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Elizabeth Hurley Shrinks Belly Fat Fast Like This, Say Dietitians

Here's easy ways the model stays in shape. 
FACT CHECKED BY Jeremy Horowitz

Elizabeth Hurley just might be Instagram's top bathing suit model. Scroll through the 56-year-old's feed and you'll see nothing but beautiful images of the British actress effortlessly posing in barely there swimwear she designed from her collection Elizabeth Hurley Beach. The age-defying celebrity works hard at staying in shape and with some discipline anyone can follow her diet and fitness regime. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Elizabeth Hurley stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


Low Impact Exercise

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The swimsuit designer doesn't do high impact workouts, like many others in Hollywood. Instead she prefers walking. She told Us Weekly, "I believe in being active, going for walks, stretching, maybe a little yoga or a little Pilates," she says. "I walk every day, so I try and hit my 10,000 steps a day and I do some stretching every day."  Jana Beaudoin, a registered health coach at the Anti-Aging and Longevity Center of Philadelphia says,"Exercises which are gentle on the joints and are in fluid motion are considered low impact.  Walking, swimming, yoga, cycling, Pilates, elliptical and rowing are all examples of low impact exercises. Low impact exercise can help build strength, cardiovascular fitness, agility, core stability, and flexibility.  These are all important components of physical fitness."


Avoids Processed Foods

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Hurley eats a clean diet and stays away from anything processed. She told the Sunday Times, "I haven't eaten processed food for 100 years," she explained. "I don't eat sweets, I drink little alcohol, I don't smoke but I deeply regret that I once did." Beaudoin explains, "Heavily processed foods generally contain added sugars, sodium, unhealthy fats, artificial ingredients, refined carbohydrates, and preservatives.  They tend to be highly palatable with limited satiety, meaning we want to eat more of them with little if any nutritional gain. They are generally absent from the nutrients we need to optimize our health. When you eat real, whole food the satiety signal is generally reached at a lower caloric and higher nutrient level.  Lean protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates (fiber) are the components in real, whole food that contribute to satiety and balanced blood sugar.  Highly processed foods tend to lack the protein and fiber needed for satiety and balanced blood sugar, and due to their highly palatable tastes we eat faster, intaking more calories, less nutrients and less overall appetite satisfaction, creating a cycle of simple carb cravings and excess caloric intake."


Eating Locally Sourced Food

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The Royals actress enjoys eating local food and told The Cut, "I like simple, natural, easy food. I don't really like food with a lot of chemicals or additives. When I'm at home in the country, I always try and eat food that's grown locally. That goes for meats and vegetables. Not only do I like things grown in England, I like things grown in Hertfordshire, which is the part of England that I live in. If I can grow it myself, I'm even happier. All through summer we eat fruit and vegetables from my own garden. I used to have a small organic farm, and all the meat my son ate was from the farm. Obviously that's not possible for most people, but supporting local farmers wherever you live is a good thing." According to Beaudoin, "Locally sourced food is fresher, likely just picked or harvested a day or two before.  It is often more nutritious, as even plants may lose some of their nutrients during transit or while sitting on the shelves.  The antioxidant content of some produce may decline during storage.  In addition there is less chance for the locally sourced food to be impacted by pollution and toxins.  Local foods also need less in the way of packaging, which is better for us and the environment. Real, whole food is best for overall nutrition and weight management.  You can step it up a notch if it is local and fresh by maximizing the nutritional content and reducing some of the toxins that may contribute to inflammation and ultimately weight gain."


Yoga and Stretching

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One way Hurley looks incredible is by yoga and stretching. She posted an Instagram pic of her showing off her moves and toned tummy in 2017, which she simply captured "Day 2 of s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g 😘😘" Beaudoin says, "The practice supports physical health, strength, flexibility, and core stability to name a few.  It is also an effective stress management practice, the breath to movement exercise is meditative and mindful in nature.  Studies have also shown that yoga may help reduce inflammation associated with many chronic conditions. Research indicates that yoga may also help reduce anxiety, boost immunity, improve sleep, improve posture, and improve cognitive function."


Drinking Hot Water in the Morning

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Hurley starts her morning off with hot water, no matter where she is, including on set. She told The Cut, "When I got to the studio I'd drink a mug of hot water and go into hair and makeup. I often put apple cider vinegar in my hot water. It tastes disgusting. I can't face it every day, so I'll put it in my hot water maybe every other day. It's good for your metabolism." According to Beaudoin, "Drinking hot water in the morning may aid digestion – hot water dilates the blood vessels in the gut which may help with the digestive process, improving constipation, clearing toxins and preventing bloating. Drinking hot water in the morning may prepare your gut for the rest of the day and contribute to weight loss. This allows the gut to work more efficiently; clearing the intestines, reducing bloating, removing excess water weight and increasing energy expenditure, which can contribute to a healthy metabolism."

Heather Newgen
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Read more
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