Elsa Pataky Workout And Diet
From Spain, Elsa Pataky’s given name is Elsa Medianu but she uses Pataky in homage to her grandmother. She studied journalism and took some acting classes in college. Pataky was a member of the Teatro Camara in Madrid. She dropped out of school when she was cast in a tv series. Pataky has played in more than 10 Spanish films and is best known for her recurring role in the Fast & Furious franchise. Pataky appeared on the cover of Maxim in August 2006. She is a brand ambassador for Swisse supplements and Time Force jewelry along with Cristiano Ronaldo. In 2019, Pataky released a book on health and fitness called Strong. She married actor Chris Hemsworth in 2010 and they have 3 children together. She has millions of followers on social media. Pataky is 5 feet 3 inches tall and and weighs about 110 lbs.
Elsa Pataky’s Diet
Pataky’s approach to diet is a balance of healthy foods and portion control along with intermittent fasting. She eats a plant-based diet with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes and olive oil. While she didn’t always think fasting would be for her, she has since embraced the practice and thinks it’s great for everyone, regardless of whether or not you’re looking to lose weight.
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Pataky is not a fan of extreme diets, or anything that promises to drop pounds quickly. She says healthy eating is the only way to go.
Pataky believes in eating fresh, wholesome foods and fills her plate with greens and whole grains.
Because Pataky was not interested in losing weight, she was initially reluctant to try fasting when her husband Chris Hemsworth suggested it. But once she read about its youth-promoting aspects, she was all in.
Pataky says her favorite thing to do is cook and bake with the kids, and anything from pizza to cookies gets made.
What to Eat
Whole, Natural Foods
What to Avoid
Pataky on Diets
‘I don’t believe anything about diets, like quick diets that you do before summer. Those miracles don’t exist.’
Pataky on a Diet Rich In Plant Foods
‘Mediterranean food every day, not just [for] periods of time.’
Pataky on Fasting
‘[Husband Chris] got me into fasting…I was always like, “Hmm, I don’t know.” and it’s really hard, but then I started reading about it….I read that it was amazing for anti-aging, so I was like, “I’m in!”’
Pataky on Fasting, Take II
‘It’s a great way to lose weight, if you need to lose weight, but you won’t lose weight if your body doesn’t need to. I learned that [by] doing it.’
Elsa Pataky’s Workout Routine
Pataky loves to ride her horse named Chester. She says riding brings her great joy, and it’s also a great way to get cardio and strength training.
Besides her formal workouts, Pataky sneaks in extra mini-sessions to up her energy. Examples include doing jumping jacks during a commercial break, or taking a short walk. Research shows even small amounts of exercise can have a positive impact on physical and mental health.
Pataky says she feels compelled to move or else her energy drops and her nerves get frazzled.
Rise & Shine
Pataky likes to get up and get her blood pumping early. She says it doesn’t need to be a formal routine, but she likes to do something first thing in the morning.
Pataky does yoga twice a week, and HIIT training 3 times a week. Besides that, she also rides her horse whenever she can.
Pataky says she loves yoga as much for its meditative aspects as for the stretching and strength it imparts to her body.
The Perfect Combo
Pataky says the combination of strength training and yoga does good things for her, and that she is no longer afraid of bulking up due to weightlifting.
An Elsa Pataky Routine
Horseback riding: whenever possible
HIIT: 30 min 3x/week
Exercise ‘snacks’: multiple time a day, such as walking, squats, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, etc.
Pataky on Exercise
‘Exercise is like an addiction. Once you’re in it, you feel like your body needs it.’
Pataky on Yoga
‘It’s just like another kind of energy you have in yoga. It’s also for your mind.’
Pataky on Lifting Weights
‘The more and more I learn…I’m not scared doing weights.’
Pataky on Yoga vs. Weightlifting
‘I can create muscles [with weights] but yoga would “style” it, and make it longer, and so all of a sudden, it wasn’t bulky.’
Pataky on Getting Her First Horse
‘I learned to ride as a child but my family couldn’t afford to buy me a horse. The first check I got from a Spanish television show went to buying that horse.’
Pataky on Why She Loves Horseback Riding
‘I love jumping!’
Pataky on The Motivation To Work Out
‘Feeling better, and just being happy with you and knowing that you’re healthy.’
Elsa Pataky’s Supplements
Pataky endorses the brand Swisse, and takes their Ultivite multivitamin to fill in any nutritional gaps.
Elsa Pataky’s Lifestyle
Pataky says once the kids are put to bed, she tries to make time to meditate. It only needs to be 10-15 minutes, but it’s very important to her to help destress.
Down With Devices
Pataky says phones get turned off after dinner so the family has some solid distraction-free hours before bed. She also likes to read to unwind before falling asleep.
Pillars of Health
Pataky believes that movement, nutrition and mental health are the 3 most important things for good health.
Pataky uses a simple moisturizer after showering in the morning, and then washes her face at night, and that’s about it.
Pataky speaks Spanish, Romanian, English, Italian, Portuguese and French.
Pataky on Devices
‘We don’t check [our phones] before bed, so we properly disconnect from the world for a few hours.’
Pataky on Strength
‘To create a strong body, you have to start with a strong mind.’
Pataky on Achieving Goals
‘You have to decide that you want to make a change in your life.’
Pataky on Family
‘Having the person that you love by your side and starting a family with them is the best thing that can happen to you in this life. You can’t ask for more.’
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