While promoting the new Apple series The Morning Show this week, the actress revealed her affinity for intermittent fasting – specifically, the 16:8 diet.
“I do intermittent fasting, so no food in the morning,” the 50-year-old told UK media outlet Radio Times. “I noticed a big difference in going without solid food for 16 hours."
Btw, there are tons of different variations on IF – like fasting for 16 hours and eating normally for 8 (like Jen) or fasting two days per week and following a regular eating regime for the other five (aka, the 5:2 diet.) Some people even swear by ADF or alternate-day fasting, where you go every other day (or 36 to 40 hours) only consuming water.
For the most part, IF is perfectly healthy: it assists weight loss, boosts brain function and controls blood sugar levels. But there are negatives too, e.g. hunger and fatigue. Plus, loading up on nutritious foods on non-fasting days is non-negotiable (to avoid undoing all the positives, obvs.)
As for Jen, she usually sleeps in until 9 am, before kicking off her morning with a celery juice and meditation. Five days a week she’ll follow this up with a workout. FYI, experts say it’s totally safe to exercise while fasting – just as long as you listen to your body and know your limits.