Back in March, Halle Berry posted an Instagram of herself with her arms spread wide and this caption: “Me when someone says ‘I’m coming over and I’ve got snacks.'”
Almost immediately, fans lost their minds over the fact that the actress is not only a snack fan, but also a 50-year-old snack fan who looks amazing.
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We decided to try and to find out exactly what the actress does to stay looking so stunning.
Her diabetes diagnosis changed everything.
Berry was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 19 years old. After several years of “scary situations” and not understanding the condition, Berry learned that she had to make serious lifestyle changes for the good of her health. So the actress cut processed sugars and bread from her diet and now sticks to a clean and healthy regime, which includes eating plenty of vegetables and drinking lots of water, she told the L.A. Times.
“My diet is geared towards managing my diabetes, so I try to eat four small meals a day. I like to feel strong and healthy,” Berry told Women & Home South Africa.
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Her diabetes-friendly meal plan focuses on foods that are low in fat, sugar, and processed carbohydrates. Her favourite meals are simple-yet-tasty healthy staples, like grilled tuna and garlic mashed potatoes, she told the Daily Mail.
“I started to eat loads of wonderful fresh vegetables, chicken, fresh fish, and pasta. I cut out red meat and cut back on fruit because it can contain quite a lot of sugar,” Berry said.
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She avoids sugar (and so do her kids).
Berry knows the problems sugar can cause for her system and her skin, even referring to it as “poison,” according to Marie Claire UK. She uses sugar substitute Xylitol for herself and her two kids (daughter Nahla, 9, and son Maceo, 3), and her children primarily stick to a healthy meal plan, too.
“It’s rough though because [Nahla] is at a friend’s birthday party every other month and there are all these wonderful birthday cakes, so I don’t deprive her from that,” Berry said. “I strongly believe in talking about nutrition at an early age and setting a good example.”
She drinks protein shakes to keep her energy up.
When the actress is busy on set, she needs something to keep her energised. “I am not a napper; I wish I could nap. Adding vegetable protein to a shake sustains my energy throughout the day,” Berry told the L.A. Times.
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She keeps track of what goes into her body.
Berry is basically the spokeswoman for healthy ageing, but she acknowledges the challenges of getting older.
“It’s a lot harder than it used to be,” she told L.A. Times. “As I get older, I am more conscious of what I eat.”
She exercises a lot.
With every film role and paparazzi photograph that emerges of Berry, you can’t help but wonder: How on earth does she manage to stay in such great shape?
“I have never worked out with a lot of weights unless I had to for a film role. Left to my own devices, I just do cardio. I do exercises that involve my own body weight, because I never want to get too muscly,” Berry told L.A. Times. “I am diabetic, so exercising has always been a part of managing my disease and keeping my sugars under control.”
The star’s trainer, Nat Bardonnet, told Healthista that her training regimen “sculpts women into a sexy femme fatale, curvy but toned.”
She focuses on toning her abs.
As if we needed reminding, Berry has great abs, so it’s no secret that she focuses on her core three times a week during her 30-minute training sessions with Bardonnet. The trainer explained how the actress can handle any “curveball” workout that Bardonnet throws at her, and she’ll do so with a smile.
“Her abs look amazing,”Bardonnet told People. “The way I push Halle, not many people would be able to last. She always has great energy and a great smile. She always stuns me how beautiful and sexy she looks.”
We’ll have what she’s having.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK