How Halle Berry Stays Fit | Body and Soul

How Halle Berry Stays Fit | Body and Soul

Published March 17, 2009

( -- Ever wonder how Halle Berry maintains her slim frame? Well, it’s called the Five Factor Fitness plan and it’s the creation of personal trainer, Harley Pasternak. There is no food deprivation, no counting calories, and perhaps most surprising of all, there is very little exercise involved.

The plan consists of only 25-minute workouts, five times a week-which isn’t bad when you consider how much time some of us spend at the gym. Combine that with five meals everyday (something no one will complain about) and you’ve basically summed up Pasternak’s fitness plan.

But wait. Some of you are probably wondering, ‘how can that possibly be all?’ ‘Shouldn’t there be more to it?’ Well…there are a few more rules, but ones that are almost as simple and easy to follow as the basic design of the plan.


The Workouts

Here’s a peek at what the exercise portion of the plan includes:

All workouts are based on five different five-minute phases:

1. Cardio warm-up

2. Upper-body strength exercise

3. Lower-body strength exercise

4. Core exercise

5. Fat-burning cardio

The last phase can continue for as long as 30 minutes, but doesn’t need to in order for the exercises to start working. Though it is recommended for those who are looking to shed a few extra pounds, in addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The Meals

As for the nutrition portion of the plan, it also comes in five easy steps. All you have to do is fulfill the following five steps during the five meals you eat per day.

1. The main dish should contain only low-fat, quality protein

2. Try to incorporate a low-to-moderate glycemic carbohydrate (think beans, vegetables, sweet potatoes, wild rice).

3. Always get five to ten grams of fiber per meal.

4. Only include healthy fats

5. Drink a non-sugared beverage

Here’s the very best piece of news: you can cheat! That’s right, the creator of the program actually encourages it. One day a week you are allowed to eat anything you want! So whether it’s a bowl of ice cream that you’ve been day dreaming about or that mocha at the local coffee shop, you’ve got one day to indulge.

Extra Help

Pasternak has even written a book on the plan, which includes recipes that take only five minutes to cook, tips, and personal success stories that are all aimed at helping readers to become motivated and get on the right track to living a healthier lifestyle. Pasternak also reminds people that this is not one of those crash diets that come and go. This fitness plan is designed to be a lifestyle change. In other words, you need to stick with it in order to remain healthy and in shape.

Why not? It seems to have worked for Halle Berry.

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Written by Nicole Smith, Staff Writer


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