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Celebrity trainer designs '8-Week Total Body Makeover' with 2-week diet cleanse

Take off the pounds and tone up with this celebrity trainer.
HarperCollins Publishers

Just in time for springtime's more revealing attire, 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. 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.

TURKEY-LETTUCE SLIDERS

1 lb lean or extra-lean ground turkey

1 whole egg, beaten

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

1 tbsp red onion, minced

1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

6 large lettuce leaves, torn in half

1 tsp olive oilMix together all ingredients but the lettuce leaves and olive oil. Form mixture into 10–12 small patties. Heat the olive oil in a skillet, moving it around so it covers the bottom. Cook patties 2–4 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center. Serve open faced on a lettuce leaf with your favorite healthy burger toppings. Makes 6 servings.