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Oscar look takes weeks of diet, exercise

February 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
While the red carpet is only a few yards long, many put in miles at the gym to look award-winning on Oscar night.

"I like to have six weeks. But I'll take two or four," said personal trainer Valerie Waters.

No stranger to celebrities, Waters has worked with the likes of Cindy Crawford and Jennifer Garner, just to name a few. And while those gals make it look easy, there is a definite Oscar formula.

"Those first three or four weeks: full body workouts. We want to burn tons of calories, we want to get that metabolism going and we want to feel strong and fit. Your body works as a whole, so you should train it as a whole," said Waters.

But those going strapless or backless need to add intense upper body exercises, such as rows and presses.

"We also want to work that lower-back, because especially when we get into those deep backless, if that area's soft--not so sexy," Waters said.

If a dress is fitted, attack your power house of hip, thighs and buns.

The other half of this equation is diet- white bread, sugar, pasta and alcohol are all non-existent or in miniscule amounts. They're replaced by lean proteins, produce and whole-grain carbs in modest portions. That means fish, chicken, eggs, lots of greens and small amount of grains.

"You don't need to be on a cleanse or a juice fast. It's just real food, not too much, more often," said Waters.

During those last three weeks, Waters has clients pass on treats, such as wine, carb snacks and sweets, but requires small meals spaced throughout the day.

"You find ways to be satisfied without those little treats that are normally built in," said Waters.

Of course you have to be realistic with your body type- short and curvy is never going to look tall and statuesque. However, anything new is going to shock the body, because it has to adapt. And that struggle to adapt creates the change.

This year's Oscar ceremony is set to air live on ABC7 from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2011. Check out a full list of Oscar nominations.

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