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11 Amazing Bodies of Gwyneth Paltrow and Friends

How they get their glow.

We found the wellness secrets of actress/guru Gwyneth Paltrow and her star-studded circle. From Paltrow's advocacy for natural products (via Goop) to Cameron Diaz's unique breakfast routine, each celebrity offers a glimpse into their health philosophies. Jennifer Garner emphasizes self-confidence, while Beyonce's rigorous stage prep is revealed. Dakota Johnson shares her diet strategy, and Ross Mathews narrates his weight loss journey. Fitness apps are Jessica Alba's go-to, while Robert Downey Jr. and Jennifer Aniston divulge their workout and fasting regimes. Rita Ora and Emma Roberts close the list, highlighting varied exercises and self-confidence insights.


Gwyneth Paltrow

Paltrow is vocal about her love of natural products.  "Over the years, I've learned how important it is to read labels and know what's in a product before putting anything in or on my body," she said to W Magazine. "There can be so many unnecessary ingredients in products that we just don't need, and even scarier, there are a lot of toxic, harmful ingredients that are masked by product marketing.


Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz is one of Paltrow's close friends. She shared her diet secrets in an interview with Bon Appetit. "I'm a protein girl in the morning. That's a big thing for me. A lot of my friends can't stomach breakfast, but I have a first and a second breakfast. At my first breakfast, I just put something in my stomach before my workout—usually scrambled eggs, toast, an avocado, an apple with almond butter, overnight oats, or a piece of chicken. It's just enough to kick things into gear. Then I work out. After that, at second breakfast, I joke that I eat dinner for breakfast. It's a full meal with chicken, grains, and sautéed or roasted vegetables."


Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner is another close friend of Paltrow's. Garner is all about having self-confidence. She shared her tips for building it with TODAY. "When you start getting super critical of yourself, turn around, pivot in that spot and go do something nice for someone else. Or go work out, or just take that and make it active instead of letting it just fester in you."



Beyonce and Paltrow are close friends. They are often seen hanging out, and Paltrow introduced Beyonce's performance at the Grammys. The singer's trainer, Marco Borges, shared her fitness secrets with Glamour. "I stretch B at the end of every workout. Sprints are ideal for building stamina and explosiveness. Which B needs to move across the stage."


Dakota Johnson


Paltrow has become close friends with actress Dakota Johnson, due to the latter's relationship with Chris Martin, Paltrow's ex and the father of her children. Johnson works with trainer, Ramona Braganza, to help her stay in shape. To prep for Fifty Shades Freed, Braganza had Johnson try the 3-2-1 diet. "It's just proportions, when to eat, smaller meals and more meals," Braganza told Healthista. "So things like having three meals a day, two snacks and a minimum of one litre of water a day."


Ross Mathews

Paltrow is close friends with Ross Mathews. She even wrote the backward to his book. Mathews opened up about his weight loss and diet changes to PageSix. "My choices are just like yummy, good, healthy food. I call them my 'rossipes,' and I cook every day. I broke up with pizza, and then I fell in love with the love of my life, my husband, and we just take really good care of each other."


Jessica Alba

Paltrow is close with Jessica Alba, and the two filmed an episode of Carpool Karaoke together. Alba shared with Marie Claire that she uses fitness apps to help her stay in shape. "I downloaded a few apps and I'll watch YouTube videos of different fitness folks. So I signed up to [the Equinox+] app and they do meditation, they do yoga, strength training. They have all those things and you can keep track of your health."


Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. and Paltrow play love interests in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Downey Jr.'s trainer, Brad Bose, shared how he stays in shape to play Iron Man in an interview. "We'd do intervals on the Perfect Storm, hitting his major muscle groups from loads of different angles, then finish up with a climb on a Jacob's Ladder – an inclined climbing treadmill to improve cardio."


Jennifer Aniston

Paltrow's close friend, Jennifer Aniston, revealed to Insider that she loves intermittent fasting.  "I noticed a big difference in going without solid food for 16 hours," Aniston explained. "Fortunately, your sleeping hours are counted as part of the fasting period. You just have to delay breakfast until 10am."


Rita Ora

Another of Paltrow's close friends is singer and TV host, Rita Ora. She tells Shape that she does a variety of exercises to keep herself in shape.  "I usually work out for one or two hours, depending on how much time I have. I do three circuits and repeat that three times. I mostly focus on my thighs and my bum, so I do a lot of squats and weight lifting. And I do one circuit of cardio."


Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts and Paltrow recently saw each other at a party. Roberts opened up about her journey with self-confidence to Shape. "I used to have a complex about being short," Roberts says. "Now I love that I'm 5' 2". I'm strong, and that feels really good to me. I believe we are all innately confident. I believe we lose touch with ourselves and let other people's opinions and thoughts get louder than our own."

Anna Bechtel
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