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Get the Bod: Katherine Heigl

Now that "Grey's Anatomy" is on break, we're getting our fix of the doctors in other ways. Katherine Heigl (aka Izzie Stevenson) has been promoting her new flick Knocked Up and apparently a rather revealing love scene was just the motivation Heigl needed to hit the gym (not that she really needed to, aesthetically). got the scoop from her trainer, Harley Pasternak, on what she did (and still does) to tone up her bod.

Heigl, 28, met with him for cardio and circuit-training sessions of 25 to 50 minutes, up to five times a week for six weeks prior to shooting. On-set, she'd jump rope or lift dumbbells outside her trailer. All the while, she ate Pasternak's 5-Factor Diet, which delivered five high-protein, high-fiber meals a day.

Even with a scheduled weekly "cheat day," says Pasternak, Heigl soon looked "tighter and more toned."

As for the former gym-hater, Heigl says now, a year after filming, she still works out regularly. "I used to have back pain. Suddenly, my body is supporting itself the way it's supposed to," Heigl says. "I wake up and I go, 'My god, I can't believe this is my body!' "

Want to see a sample of her typical workout and diet? Then

Typical Workout for Heigl:

  • 5 minutes of jump-roping, jogging, or stair-climbing for a cardio warm-up.
  • A circuit of 4 sets each of the following:
    • 25 dumbbell flies
    • 25 lunges
    • 25 low-body crunches
  • Followed by:
    • 5-25 minutes of cardio running, elliptical training, stair-climbing or biking, with the last five minutes working as a cool-down period.

Sample Day's Meals:
Breakfast: French toast with ricotta pillows
Mid-morning snack: A mixed-berry shake
Lunch: TexMex salad with chicken and black beans
Afternoon snack: Hummus crudite
Dinner: Sea Bass with brown rice and edamame


Join The Conversation
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Any tips to make me taller like her?
total total 10 years
Seems like she did a half hour of cardio and 100 dumbell flies, 100 lunges, and 100 lower body crunches 5 days a week. If she's doing circuits she's not resting in between her sets either.... I don't think that's necessarily too easy. Maybe I'm just a gym lightweight?
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 10 years
Hmm that sounds like a pretty easy work out.
fashionvictim85 fashionvictim85 10 years
Can anybody explain to me what dumbbell flies and lunges are, please? I'm from Germany and I can't find these words in my dictionary :)
LaLa-Laura LaLa-Laura 10 years
She looks HOT! lol I pretty much do all that stuff already, but the meals sound too fancy. I'm a picky eater.
magmalux magmalux 10 years
Sue me: I'm a smoker (again, I just started smoking after seven months of quitting!). My workout mimics hers pretty closely! I've only been at it for two weeks and I'm crossing my fingers. She may not have Michelle Rodriguez's tough girl exterior but she looks great! Oooh, I need a Parliament.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
I like her workout plan especially for those who are just starting to work out, like me, and doesn't want anything intense or rigorous for the body yet.
Blue-Sarah Blue-Sarah 10 years
Why is everyone all up in arms over her smoking? She still looks great! If she handles stress by smoking, I don't care. (Why is it no one goes up to the fat person in the room and lecture them about over eating to deal with stress? Same difference!) And just to note, I'm a non-smoker!
Yoonyah Yoonyah 10 years
and please don´t forget that she smokes some extra mild filter cigarettes a day - so if you wanna get her bod...
Shpohlc Shpohlc 10 years
this seems great...i might try this
SoCalSugar SoCalSugar 10 years
I really like her! She's adorable. Her gym routine is definitely working, but I miss the blonder hair.
lindaloo lindaloo 10 years
I'm so on the fence about her. Sometimes I like her and sometimes she really bugs me. And the fact that she smokes doesn't help much.
Lexie_Kesh Lexie_Kesh 10 years
Pffft, she smokes 'cause it curbs your appetite. The diets sounds easy and not too strict, but the exercise too easy. I guess she really doesn't want to much tone judging from her still cottagie back of her thighs and flabby butt(see the bikini pics). But imho she's still slimmer than the average girl of her height, compared to her Roswell days, she lost a lot of weight. She's not someone I would consider curvy. Breasty, yes, great body, not really.
mollipop mollipop 10 years
I saw her in Knocked Up this weekend, and I have to say she has a great body. I've been trying to get in the habit of exercising regularly,and seeing fit and healthy looking people does inspire me to get moving.
SU3 SU3 10 years
mmm... those meals sound good!
A_Kat A_Kat 10 years
She smokes? Bummer... She does look great though. I love her hair and the dress too.
kristinb kristinb 10 years
Her workout is sort of pathetic. 5-25 minutes of cardio? I don't really believe that's all she does, and what's the point of FIVE minutes of cardio!
emmalou1 emmalou1 10 years
she does look fabulous!! nice meals on her menu and a low-tech workout.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I think she's a very positive role model when it comes to body image. She stays in shape, but keeps her curves. And I think a cheat day is essential to any eating plan that you actually want to stick with.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
She seems to have her diet and exercise on the ball. She even has a cheat day! Now if only she quit smoking, she could take her body and health to an even higher level.
smarler smarler 10 years
She does look great.
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
I'm with you purrty...quit the cancer sticks and you could be sooooooo much healthier!
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
Seriously, her menu sounds do-able!
purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
i bet those cancer sticks she smokes really help...she could get so much more out of her workouts if she quit smoking!!
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