She has one of the most enviable bodies in the world and is arguably in the best shape of her life. So what’s Jennifer Lopez’s secret?
Well, she’s ditched all things meat and dairy for 22 days in favour of a strict vegan diet plan. “I had that really stubborn 8-10lb on me,” confessed Jennifer, 45, last month. “People are used to seeing me be kind of thickish, but when I started eating [vegan], right away I dropped that extra weight. It’s going to change your life and health. I feel great mentally and physically.”
She even enlisted the support of her six-year-old twins Max and Emme, who went vegan with her. And while the singer has since relaxed the regimented diet plan, she’s admitted following it when she can. Veganism is increasingly popular amongst Hollywood A-listers – its impressive list of fans include Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain and Olivia Wilde, as well as Beyonce.
And Julie Silver, nutritional therapist and author of Food Awakening, reckons Jen has made the right choice. “It’s pretty easy to see how healthy a vegan diet is,” she tells Look. “After all, you can cut out meat, fish and dairy products, you’re left with loads of vegetables, pulses, beans and fruits. There’s a huge amount of variety of foods to choose from, and you’ll feel the difference almost instantly – even just following it for 22 days, like Jennifer Lopez, could really help your body.”
Promising to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, while promoting healthy bowels and flattening your tummy too, there’s no denying veganism is one of the simpler diet plans to get your head (and stomach) around.
But before we all jump on the J-Lo bandwagon, meat and dairy-free diets have also faced heavy criticism. “It’s extremely difficult to give your body all the vitamins and minerals it needs on a vegan diet,” says dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton. “You could easily become anaemic without vitamin B12, which is found in abundance in meat, cod, milk and cheese. A lack of B12 causes extreme fatigue, loss of brain focus and can leave you feeling faint. And a lack of iron, which is found in red meat and egg yolks, also contributes to anaemia. “A diet rich in fruit and veg is obviously extremely healthy,” she adds. “But you could consider switching to lean meat, rather than giving it up all altogether, and opting for skimmed milk. If you’re still determined to go ahead with veganism – even for just three weeks – you must take the necessary supplements, such as zinc, biotin, selenium and iron.”
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J-Lo’s Vegan Diet Plan
Breakfast: Millet cereal with fruit and almond milk
Lunch: Kale salad with red peppers.
Dinner: Courgette pasta with vegan cheese and tomato
Snack: Vegan cherry chocolate bar.
By Lorna Gray