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  • Forty-something and Foxy: Jennifer Aniston's diet and fitness secrets revealed

    Jennifer Aniston (AP)

    Jennifer Aniston is a few years into her 40s, yet the former “Friends” star still has a body most twentysomething Hollywood starlets would kill for.

    How does Jen do it?

    She starts with yoga.

    “I do it every other day and I usually do some sort of run before,” Aniston told the CBS Early Show.

    (X17 Online)

    Click here for more Jennifer Aniston pics through the years.

    “She is great with all of the balancing poses,” Aniston’s longtime yoga instructor Mandy Ingber explained to mindbodygreen.com. “She has amazing focus and presence. She does a mean tree…and can outlast my tree any day.”

    And while Aniston was famous for eating the same salad every day in the commissary at Warner Brothers for years while shooting “Friends,” the actress has recently mixed it up a bit—even experimenting in the kitchen with her personal chefs, Jewels and Jill Elmore.

    “The culinarily challenged period of my life, which I like to refer to as ‘B.J.: Before Jewels,’ wasn’t pretty, people!” Aniston wrote in the forward to the Elmores’ cookbook, “The Family Chef.” “At best it was prepackaged Zone meals, overcooked takeout and scrounging for the occasional piece of cheese.”

    “Jewels changed the way I see a kitchen from a place to store PowerBars (my once upon-a-time alternative to all food groups!) to a sanctuary that has become the most important room in the house, filled with sights and smells that are themselves a feast.”

    Aniston, despite a weakness for Mexican food (“I pretty much go to grease, fried foods. Salt,” the star confessed to Good Morning America), she keeps her diet “clean” with loads of fresh veggies.

    “You know what I’ve just started to really love lately is Brussel sprouts,” Aniston told Allure magazine in February. “Usually, Brussel sprouts smell like feet to me. But these were sliced and sautéed and really yummy. I’m going to make that.”

    (X17 Online)

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    To replicate Aniston’s lean body—even in your 40s—trainer Joy Di Palma suggests a diet that is high in protein and consists of many small meals to keep the metabolism going.

    “People who just do yoga don’t look that great,” Di Palma explained to Us Weekly. “It takes eating right to really get that body.”

    Di Palma suggests eating carbs like “yams, sweet potatoes, brown rice and oatmeal,” and snacking on ”peanut butter, cottage cheese and fruit, and a handful of almonds,” to get Aniston’s enviable figure.

    But Aniston says that being comfortable in one’s own skin is what’s most important.

    “You’re damned if you’re too thin and you’re damned if you’re too heavy,” Aniston once said. “According to the press, I’ve been both. It’s impossible to satisfy everyone, and I suggest we stop trying.”

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