Jennifer Aniston is in fantastic shape at 45, thanks to a low carb diet and yoga workouts. Surprisingly, the super-toned Aniston still wants to lose five pounds to reach her ideal weight of 110 to 113 pounds.
"I would love to drop five pounds," Aniston told Yahoo. "That is just where I have always been really comfortable at — about 110 to 113 pounds. But it is harder at this age."
Jennifer, who previously followed the Zone diet, now embraces a low carb diet, and said her weight loss secrets include yoga and cardio exercise.
Aniston usually allows herself to enjoy bread and bagels on weekends, but doesn't go overboard. "I usually give myself bread on the weekends, but really, my body doesn't love carbs," said Jennifer.
Aniston, a longtime fitness fanatic, works out five to six days a week, combining yoga, spinning, running, strength-training and the elliptical trainer.
Jennifer has been a yoga devotee for more than 20 years, saying the meditative practice gives her lean muscles and quiets her mind. Aniston, who was 30 pounds heavier during her twenties, lost weight by overhauling her diet and making exercise a regular habit. Her career took off shortly afterward, and has yet to slow down.
Aniston does yoga three days a week with her longtime friend and yoga teacher, Mandy Ingber. Ingber told me in an exclusive interview that she and Jennifer combine cardio and toning exercises into their weekly workouts.
"We meet up about three times a week, and our sessions are 60 to 90 minutes," said Mandy. "We incorporate cardio and toners into the yoga sessions, much like I do in my Yogalosophy DVD."
While Jennifer works out to look good, she said exercise, especially yoga, is critical for emotional and mental health. "My ultimate stress reliever is exercise!" said Aniston. "If yoga didn't exist, I'd invent it."
Aniston said her anti-aging beauty secrets include drinking a lot of water, getting enough sleep, and a simple beauty routine that includes sunscreen and daily moisturizer. She said good genes also play a role.
"My dad is 100 percent Greek; he turned 81 and he barely has a wrinkle," she said. "And neither does my grandmother, who was 95 when she died. But it’s also just water, drinking a lot of water, using really nice good products for your face. Don’t over-product. Getting proper sleep is always important."
Aniston, who's engaged to actor Justin Theroux, said she refuses to cave in to the Hollywood pressure to get loads of plastic surgery in a bid to look young forever. Jennifer said Theroux is vehemently opposed to her getting plastic surgery, and she's happy to oblige.
"There is also this pressure in Hollywood to be ageless," she said. "I think what I have been witness to, is seeing women trying to stay ageless with what they are doing to themselves. I am grateful to learn from their mistakes, because I am not injecting s**t into my face."
Aniston, who has been open about the nose job she got during her twenties, said Hollywood stars who go overboard with plastic surgery and Botox injections look desperate.
"I see them and my heart breaks," said Jennifer. "I think, 'If you only know how much older you look.' They are trying to stop the clock and all you can see is an insecure person who won’t let themselves just age. I also have a fiancé who will put a gun to my head if I touch my face in any way."
Aniston said her role models are natural beauties such as Gloria Steinem, Diane Keaton, Charlotte Rampling and Annette Bening, who are aging gracefully and still look amazing.