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Jennifer Aniston's yoga guru offers diet tips; sleep linked to weight loss

Jennifer Aniston's yoga teacher talks tips.
Jennifer Aniston's yoga teacher talks tips.
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At 45, Jennifer Aniston seems to know all the secrets to permanent weight loss. Now her yoga teacher and celebrity trainer Mandy Ingber is revealing how the formerly chubby actress stays so slim, reported "Good Morning America" on August 18.

Mandy praised Jennifer's sleek physique, saying that her client "is in amazing shape all the time." However,when the actress is preparing for a vacation, Jennifer takes extra measures to "tighten up."

And one key: Cut down on carbohydrates. "She won't have the extra chips," Mandy said as an example. "It's kind of like just being disciplined, she's like anyone else that she goes through those times when she can lose a little but pretty much, she's always in great shape."

As for exercise, Jennifer wants to boost her calorie burn prior to a vacation. "So we add a little more cardio to the yoga, but also what she puts into her body is essential. That really is 80 percent of it ... it's not a big deal if you have a bite of this or that if you are mostly eating well," added Mandy.

Drinking water is essential as well. "When you stay hydrated, you’re not as hungry. Sometimes when you think you're hungry, you're actually thirsty," said the yoga instructor, who authored a diet and fitness book entitled "Yogalosophy."

She suggests tracking your water intake and aiming for an amount that's half your weight. "So if you're 140 pounds, then 70 ounces a day," she said.

And don't forget the protein. Mandy suggests incorporating plant-based protein sources into your low carb diet.

Recent surveys have shown that the majority of consumers want to consume more protein into their diets. But eating too much protein can backfire when it comes to weight loss, reported ABC News on August 18.

"Protein is important, but if you have too much, the excess gets stored as fat," cautions registered dietitian Felicia Stoler. "And high-protein shakes and bars tend to be sugary and fatty." Women need about 46 grams a day.

Many Americans skimp on sleep. That's a big mistake when it comes to your weight. "Appetite and hunger hormones are greatly influenced by how much sleep you get," explains Dr. Pamela Peeke. "Skimp and you're more likely to eat everything that's not tacked down."

In our multi-tasking, gadget-happy nation, getting enough sleep isn't always easy. But that doesn't mean that you should grab sleeping pills as the first recourse, warned Dr. William Lagakos, author of "The poor misunderstood calorie," in a recent blog.

Years after the discovery of various pharmaceutical sleeping remedies, "weird side effects pop up," he cautioned. His recommendation: Aim for "morning bright light exposure, blue blockers (if necessary), and ‘normal’ meal timing."

Those measures can help you regulate your circadian rhythm. Be sure to ban those electronic devices from your bedroom at least two hours prior to bedtime as well.

And when all else fails to help, check your genes (not your designer jeans). Dr. Lagakos notes that heredity can play a role in sleep problems as well. It may not help, but at least you have someone to blame for your can't-snooze blues.

Another common diet mistake: Skipping your vegetables. They provide an easy way to fill up without adding excess calories.

Think you're saving calories by drinking a glass of fruit juice for breakfast? Wrong, says Dr. Louis Aronne. "Most juice raises blood sugar, so your body produces more insulin. You'll get hungry and overeat later," he cautions.