Model and TV Personality Erin McNaught

Erin McNaughtWith her killer good looks and effervescent sense of fun, Erin McNaught was destined to be in front of the camera. From Miss. Australia pageant queen to MTV VJ, Erin is the type of media personality that can go from FHM cover to Cosmo in one easy swoop. Now based in London, the Aussie bombshell recently earned a coveted spot in the 2013 Red Pages Hot 100 list as a breakout talent and is getting ready to say ‘I do’ to her fiancé, British singer/rapper, Example in May. Despite the impressive list of achievements the brunette beauty has already notched up – the best, it seems, is yet to come.

Q: What are your favorite skincare tips and products for clear, glowing skin? Gently exfoliate every day. Your exfoliant needn’t be expensive, either – save your cash for serums and moisturizers. Be utterly vigilant with cleansing. Makeup wipes alone are not enough! They are merely to get the bulk of your makeup off before you double cleanse. I love Natio Gentle Facial Scrub, La Mer The Soft Moisturizing Creme, Dermamedica Dermal Repair Cream and Loreal Makeup Wipes.

Q: What is your secret to perfectly bronzed skin? Do you spray tan? I do self-tan at home about 9 months of the year. The trick is to be meticulous with both exfoliation and application. I’m quite fastidious so don’t often have tanning disasters, but I’ve had my share in the past!

Q: Do you have any essential tips you’ve learned from hair stylists & makeup artists when working on photo shoots? Day-old hair is much easier to work with, and holds styles better than freshly washed hair. If you have to wash and style, tip your head upside down and use a tiny amount of styling powder at the roots for volume and control.

After applying foundation with a brush, and once you are happy with the coverage, gently press the foundation into the skin using the pads of your fingertips, then apply concealer. By pressing it into the skin, it will last longer and won’t just sit on the surface, waiting to slide off your face. Once you are happy with your base, apply a light powder such as MAC Blot Powder Pressed on your T Zone.

Q: How did you find the pageant experience? What advice would you give other girls thinking of competing? It was terrifying! I was so underprepared. To girls thinking of entering, do loads of research. Watch every YouTube clip about the pageant that you can find, consult a stylist, but most of all, be confident.

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Q: Jetting between Australia & London, how would you compare the vibe and the people? What are some of your favorite things about the two places? I find people in London to be quite considered and thoughtful, while Australians have this gregarious, fun-loving attitude. London is definitely more refined, and cool without even trying. Obviously the outdoors lifestyle in Australia is incredible; I would often do interviews like this while sitting on Bondi Beach in a bikini, however I love the fact that there is always something to do in London – the music scene is just phenomenal. I would be out every night if it didn’t kill me!

Q: Any travel beauty tips or onboard essentials? Two words – LIP BALM.

Q: How many times a week do you work out? Is there a type of workout (that you swear by for results? [I work out] 3-4 days per week. The minimum I do is one long run (4-5 miles), a BodyAttack Class at the gym and a pilates class. I need exercise to keep my energy levels up, especially in winter. In Australia I had a trainer who I did really hardcore boxing sessions with – I miss that a lot.

Q: Have you ever done a juice cleanse? No way! I would strangle someone. I can’t live without food!

Q: What is your diet philosophy? Do you strive to stay in top shape year-round or do you have a particular regime in the run up to a shoot or red carpet appearance? I’m generally pretty good year round, but I love pizza more than anything, so I do have to cut this out before a shoot or red carpet appearance. Life is for living and I would be desperately unhappy if I only ate salads while out with my fiancé or friends. As Homer Simpson says, you don’t make friends with salad (even if salad is friends with you!)

Q: How have you found the wedding planning? What are the best perks & the more stressful parts of the process? It’s been relatively easy, actually! I was never one of those girls who fantasized about their wedding but I still kind of knew what I wanted. The hardest part has been getting the addresses of 70 people for the invitations!

Q: You’ve achieved so much already in a short period of time, what’s next for Erin McNaught & what would be your ultimate ambition? Thank you! At the moment, I’m still finding my feet over [in the UK] but ultimately, I would love to write about fashion and lifestyle, as well as continue my television presenting career here.

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QUICK FIRE Q&A

Having a mani and pedi…….makes me feel glamorous.

My makeup essentials areLa Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation in Mocha (summer) and Golden Beige (winter); Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Coral Pink, and Model Co LashXtend Lengthening Mascara in Black.

If I had to choose, my favorite part of my body is I can’t see it very well but my boy says I have a sexy back! I think I have nice feet :)

My go-to swimsuit brand is…. Zimmermann or Seafolly.

One of my favorite magazine shoots was….. My FHM cover and spread from December 2008. I also loved the shoot I did in Cleo’s January 2012 edition – it was in this incredible house perched on a 300ft cliff!

I would describe my personal style as Interesting and sometimes unusual, but with a classic feel. I always seem to get odd looks in the street!

The best part about Twitter isfeeling close to people you know even when they’re on the other side of the world.

In 5 years, I’d like to see myselfliving a fun and fulfilled life, whatever it is I might be doing!

Q&A with The Real Housewives of Miami’s Joanna Krupa

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Q: What are your favorite skincare tips and products for clear, glowing skin? I like Kiehls Panthenol Protein Moisturizer Face Cream but recently I’ve also started using a European cream called SVR Lysalpha Active Cream. Since I don’t tan my face, I love the La Prairie Cellular Self Tan for Face and Body SPF 15. On my body, I use Palmers Cocoa Butter and also Nivea Essentially Enriched Daily Lotion for when my skin feels extra dry.

Q: In the lead up to a big magazine photo shoot, what does a typical day’s diet consist of? I never really had to diet but I just don’t overeat, meaning when I feel like I’m getting full I just stop eating otherwise it’ll lead to me wanting even more. I also try to eat less carbs and sugar before an important photoshoot.

Q: What is your typical workout routine? I typically like to do a whole body workout. I do pilates training once a week with a private trainer in L.A. But mainly I love doing classes –kickboxing, kettlebells; & this cardio ‘pound’ class with drumsticks at the Equinox gym in West Hollywood, which is so much fun and you really feel the burn. I change up my routine so my body doesn’t get used to the same workout. It all depends on my schedule but I try to workout at least twice a week but on weeks where I have more time and energy, I’ll up that to 3-4 times.

Q: Probably the most envied body part of a swimsuit model are those long, slim legs! Do you have any tips for toning the thigh area? Inner thighs is the hardest part to workout and honestly I still haven’t figured out a secret routine for them!

Q: What are your model tips for making your stomach look as flat as possible? Honestly, I wish I found the secret because I never had a perfectly flat belly! [laughs]

Q: Do you use any supplements to maximise your results? Sometimes I’ll use Slimfuel because it doesn’t make me feel jittery.

Q: Do you still taking dance classes after your time on Dancing With the Stars? Did training for the show transform your body? To be honest, I haven’t. I would need a teacher like Derek [Hough] in order to continue and it would take hours a day to learn new dances. The show definitely made my body leaner but didn’t lose any weight on the scale.

Q: What tips do you have for looking your best in a revealing photo shoot? Stay away from carbs a few days before and drink lots of water to flush out any water retention and get rid of that bloated look. I’ll also have a girl come by my house and spray tan me because a bronzed body looks a lot sexier and it makes a huge difference on a shoot.

Q: It takes tremendous discipline – and good genetics! – to be a top model: what advice would you give women who feel that they could never have the physique of a pro model, but want to make the best out of what they have? No one is perfect and we all have to accept what God gave us. My advice is to eat healthily with lots of fruits and veggies, low carbs and workout regularly to look and feel your best.

What to eat to boost your metabolism & shed fat to reveal abs worthy of an A-lister

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As part of our guide to achieving a leaner, sexier mid-section, celebrity trainer & lifestyle expert ASHLEY CONRAD will show you how to banish the bloat, boost your metabolism & shed the fat to reveal your very own A-list abs. In Part One, she reveals the first two steps of her specially devised ‘Clutch System’, whose devotees include Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Bell & Victoria’s Secret models. Conrad devised the system to help her celebrity clientele change their bodies – fast. “[In L.A] nobody can wait 3 months to get in shape – the phone rings and you’re booked for a movie role or a photo shoot and you have to be ready.” Conrad’s approach transcends simple diet and exercise – it’s a total lifestyle program. To reap the full-body benefits, turn a new LEAF – and by that we mean: Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Food.

EXERCISE – WORK IT OUT LIKE AN ATHLETE With her athletic background, Conrad likes to challenge her clients with high-intensity workouts that combine cardio and resistance. “I like to hit it all in one go. I’ll mix up the exercises so you’re not overtraining. One day it may be cardio, or boxing, or a track workout or stairs.” On other days, take it down a notch with an easy hike, stretching or an ‘abs & core’ class. The key is saying no to predictable, repetitive movements. But do the same principles apply when she’s training Victoria’s Secret models? “Absolutely!” says Conrad, “I just alter certain elements: if [client] Bradley Cooper is trying to bulk up for a role, his diet is going to very different for someone who walks down a runway.”

ADOPT A STRESS-FREE LIFESTYLE TO BURN MORE CALORIES Hectic work-days followed by punishing sessions at the gym to try and drop weight could actually be the cause of why your stomach never seems to get any flatter. “That belly area is directly related to stress,” Conrad says, “your cortisol (stress hormone) levels get raised and it triggers your body to start storing calories, rather than burning them.” It’s very important to take stress-relieving measures each day, says Conrad. “Take those [off] days to rest and relax. Breathe deeply, and get 8 hours of sleep.”

“That belly area is directly related to stress,” Conrad says, “your cortisol (stress hormone) levels get raised and it triggers your body to start storing calories, rather than burning them.” 

CUT THE SALT TO BANISH THE BLOAT If your lifestyle involves dining out much of the time at restaurants, you may want to re-think what else you’re ingesting into your system. “If you eat out a lot, there is a lot of added sodium in food, even if you can’t taste it. That salt retains a lot of water and is stored underneath the skin.” Conrad advises her clients to drink ample amounts of water (100 ounces per day) to help flush any excess sodium out. “People underestimate their level of dehydration, especially during the summer and how that plays a role in water retention.” Amp up the detoxing effect by adding 4 lemons to the water you drink every day. The natural superfood is a stimulant-free natural diuretic that detoxes the liver and makes skin glow.

Get PART TWO OF OUR GUIDE here: learn more on how to flatten your stomach and reduce bloating through simple nutrition tips. Conrad also shares what your body fat percentage should be, and how to gain a healthier persepctive on your body and enjoy your new lifestyle for full-body fitness.

Skinny Secrets: Beverly Hills bombshell Lilly Ghalichi

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If Mattel were ever going to design a Persian Barbie doll, they wouldn’t have to look much further than Lilly Ghalichi for inspiration. This Beverly Hills bombshell (who co-founded the luxe swimwear lineHave Faith – Swimgerie, along with another G Girl, Jennifer Stano-David) has turned mirror pics into a fine art with her perfectly tousled hair, towering Louboutins & all-out glam style.

We asked the bronzed beauty to share in her own words all her stay skinny secrets!

“I know what I’m about to say is going to make every girl despise me, but the real reason I’m so skinny is honestly due to my genetics.  I have the smallest bones on Earth, my wrist literally look like that of a 6 year old’s.  As a result, I will naturally always look super, duper tiny.

Everyone in my family is ultra-thin.  Great for my sister and I, maybe not so great for my brother! Lol. We’re all blessed with something amazing- great hair, beautiful eyes, long legs- for me, it’s being skinny! I HATED it when I was younger.  Kids would make fun of me and call me Olive Oil, and I had to wear sweat pants under my jeans (sometimes 2 pairs!) because even the size 0 was WAY too big.  I cried all the time and even saw doctors to try and gain weight.

Now that I’m an adult, I love it

With that said, I do give a little effort to keep my body looking skinny-tight rather than skinny-fat (and, yes “skinny fat” exists, skinny girls get cellulite too!). I’d love to share my skinny secrets with you and your readers.

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Diet.  As far as dieting goes.  That entire term is really a foreign concept to me.  I eat whatever I want, and I am a sugar queen- desserts are my weakness.  However, diet is the NUMBER ONE factor for me on how my body will look.  If I eat poorly, it shows.  Although I’m still skinny, I get a little gut, and my butt/thighs look soft also.  When I eat clean, it really shows as well- definition in my abs and all.

When I have to be beach or photo shoot ready, or maybe if I have a new crush I want to impress, I follow a few diet guidelines:

1.     No sugar (unless is natural sugar such as in a piece of fruit)

2.     No Carbs with Dinner, and

3.     No food at all after 8pm.

These 3 simple rules will turn my body from flab to fab in about a week.  No exercise required.  They say that diet is 75% of how your body will look, from experience, I absolutely agree. Although I don’t “diet”, I do have a few very healthy habits naturally, they definitely contribute to why I’m so thin.

For example, I DESPISE alcohol.  You cannot pay me to have a drink.  It tastes disgusting, and the way it makes people act is even more repulsive to me.  I know that alcohol is full of empty calories, so by not drinking, I’m likely sparing myself of tons of unnecessary pounds (and morning regrets!). Also, I don’t drink soda.  Carbonation burns my nose and esophagus.  I have always hated soda, or any carbonated drink, even as a kid.  Sodas are full of sugar and liquid calories, so again, another step I naturally do that I’m sure helps contribute to my skinniness.

Workout. I LOVE to workout.  Cardio is a huge stress reliever for me, and sweating makes me feel alive.  When I was in law-school I had the BEST body.  I used to run about 3 miles-4 times a week because I was so stressed out.  Too bad I was too busy with school to show off my beautiful body!

These days, I don’t have a lot of time to squeeze in exercise.  My partner Jennifer Stano and I run a swimsuit company together (Have Faith – Swimgerie, www.HaveFaith.com), and summer is our busiest season.  When I do find the time to squeeze in a workout, I love to Spin, and I have recently become obsessed with Pilates.

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For anyone that hasn’t tried spinning, it is the most incredible cardio workout.  You can easily shed 1000 calories in 1 hour if you give the class your all (in fact where I spin (Cycle House in West Hollywood) they offer a class called “The 1000 Calorie Ride”, no one leaves until the calorie counter hits 1000!). When I walk out of a spin class, I’m completely drenched in sweat. The only downfall to spinning is that I actually get too skinny if I go too much! Although skinny is sexy, women need curves too.

Pilates is the second type of workout I do when I have the time.  It’s low impact, and it creates long, lean muscles rather than bulking you up.  Pilates is definitely a great way to be skinny, yet still have a perky butt, and definition in your legs and torso. My class is always filled with models, so clearly it’s working for a lot of girls!

When I’m preparing for something, I will spin 3 times a week, and do pilates 3 times a week (usually on the same day, back to back!).  During busy season at work (like right now..) I will maybe find the time to spin once a week. I need motivation- a trip/shoot, or boy!”

Visit Lilly’s fab blog, LillyGhalichi.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

Skinny Secrets: Model Renee Somerfield

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Would you say you’ve always been naturally skinny, or is it a product of diet & exercise?

I have definitely always been skinny. My physique is naturally very petite and I am quite tall (5’10). Growing up, this felt very awkward but I have grown to love and embrace my body! I work hard to keep my body looking healthy and fit, which means eating 6+ times a day and working out with resistance and weights to make sure I maintain lean muscle… I don’t like looking too skinny!

Describe what you typically eat and drink over a normal day? What will tend to order if you eat out at a restaurant? 

A healthy lifestyle is something I encourage and being a passionate vegan makes it easy to eat clean! I believe in eating as natural as possible, the way mother nature intended. I avoid all animal products like meat, dairy & eggs and stick to green, wholesome foods from the earth. A typical day would include avocado & tomato on rye bread or organic muesli with almond milk and fruit. For lunch I love soy/veggie pattie burgers, Mediterranean salads, wholegrain pastas or a toasted baked vegetable roll.

For dinner I love making Thai dishes with veggies & tofu, Mexican tacos or burritos with beans & LOTS of chilli, baked veggies with hummus or vegetable soup with beans and pasta! I have a recipe book with over 500 vegan recipes, so it never gets boring and always stays fun and nutritious! And believe it or not, I rarely have a problem being vegan and eating out, there are so many yummy, healthy choices – you just have to look!

 

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What are some of your golden rules to being skinny? (for example, no food after 8pm, zero alcohol, no dairy or carbs) What are some of the common mistakes you see other girls making?

I believe that nourishing your body with healthy, natural and nutrient-rich foods will show on the outside. I can thank my positive attitude, lean body, glowing skin and healthy hair and nails for my clean inside! Common mistakes I see are drinking too much alcohol, using recreational drugs, indulging in processed and convenient foods, relying on caffeine for energy and sleep deprivation. Give your body the love and respect it deserves!

How many times a week do you workout, and at what intensity? What kind of workouts do you swear by for a slim, lean body? Is it a huge time commitment?

I like to workout 4-5 times a week for about an hour depending on my schedule. You will never find me at the gym, I’m always keeping it fun and fresh outdoors! I love long distance running, walking my dogs, sand dune sprints and Pilates with weights. If the weather is horrible or I am traveling and can’t fit in a workout, I will use a resistance band! I think the key to fitness is finding something you love and enjoy! If you loathe going to the gym (like me!) then try an outdoor class, swap the treadmill for the sand or go for a bike ride with a friend. Working out is meant to be fun, not a chore!

If you really want to tighten up and get a super flat stomach before a big shoot – what do you do to prepare?

I don’t do any emergency dieting or training before a shoot. I believe in a healthy lifestyle, not a quick-fix diet. Making sure I am eating clean and moving my body insures I am always bikini ready!

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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)

The Ultimate Cellulite Busting Regime: Say Hello To Tighter, Firmer & Smoother Skin

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It’s a beauty concern that plagues 90 per cent of women’s lives – no matter your size or shape. Essentially, cellulite is a disorder of fat cells caused by poor lymphatic drainage & poor circulation, worsened by inflammatory responses. Poor drainage means that fat cells become congested and surrounded by toxins. Then they store more and more fat. More fat means less circulation, so tissue becomes deprived of nutrients and in turn creates thick fibres around the fat cells to stop them from growing. These thick fibres pull the tissue beneath the skin – leading to the lumpy appearance that cellulite is known for.  While there is no ‘cure’, that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to visibly reduce the appearance of dimpled skin, or prevent it from getting worse. Read our simple tips that attack cellulite from 3 angles by improving circulation & lymphatic drainage, decreasing the size of fat cells, and calming inflammation. These steps can easily be incorporated into your beauty regime – and will have you saying hello to tighter, firmer, and smoother skin in time for bikini season.

1. DRY SKIN BRUSHING

Before each bath or shower, stroke a body brush gently from feet to the top of thighs to circulate trapped fluid and deliver nutrients and oxygen to cells. Earth Therapeutics Tampico Skin Brush, $9.

2. LIGHT CARDIO

Make it a habit to walk or cycle for 30-60 minutes every day to stimulate lymphatic drainage and help burn stubborn fat cells.

3. STRETCH

After working out, take the time to stretch to return muscles to original length, and reduce water retention. Exercise classes like pilates and yoga improve cellulite by allowing lymph (fluid containing white blood cells) flow to move easier through fatty areas and flush toxins.

4. TAKE A BATH

Trainer James Duigan, whose clientele includes supermodels Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Elle Macpherson, says that Rosie swears by taking baths with added Epsom salts before a big swimwear shoot. Add one to two cups of Epsom salts (available at drugstores) to your bath to draw out toxins and help speed up weight loss. Try Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender Soaking Solution, $5.99

5. SKIP THE SUGAR!

While you’ve all heard that sugar is bad for your waistline, you may not know exactly why: the hormone insulin is responsible for how your body makes and stores fat. It also provokes inflammation (which also is the biggest cause of aging!) The more sugar we eat – whether it’s fruit, pasta, bread, rice or potatoes – our cells become more resistant to insulin, so the body makes more. High insulin means more fat is stored, in this case on our thighs and butt, and more inflammation takes place so that fat cells become even harder to destroy. It’s a vicious cycle. Try Mulberry Leaf Extract, which helps slow the entry of sugar into the blood so insulin levels do not spike: New Nordic Mulberry Zuccarin, $25.99.

6. FIGHT INFLAMMATION

Try to pack as many anti-oxidants into your diet to counteract the negative impact that inflammatory responses have on the body: try brightly-colored fruits and vegetables, green tea and spices like cinnamon and turmeric. Try: Natrol The Ultimate Anti-Oxidant Formula, Capsules, $11.25.

7. HYDRATE

While it may seem counterintuitive to load up on water when you’re fighting fluid retention, hydrating your body with 2 litres of still, cool water every day will help flush out unwanted toxins.

8. GET YOUR CAFFEINE KICK

A jolt of caffeine isn’t just for your energy levels – studies show that it encourages fat cells to unload their contents. Try celeb fave NIP+FAB Cellulite Fix, $17.95, which uses a caffeine and Indian forskolin enriched complex to activate fat breakdown, promote the removal of toxins and improve firmness of skin.

9. PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS

Want more results? Consider getting zapped with some radiofrequency, rated as the most effective treatment for cellulite. The waves heat up the tissue, causing the fat cells to use energy to cool down. This stimulates the skin to tighten up and regain its elasticity. SmoothShapes, a new treatment that liquefies fat through light and laser energy and then forces it to be expelled through the lymph system, has also been gaining a lot of buzz for its results.

10. FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT!

Even supermodels have a little help. In 2009, VS Angel Selita Ebanks revealed it takes an hour, maybe longer, to apply body makeup to the girls before a show: “It’s all about creating the illusion of this amazing body. People don’t realize that there are about 20 layers of makeup on my butt alone.”

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.

Q&A with model Ashley Mattingly

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The Texan beauty and Playboy cover girl tells us what makes her feel glamorous, her beauty essentials, and how she gets photoshoot ready.

Q: What makes you feel glamorous? I feel the most glamourous when I’m on a shoot and I’m with a stylist getting my hair and makeup done. It makes me feel beautiful even if I’m not feeling great that day because it makes me think, “Wow, I’m so blessed to get to live every girls dream.”

Q: What is your favorite part of your body? MY BOOBS! I did get them enhanced, I was an A-cup and now I’m a small C. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of getting it done before but they look very natural and people ask me everyday if they’re real or not. Everyone is usually in shock and I’m glad that I did it because now I feel more confident.

Q: What do you think makes a woman sexy? You have to be impecably classy and non-judgemental, just give people chances.

Q: What is your favorite self-tanner? I go to Portofino in Beverly Hills. I get the body scrub first, then I get the personalized spray tan where they airbrush you from head to toe.

Q: Do you go to a facialist or dermatologist for extra treatments? I’ve learned that without getting facials, your skin begins to get rough and hard. Once I started getting facials, which I recommend at least once a month, my skin became less irritated and I noticed I was having less outbreaks.

Q: What is your daily skincare routine like? I use a Cle’ de peau cleanser, it’s a must with oily or dry skin. You have to use a moisturizer even if you have both skin types. I swear by it! I follow it up by using Epicuren facial cream. I love it; it does not make your face feel oily but still makes your skin feel fresh and clean.

Q: Have you had any cosmetic surgery? I’ve had botox for some things on my face that I was concerned about and it did get rid of some lines but don’t be pressured to rush out and do it. Remember girls – beauty comes from the inside and that is the ultimate truth!

Q: Have you picked up any great makeup or hair tips from stylists on shoots? Absolutely! I get most if not all of my tips from my stylists. Shout outs to Marilyn Cole. She works for Alterna and gave me CAVIAR blonde shampoo and conditioner. It actually has real caviar in it and my hair has never felt so soft and smooth before. I always listen to the pros.

Q: What has been the highlight of your career so far? What would be your dream modeling job? It’s hard because I’m torn between being Playboy’s Miss March 2011 and also being the spokesmodel for Femme Noir Swimgerie. It’s such an honor to have graced the pages of Playboy and to have a swimwear line that wants you to be their spokesmodel as well. It’s been an amazing ride for a small town girl so I would say I’m already living my dream.

Q: Do you diet year round to always be photoshoot-ready? I’m not one of those diet freaks where you eat celery all day long, but I don’t go overboard and eat a tub of ice cream when I know I have photoshoot. So it’s a balance, just like life, don’t go overboard without being cautious.

Q: How do you prepare for a big shoot? It’s more about knowing who and what I’m shooting for so that I can get in a state to be confident! [laughs] Before any shoot I HAVE to have my body scrub before my spray tan, eyelashes and I’ll do my own makeup if I have to. Otherwise I always use my girl Sarah Creninm.

Q: What are your tips for getting a flattering photo? I don’t have a signature pose because I have always believed that when I step in front of a camera I have to be myself, otherwise the picture that’s captured won’t be who I truly am…and that at the end of the day is all it’s about!

Get Your Best Butt Ever! Blast fat, minimize cellulite & how to lift, sculpt or round your booty

Alicia Marie

Regarded as having one of the most recognizable faces (and most enviable booty!) in fitness, Alicia Marie is the authority on what it takes to get a tight and toned bod. Her killer abs and megawatt smile have landed her on dozens of magazine covers and her health and nutrition expertise has major titles like Oxygen, SELF and In Touch Weekly calling on Alicia to share her stay-lean-and-sexy secrets. So who better to write our guide to getting your best butt ever? Alicia wrote the book on it – literally! As the author of “The Booty Bible,” Alicia reveals how to blast fat, minimize the appearance of cellulite and how to lift, sculpt or round out your booty for that Brazilian-cut bikini!

Bikini season is creeping up on us: do you have any fitness model secrets you can share that you do when you really want to shed fat or get that ‘tight’ toned appearance? I think it’s more important to not let yourself get too far over where you are scrambling to get in shape for something. Typically I tell girls that you shouldn’t attempt to shave off 10lbs in 3 days for a photo shoot. But if you have those last ‘bits’ that would be nice to kip off for an event (or the beach) – I would advise you cut off starchy carbs after 4pm (depending on what time you go to sleep – 6 hours) – and get into some interval training STAT. Body sculpting classes that combine cardio with toning moves is the best way to burn fat FAST.

What moves do you recommend doing to ‘lift’ the butt? ‘Curtsey” lunges, Romanian Deadlifts, “Hip lift Bridges,” High-step ups (on a bench or step), Stair-climbing – adding weight ups the intensity and will help with lean muscle tissue growth which means – tighter bum overall.

What exercises do you recommend for girls who want to create a more rounded, ‘Brazilian butt’ effect? LUNGE AND KICK-BACK IT OUT GIRLS! Also adding those exercises I mentioned above into your current workout regimen, learning to love stairs and realizing that your diet is more important than you think – are key.

How can we tone our hips and booty – and still shrink their overall size? Toning exercises with weight does not add ‘bulk.’ Resistance training will just make you tighter – more toned. Protein supports that muscle growth. There is no ‘magic trick.’

What do you typically eat every day to stay in such amazing shape? I eat lots of tofu, fish and chicken, greens galore (lightly sautéed in coconut oil) and huge salads. Lemon and jalapenos are on practically everything I eat! Salt free flavor! I love oatmeal, Quinoa and Greek yogurt as well. Because I am very diligent with my workout schedule I can cheat lightly when I like!

Do you recommend a low-carb diet? How many servings of carbs does the average woman in her 20s actually need? The ‘zero carb’ diets of the early 2000s are a thing of the past. It’s more important to incorporate the right carbs into your diet to create balance and to give you energy: vegetable carbs, yams/sweet potatoes, Ezekiel bread, Quinoa, brown rice and oatmeal. Leave the processed carbs (things that can sit on a shelf for weeks), sugars and alcohol out of the picture. ‘Counting’ never works and it sets you up for failure.

 

Do you have any tips for reducing the appearance of cellulite? The female curse! Cellulite is hormone driven, why men hardly seem to have it – they don’t produce enough estrogens. Just eating less will not reduce your cellulite. The body cannot utilize for energy fat that is trapped in the dermal layers of your skin. It is dermal fat that causes the look of ‘celly jelly.’ You need to strengthen and hydrate the cells and connective tissues in your body to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The right diet and yes, water – not starvation. This is yet another reason why eating ‘clean’ getting rid of processed garbage in your diet is so SO important! The Booty Bible tackles the anti-celly diet!

Do you have any tips for making your skin glow and muscle tone pop when you’re doing a shoot? (that would work poolside this summer!) Right before you go on the set, do a few bicep curls and mini squats – ab crunches. Baby oil gel is popular as well as body glow lotions. Cut back on excess salt – no sodas and low dairy. Don’t do cardio the night before a shoot.

What are some of the things you do to keep your motivation and body confidence strong – that will inspire others to stay on track! Attack life as if you are afraid of nothing. Go after your dreams. My mantra is life is ‘No FEAR.’ Being brave isn’t the absence of fear – it’s action in the face of fear.