JLaw's Diet & Workout Plan For X-Men: Apocalypse

by Charlene Flanagan

“The exercise part of the plan is the one I found most revolutionary. It promises to change your relationship with exercise and for me it really has,” said Jennifer Lawrence in an interview with Huffington Post, where she was discussing her endorsement of The Feelgood Plan. 

Designed by celebrity fitness trainer Dalton Wong, the workout only requires a commitment of 15 minutes every day to make the right choices—cook better, eat better, train harder. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Well, it helped transform JLaw's body for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse (set to release on 19 May) and could do the same for you:

The Feelgood Plan Philosophy

This is no crash diet that promises those miracle weight loss results like the “lose 14lb in 14 days” nonsense. Here, you don’t starve yourself; you instead aim to strike a balance in your food habits, all while trying to understand the triggers that lead to indulgence. So, you say no to emotional overeating because you're stressed. However, you can say yes to the birthday cake of a colleague.

Also, with The Feelgood Plan, you needn't get crazy about hardcore workouts that leave you sore and create a negative association with the gym. Do what feels natural, but remember to mix it up. If you're a runner, run. But, try and add some Pilates to the mix to amp up lean muscle; those who love to weight train can indulge in a session or two of yoga a week to stretch and relax their body. Get the point?

You need to also be in sync with your body and understand just what it needs to be well cared for. This way, you’ll master the art of reading your body’s signals—making sure it gets the right amount of nutrition, exercise, rest, and compassion it needs without punishing yourself with any drastic measures or deprivation.

Pretty soon, those post-holiday detoxes and summer bikini blitzes will be long forgotten. Staying fit and healthy will become a way of life, and not a destination. 

The Feelgood Plan's Dos & Don’ts:

  • Make time for yourself. This plan ensures that you take at least 15 minutes a day to put yourself first—that’s a measly one percent of your day. This is the first step to developing a healthy habit for some “me” time, so eat for a healthier body, cook for yourself, or work out to feel energized.

  • Have a concrete game plan. From well-thought out meals that are healthy and satisfying to scheduling some physical activity, you need to have a plan in motion. Remember, your meals must include key ingredients like protein, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. As much as possible, avoid snacking.

  • The best part about the Feelgood Plan is that you can eat whatever you want to. The only thing you need to remember is to eat only when you’re hungry and to stop when you’re full. This is also a sure shot way of breaking that binge eating habit, or emotional eating ritual you’ve been struggling with.

  • Nothing is off limits. After all, it’s all about making you feel good. You don’t need to deprive yourself. If you’re craving chocolates, burgers, potato chips or even a girl’s night out, go for it!

  • Work out when you’re tired. The fact remains that a training session can help elevate your mood and make you feel energized instantly. If reaching out for chocolate to nurse your stress is the answer, then you're not asking the right question.

Dalton Wong's Guidelines To Get With The Program Like JLaw

  1. Stay hydrated. More often than not, people mistake thirst for hunger and in the bargain, tend to overeat.

  2. Employ portion control. If you’re hungry, have an appetizer and a main but skip dessert. If you’re trying to lose weight, have two starters (one as a starter, and the other as a main). If you have a sweet tooth, eat a main but share your dessert. If you want to lose weight but have a sweet tooth, have an appetizer but share your dessert. It’s all about finding that balance.

  3. Make sure you get plenty of sleep. You definitely shouldn't have an early morning after a late night. That goes against the Feelgood philosophy.

  4. Have fun with your workouts. If you think of it as something you have to do, as opposed to something you want to, you’re never going to enjoy it. Take up a sport or even a group class. It’s the only way you can break away from the rut.

  5. Eat chocolate. While not every day, eating a square of 70 percent+ dark chocolate when you have an impulse craving for something sweet is a good way to keep you committed to the program.

  6. Make a chart of good and bad alcohol. Beverages with added sugar or color are definitely something you should stay away from. Beer is tricky. Opt for the micro-brewed variety. They contain less additives and preservatives.

  7. Maintain good posture. The moment you stand with your back straight, you’ll notice how you immediately hold yourself firmer. It’s a good practice to keep your body healthy and in shape.

  8. Make sure you effectively manage stress.

  9. Stick to the schedule. Staying fit is hard work and putting in the right amount of effort does indeed go a long way. Have a plan and stick to it!

For more details, you can just buy Dalton's book The Feelgood Plan: Happier, Healthier & Slimmer in 15 Minutes a Day. Let us know how it worked out for you.

Images Via Instagram/Jennifer Lawrence
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