Well+Good that Alba’s husband, Cash Warren, likes to bring home pizza takeaways. “I joke that it’s the ‘husband hurdle’—it’s so much easier to eat clean, prepared meals when it doesn’t smell like pizza!” Here’s betting Alba still partakes occasionally…

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Related StoryKelly LeVeque. Photo: Braedon Flynn

Working with health coach Kelly LeVeque is like having a super-smart BFF on speed dial—only, she happens to be ridiculously brainy about all things holistic nutrition. It’s why celebs like Emmy Rossum, Chelsea Handler, and Kate Walsh turn to the wellness guru when they want to fine-tune their diets. LeVeque’s super-positive philosophy (she’s all about creating healthy, sustainable eating habits for life) is the foundation for her latest book, Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever.

Here, in a series for Well+Good, the certified nutritionist and Be Well founder is opening up about the wellness trials and tribulations of some of her most famous clients. (Stars: They really are just like us.)

This week? Jessica Alba. LeVeque began coaching the 36-year-old actress and founder of The Honest Company over three years ago, when they were introduced by a mutual friend. Alba was looking for ways to supercharge her diet for an added energy boost. Here’s the all-star intel.

What makes Jessica the happiest of all is her family and friends—she’s so close to those around her. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her parents, Cathy and Mark (who are adorably in love), and watching her in the kitchen with her daughters, Honor and Haven.

Jessica also loves breaking a sweat. A couple of her go-to workouts are a spin class or an upbeat vinyasa flow. For a boss like her, consistent exercise is so important because it helps manage stress hormones, like cortisol, which can easily cause cravings. More than anything, though, Jessica wanted to recalibrate her clean eating, feel more in balance, and squelch inflammation.

Here’s the nutrition protocol I prescribed to help Jessica power through her days.

Photo: Be Well by Kelly

Cool-girl client: Jessica’s a powerful force for world health and a great example for being a conscientious businesswoman.

Why she came to me for coaching: Between acting, being a mom, running The Honest Company, and, at that time, working on launching Honest Beauty, she felt exhausted and knew that the best way to get more out of her body was to adjust what she was putting in it. Our goal was to edit her eating plan in a way that gave her the energy to do all that she needed to without requiring a ton of extra effort or thought.

My nutrition prescription: I reviewed Jessica’s typical daily menu and right away I noticed how much she cared about what she ate. She had such a healthy mindset! But a few things stood out that I wanted to tweak.

Some days Jess wasn’t eating breakfast—and finding herself starving by lunch. She would reach for an organic vegan rice bowl as her meal, then maybe find herself craving some popcorn as a snack a few hours later. By eating back-to-back starchy carbohydrates, she was disrupting her blood-sugar balance. (Carbs break down into glucose, which is then stored for fuel. Since her system was overloaded, she wasn’t storing as much glucose, perpetuating cravings.)

But like so many of us, she wanted the freedom to choose to have some carbs. My recommendation was for her to pick one per meal and have a serving size, so she wasn’t spiking too high or compounding things from one meal to the next.

One big thing that Jessica pulled back on after we started working together was soy. It’s full of phytoestrogens, which research suggests may contribute to health problems. Also, more than 90 percent of soy in the US is genetically modified.

Like so many of us, she wanted the freedom to choose to have some carbs.

The game-changing meal for her plan: For breakfast, I suggested Jessica have a Fab Four Smoothie (1 serving of protein, 1–2 Tbsp almond butter, 1–2 Tbsp chia seeds, a handful of greens, and 1–2 cups of almond milk). She liked fruit, but I didn’t want to spike her blood sugar, so we limited it to 1/3 frozen banana. I also taught her my chia seed pudding recipe. The idea was to balance her blood sugar from the get-go with something that was a great source of fiber. If you do that in the morning, it lays the foundation for the rest of the day.

For lunch and dinner, I encouraged her to build a Fab Four plate, and not to think about what she shouldn’t eat. Making protein, fat, fiber, and greens the cornerstone of each meal worked wonders for her.

And her favorite snack? Guacamole! I 100 percent approve because the main ingredient—avocado—is a source of healthy fat (specifically, monounsaturated fat). Fat breaks down into fatty acids, which help facilitate hormone production and are important for cell development. It also helps elongate your blood-sugar curve and turn off your hunger hormones.

The real-girl hurdle she had to clear along the way: Jessica’s husband, Cash, is the best—he’s so smart, driven, and supportive of his wife…except he likes to bring home pizza! Leftovers aren’t his thing, so sometimes ordering a pizza for the family is more his style. I joke that it’s the “husband hurdle”—it’s so much easier to eat clean, prepared meals when it doesn’t smell like pizza! I remember one time I was over at their house and Jess and I had a plan to get Cash on the Fab Four wagon. It worked…for a few days.

What happened when she brought it all into balance: I think what really clicked for Jess was how she absorbed the information about blood-sugar balance. She has such a strong intellectual curiosity, loves to geek out on the science behind nutrition, and truly enjoys understanding the how and why. My goal is always to provide my clients with the knowledge that will empower them, so they can achieve their goals and self-sustain. When we dug into blood sugar—and then she felt what I was talking about—I think it all just fell into place.

Like Alba, LeVeque helped actress Emmy Rossum boost her energy (and manage her PCOS). And another actress who’s cut back on her soy intake? Blake Lively—here’s why.

This story was originally published on June 27, 2018; it was updated on June 28, 2018.

This is the diet Jessica Alba used to lose 28cm in 4 months

Jessica Alba, resident nice girl, talented actress and beauty business mogul has yet another tidbit to share with us about how to get on her level.

According to Women’s Health, Alba was dealing with some inflammation and not feeling 100 per cent when she met Kelly LeVeque. LeVeque is a celeb wellness expert and holistic nutritionist based out of LA, who espoused the benefits of the ‘Body Love’ method, which is all about nourishing your body and eating for happiness. It’s flexible, easy and mindful eating, with no calorie counting and no prescriptive food plans. It’s about shifting your focus to fuelling your body with good foods, and responding intuitively to what your body is asking for, instead of shaming ourselves into strict meal plans.

It’s a method which is gaining popularity because it places a huge encouragement on gut health, skin, energy and a stress-free lifestyle. This is key, according to LeVeque, and as we all know, a stressed body is not a healthy body.

Keen? Thought you might be. Here are the tips LeVeque shared with Women’s Health (and, you know, Jessica Alba) to get results.

Blend yourself a nourishing smoothie

Start with a breakfast smoothie so that you’re not hangry by lunch. The smoothie will nourish you and keep you going.

A green smoothie with protein powder, avocado, chia seeds , spinach and nut milk is a great option, according to the article.

Plan your plate

“Make sure your plate has four things: a protein, healthy fat, fibre and greens. In combination, these regulate over eight hunger hormones in your body and optimise blood sugar balance,” LeVeque told the website.

So you could go for salmon and avocado with asparagus on brown rice? Or perhaps a slice of wholegrain bread with wilted spinach, smoked salmon and a poached egg? That sounds like happy eating to us.

Don’t be afraid to have fun

This program is all about not being a set program. If your friends are going out for drinks, pour the prosecco and enjoy it. Don’t punish yourself for making a less healthy choice every now and again, or it’s just not worth it.

Move your bo-day

LeVeque is a big believer in doing what you love. In her book she explains how important it is to move because you want to, not because you have to.

Dance if you love it, make yoga poses or run kilometres. Whatever floats your boat as long as you’ll keep doing it, consistently, with a smile.

We can now see why Jessica Alba is one of the most smiley women in Hollywood.

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Get In Shape Like Jessica Alba | Diet And Health Secrets

A vocal advocate of clean living, the 170m (approx. 5ft7ins) actress even has her own company, The Honest Company, selling natural household products and personal care essentials, so it’s no surprise that she is just as careful with what she puts in her body as what she puts on it. Jessica Alba’s famous 123lbs (56kg) figure popped back into shape after the birth of her two kids, Honor, six, and Haven, two, thanks to a diet rich in locally-sourced, organic produce and regular dance-inspired workouts. Here is how she does it.

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JESSICA ALBA’S DIET

Jessica is often snapped shopping up a storm at farmer’s markets and health food stores, and organic fruit and vegetables are the cornerstone of her diet. She combines them with lean proteins, mostly organic chicken breasts and fish, and stays away from stodgy carbs as much as possible. She also practises portion control (her trainer reportedly taught her to only eat half her starter when eating out) but will allow herself the occasional treat, like a glass of wine or dessert.

FOODS BANNED FROM JESSICA ALBA’S DIET:

  • Anything pre-packaged
  • White sugar
  • White flour
  • Fatty foods
  • Refined carbs

JESSICA ALBA’S DIET ADVICE:

“We mostly eat lean protein and fresh fruit and vegetables, nothing processed or from a box, if we can” says Jessica. “For me, when I don’t eat a ton of carbs, I have more energy. But I’ll for sure have a piece of chocolate. I’ll mow through a bowl of guacamole. If I’m not going to have dessert, I’ll have a martini.”

EXAMPLE OF MEALS (TAKEN THE 321 BABY BULGE BE GONE PROGRAMME DESIGNED BY PERSONAL TRAINER RAMONA BRAGANZA)

Breakfast

  • 1 cup oatmeal with berries
  • 3-4 scrambled egg whites

Lunch

  • Salad with 170g (6oz) of chicken breast or fish (salmon, tuna)

Evening meal

  • Sashimi or or 170g (6oz) of petit filet of beef or other lean protein with unlimited veggies and three small red potatoes
  • Snacks
  • Handful of almonds or hot air popped popcorn

JESSICA ALBA’S WORKOUT

Jessica works with dance instructor and choreographer Jennifer ‘JJ Dancer’ Johnson – who recently got her in shape to play Nancy Callahan in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. “Jen Johnson’s dance studio is super-fun. You’re dancing and the music is loud and you don’t feel like it’s a workout, which is what I love. She also does private lessons so if you’re uncoordinated and you don’t want to show everyone your sweet moves, you can try it alone,” says Jessica. She combines dance workouts with cardio and circuit training, as well as small strength-training routines. She admits it takes a lot of discipline to get her to the gym, but she tries to go six days a week, and mixes it up with outdoor calorie-burning hikes.

JESSICA ALBA ON HEALTH & FITNESS:

“Working out every day even just for 45 minutes is good for my mental state. But getting dressed and actually doing it is the worst. It’s hard to get motivated.”

“In the gym, I have like five things to distract me: TV, iPod, magazines. Workout partners are good too so you can chat and not just drown in your own misery. Sorry does that sound bad? I just really hate working out.”

“When putting a meal together or going out to eat, try to use as much local food as possible. You can make an amazing, indulgent meal with fresh, organic produce and food. I do a delivery service where I get a box of fresh produce weekly.”

“I think what is healthy is indulging once in a while. I think balancing a strict diet with moments of indulging is fine. I think too much of anything is not the right way to go, at least not for me. Obviously you don’t want to indulge all the time, but a little here and there, sure.”

An example of a Jennifer ‘JJ Dancer’ Johnson workout:

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Jessica Alba Workout: 3-2-1 Workout Routine

The Jessica Alba workout combines cardio, strength circuits, yoga and core training. Jessica Alba tapped trainer to the stars, Ramona Braganza, and has worked out with her for years. Braganza is often by Jessica’s side, even while Alba is filming her movies.

Ramona Braganza also trains celebrities like Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, and Ryan Reynolds. The secret to the Jessica Alba workout is to constantly switch between cardio and strength training. This forces your body to physically change to cope with the vigorous workouts.

Instead of running on a treadmill for 40 minutes, you are constantly changing what you require of your body. Total body exhaustion is the goal in these Jessica Alba 3-2-1 workouts.

3-2-1 Training Training Workout

Each 40 minute, 3-2-1 Training Workout, includes the following routine:

  • Cardio I – Start with 10 minutes of a warm up. Jog to get warmed up, then speed up your cardio to burn calories.
  • Strength Circuit I – You do either arms, legs, or back for strength training. Doing strength exercises in between cardio bouts burns more calories than doing them alone. The Jessica Alba workout uses a 2-3 pound dumbbell for her resistance training.
  • Cardio II – Continue another 10 minutes of cardio training. You can use a treadmill, run outdoors, or even jump rope. If you’re traveling, you can run back and forth, run in place in your hotel room, or even do high-knees.
  • Strength Circuit II – Here, you again target the same muscle group as the first strength circuit. You do either upper body, lower body, or back strength exercises depending on the day. Again, Jessica uses small dumbbell weights to perform the weight training.
  • Cardio III – The third cardio set is where you really want to push yourself. By reaching total body exhaustion, this is where the real changes happen.
  • Core I – Finally, you have reached the end of the cardio/strength training. Now, you do 3 ab exercises to work your core. These exercises focus on balance, as well as, upper and lower abs.

To start, this workout routine should take you about an hour. Then, try to push yourself so that you narrow down the time to 40-50 minutes. Do this by keeping up the intensity during the strength circuits.

Monday Workout Routine = 3-2-1 Upper Body Workout

  • Low grade: Jog 2 min / Run 6 min / Jog 2 min
  • Dumbbell Bench Press (20 reps)
  • Dumbbell Incline Bench Press (20 reps)
  • Dumbbell Flys (20 reps)
  • (Repeat Strength Training Circuit #1–previous 3 exercises, 2 more times)
  • Medium grade: Sprint (30 sec) then Jog (30 sec) / Repeat for 10 mins total
  • Dumbbell Bench Press (20 reps)
  • Dumbbell Incline Bench Press (20 reps)
  • Tricep Kickbacks (20 reps)
  • (Repeat Strength Training Circuit #2–previous 3 exercises, 2 more times)
  • High grade: Jog 2 min / Run 6 min / Jump Rope 2 min
  • V-Ups (20 reps)
  • Bicycle Crunches (20 reps)
  • Twisting Plank (20 reps)

Jessica Alba’s trainer developed her famous 3-2-1 workout while working with Jessica. She says:

I developed my 321 training program during my first years with Jessica. While filming “Dark Angel”, as well as, movies such as “Honey” and “Into the Blue,” I found we did not have time to workout.

Tuesday Workout Routine = 3-2-1 Lower Body Workout

  • Jog 2 min / Step Ups 6 min / Jog 2 min
  • Forward Lunge with Dumbbell Bicep Curl (20 reps)
  • Squat Thrust (20 reps)
  • Squat Press aka Push Press (20 reps)
  • (Repeat Strength Training Circuit–previous 3 exercises, 2 more times)
  • Sprint (30 sec) then Jog (30 sec) / Repeat for 10 mins total
  • Walking Lunge with Dumbbell Bicep Curl (20 reps)
  • Squat Thrust (20 reps)
  • Squat Press (20 reps)
  • (Repeat Strength Training Circuit #2–previous 3 exercises, 2 more times)
  • Jog 2 min / Run 6 min / Jump Rope 2 min
  • Ab Crunches (20 reps)
  • Bosu Ball Knee Tucks (20 reps)
  • Forearm Planks (hold 30 secs, 3 times)

So, Ramona Braganza says about creating the Jessica Alba Workout:

Jessica was required to look great since most of her roles required skimpy outfits. I needed to make our workouts more effective so I decided to take all the elements I found important to an exercise program–cardio, strength training, and core–and combine them in an efficient workout program.

Wednesday Workout Routine = 3-2-1 Back Workout

  • Stair Climbing 2 min slow / 6 min fast / 2 min slow
  • Dumbbell Rows (20 reps)
  • Bent Over Dumbbell Flys (20 reps)
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raises (20 reps)
  • (Repeat Strength Training Circuit #1–previous 3 exercises, 2 more times)
  • Stair Climbing 2 min slow / 6 min fast / 2 min slow
  • Dumbbell Rows (20 reps)
  • Bent Over Dumbbell Flys (20 reps)
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raises (20 reps)
  • (Repeat Strength Training Circuit #2-previous 3 exercise, 2 more times)
  • Stair Climbing 2 min slow / 6 min fast / 2 min slow
  • V-Ups (20 reps)
  • Bicycle Crunches (20 reps)
  • Twisting Plank (20 reps)

The Jessica Alba Workout can be done in a gym, or on the road, according to her trainer:

This has been preferred method of training–sticking to the basics, using compound exercises, alternating upper and lower body, and natural alternatives to cardio machines such as climbing stairs, jumping rope, or jogging.

Want to Build a Body like Jessica Alba?
If you ask a lot of women who they think has one of the most beautiful bodies in the celebrity world, many would say Jessica Alba.

While her genetic frame constitutes a very lean disposition, there are still many things that you can do to be in the best shape of your life (just as you perceive Jessica to be).

According to her biography, Jessica has been through quite a few maladies in her childhood including chronic pneumonia and a number of surgeries to correct issues such as tonsillitis, appendicitis, and even a cyst on her tonsils.

One thing to note is that she has been reported to have battled anorexia in 2001 so let’s get a reality check here! Her skinniness in some airbrushed photos, well far be it for me to tell you that being that skinny obviously doesn’t mean that she has always been healthy. Nevertheless, she has fought hard to get into a healthy lifestyle and this is hopefully where we can lead you with this article. Let’s get right into it…

Jessica Alba’s Exercise Routine
I have done some thorough research on Jessica Alba’s training and gotten in touch with her trainer to find out exactly what Jessica is doing to maintain her killer physique. Here are the secrets revealed…

Diet: South Beach Diet – Rich with lean meats, low-fat cheeses, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Please read the full article we have done on the South Beach Diet (including resources) if you would like to find out more.

Sample Meal Plan for a Day:
Breakfast – one cup oatmeal with berries + 3-4 scrambled egg whites
Lunch – Salad consisting of 170 grams chicken breast/tuna on mixed greens with light dressing or tbsp of olive oil, lemon juice and herbs.
Snack – quarter cup almonds or 2-3 cups hot air popped popcorn
Dinner – 170g of sashimi or other lean protein (chicken or extra lean sirloin) plus a plate of assorted vegetables and 3 red potatoes.

Exercise Plan:
Stay tuned for her trainer’s book coming out next year. But here is the skinny version:
Jessica’s training plan is 5 sessions a week and consists of 30 minutes of cardio on different machines at high intensity for a maximum of 10minutes each, leads onto two circuit programs and one core.

Here is an example for one day:

Step 1: Warm-up Cardio
• 10 minutes warm up on exercise bike

Step 2: Circuit 1 (repeat this circuit 3 times with a 30 second rest between each set)
• 15 reps Incline chest flys (7kg dumbbells)
• 15 reps (per leg) Single leg squats (holding 2kg dumbbells)
• 20 reps Tricep dips from a bench

Step 3: Cardio 2
• 10 minutes of medium to high intensity cardio on an elliptical machine or treadmill

Step 4: Circuit 2 (repeat this circuit 3 times with a 30 second rest between each set)
• 12 reps Chest press on flat bench (7kg dumbbells)
• 15 Hamstring curls with back on mat and feed on a stability ball
• 35 Ab crunches focusing on lower abs
• 35 Ab crunches focusing on upper abs
• 30 Oblique crunches

Step 5: Cardio 3
• 10 minutes high intensity cardio on treadmill or elliptical trainer.

The Real Secret Revealed:
But the real secret after looking at Jessica’s program is a constant change in every workout. The idea behind it is that your body is constantly adapting and you need to change your exercise plan almost every time. This also keeps it interesting, and prevents loss of motivation. However, find an activity you really love such as biking, dancing or swimming to really keep your motivation high, then mix it into your workouts.

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