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Jennifer Lopez goes vegan: I feel great on my plant-based diet

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Jennifer Lopez has switched to a vegan diet and has never felt better. Lopez, 44, was vegetarian for a while but recently decided to eliminate eggs, dairy, and other animal-derived foods from her diet, saying the 100% plant-based eating plan gives her energy.

"You do feel better," Lopez told Z100 radio. "I do recommend the vegan diet because you wake up and feel great! Being vegan, it's basically no diary, no meat, everything is plant-based and from the ground. Butter is the one thing I miss!"

Still, Jennifer doesn't feel deprived, enjoying a diet of vegetables, legumes, fruits, grains, as well as vegan hot dogs, ice cream, cheese and mayonnaise.

Beyonce, Samuel L. Jackson and Jared Leto Are All Vegan

Lopez's vegan conversion comes just months after superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z undertook a 22-day vegan-diet challenge. Beyonce and Jay-Z have since gone back to their regular eating plans, but Beyonce continues to eat one vegan meal a day, saying it helps her maintain her 65-pound post-baby weight loss.

Similarly, actor Samuel L. Jackson recently credited a vegan diet for his 40-pound weight loss and improved heart health. Jackson said reading Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and seeing his documentary, Forks Over Knives, convinced him to stop eating meat and animal products.

Since going vegan, Samuel L. said he has never felt or looked better. "I feel great," he gushed. "I have a lot more energy than I used to have. I sleep better. I like the way I look in my clothes better. I don’t cramp as much. I exercise better. I think my circulation has gotten better.”

Vegan Diet Touted For Weight Loss and Heart Health

Lopez and Jackson join a long list of celebrity vegans, including former U.S. president Bill Clinton, TV personality Al Sharpton, and actors Michelle Pfeiffer and Jared Leto. They have all credited the plant-based diet for giving them more energy, helping them lose weight, and staying youthful-looking,

Experiencing easy weight loss and improved health on a vegan diet isn't surprising to medical experts like Dr. Joel Fuhrman. “The more greens you eat, the more weight you will lose,” said Fuhrman, author of The End of Dieting.

Dr. David Katz, author of Disease-Proof, agrees. “If you shift to a diet more about plant-based foods, you are likelier to live healthier and experience less chronic disease," said Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.

Meanwhile, Lopez, who's the mother of six-year-old twins Max and Emme, maintains her age-defying physique with rigorous workouts. Jennifer does high-intensity cardio dance exercise with light strength-training using body weight and high repetitions done with light hand weights, said her trainer Tracy Anderson.

"She does the Tracy Anderson Method, which includes muscular structure work and between nine and 13 different exercises that change every 10 days, and dance aerobics as well," said Anderson. "I keep [her butt] toned and in position. We do planks, moving the legs and butt at different angles."

Tracy has sculpted some of Hollywood's fittest bodies, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, and Kim Kardashian. Anderson shared her weight loss tips in her book, Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method.

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