Hot Bodies by Us

US Weekly cover 6 June 2011 cropped

This time last year, Us Weekly did its annual “bikini season” issue that focused on “Diets That Work!” for the stars with the “hottest bodies.” This year the theme is pretty much the same Hot Bodies 2011: Stars share their favorite diet & toning secrets to get sexy fast. But most of the featured stars didn’t really share anything, or anything useful. As you’ll see from the table below, only 4 of the 15 celebrities featured (pages 76-98) said anything at all about their exercise regimen and only one said anything about diet. Most of this non-information was just self-centered silliness accompanied by about two dozen pages of pictures of the stars’ semi-naked, “hot” bodies.

Next was a feature (pages 100-102)  called Bachelorette Getaway that promised to reveal how these reality show stars “stayed sexy after the cameras stopped rolling.” Roberto Martinez, 26, and Ali Fedotowsky, also 26, hike, bike and swim and Ali is trying to get Roberto to try hot yoga although the golfer’s” downward dog is not up to par.” Trista, 38, and Ryan, 36, Sutter do cardio DVD workouts and crunches while their kids are napping. Firefighter Ryan also does mountain biking. Ashley Hebert, 26, teaches jazz, ballet and hip-hop dancing.

Celebrity Age
Diet/Toning Secret Quote
Katy Perry 26 None stated “I like to wear things that are made for my hourglass shape.”
Rutina Wesley 32 Pilates “I’m proud of my arms…I’ve always been a skinny piece of muscle.”
Ryan Phillippe 36 No specifics “I want to relieve stress and feel capable and strong.”
Carrie Underwood 28 Treadmill “It’s all about sleeping in and the working out and not eating junk food after my shows are over.”
Joe Manganiello 34 Trying to look like an animalistic, ripped animal “I pay my trainer to kick my ass.”
Bethenny Frankel 40 Vinyasa Yoga, Skinnygirl Daily Cleanse and Restore “I don’t know how the magic works, but it works!”
Gisele Bundchen 30 None stated “Kids in school called me Olive Oyl and Saracura [a skinny bird].”
Idris Elba 38 None stated “Now that I’m a little older, there’s a natural sort of chubbiness coming.”
Julianne Hough 22 I put a half-naked picture of me on my phone. “I look at it and say “Do not put that chocolate in your mouth”.”
Ciara 25 None stated “I feel the sexiest when I’m by myself, walking around nude.”
Zac Efron 23 None stated “There are worse things to be noticed for than my looks.”
Rihanna 23 Non stated “Keeping fit is all for me — it’s all for the love of me.”
“Pauly D” DelVecchio 30 None stated “I have the best body…like an Abercromie & Fitch model.”
Jennifer Lopez 41 None stated “I think legs have a lot to do with a woman’s confidence.”
Minka Kelly 30 Martial arts training “I feel my most confident when I’m finally able to do something I couldn’t at first.”
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According to the next article (page 106), Lady Gaga wasn’t Born this Way with rock-hard abs, sleek arms and totally toned legs and works hard for her physique. According to her trainer, Harley Pasternak, Gaga does 35-minute strength-training sessions 5 times a week, including

  1. Bicycle crunches for her abs (six sets of 20)
  2. Reverse lunges for her legs (six sets of 20 holding a 10 lb weight in each hand)
  3. Overhead dumbbell triceps extensions (six sets of 20) for her arms
  4. Lateral dumbbell presses for her shoulders
  5. Skater lunges (six sets of 20) for her butt

The next story (pages 108-111) describes the “Shapes of [the stars of] Glee.” Former wrestler Mark Salling works out with co-stars Chord Overstreet and Harry Shum Jr. doing pushups, pullups and cardio. Chord, 22, does 90 minutes of weight-training 5 days a week and follows a strict diet that eliminates flour, dairy, sugar and a lot of carbs. Heather Morris practices “Piloxing” classes which are a mix of Pilates, dance and boxing.

There are two times in women’s lives when slimming down is a high priority. Vanessa Minnillo describes her wedding workout to get ready for that big day (pages 112-114). There’s another story (pages 122-124) on how several “hot mamas” got back in shape after delivering their babies:

  • Kourtney Kardashian, 32: gained 40 pounds but got back to size 0 with breast-feeding and Pilates
  • Kendra Wilkinson, 25: lost 40 pounds with 5 hour-long workouts a week
  • Miranda Kerr, 26: Yoga and healthy eating
  • Padma Lakshmi, 40: lost 38 pound by running and boxing
  • Minnie Driver, 41: surfing and yoga
  • Heidi Klum: running and staying away from carbs

In a feature called Small Screen Stunners (page 126) and Hunks (page 128), we learn that

  • Blake Lively, 23, does strength-training workouts
  • Cheryl Burke, 27, swaps egg whites for eggs and wheat bread for white
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui, 33, does circuit training, eats fruit & veggies and sleeps a lot
  • Scott Caan, 34, loves to surf
  • Stephen Moyer, 41, rides bikes together with his wife Anna Paquin
  • Penn Badgley, 24, practices martial arts with a lot of hand stands

The last story we’ll describe is The Bodies that make The Bodies (pager 116-117) about the “celeb trainers … [who have] bossed around the best in the biz.”

Trainer Age
Clients Quote or Method
Cara Castronuova 33 Biggest Loser contestants “It’s easy to train people but difficult to motivate them.”
Harley Pasternak 36 Katy Perry, Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried Five Factor Plan: 5 daily workouts, 5 mini-meals a day
Tracy Anderson 36 Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Courtney Cox, Gisele Bundchen, Julianne Hough “When I can transform someone, I get happy tears.”
Gunnar Peterson 48 Sofia Vergara, Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Gwen Stefani Client sessions start at 3 a.m., Core Secrets
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We’ll end with the same conclusion that accompanied our review of Diets That Work!

We have no doubt that these celebrity diets and exercise programs work provided that you’re born with a certain body type, your livelihood depends on your appearance, you’re younger than 40, you are wealthy enough to afford personal trainers and/or chefs, and you have enough spare time to work out for 60 to 90 minutes per day, 5 to 7 days per week. It’s that simple!

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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