Charlize Theron Workout Routine and Diet Plan

You might have heard about Charlize Theron, the athletic South African actress who played prominent parts in movies like Prometheus, Aeon Flux, and Monster. That’s not it; she is also playing a role in Top Chef and the movie, Snowman and the Huntsmen. But besides this, her most challenging role has been that of Mad Max: Fury Road. She did have to work out a lot to look a certain way for the role. You might have also seen her in the J’adore commercial stripping off to reveal her toned physique, which was, of course, very artistically done.

But besides being absolutely stunning in all her roles, she has worked hard to achieve it. She has maintained a strict diet and squeezed in her workouts here and there to look like the MI6 agent as we see her on the screen.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron Body Stats:

Height: 5’10

Weight: (approximate) 120 lbs.

Age: 42 years old

Butt Size: 36 inches

Breast Size: 36 inches

Waistline: 24 inches

Charlize Theron Diet Plan and Nutrition

When it comes to a day of regular eating, it is mostly a plant-based raw diet that Theron prefers. This makes her join the list of stars like Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, and Gisele Bundchen, who have been known to turn into vegans or follow a strictly plant-based diet. What else Theron makes sure of is to avoid alcohol. She talks about the impact that avoiding alcohol has caused on her diet. She said in an interview,

“I have juices and kale and green salads every day. When I’m eating healthily, getting enough sleep and not drinking alcohol, that’s when I look my best. That’s when I’m happiest, and I think it shows.”

When it comes to the kind of food that Theron is eating, it is mostly organic vegetables, sufficient proteins, and an ample amount of fruits to get in vital nutrients. She stays away from processed food, anything fried, bread, pasta, and saturated fats.
Charlize Theron is very vocal about her food choices and if you follow her on her social media handles, you will probably know it too. She loves to indulge once in a while. We have all seen her liking for ribs and her enthusiasm for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. She loves to snack on olives and pickles too. She does not restrict herself in any way and says that eating “cheat” foods are good in moderation.
Her ultimate cheat food is potato chips. She loves her salt. For a role, once, she had to gain 50 pounds which allowed her to stack her house with the salty snacks and she munched on them continually.
“I ate a lot of everything, but my drug of choice is potato chips,” she said during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Everywhere. I had a bag in the car, a bag in the bathroom, a bag in the kitchen, a bag on the couch, a bag in my trailer. Everywhere I went, there was just a bag.”
However, here is a sample of her diet during the normal, non-cheat days:
  • Breakfast – She likes to have a simple breakfast of oats and fruits for quality energy.
  • Snacks – She loves to snack on light yogurt or one piece of fruit which is all that is needed for mid-morning cravings.
  • Lunch – She makes sure that her lunch is a wholesome meal with lean protein (chicken, fish) and an undressed salad or steam vegetables. Soups are also a great choice as they keep her full and give her energy and nourishment. She seldom has meal replacement shakes for lunch when she is in a rush or does not get time to sit and eat.
  • Snacks – The afternoon snack will be an extra piece of fruit, usually a banana for the added energy and fiber.
  • Dinner – Charlize makes sure to eat more fiber in the evening than the rest of the day. She fills her plate up with vegetables and salads. Dinner may vary according to the size of the lunch.
  • Snacks – She has another snack after her last meal. A final snack of the day may include another piece of fruit, few nuts, or cottage cheese before she hits the bed.

Here are some of the tricks that Charlize Theron likes to follow to keep herself fit:

  • Raw Foods

She likes to stick to raw and organic vegetables. She loves salads and makes sure to have them with every meal. She also likes to have freshly pressed juices and smoothies.

  • Carb Trick

Theron eats most of her carbs during the early part of the day and combines them with Vitamin C which, according to her, helps lower the cortisol levels.

  • Mini Meal v/s Regular Meals
Theron likes to divide her meals throughout the day into 6 small meals instead of consuming three larger portions. It helps her with energy levels and promotes weight loss.
  • Fat Burning Tea

Don’t get her wrong, she likes to make her own combination of tea with matcha green tea, lemon juice, and cinnamon to boost metabolism. She does not follow any detox diet or have detox tea to lose weight. She says it helped her to lose 30 pounds after her role in the movie, Joker.

Here is a list of what Charlize Theron includes in her daily diet:

  • Raw organic vegetables
  • Organic fresh fruit
  • Kale
  • Salads
  • Oatmeal
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Egg whites
  • Organic peanut butter
  • Matcha green tea
  • Coconut oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon juice

Here is a list of what all Charlize Theron make sure to avoid in her diet:

  • Refined sugar
  • Processed foods
  • Junk food
  • Chips
  • French fries
  • Pizza
  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Chemical additives
  • Alcohol

Theron feels that the biggest motivating factor to sustain this healthier lifestyle is her mental health. She told in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres about her unhealthy eating habits for the role in the movie, Tully. It made her “lethargic and tired all the time,” she said. It was so grave that it landed her up in a depressive mode too.

“The hardest thing for me was I wasn’t prepared for how that amount of processed food will affect your mood, and I dealt with depression for the first time,” she said. “What they say about, you know, what you eat is kind of who you are is so true. I ate like a person who just didn’t move, and I felt like that. That was a hard thing to break because it’s more mental than it is almost physical.”

Theron’s necessary evil is a glass of wine and she still drinks on occasion. However, she admits that she feels best without it and plenty of sleep.

Charlize Theron Workout Routine

Although Charlize Theron has been spotted saying, “lucky I’ve never been a couch potato”, it does not mean that she takes her workout routine any less seriously. She loves doing Pilates and even tells that, “It’s totally changed my body.”  She always makes sure she is getting enough activity done throughout the day. “I’m always calculating my activity. If I haven’t been moving a lot, I can’t eat a lot. Or maybe it’s a cheat day. But I’m honest with myself,” she said.

A mother of two, she gives her kids quirky reasons to hit the gym. “When I leave to go exercise, my kids will say, ‘Where are you going?’ I tell them that I’m going someplace to make sure my heart works for a very, very long time!” she tells them.

Besides pilates, she also loves to indulge in power yoga and spin classes. She makes sure to work out four to five times a week for at least 60 to 90 minutes. “I’ve always believed if you find something you love, exercise won’t be ashore. I love anything outdoorsy. My mom recently got me to play tennis, which I wasn’t good at, but really enjoyed it. If you do the exercise you enjoy you’re keeping yourself fit without even realizing it,” she tells in an interview.
Here are some tips that Charlize Theron gives to her fans:
  • Keeping It Regular

Exercising regularly is important to keep your blood and energy flowing. Se makes sure to work out at least 4 to 5 times a week with her personal celebrity trainer, Fedele De Santis.

  • Keep It Lean

She likes to keep it lean and therefore does resistance training and other activities that do not involve lifting many weights.

  • Keep The Heart Pumping with Cardio

She also adds a lot of cardio to her workouts to keep them slim. It also helps her to increase the heart rate and blood flow.

  • Big on Spin Classes

Theron loves a good spin session. She attends a class at least 4 times a week. Besides this, she also does power yoga to keep mobility and endurance going.

  • Pilates Power

Pilates helps a lot with sculpting the whole body. Theron loves a great pilates workout.

  • Seek What You Love To Do

Charlize Theron makes sure to do what she loves. If you don’t love what you do, chances are you won’t probably stick to it either. Everyone must be able to find some activity to keep their heart going and blood flowing. She advises on picking up an outdoor activity.

Theron’s Workout:

Charlize Theron has been a dancer for a long time and her workouts have been designed like that too by her fitness trainer, De Santis. It involves a lot of muscle groups. She uses dumbells under 5 pounds to avoid getting too bulky. She also does a 30-minute cardio circuit in addition to her training program.

All that you’ll need: 3 and 5 lb. dumbbells, an exercise mat, a bench, an 18-pound exercise ball, tricep pushdown machine.

60 sec. x 3 sets. 1 min. rest between sets
Kettlebell swing
Kettlebell deadlift
Kettlebell goblet squat
Kettlebell walking lunge

Resistance bands & bodyweight exercises
Resistance band front squat: 40 sec. x 3 sets. 1 min. rest between sets.
Resistance band reverses lunges: 40 sec. x 3 sets. 1 min. rest between sets.
Resistance band overhead squat: 30 sec. x 3 sets. 45 sec. rest between sets.
Wall sit for 75 sec. x 3 sets. 30-sec rest between sets.

Full body routine
3 and 5 lb. dumbbells, an exercise mat, a bench, an 18-pound exercise ball, tricep pushdown machine.
Pliés in 2nd position: 35-50 reps
Seated biceps curl: 60 reps w. 5 lb. dumbbells
Side lateral: 35 reps/side w. 3 lb. dumbbells
Butt lift: Raise and lower hips, squeezing glutes, in the bridge position. 75 reps.
Bicycle crunches: 60 reps
Plank: 60+ sec.
Bench press using 18 lb. exercise ball: 60 reps
Triceps pushdown: narrow grip. 35 reps

Fight training
A shadowbox, bag work, core, MMA training.

Power yoga: 90 min. 2x/week.

Spin class: up to 4/week.

De Santis makes sure that all her clients are working towards a stronger but leaner body. She has trained Theron for more than two years. Here’s what De Santis has to say about Charlize Theron, “Charlize is an extremely serious, focused, professional, no BS, balls-to-the-wall client,” De Santis says. “She is so tenacious – my nickname for her is Thundercat!”

De Santis even reveals a secret for training like Theron, she says, “Make sure your grip for every exercise is narrow. A wide grip makes the muscles grow wide and your body more masculine.”

That’s all about the diet and fitness routine of Charlize Theron along with few tips by her and her personal trainer, De Santis.

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