Part Two of our A-List Abs program devised by celebrity trainer Ashley Conrad

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ADJUST YOUR ATTITUDE – GET YOUR BODY TO ITS OPTIMAL LEVEL, NOT A NUMBER ON THE SCALE Conrad believes it is important to gain some healthy perspective when trying to achieve the body of your dreams. “Our standard for what is sexy and in shape has shifted drastically. The body fat percentage it takes to get that [celebrity] stomach is very low and outside the realm of where your body naturally is comfortable as a woman.” So what it the optimal range? “21%-24% is a great [body fat] range for any woman. To look good on camera, [my clients] are between 17%-19%. It is lower – but my non-celebrity clientele often reach this range because their bodies are running at optimal level and not having to strain to have that fat come off.” The key is working with your body, not against it. “We tend to not listen to our bodies. If your body is telling you to rest, you need to rest.” But Conrad firmly believes in active rest. “You need to keep the blood flowing and draw nutrients into the muscles. I encourage everyone, even on ‘off’ days, to get outside and just walk for 20 minutes. Breathe. Reflect. It’s not just about exercise, it’s a lifestyle.”

FOOD – EAT CLEAN AND CONSCIOUSLY If you’ve been overloading your system with processed junk for far too long, kick-start a healthier lifestyle with a detox to ‘re-set’ your system. Conrad designed her own product, DETOX ROCKS, to specifically rinse the body clean of dirty toxins that cause cellulite & fatigue. The added bonus? “When you’re removing the trash from your body, its amazing for your skin,” says Conrad. The next step is getting organized about what you’re putting into your body – and when. “You must be eating 5 times a day,” advises Conrad, “and never overeating at any particular time by sticking to correct portion sizes.” The simplest way to do this is to divide your plate: ¼ protein (a piece of chicken or fish the size of your palm), ¼ grains (1 cup cooked brown rice the size of your fist), and ½ your plate should be mixed grilled peppers and broccoli. Try to avoid red meat. “[It] is very difficult to digest so it creates a lot of bloating.” If you suffer from regular bloating, Conrad suggests swapping out one of your meals for a nutrient dense shake. “It allows your digestion to rest and reduces the size of your stomach – but you still get all of the nutrients you need so you’re not hungry.”

BE SMART ABOUT THAT ‘HEALTHY’ SHAKE YOU’RE BLENDING UP “You think you’re making yourself a ‘healthy’ smoothie but 800 calories later, the blender is full of fruit to cover up the nasty taste [of the protein powder] and you’re bloated after drinking it.” Ashley’s celeb clients love her NAKED POWDER, an all-natural protein powder, packed with slimming organic juices & energizing vitamins as a meal replacement to banish the bloat. (NAKED POWDER, $40; DETOX ROCKS, $35: AVAILABLE FROM CLUTCHBODYSHOP.COM)