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Jennifer Lawrence has become something of a national treasure. With her impressive film roles, activism for equal pay, and hilarious sound bites, we’re basically smitten. Oh, and that hair.
Lawrence is known for her outspoken nature—her unfiltered candor on the topic of food and body image is wildly refreshing and, frankly, necessary in the weight-obsessed society we live in. Yes, world, she eats french fries and pizza. And, thanks in part to great genetics and a hardcore fitness routine (courtesy of Twenty Two Training founder Dalton Wong), she also has a rockin’ bod.
She spoke on the subject to Harper’s Bazaar: “I would like us to make a new normal-body type,” she said. “Everybody says, ‘We love that there is somebody with a normal body!’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t feel like I have a normal body. … I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person. I think we’ve gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it’s like, ‘Oh my God, she’s curvy.’ Which is crazy.”
Lawrence continued, “You have to look past it—you look how you look, and be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.”
So, in the interest of being honest with myself (and you), I’m not going to tell you that I don’t love to eat fatty foods. Sometimes our cravings get the better of us, and when that happens, it is best to give in and really enjoy every bite. But when the meal is over, the best way to get back on track is with a great workout and regularly scheduled program of fresh, whole (unprocessed) foods.
To demonstrate that it is possible to take time off from eating clean in order to indulge, we rounded up our favorite cheeky J.Law quotes about her love for food (and the subsequent exercise you’ll need to work it off).
See what I mean? You can have your cake and eat it too. Just listen to the expert musings of nutritionist Brooke R. Alpert for what to do afterward.
Keep scrolling for a hilarious dose of J.Law humor and some easy workouts to boot.
“Run it out! This meal has got the combo of protein and carbohydrates that can fuel a long run, which is good because you will need a really long run to work this off. Get out those sneakers, pop in your headphones, and hit the streets. Running will burn calories, sweat out the sodium, boost your energy, and clear your head from the sugar haze this meal can induce.
“With a meal like this, I’d wait at least an hour before getting moving. Start walking and make sure your digestive system is okay with the movement, and then take it to a run. Better yet, don’t eat this choice at all, and instead get right to the Fhitting Room for a high-intensity boot camp!”
“The best way to burn off that combo would be a 90-minute Bikram yoga class. The postures and flow can torch upward of 500 calories while the heat will help you sweat out the excess sodium. The core work in yoga is also great to help work off all that bread, as white starch tends to hang out around our middle section.”
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“A fun way to fend off these calories would be at your favorite Spin class. The music and movements on the bike will have you pedaling off the fries faster than you ate them. A class, according to SoulCycle, burns 500 to 700 calories.”
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“Time to hit the barre after those chips. A barre (or even Pilates) class is the perfect go-to after these guys. The strength training will build lean muscle and burn calories in class and way after.
“Barre is a good option, as Doritos provide no real nutrition, so there is no energy to properly sustain a high-intensity workout. The focus is more on core strength and smaller isolated movements, but it still burns a lot of calories and activates your muscles.”
Looking for more easy weight-loss tips? Here are four ways to flatten your stomach without changing what you eat.