Charlize Theron grew up on a farm in South Africa and began dancing ballet at age 6. When she was 16, she entered and won a modeling contest. She modeled for a couple of years but when she turned 18, she moved to New York City to attempt a career in ballet. Knee injuries ended those plans and Theron thenmoved to LA to try acting, but her accent was a barrier which she worked very hard to erase. She was discovered in a bank while arguing with a teller and soon scored a small role in Children of the Corn III. More important roles soon followed, such as The Devil’s Advocate, The Cider House Rules and then her famous role in Monster for which she won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. She became a US citizen in 2008. She was in a long-term relationship with Stuart Townsend and also linked to Sean Penn, and she has adopted 2 children. Theron is a social activist, philanthropist and advocate for The Global Fund which fights AIDS, TB and malaria. Theron is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 120 lbs.
Charlize Theron’s Diet
Theron has had to gain, and then lose weight, for her various acting roles. To gain weight for Tully, she says her ‘drug of choice’ was potato chips, and she said it took a year and a half to bounce back after Tully, much longerthan it did when she gained weight for Monster. Theron’s healthy diet of choice is based on raw plant-based foods, but she does not call herself a vegetarian. She has things like fresh juices, kale and salads every day, and then if she gets a hankering for a burger, she’ll just have a few bites. She often uses coconut oil because it helps burn fat andshe also tries to avoid alcohol.
- Low Protein 20% 20%
- Low-Medium Fat 25% 25%
- High Carb 65% 65%
Theron tries to stick to raw, organic vegetables such as salads, kale and fresh-pressed juices.
Theron says eating carbs early in the day and combining them with vitamin C lowers cortisol which encourages the body to store fat.
Mini Meal Maven
Theron eats 6 small meals rather than 3 larger ones, which, done correctly, contributes to stead energy and can help with weight loss.
Fat Burning Tea
Theron drank a combination of matcha green tea, lemon juice, coconut oil and cinnamon to boost her metabolism and help her lose 30 lbs. after her role in Joker.
What to Eat
Raw organic vegetables
Organic fresh fruit
Organic peanut butter
Matcha green tea
What to Avoid
Theron on eating clean
‘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.’
Theron on how junk food affected more than her waistline
‘I wasn’t prepared for how that amount of processed food will affect your mood. I dealt with depression for the first time.’
Theron on cheat days
‘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.’
Theron on cheating, take II
‘If I fancy a burger, rather than deprive myself I’ll have a quarter of one.
Charlize Theron’s Fitness Routine
Weekly Workout Routine
Keep It Regular
Theron exercises regularly, averaging 4 days a week. She works with celebrity trainer Fedele De Santis.
Keep It Lean
Coming from a ballet background, Theron was already strong. She uses weights that are 5 lbs. or less to avoid getting bulky.
Keep The Heart Pumping
Theron also does a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio to keep her form slender, and to work that most important muscle: her heart.
Spin For The Win
Theron is a big fan of spin classes, doing up to 4 a week. She’ll also do power yoga twice a week.
Theron swears by Pilates and says it sculpts her body like nothing else.
Find What You Love
Theron says there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exercise, and that everyone should be able to find an exercise that works for them. In her case, it’s being outdoors.
Some Charlize Theron Routines
60 sec. x 3 sets. 1 min. rest between sets
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 reverse lunge: 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: 75 sec. x 3 sets. 30 sec rest between sets.
Full body routine
You’ll need 3 & 5 lb. weights, an exercise mat, bench, 18 lb. exercise ball, & a triceps 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 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
Shadow box, bag work, core, MMA training.
Power yoga: 90 min. 2x/week.
Spin class: up to 4/week.
Theron on exercise
‘I’m lucky I’ve never been a couch potato.’
Theron on Pilates
‘It’s totally changed my body.’
Theron on keeping exercise fun
I’ve always believed if you find something you love, exercise won’t be a chore. I love anything outdoorsy
Theron on tennis
My mom recently got me to play tennis, which I wasn’t good at but really enjoyed.’
Charlize Theron’s Supplements
To drop weight, Theron drank matcha green tea, which is rich in antioxidants and can help rev up metabolism.
Chia seeds are chock-full of nutrition. They’re high in fiber, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. They also contain omega-3s and protein.
Hemp seeds provide omega-3s and 6s, quality plant protein, and plenty of vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
Coconut oil is easy to digest, can improve blood lipid levels and also promote weight loss.
Theron swears by castor oil for thick hair. It is also great for skin and can help heal wounds faster, reducing pain and inflammation, including acne (these are all topical applications). Taken internally, it is a powerful laxative.
Theron has reportedly taken garcinia cambogia, which is meant to suppress appetite and burn fat.
Charlize Theron’s Lifestyle
Theron says she has difficulty sleeping and that her mother gave her cannabis edibles to help her sleep (they’re legal in California).
Theron grew up speaking Afrikaans, not English, and her accent was an impediment to her finding work as an actress. She mimicked lines from tv shows to work on her inflection.
As a child, Theron had a pet goat named Bok that she considered to be like a best friend.
Theron’s mother shot and killed her alcoholic father during a drunken rage. It was considered self-defense and her mother was not charged with a crime. Theron, who was named after her father Charles, initially made up a story that her father had died in a car accident to try to avoid telling people what really happened.
Theron says her mother is her inspiration. They co-parent Theron’s two adopted children and Theron says she’d be lost without her mother.
Theron on cannabis for sleep
‘It totally works. It’s amazing. Incredible!’
Theron on her beauty routine
‘I make a real point to take care of my face. It’s not something I did in my 20s and 30s.’
Theron on sharing beauty secrets
‘Women need to share with each other more. We’d all be more beautiful!’
Theron on life
‘I wake up just like every other woman sometimes and can’t fit into my jeans and feel fat and ugly and have bad days.’
Theron on her life
‘I was in such a rush, it put me in a constant state of anxiety. I wish I’d taken the time to enjoy everything.’
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