Geri - Yoga
Let's face it...when a celebrity loses weight, trims their body and generally gets loads of attention for looking great we all think..."How did she/he do it?" and, more importantly "Can I do it to?!"
Not exactly 'chunky' at a size 12 (as she was in the Spice Girls) Geri is now a teeny-tiny size 8. And how did she do it?
Well, according to Geri with a mixture of a healthy diet, jogging six miles a day and....yoga. By performing bending movements known as the Crab, the Dog, the Cat and the Cobra yoga has helped her to get in tune with her body and streamline her figure.
"It keeps me supple and really trim," she says. "I do it as much as I can, and I've lost weight since I started doing it. "It's given me good abdominal definition and it really helps to relax me. It's fantastic - I love it."
And now Geri has brought out a yoga video so WE can find out what the secret is...
During the 90 minute video session Geri talks about how the yoga moves affect her and how long it has taken her to perfect them. She explains how certain postures make her feel vulnerable, while others leave her with a peaceful sense of well-being. Geri also talks openly about how she used to suffer from low self-esteem, and how yoga has helped her to combat her lack of confidence.
"If it works for me it will work for you," she says.
The video was devised by Geri's teacher, Katy Appleton. It's a general introduction to yoga and has been devised for people of all levels of fitness.
Beginners can follow a gentler version while Geri takes up the more advanced positions. Katy gives a step-by-step guide to the postures and explains how to achieve the maximum results for both mind and body.
The video begins with two warm-up sections, then moves on to a typical Hatha yoga class before finishing with a relaxation session.
Diet wise Geri has recently followed the controversial low-carbohydrate
diet favoured by stars such as Jennifer Aniston and Ally McBeal's Calista
Flockhart. But she opted for the more moderate Zone version devised by
American biotechnologist Dr Barry Sears.
Instead of completely cutting out carbohydrates he recommends a daily
food intake of 30 per cent protein, 30 per cent fat and 40 per cent carbohydrate
- double the protein and half the carbohydrate that mainstream nutritionists
say is healthy.
Now on Torje Eike's (Geri's personal trainer's) advice Geri has sensibly included more carbohydrates, seafood and plenty of fruit and vegetables.
She says: "If you really want a flat stomach, you've got to make the effort to find a balance and eat a good, varied diet. You can't deny yourself everything, but at the same time you mustn't go overboard on the junk.
I try to eat lots of healthy foods such as salads and fish to keep trim,
butI do have a sweet tooth and love desserts - especially sticky toffee
pudding or anything with chocolate.
"The trick to having a healthy body is to eat what you want, but in moderation."
And if you'd like to find out more about the 'Zone' diet that Geri followed click here to find out more about the book.
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