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Anne Hathaway’s Almost-Vegan Diet To Become Cat Woman

Posted Aug 23 2012 10:47am

Anne Hathaway’s body has certainly transformed from her days as a so-called “chunky” fashion assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. Her two recent roles of svelte Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and starving Fantine in the upcoming Les Miserables have forced the chocolate-loving actress to diet, detox, and workout like crazy.

Her impossibly tight leather suit for Catwoman has certainly attracted fans’ attention, many noting how thin she looks in comparison to other roles. It was on her mind too, apparently. The actress said, “[The Catwoman suit] was a psychological terrorist. The suit, thoughts of my suit, changing my life so I would fit into that suit…It dominated my year.”

In Les Miserables, Hathaway will sport an even skinnier, unhealthier look as a sickly prostitute. While preparing for her role as Fantine, the actress was quoted as saying, “I’m doing some crazy weight stuff right now.” These days, it seems as if celebrities are dieting and working out for the benefit of looking better in paparazzi pictures; Anne, on the other hand, is truly sacrificing her body for her work.

The Anne Hathaway Diet

Jackie Keller, Anne’s personal nutrition coach, spilled all of the star’s diet secrets. Anne apparently followed a nearly-vegan diet. The mainstays were avocados, whole grains, almonds, red and orange vegetables, which are high in antioxidants, and dark leafy greens. During her time preparing for Catwoman, Anne required protein in her diet to help build muscle. Keller had Anne eat Seitan, a gluten-free meat substitute, and tempeh, a soy product similar to a veggie burger to help build lean muscle.

Anne ate every two to three hours to avoid over-eating, and consumed somewhere between 1,500 and 1,800 calories a day. Generally, a woman between 18 and 30 years of age should consume 2,000-2,400 calories a day; Anne was really cutting back! A snack that helped to curb her appetite was low-fat peanut butter and dried fruits on a whole grain lavash. Other important aspects of her diet were ginger, tumeric, and sesame seeds.

While all of this sounds extremely healthy and strict, Anne was able to enjoy her favorite food: dark chocolate. Keller added chocolate wherever she could, and Anne was allotted dessert every night. Some of her favorite sweets were gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and cake. She also drank chocolate powder smoothies and Keller’s Mighty Bars.

Unfortunately, the diet took its toll on other parts of Anne’s body. Apparently, the hyper-healthy, unusual diet caused the starlet to break out. “This diet makes me break out, so I love that,” she said sarcastically. “Nothing like living on hummus and radishes and then be all, ‘And I got a pimple. Yeah!”

How to Make the Diet Work for You

Keller also revealed easier tips for the everyday woman to work into her diet; she knows that not everyone is about to portray Catwoman on the big screen. She emphasizes the importance of cutting out red meat as a main animal protein source. Instead, she says, “default to fish, particularly salmon, sardines and trout along with legumes to increase fiber and fatty acids.” The fiber and fatty acids are filling and will help reduce fat.

Another helpful tip is to reverse plate portions. Instead of having your plate filled with mostly meats or carbohydrates, make sure half of your plate is filled with vegetables and the remaining space is divided between proteins and carbohydrates.

Finally, double your water intake. Water helps to flush the system and is an integral aspect of metabolism. More often than not, people are under-hydrated and don’t even know it.

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