At 49, Jennifer Lopez has never looked fitter. And while the world has long known that she works hard for her body, her exact daily diet and workout moves hadn’t been known — until now.
In the new issue of Us Weekly, her trainer and life coach, Dodd Romero, exclusively reveals the foods the singer eats — and avoids — as well the lower body and abs moves she’s been doing to get her legendary six-pack since working with him over the past nine months. “Her overall body has just shrunk and tightened and her strength has actually doubled,” says the pro.
The incredibly disciplined star has switched to an ultra-clean diet that consists of five basic categories: protein, vegetables, fats, carbohydrates and water. Yes, water. “She drinks a minimum of seven glasses a day,” starting with a glass of fresh lemon water every morning, Romero tells Us.
For proteins, only the lean will do for J.Lo, who, Romero confirms, “stays away from processed foods and gets her nutrients from whole sources.” On her list of approved sources: egg whites, white meat turkey, chicken breast and grass-fed beef — but only three to four times a week. Fats come from another protein source, fish — such as salmon and sea bass that contains high levels of omega-3s and 6s — as well as nuts, of which she’s allowed “a handful” each day, says the pro.
The more vegetables the better — except for carrots and corn, which have higher sugar content than leafy greens. And her carbohydrates are always complex. Think: sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, rice bread and oatmeal, which she’ll eat with fresh berries.
Lopez — who recently announced her summer 2019 tour, It’s My Party — has long avoided alcohol as a rule. But she does have one cheat a week. For that, says the pro, “I think she likes cookies.”
Romero has worked with Lopez’s fiancé, retired New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez for years, and he trains JLo like an athlete too. Case in point: The intense, superset routine of leg and core exercises he designed for her. Though her workouts constantly change to keep her body and mind engaged, a recent day saw the star doing five compound sets: supported lunges with dumbbells into weighted rope crunches; single dumbbell sumo squats into hanging leg raises; weighted leg presses into calf raises; seated leg extensions into weighted lying leg curls; and weighted hip thrusts into calf raises.
In each of their 90-minute sweat sessions, “We’ll go until everything’s sore and we’ve hit every body part,” says Romero.
For more on Lopez’s fitness regimen — including the exact weight amounts and reps she does for each exercise above, as well as intel on her joint workouts with A-Rod — pick up the latest issue of Us Weekly, on stands now.
With reporting by Marc Lupo.
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