Everybody is on a perpetual quest to find the “ideal” fitness regimen. From celebrities to regular people, everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon of diet fads, superfoods, and experimental workouts. But do these really work? Is it all about the diet or does exercise also play a pivotal role in sculpting and maintaining a healthy body? The best people to dole out information regarding fitness regimes would have to be the fitness trainers. These guys have not only been pushing themselves to attain unbelievably fit bodies but have also been responsible for training many celebrities and athletes. So, we have compiled a list of dietary basics and exercises from some of the top notch trainers in the world!

From the horse’s mouth

When it comes to celebrity trainers, Jillian Michaels seems to be on top of the list. Michaels was one of the key trainers on the reality series The Biggest Loser. She doesn’t incorporate any fad diets in her training program but strictly adheres to eating 80/20; that means make 80 percent of the food you eat healthy and take 20 percent of your daily calories and make them fun. Otherwise, Jillian says you’ll feel deprived and more tempted to go off the deep end. The goal is to swap what she calls “anti-nutrients” (added fats, sugars, and chemical additives) with organic and natural foods, in three phases.

The first phase includes ditching foods containing hydrogenated fats; refined grains, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors, and starchy vegetables. In the second phase, include tons of legumes, beans, meat and eggs, colorful fruits and vegetables, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, organic low-fat dairy, and whole grains.The final phase perfects timing, quantities, and combinations of foods to shift your metabolism into burning the most fat. This balance involves eating every 4 hours, never skipping breakfast, eating just until you’re full, and not eating after 9 p.m. You’ll also include a fat, carb, and protein in every meal and snack. Phew! Sounds like a lot of work.

However, celebrity trainer Chris Powell does not have such a strict methodology. He believes that for anybody looking to transform, they have to implement small changes and allow them to develop over time. His diet plan is quite similar to Jillian Michaels; lots of water, cutting down sugar, no hydrogenated oils, and most importantly consuming smaller portions. When it comes to working out, Powell says “If you try to overhaul your life completely all at once, you fail. Everybody wants those really quick changes, but you’re not going to get that if you vow to do an hour of cardio everyday- and then beat yourself up for not sticking to it.” This seems to be a challenge that many of us face while on the path to fitness. So, don’t be so hard on yourself just take one step at a time.

The Indian connection

Prashant Sawant established a personal training studio “Body Sculptor” and is responsible for sculpting the bodies of many Bollywood stars

Closer to home we have fitness expert Prashant Sawant, who has trained the likes of Varun Dhawan and Shah Rukh Khan, and is famous for his trademark Six Pack Abs. He believes that a six pack is the ultimate level of fitness. But first one needs to start from going from unfit to fit and then strive your way to a six pack. A healthy diet and increased physical activity are the key to getting fit. He suggests taking baby steps, like taking the staircase instead of the elevator, walking a stop to your work, moving in the office whenever possible, doing stuff on your own rather than ordering someone to do it for you. A basic home workout is all you need which can be easily incorporated along with a healthy diet.

So there you have it. Diets may come and go, eventually it’s all about what suits your body. We are all wired differently, but there are some basics that are just mandatory. Fried food is a big no-no and sugar is literally poison. Besides this everything should be consumed in moderation. And yes, exercise is key. Be it a 1 hour workout or just a 10 minute home Pilates session. With this heady mix of healthy eating and minimal workout you will have that chiseled mid-riff in no time at all!

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