Britney Spears’ trainer Tony Martinez: Exclusive interview

“Britney wanted to work on her core, toning up as well as achieving the highest athlete workout performance level possible,” Tony recalls of their initial meeting to establish her goals. He uses a “work out smarter, not harder” philosophy to make the most of Britney’s limited time. And making it fun plays a key role in keeping his client focused on results, which he calls his “trickeration” method.”

Dr. Cate Shanahan

When Gary Vitti wanted a winning formula for the Los Angeles Lakers, he turned to an unusual source: A doctor known for combining an extremely low-carbohydrate weight loss plan with Paleo diet principles. And the result, as reported in the Examiner, made superstar athletes like Kobe Bryant feel “remarkably better.” The dietary plan comes from Dr. Cate Shanahan, author of Food Rules: A Doctor’s Guide to Healthy Eating” and “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food” (click for details).

It was a significant change. As an example, take center Dwight Howard, who Vitti reports was “eating the equivalent of something like 23 Hershey bars a day. A lot of that was fruit, which is supposed to be good.” The problem: Too much sugar. Dwight would “have a lot of energy, then get these insulin spikes and crash really quick.” Now that he’s shifted to the diet advocated by Dr. Cate, he and the other players are enjoying renewed energy.

“We’ve turned the whole [dietary] pyramid upside down, that’s what we’ve done,” Vitti boasted. “I went 25 years without having whole milk or a stick of butter in my refrigerator. I didn’t eat bacon. No fatty meat. We’ve flipped that upside down. Now 50% to 60% of our calories are coming from fat. It’s the source of the fats that’s important.” It’s good to be king – and in the case of the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s also good to be cavemen. Tip: Learn more about a Paleo diet targeted at athletes by reading “The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance” (click to order).

Meet Harley Pasternak, Celebrity Trainer

He trains celebrities ranging from Hilary Duff to Katy Perry to Kim Kardashian – and now Harley Pasternak is ready to reveal his secrets for whittling your waistline and blasting calories in a new book: “The Body Reset Diet: Power Your Metabolism, Blast Fat, and Shed Pounds in Just 15 Days” .

“I realized that the slow-and-steady message I’d been espousing is not a real world solution for everybody. People don’t want to wait 30 weeks, dropping a half a pound a week, to look and feel better,” Harley explained to New York magazine about his reason for developing this quick weight loss plan. As a result, his book is designed to provide “a healthier solution to rapid weight loss and immediate health improvement.”

The program consists of three phases, starting with a five-day quick-start that features smoothies, soups and dips. Harley says that by shifting to this blenderized diet, you feel full and boost your metabolism. After that five-day jump-start, you incorporate more real foods while still sipping some of your meals. Harley also includes a surprisingly simple fitness program: Walking! Together with toning exercises, Harley says his plan can help you lose significant amounts of weight in just 15 days. Want to try it? Then click here now to get “The Body Reset Diet: Power Your Metabolism, Blast Fat, and Shed Pounds in Just 15 Days.”

Plus: Try Harley’s red carpet workout at home with “Harley’s 5-Factor Workout.”

Celebrity trainer designs ‘8-Week Total Body Makeover’: No sugar, no gluten

The trainer to celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Naomi Watts is revealing her secrets to slimming down and shaping up. Simone de la Rue has helped those women as well as models, actors, fashion designers and everyday women get their best bodies, as reported in the Examiner. Now she’s sharing her secrets in a new book: “Body By Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan” (click for details).

In an interview, Simone told us that working out with your friends provides “a positive way to take care of yourself and share that joy with your friends.”

When it comes to diet, she advocates clean eating.

By limiting your sugar and gluten intake and your alcohol and dairy intake you are cleansing your system and allowing your body to digest properly. By eating whole, organic real foods rather than processed foods you can detox your system, and you’ll look and feel better.

In addition to the fitness and clean eating program, Simone’s book includes a two-week kick-start cleanse, which offers unique benefits for health and weight loss.

“It really is a detox to clean out your gut and detoxify your body, by eliminating certain foods that your body holds onto or is even allergic to,” explained Simone.

“The first few days are difficult as you are coming off caffeine and sugar, but at the end of the 2 weeks you feel incredible. Your skin glows, your eyes shine, your hair and nails grow, and you sleep better.  You have more energy and you feel lighter and alive!” she said enthusiastically.

We asked Simone to share her favorite recipe from “Body By Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan” (click for more information).

GRASS-FED BEEF TACOS

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin

1 garlic clove, minced

6 oz grass-fed beefsteak, sliced

1 c green peppers, sliced

1 c red bell peppers, sliced

½ c onion, sliced

2 gluten-free tortillas, small

¼ c low-sodium salsa

¼ c shredded nondairy cheese

¼ c avocado, chopped

Sauté olive oil, cumin, and garlic for one minute. Add the beef and cook through. Add peppers and onion and cook until vegetables are soft. Spoon into gluten-free tortillas and top with salsa, avocado, and cheese. Makes 2 servings.

Whoopi Goldberg loses 30 pounds on Pound a Day

Whether it’s you, a friend or a family member, you’ve probably heard the expression: “I can’t stop smoking cigarettes or I’ll gain weight.” Featured on the Dr. Oz Show, Whoopi Goldberg says she succeeded in kicking her tobacco habit and losing 30 pounds, sending a message to all those who use fear of weight gain as an excuse. As reported in the Examiner, we’ve got the skinny on how Whoopi succeeded in boosting her health and her weight loss here, including the fat-blasting chocolate morning shake that’s a key part of the diet.

When it comes to weight loss, Whoopi weighed more than 200 pounds when she decided it was time to kick her carb cravings. The plan she used was created by celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito. It’s detailed in the book “The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days by Eating the Foods You Love.

How it works: The diet is styled after the Mediterranean weight loss plan. It’s specifically tailored to make it low-carb as well as low in calories to accelerate weight loss. Dieters limit their intake five days a week, then enjoy more food on weekends. Included are menu plans and fast, easy tasty recipes.

“It’s a chef’s point of view that’s been missing in the world of health,” DiSpirito said to ABC News. “These recipes are easy to make and they taste great.”

So how does the diet succeed in taking off five pounds in five days? The celebrity chef describes the process as transforming your body into a fat-burning machine. Phase one provides you with six mini protein-rich meals that equal 850 calories daily. (You get more calories on weekends). Phase two gives you more food and teaches you to maintain your success.

Featured in the diet: A six-ingredient morning chocolate shake (see the recipe below).

Dr. Oz expressed his joy and pride that Whoopi has stopped smoking. She began when she was only 12 years old. What motivated her to stop: A video showing two young children with Cystic fibrosis, which makes it hard to breathe. She recognized that although the children couldn’t change their disease, she could change how smoking impacted her own lungs. Wrote Dr. Oz in a blog: “Every new moment provides you with a chance to accept the challenge to make your life better.”

High-Protein Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie
Yield: Four 16-ounce servings
Ingredients:

Method:
1. Put the water, psyllium husk powder, and fiber powder in a blender and blend on high until smooth and slightly thickened, about 1 1⁄2 minutes.
2. Turn the blender off and add the protein powder, cocoa, and monk fruit powder, if using; blend until smooth, about 30 seconds, and turn off the blender.
3. Add the egg-white powder and blend until smooth, about 10 seconds, then add the ice and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
4. Pour the smoothie into 4 pint-sized glasses.
Tip: Add a pinch of salt if your diet can afford the sodium—it will really draw out the full flavor of the cocoa.
Per serving: 198 calories, 2g fat (.25g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 488mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 30.75g protein
Nutrient content claims: Reduced calorie / Low fat / Low saturated fat / Cholesterol free / No added sugar / High fiber / High Protein

Kim Kardashian loses 70 pounds on Atkins diet

Kim Kardashian lost an estimated 70 pounds on the Atkins low carb diet. But what does it involve? Is it right for you? Get the skinny here.

Years ago, the Atkins weight loss plan was known as the “eat all the bacon and eggs that you want” diet dream. So when Kim Kardashian tweeted that she was using it to shed her baby weight while breastfeeding, following it up with a tweeted photo of herself on Instagram proving her weight loss success on October 16, some questioned whether the plan was really safe for a new mom, reported the Examiner.

Just how much has Kim lost? In four months, she’s dropped a total of 70 pounds, reported Hollywood Life on October 17. But is the high fat, high protein, low carb diet detailed in “New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great” the ideal choice so soon after giving birth?

Offering an insider’s view on the entire diet debate: Colette Heimowitz, vice president of Nutrition for Atkins Nutritionals and author of “The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook: 200 Simple and Delicious Low-Carb Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less” and “The New Atkins for a New You Workbook: A Weekly Food Journal to Help You Shed Weight and Feel Great.”

Colette defends Kim’s choice of diet by pointing out the ways in which Atkins has evolved since those days of bacon and eggs.

Before, the diet “had only 3 to 4 cups of veggies per day, now you have 8 to 10,” says Colette. “We now know from research that consuming unlimited amounts of protein isn’t the best approach, so it’s limited to 4 to 6 ounces per meal. We also emphasize a balance of fat intake with a focus on healthy fats from olive oil and avocado.”

In addition, Colette (who’s been working personally with Kim) says that the famous Kardashian sister began on phase 2 of the Atkins diet. That means that Kim can include berries and Greek yogurt with her meals if desired.

To answer that question, Yahoo Shine interviewed a variety of experts on October 17 on the pros and cons of Atkins. Here’s what they had to say:

Susan Lucci stays slim with low carb diet and Pilates

Susan Lucci first met her personal fitness trainer Christine Fee more than 15 years ago – and the celebrity soap opera star made her enthusiasm for exercise evident from the get-go, according to Christine.

With more than 25 years of experience as a fitness expert, Christine was able to quickly focus on helping Susan achieve her goal of resembling a ballet dancer in posture and shape.

Christine trained her star client to use light weights with plenty of repetitions. In addition to free weights, she taught Susan to use exercise bands, medicine balls, and other resistance training tools and techniques.

In addition, Susan uses a stability ball and ballet barre. She also relies on Pilates to keep her abdomen and back muscles strong.

How Dancing with the Stars Changed Susan Luci’s Routine

By the time Susan accepted the invitation to “Dance with the Stars,” she had that fabulously slim body fully toned. To help her client achieve her peak condition for the show, Christine incorporated dance moves and cardio. Susan enjoyed additional protein in her diet, and sipped smoothies.

Christine advocates moderation when it comes to food choices. Susan eats lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as protein. For example, her mid-day meal focuses on vegetables and fish.

The basic premise: No sugar, no grains, lots of protein and vegetables. It’s a plan detailed in “Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat.”

Tips From Susan Lucci’s Trainer For You

For those who want to get in shape, Christine recommends combining strength-training with cardio. Both of these fitness forms can be inexpensive, from walking around your neighborhood for cardio to lifting free weights at home in front of the TV.

You can keep your diet changes easy as well just by enjoying more vegetables, fruit and fish, according to Christine. Drink lots of water and avoid all forms of sugar.