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Harley Pasternak’s Recipes for a Celebrity Body

The genius trainer behind Hollywood’s most enviable figures reveals his delicious smoothie recipes that spur weight loss, plus success strategies to keep the pounds off for good.


Heard of Harley Pasternak?

No? You’re a) possibly living in a cave and b) likely aware of the celebrity trainer’s amazing results with Hollywood stars like Halle Berry, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Jessica Simpson. In his new book, The Body Reset Diet, Pasternak believes everyone deserves a chance to see real results. His 15-day plan involves eating five times a day including smoothies, which Pasternak believes shifts your metabolism into high gear and maintains consistent blood sugar levels, preventing binges and exhaustion. We got three of his recipes, plus his tips to make weight loss stick.

3 Surefire Success Strategies

More wisdom from the man behind Hollywood’s most enviable figures:

Don’t get stuck in a rut: “Whether you’re eating all juice, all cereal, or all red meat, eventually your palate will rebel against the monotony … The more restrictive the diet, it seems, the more likely the weight loss is temporary.”

It’s not just the calories: “Diets that focus exclusively on calories and not what those calories are made of are completely misguided. I cannot emphasize this point enough: Not all calories are created equal. Fourteen hundred calories of white bread is not the equivalent to fourteen hundred calories of salmon.”

Avoid overexercising: “I believe it’s because our over-the-top workout habits end up supercharging our appetites, ultimately causing us to consume even more calories than we would have if we’d stayed home and skipped the gym.”

Reprinted from “The Body Reset Diet” by Harley Pasternak. Copyright (c) 2013 by Harley Pasternak. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold. 

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Pina Colada Power

As an umbrella-decorated vacation beverage, this calorie bomb has diet disaster written all over it. But this celebrity version uses fat releasing coconut milk as its base, making it light, healthy, and delicious. Harley’s success strategy: “A meal is not a meal and a snack is not a snack unless there is protein and fiber involved, so every time you sit down to eat make sure you include both.”


Berry, Berry Good for You

When blueberries are off season, stock up on frozen, which have just as much (if not more) nutrients as fresh. This recipe blends raspberries, blueberries, orange, and flaxseeds for a filling, fiber-rich shake. Harley’s success strategy: “Often we don’t eat because we’re hungry. We eat because we’re stressed or bored or unhappy. If you’re spending [time] gardening in the backyard or playing tennis with an old friend, then by default you won’t be snacking mindlessly so often.”

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Green with Envy

Can’t stand to eat another salad? This combo of spinach, pears, grapes, and avocado is a great way to jam-pack your day with good-for-you greens. Harley’s success strategy: “Making fiber the centerpiece of your diet is one of the best ways to control your appetite and get more out of every calorie… When you start drinking my smoothies you will not feel hungry after you’ve had one—not five minutes later, and not two hours later, either.”

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