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How does The Hunger Games Elizabeth Banks stay fit?

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Actress Elizabeth Banks stands 5’5” and one site lists her weight at 120 – although that isn’t confirmed. In Allure Magazine, she does not disclose her weight, saying many comment that it is “too little” despite her dedication to healthful living.

So, how does she keep her weight in check at age 39? Easy, she tells Women’s Health Magazine. Keep junk food out of your house. The mother of two boys, both under 3, will reprise her role as Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opening in November. She also runs a production company with her husband, Max Handelman whom she married in 2003.

With that kind of busy schedule, it is important to stay fit. Portion control and “out of sight, out of mind” are her keys for eating healthy. “When you go to the grocery store, buy more bananas than cookies,” she tells author KY Henderson. When you do buy treats, she keeps them in the freezer and most of the time forgets they are there. When eating out, she and her husband split appetizers and entrees to control portion size.

She will occasionally splurge - cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery are a favorite. But of course she limits herself to one, and notes that treating herself to a cupcake once in a while is better than eating the full cake.

When it comes to slimming down for a special role, as most actresses and actors need to do, she will become stricter on her diet “Nothing White”, she says, meaning gluten-free, no rice, no bread, no pasta. But plenty of protein and veggies, plus tea or water to drink.

Elizabeth also has a personal trainer, Joselynne Boschen who owns AlphaVenice. She and her husband work out two or three days per week for about an hour each session. They focus on functional agility training that includes a mix of cardio, free weights, medicine balls, pylometrics, and TRX training.

She says she stays in shape primarily to keep up with her kids. "I have two boys; they're going to be physical. If I want to go skiing with them when they're teenagers, I have to stay fit."

Resources:

Women’s Health Magazine

Shape Magazine

Allure Magazine

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