Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson shares his hot body training & diet tips

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He’s the man behind some of Hollywood’s hottest bodies and the trainer that celebs like Kim Kardashian, Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Lopez turn to for his no nonsense, take-it-to-the-max positive attitude and curve sculpting skills. We asked the Big G for some of his golden rules to getting that strong & sexy L.A body.

How would you describe your diet and workout philosophy as a trainer? Shoot for 100% and you’ll end up at 80-85% and you’ll be great. Shoot for 80-85% and you’ll end up at 65-70% and you’ll be disappointed – regularly.

They say you are what you eat. In the food vs exercise ratio, what percentage does a clean diet contribute to a lean body? The closer you are to your perfect body the more nutrition plays a part. When you are miles away it’s not imperative to be so focused on details. Build a framework then fill in the details as it/you take shape.

What would be a perfect example of a day’s clean eating sample menu? Stick to foods as close to their natural state as possible. Light proteins, light complex carbs and fruit that is high in antioxidants (ex. Blueberries) in the morning; clean carbs, veggies and light protein midday; and veggies and protein in the evening.

 

sample menuIs it true consuming dairy makes a women’s body look soft? What should you avoid to look less bloated make & muscle tone more prominent? Most people are lactose intolerant, it’s a question of degrees. What animals drink milk after their formative years… No, not cats, unless you put it out for them. Duh.

How many times a week do your celebrity female clients train a week? How is that broken down between cardio and resistance training? Between 2-5 depending on schedules and other athletic pursuits: pilates/ yoga/ Spinning/ running/ martial arts/ tennis. It’s always a mix. Organized chaos.

“Refined sugar is white death! It’s so hard on the body.

It spikes insulin levels and encourages fat storage!” 

If you’re serious about dropping some lbs, what are your golden rules for keeping calories in check? Make breakfast bigger than lunch, and lunch bigger than dinner. Avoid complex carbs after dinner.

If you’re prepping a female client for a big red carpet event, how do you step up workouts & how far in advance? Are you an advocate for “two-a-days”? I lobby for more sleep if they can get it so the body can recover. As for the rest, we operate on the ‘if you stay ready you never have to get ready’ principle…

Why is it so important to eat a low sugar diet? If you’re going to have a cheat meal, which is the lesser of two evils: fat or sugar? Refined sugar is white death! It’s so hard on the body. It spikes insulin levels and encourages fat storage! Naturally occurring fats are far less evil. And great for your hair…so I’m told.

Every woman’s natural body type is different. What do you recommend your more curvaceous clients do in comparison to how you would sculpt a more supermodel-esque slender, athletic build? Train the weakness(es) with as much vigor as you train your strengths. Shoot for balance. Never try to hide or mask, own it to your core. Much of the beauty is in how you rock it.

Ok, we have 1 hour in the gym. What is the most effective fat-burning, full body workout we can do by ourselves? A mix of multi-joint strength movements (push-ups, squats, lunges, rows) coupled with high intensity bouts of cardio. Leave it all on the gym floor. DO NOT hold back.

Primed To Perfection: The Secret to Flawless Makeup That Lasts All Day – And Night!

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You wouldn’t think twice about painting your nails or your walls with a basecoat first – so why not treat your skin with the same level of attention? A primer is often seen as a superfluous accessory to a makeup bag – something best left to the professionals and cosmetics aficionados. But if you often find yourself wondering why your makeup seems to have evaporated by four o’clock, you shouldn’t underestimate the benefits of adding this simple step to your daily beauty routine.

Do I really need a primer, or can I just use a good moisturizer?

“Both!” says makeup artist Mally Roncal, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé,“primer is really going to help your moisturizer sink in and do its job. Without it, your makeup is just going cling to your moisturizer, and as your moisturizer settles into your pores, its going to take your makeup with it, clogging your pores and ruining the life of your makeup.

If I start using a primer in the morning, should I skip the moisturizer?

Roncal says no: “Don’t skip on the moisturizer! Even if you have super oily skin, you still need moisturizer!” Celebrity makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, who gets stars like Audrina Patridge and Ashley Tisdale prepped for the red carpet, also agrees on the one-two punch of a moisturizer-primer combo. “I always start with a light to medium moisturizer depending on my clients skin type. The moisturizer will keep the skin hydrated throughout the day but it’s the primer that will keep the makeup looking fresh and flawless. After moisturizing I add primer to my client’s skin to mask fine lines, creases, or large pores and create a seamless canvas for foundation. Another advantage is that most primers set the skin with a matte finish, which will provide shine control for normal to oily skin.”

For her recent red carpet appearance at the Teen Choice Awards (pictured above), Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Joyce Bonelli used the “fab” Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base to create her immaculate complexion. Jenna Anton, who works with the Victoria’s Secret models, also has a standby favourite: “A great primer makes a big difference but finding one that gives skin the perfect texture is the tricky part. I’ve tried a lot and always end up back on the Laura Mercier one.” Meanwhile Kelsey Deenihan switches between her two preferred products: NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer and Skinn Orchid Gel Mattefying Day Treatment.

Want Fuller Lips Or A Narrower Nose? Learn How To Downplay Your Least Favorite Assets – & Maximize The Rest!

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Want bigger, brighter eyes? A narrower nose? Higher cheekbones, or sexier, fuller lips? No needles necessary – the right makeup products and techniques can work wonders on your god-given beauty (even if you did inherit your grandmother’s nose) Let celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez, whose impressive clientele list includes Beyonce & sister Solange Knowles; Victoria’s Secret supermodelMarisa Miller and Zoe Saldana, show you how to put your best face forward.

HIGHER CHEEKBONES

“To achieve the effect of higher cheeks bones, apply a bright shimmery white highlighter to the highest points of the cheeks. Contouring the hollows of the cheek bones both help achieve the effects of a slimmer face and higher cheekbones. The nice glow on the cheeks help give a radiant healthy look, which is very flattering. I recommend ULTRAFLESH’s Bronze Metalika from their Bronze and Glow Collection.” ($39, Sephora.com)

Victoria’s Secret Voluptuous Waterproof Mascara, $12, VictoriasSecret.com; Urban Decay’s Revolution High Performance Curler, $20, Sephora.com. MAC Eye Shadow in Ricepaper, $15, MacCosmetics.com.

BIGGER, BRIGHTER EYES

“Three easy steps to achieve the effect of bigger, brighter eyes are universal for ANY eye shape,” says Jackie. “First, using my favorite eyelash curler, Urban Decay’s Revolution High Performance Curler, curl your eye lashes. This product provides the perfect bend to the lashes, which creates an instant lift and opens the eyes. Second, using Victoria Secret’s Voluptuous Waterproof Mascara, apply 2-3 coats of the conditioning formula to hold that perfect eyelash curl and maximize volume. Lastly, my secret to brightening the eyes is use an iridescent shimmery shadow in a reflective pale pink or gold to the inner corners of the eyes. The reflective properties will attract and bounce light, making the eyes appear even brighter. All of these steps combined will create sexy and glamorous eyes.”

FAKE A SLIMMER NOSE

“Nose contouring is much simpler than it sounds. Using a shade one to two shades deeper than your skin tone, apply this sparingly to the sides of the nose. The effect of “shading” the broader areas of the nose will help make it appear less prominent. Also, highlighting the bridge of the nose down the center, will work really work well to give it that pretty “lift” which works beautifully to make the nose appear more flattering and narrower. Try using both L’Oreal’s True Match Powders, ($10.95)  and Inglot’s Contouring Brush (InglotCosmetics.com) which is my favorite product combination for this process.”

FULLER LIPS

“First, line the lips with a nude color most natural to your lip shade. I love using Victoria Secret’s Ginger Spice lip liner, ($12, www.victoriassecret.com) to define the shape of the mouth. Playing up the pout by dusting a shimmery-reflective shadow to the cupid’s bow is an easy tip that will instantly give the effect of fuller lips. Follow this up with an application of your favorite sparkly gloss for maximum fleshy, sexy lips!”