Jessica Simpson has been shedding for the wedding. Now her celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak is opening up about the plan that has helped her get ready for that walk down the aisle, reported Us Weekly on Wednesday.
Harley, who also trained Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Halle Berry, Katy Perry and Megan Fox, is the author of "The Body Reset Diet: Power Your Metabolism, Blast Fat, and Shed Pounds in Just 15 Days." He emphasizes the use of walking lunges to tone and sculpt Jessica's famous legs.
"I love a walking lunge," Pasternak noted. "And a skater lunge, four sets of 20 repetitions of each, which hits the front of the thighs and the butt."
As for diet, Jessica said she feels the low-carb shakes featured on the Body Reset diet cut her cravings. "I get the most results in the least amount of time. The meals are delicious, and I never feel like I'm on a diet," she said in testimonial on his site.
In addition to working out with Harley and using his weight loss approach, Jessica has taken a cue from his belief that walking is one of the best ways to burn fat. His clients walk 12,000 steps daily using a pedometer.
By taking strides throughout the day, "you burn fat all day," Harley summed up. At one point in her journey on restoring her pre-baby body, Jessica even purchased pedometers for everyone in her Weight Watchers group.
"Just bought all the girls in my @weightwatchers group pedometers to track their steps," Jessica tweeted. "10,000 steps a day = 5 miles! Let's step it up!"
Jessica's not the only celebrity who has used pedometers and walking for weight loss. Maria Menounos emphasizes the value of this form of fitness in her new book "The EveryGirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness: How I Lost 40 lbs and Kept It Off-And How You Can Too."
Challenging the notion that you need a personal trainer like Harley, Maria says that she lost 40 pounds on a tight budget. Rather than go regularly to a gym, she clipped on a pedometer and set a goal of moving throughout the day to achieve at least 10,000 steps.
"I use a pedometer to count my steps," Maria also tweeted. "My goal is 10,000 a day."
On a recent day, Maria achieved 14,022, which she said translates to 6.21 miles. "I highly recommend these in my new book," she added.
Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop founded Shape Up America about a decade ago and specifically recommended walking 10,000 steps a day for weight control. The organization estimates that 10,000 steps burns about 500 calories, depending on your weight, height and gender.