Jennifer Garner was born in Texas, but her family moved to West Virginia when she was a young girl. She wanted to be an author or teacher when she grew up. Her family was conservative and she and her two sisters were not allowed to wear makeup, dye their hair or get their ears pierced. Garner always enjoyed dance and studied ballet for 9 years as a child. She started out as a chemistry major at Denison University in Ohio but switched to theatre after performing in summer theatre. She graduated from college in ’94 and moved to New York City in ’95 where she her acting jobs consisted of bit parts. Garner worked as a restaurant hostess and sometimes babysat to make ends meet. She moved to LA in ’97 where she landed a few small roles. Her big break came in 2001 when she was cast as the lead in Alias in which she performed many of her own stunts. She was nominated for multiple Emmys, and won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Garner moved on to film with a small role in Catch Me If You Can, and then moved on to bigger and leading roles in films like Daredevil, 13 Going on 30 and Catch and Release. She was named on Maxim’s Hot list in 2002 and on People’s Beautiful at Every Age list in 2012. Garner is a board member for the charity organization Save the Children. She also co-founded an organic baby food company called Once Upon A Farm. Garner has been married and divorced twice, to Scott Foley and Ben Affleck. She has 3 children with Affleck. Garner is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about120 lbs.
Jennifer Garner’s Diet
Garner followed celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque’s plan called Fab Four to lose baby weight and to get ripped for her role in Peppermint. A Fab Four meal contains protein, fat, fiber and greens. LeVeque takes a ‘mix and match’ approach to eating, meaning that once you memorize the 4 categories, you can mix them up however you like. As for what Garner herself eats, she whips up a protein-rich smoothie for breakfast, a salad with more lean protein and healthy fats for lunch, and she makes a point to finish dinner by 7:30 pm. She also makes sure to drink plenty of water.
- Medium Protein 30% 30%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
- Medium Carb 35% 35%
Fab Four Facts
A Fab Four meal of protein, fat, fiber and greens is said to switch off hunger hormones, reduce inflammation and bloating, all while offering a full array of essential nutrients.
Protein & Fat to Feel Full
Each of the Fab Four components has a job to do, besides offering nutrition. Protein and fat signal to your body that you are satisfied.
Fiber to Detoxify
Fiber pushed food through your system, helping to clear out toxins and waste. It also slows the absorption of glucose.
Greens For Health
Everyone needs to eat their greens. Green vegetables provide essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which fight damage from free radicals, and keep us looking and feeling younger.
As part of her diet to prepare for Peppermint, Garner would have a breakfast smoothie packed with healthy ingredients, like collagen, spinach, flaxseed and blueberries, but sometimes she’d substitute her own brand of baby food.
Cheat Like You Mean It
Garner makes an effort to eat clean, but if she’s in the mood for a treat, she won’t say no to a burger and fries, baked goods or homemade ice cream.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Garner On Meal Planning
‘I try to keep it super simple…If you find a couple of things that work for you and stick to them, it’s really helpful.’
Garner On Pudging Up
‘I don’t know why it is, but I blame my pudginess on [ex-husband Affleck’s] strict and disciplined place in life.’
Garner On Using Baby Food In Her Smoothies
‘Today I decided to play scientist and see if my Once Upon a Farm cold-pressed organic purée could be a substitute for fresh blueberries…Yep, it could.’
Jennifer Garner’s Fitness Routine
Weekly Workout Routine
Body By Simone
Garner has worked with trainer Simone de la Rue for many years, and they stepped up the intensity to prepare for Garner’s role in Peppermint. When they couldn’t meet up live, Garner used the Body By Simone app.
Dance It Out
Garner usually does a daily cardio dance routine, and continued to do so as part of her prep for her movie role.
In addition to her daily workouts which were already plenty intense, Garner also did boxing, stunt work and artillery sessions with Navy SEALs. She says she loved it all.
Garner worked out 6 days a week with her trainer to get ripped for her role in Peppermint.
Bodyweight + Bands
Garner did plenty of bodyweight exercises along with resistance band work to sculpt her muscles into action hero figure readiness. Resistance bands are great for travel because they weight almost nothing and fold up very compact.
Heavy Weights Work
Garner lifted dumbbells that were fairly heavy (about 15 lbs.) to develop her arms.
A Jennifer Garner Routine
Warm up: 10 min.
Light stretching: leg swings, lunges, squats, etc.
Cardio & strength training: 60 min.
Cardio may be kickboxing, dance, interval training, or anything you enjoy & gets your heart pumping.
Strength training: do a variety of exercises using resistance bands, bo-dyweight, dumbbells, Russian twists w/ medicine ball, etc.
Garner works out at least 6 days per week.
Garner On Her Intense Peppermint Workout
‘It was the greatest fun. Plus, no working mom is ever going to say to her kids, “Pardon me while I do my second workout,” so the fact that it was my job allowed me to really indulge in that experience.’
Garner On Intense Exercise
‘It just makes you happy and gets your blood pumping and you’re ready to go.’
Garner On Missing A Workout
‘If there are a couple of days a week where I’m traveling and I can’t make it happen, then that’s okay. I don’t stress.’
Garner On Getting Vigilante Jacked
‘I was in good shape going in, but the difference between being in good shape and being in superhero shape…it’s a very different ball of wax.’
Jennifer Garner’s Supplements
Garner puts some flaxseed into her morning smoothie. Flaxseed is a ve-getarian source of omega-3s which promote healthy heart and brain function and reduce inflammation, along with other benefits.
Another superfood Garner takes in her smoothie is chia seeds which are high in plant protein, also contain omega-3s and are rich in fiber. Chia seeds offer the additional benefit of relief from menstrual cramping
Jennifer Garner’s Lifestyle
Garner says the only way to look awake is to actually be awake. Even if she misses a workout, she makes sure to get her sleep, and does things like set up the coffee maker the night before to save time in the morning.
For her role in 13 Going on 30, Garner held a sleepover with a bunch of 13 year olds.
Garner’s first big break was on the show Felicity as the role of Keri Russell’s best friend.
Sunscreen to the Rescue
Garner credits sunscreen for her youthful skin. She also uses retinol, but says it can be tricky because it causes your face to peel and turn red.
Garner’s ex-husband Ben Affleck once saved Garner from smashing her head into a wall during a dangerous stunt in the movie Daredevil. They married not long after (and divorced in 2015).
Garner On Her Evening Routine
‘I’m running around, and getting my bed ready, getting [my daughters’] bed ready…putting myself in pajamas, and just starting to wind down.’
Garner On Beauty
‘Beauty comes from a life well-lived. If you’ve lived well, your smile lines are in the right places.’
Garner On Tanning
‘They used to call me Caspar. I was embarrassed and think, I’ve got to get a tan, but it saved years off my life, and certainly off my face.’
Garner On Marriage
‘The rule with marriage is the less you talk about it, the better, as far as I can tell.’
Garner On Humor
I’ve always been attracted to humor and funny people in general. It’s a joy to make people laugh, but it’s not as fun as laughing yourself.’
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