Drew Barrymore has been into the world of wellness for decades now and there’s no denying she looks good as a result. But to say her 11kg weight loss came easy would be doing her a massive disservice - the girl works "hard AF."
Via Instagram, the 44-year-old explained that it took three months of “diet and exercise and fighting like a lion” to completely transform her body. “This takes so much work,” she added. “Damn you genetics!”
So, what exactly did she change, you ask? Here’s what we know:
She went to Barre class.
Drew credited her Barre Belle PT, Marnie Alton of Barre Belle, for helping her trim down. “You can tell my face is so much thinner,” she wrote in one post.
According to their website, Barre Belle involves a “combo of energising strength and flexibility training for a full body workout that burns fat, exercises the heart and targets all areas of the body: from the arms and abs, to thighs seat and back.”
The benefits of a 60-minute class are undeniable: because barre focuses on isometric exercises and small movements that burn out muscles, you tone up quicker than any other workout. Plus, the more lean muscle you have, the more cals you burn throughout the day.
She eats vegan.
To trim down while shooting Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, Drew swears by a plant-based lifestyle.
“When I’m doing the show, I’m a vegan and I barely eat anything…” she said, adding that this eating regime is tough on her as she considers herself a “foodie.” But clearly, it works.
One study first published in 2015 saw 50 adults split into 5 groups: vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, semi-vegetarian or omnivores. Those in the vegan group lost 7.5 per cent of their body weight, while the other participants lost just 3 per cent on average.
She knows consistency is key.
Drew realises that sometimes it’s the smallest habits that make the biggest difference: like committing to a workout whether you’re feeling it or not: “I just know that I have the control to be what I want,” she explained.
And, she’s not wrong: research shows that maintaining a consistent schedule with your exercise and eating routine is the most important thing for weight management. Losing little amount over a longer stretch of time – say, just under 3kg in a month, as she did - is far healthier (and more maintainable) than any plan that promises drastic results, fast.
Ask Drew and she’ll tell you – any transformation takes dedication. But by finding a fitness and eating regime that works for you and setting small achievable goals, you’re much more likely to lose the weight and keep it off, too.