Elizabeth Banks Workout and DIET 

Born: 1974

Elizabeth Banks is the stage name of Elizabeth Mitchell. Growing up in Massachusetts, she played baseball and rode horses. In 1996, Banks graduated magna cum laude with a major in communications and a minor in theater arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Two years later, she earned an MFA at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Her professional debut came the same year with a role in the film Surrender Dorothy. Banks appeared in several more films over the next few years, including Wet Hot American Summer and Seabiscuit, and she gained wider recognition with the 2005 film The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Banks earned 2 Primetime Emmy nominations for the tv show 30 Rock, but she is perhaps best known for playing in The Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect. Banks directed Pitch Perfect 2, and wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the 2019 version of Charlie’s Angels. Banks also played in the 2017 Power Rangers reboot. She has run a production company with husband Max Handelman since 2002 and she owns half of the wine company Archer Roose. The couple has 2 sons. Banks has millions of followers on social media. She is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 120 Ibs.

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Elizabeth Banks‘ Diet


It’s hard to believe Banks is closing in on 50. She takes a no-nonsense approach to diet, buying healthy foods and leaving the junk on the shelf. When she needs to step things up a notch, she cuts out almost all carbs and focuses on protein and veggies. She drinks plenty of water and tea, and also a little alcohol to keep things from getting too dull.

Estimated Macros

  • Medium Fat 25% 25%
  • Low Medium Carb 25% 25%
  • Medium High Protein 50% 50%

Diet Details


Low Carb Lifestyle

When Banks is prepping for a role, she’ll cut out all the ‘white stuff’ including flour, sugar, and rice.


Lean In

When Banks needs to get extra-ripped for a role, she eats a lot of protein, veggies, water and tea. She also saves a few calories to spend on alcohol.


Smart About Sweets

Banks keeps her treats like Girl Scout cookies out of sight in the freezer so she only indulges occasionally.


Irresistible Inheritance

Banks says her dad made amazing meatloaf, and she has inherited the skill. She can’t turn down a leftover meatloaf sandwich.


California Gimlet

Banks posts pix of her creativity in the kitchen, or at least the bar: a gin and lime cocktail strained with avocado.


La Dolce Vita

Banks knows how to enjoy herself. On a recent trip to Greece, she ate plenty of wine, cheese and chocolate and has zero regrets about the indulgence.

What to Eat


Use portion control


Natural foods




Lean protein






Cookies (treat)


Meat loaf (treat)


Alcohol (treat)

What to Avoid




Empty calorie foods


Processed food


Junk Food




Artificial ingredients


Chemical additives


Banks on her diet growing up

We were a very meat-and-potatoes…family, surrounded by farmland, so we ate a lot of fresh food.


Banks on her diet advice

People ask me how I stay thin, and I’m like, “When you go to the grocery store, buy more bananas than cookies.”


Banks on her approach to slimming

I’ll eat tons of protein and veggies. Also, I just drink water and tea and alcohol.


Banks on what she cuts out to lose weight

It’s essentially a gluten-free diet: no rice, no bread, no pasta.


Banks on eating out

Portion control is a real problem, My husband and I always split one appetizer and one entree. I’m sure waiters hate us.


Banks on where she hides her splurges

[The freezer] is where my Girl Scout cookies are.


Banks on her other must-have treat

Leftover meatloaf in a sandwich.


Banks on enjoying life

Cheese, wine and chocolate were more important on this trip than a flat tummy.

Elizabeth Banks‘ Workout Routine

Weekly Routine

Always Active

Growing up, Banks was into skiing, horseback riding and baseball. She once broke her leg sliding into 3rd base.

Healthy Competition

Banks stays motivated by working out with friends and family. She and her husband work out together regularly, and trash talk to egg each other on.

Dream Workout

Banks says her ideal weekend workout would include a trapeze class, swimming, hiking, and tennis.

Pro Help

Banks’ personal trainer is Joselynne Boschen who has Banks do a wide variety of training including TRX, plyometrics, weightlifting, and cardio workouts twice a week.

Short & Sweet

Banks is not one to go to the gym for fun. But she’ll try anything so long as it’s short and effective, such as a lightning round of burpees, box jumps and kettlebell swings.

Take a Hike

Banks calls hiking ‘an LA thing,’ and she likes to do it with her husband to get some adults-only time in her day.

Say Yes to Yoga

Banks is also a fan of yoga, but one thing she’s not into: Pilates due to a bad experience on a reformer machine.

Exercise Style


A Sample Elizabeth Banks Routine

Do 1 minute of each exercise x 3 rounds:
Kettlebell swings
Box jumps
Hike: 1hr/daily
Exercise with friends & family as motivation.


Banks on fitness motivation

I always work out with someone else.


Banks on her favorite workout buddy

My husband and I work out together. We trash talk.


Banks on why she likes TRX

It’s easy to travel with.


Banks on hiking

I live in LA, so hiking is, like, a thing.


Banks on why she loves hiking

I get that needed hour alone with my husband without our kids.


Banks on her motivation to stay fit

I have 2 boys; they’re going to be physical. If I want to go skiing with them when they’re teenagers, I have to stay fit.

Elizabeth Banks‘ Supplements

Vitamin B12

vitamin B12

Banks is keeping quiet on the topic of supplements, but women in their 40s and moms with kids who cut into sleep time can definitely use a boost in certain essentials, including vitamin B12 which does not get absorbed as well with age.




Bone strength is also extremely important, making getting enough calcium and vitamin D essential.


Vitamin D

vitamin D

Bone strength is also extremely important, making getting enough calcium and vitamin D essential.

Omega 3s


Omega-3s fight inflammation and support brain and heart health




Magnesium can help improve sleep quality and quantity.


Elizabeth Banks‘s Lifestyle

Sleep: Essential for Sanity

Self-professed night owl Banks says that getting up with the baby at 5:30 in the morning is really rough because she cannot make herself go to bed early.

Partial Conversion

Banks says that growing up she was ‘WASP + Catholic,’ but as an adult, she went through parts of the conversion process to become Jewish, her husband’s faith. Although she did not have her mikveh (ritual bath), she practices all the Jewish rituals.

Change Is Hard

Banks’ real last name is Mitchell, but since there was already an actress registered with the Screen Actors Guild, she had to pick a different one. She says it was really hard for her.

Wish Fulfillment?

Banks says that on tv, she always ends up pregnant, unlike in real life where she had 2 children via surrogate due to difficulties conceiving. She also thought she’d be a broadcaster when she was young. That didn’t work out in real life, but she did get to play one on 30 Rock.

The Secret to a Happy Marriage

Banks says she never checks her husband’s Google history. She also says a couple that exercises together, stays together.

All Natural

Banks says that, given the advent of the Wonder bra, she doesn’t understand why women get breast augmentation surgery.

Socially Active

Banks has used her celebrity to get the word out about voter registration and is active in promoting gender equality in Hollywood. She also partnered with Listerine to raise awareness about childhood dental care.


Banks on being a night owl

I cannot get myself to bed before, like, 1 am.


Banks on her conversion to Judaism

I feel like I’m as Jewish as I’m ever going to be.


Banks on her tv roles

On tv, I’m always pregnant.


Banks on enhancing curves

You can always Erin Brockovich those things!


Banks on herself

I’m not a very shiny, happy person. I’m fairly cynical, and that’s what draws me to comedy.


Banks on not checking up on her husband

I don’t want to know those things! It’s good to maintain that mystery and trust.


Banks on her longevity in Hollywood

I’m grateful for my career, but there’s a dissatisfaction that keeps me going.


Banks on her personality

I cried when I changed it.


Banks on her career of choice

I could never be married to an actor.

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