Born in California, Jessica Alba moved around as a child due to her father’s career in the Air Force. She was interested in acting from childhood and landed her first role at age 13 in Camp Nowhere. She also appeared in tv commercials and found small roles in tv and independent films. Alba studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company and also with William H. Macy and his wife Felicity Huffman. In 1999, her star rose with Never Been Kissed and her big break came when she landed a role on Dark Angel. She also won critical praise for playing in Fantastic Four. In 2011, she co-founded The Honest Company that sells personal, household and baby products. She has been included on several magazines’ lists of Most Beautiful Women in the World. Alba is married to producer Cash Warren, son of actor Michael Warren and they have 3 children together. Alba has millions of followers on social media. She is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 125 lbs.
Jessica Alba’s Diet
While Alba now glows with health, once upon a time, she had some bad habits when it came to eating. Feeling sluggish and unwell, Alba started working with celebrity health coach Kelly LeVeque several years ago and turned things around. She follows LeVeque’s ‘Fab 4’ formula which is meant to tame blood sugar highs and lows and keep you energized all day long. Alba fills up on healthy fats, clean protein, fiber and green veggies for stable blood sugar and lasting energy. She drinks regular water with a dash of salt and coconut water for hydration.
- Medium Carb 30% 30%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
Alba doesn’t just eat healthy foods for her acting roles, she eats healthy because she wants to live her best life.
It Ain’t Genetic
Many of Alba’s family members are overweight. Alba is highly motivated to take care of her health.
Alba admits that before she started working with LeVeque, she had the bad habit of skipping breakfast and being starving by lunch.
The Fab Four
Alba’s meals are build on one of LeVeque’s concepts known as the Fab Four: protein, fat, fiber and greens.
LeVeque got Alba on track with a blood sugar-balancing meal consisting of protein powder, almond butter, chia seeds, a handful of greens and almond milk. Another recipe involves matcha green tea, coconut water and banana.
Down With Soy
Alba used to eat a lot of processed soy products, including soy milk, tofu and soy sauce. Her nutritionist says 90% of soy products in the US are genetically modified, and can cause health problems.
Snack on Guac
One of Alba’s go-to snacks is guacamole which is full of healthy fats that help switch off your hunger hormones. Other snacks include veggies, hummus and popcorn.
Crank Up the Heat
Alba loves her spices. When it comes to quesadillas, she pours on the hot sauce.
Add a Pinch of Salt
To stay hydrated, Alba drinks coconut water and she’ll add a pinch of salt to her regular water to help counteract her low blood pressure.
Alba says she doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. Her Achilles heel is carbs, like ramen noodles, lasagna and nachos topped with black beans and jalapeño cheese made from almond milk.
What to Eat
Nuts/Nut Milks/Nut Butters
Matcha Green Tea
What to Avoid
Alba on Dieting
‘I hate the word “diet” because it feels so temporary.’
Alba on Food
‘I’m not big on packaged food. I’m not big on fast food. I like fresh things.’
Alba on How to Make Pancakes
‘I know they say you shouldn’t whisk pancake batter but I do.’
Alba on Dairy Products
‘I’ve been trying to use alternatives to dairy.’
Alba on Adding Salt to Water
‘I get woozy if I don’t have enough salt.’
Alba on Spicy Food
‘Anything habanero-Caribbean-flavored, I’m down with.’
Jessica Alba’s Fitness Routine
Alba works with celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza, both when she’s preparing for a role and when she’s not.
Studio in a Trailer
For Fantastic Four and X-Men, Alba’s trainer set up a fitness studio right on the set.
Hit the Mountain
While filming The A-Team, Alba and her trainer hiked Mt. Kilamanjaro.
Bye-bye Baby Bulge
Alba’s trainer developed the 3-2-1 Baby Bulge Be Gone workout for her, and within 12 weeks, Alba’s baby belly had vanished.
Due to Alba’s busy filming schedule, her workouts had to be short and efficient. She worked out for 40 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week.
Alba’s workout is called 3-2-1 because it involves doing 3 circuits of 3 different types of exercise: cardio, strength training and core work. Her trainer actually developed the program while working with Alba preparing for Dark Angel.
Do the Combo Mambo
Alba’s routine combines strength training, core work, yoga and cardio, all in one.
Total Body Exhaustion
Alba is serious about working her body to max capacity.
Alba didn’t stop exercising while she was pregnant. She took up yoga and her trainer used lighter weights and incorporated more stretching performed in a seated position to reduce stress on her body.
A Jessica Alba 3-2-1 Sample Routine
Low Cardio: 2-min jog/6-min run/2-min jog
Do 3 circuits of the following:
Dumbell bench press: 20
Dumbbell incline bench press: 20
Dumbbell flys: 20
Medium Cardio: 30-sec sprint/30-sec jog. Repeat for 10 min total.
Do 3 circuits of the following:
Dumbbell bench press: 20
Dumbbell incline bench press: 20
Triceps kickbacks: 20
High Cardio: 2 min jog/6 min run/2-min jump rope
Bicycle crunches: 20
Twisting plank: 20
Alba’s Trainer on Core Work
‘The final core segment improves balance, agility and helps define and strengthen the abs and low back.’
Alba’s Trainer on How She Came Up with 3-2-1
‘I decided to take all the elements I found important to an exercise program…and combine them in an efficient workout program.’
Alba’s Trainer on Why They Still Use The 3-2-1
‘This has been [Alba’s] preferred method of training, sticking to the basics, [and] using compound exercises.’
Jessica Alba’s Supplements
Vegan Protein Powder
Matcha Green Tea
Jessica Alba’s Lifestyle
Alba’s recipe for looking great was handed down to her by her mom. It’s very straightforward: drink enough water and get enough rest, and the most important place to be beautiful is on the inside.
Alba’s mom was a lifeguard and certified scuba diver who taught her daughter how to swim even before she learned to walk.
Serious Health Issues
Alba was not a healthy baby. She had asthma and frequently developed pneumonia, and she had surgery on her tonsils, kidney and appendix. She was also overweight and got teased for being chubby.
Dream Come True
Because of being sick all the time as a child, Alba dreamt of becoming a superhero with powers to overcome anything. It also shaped her interest in becoming an actress.
Alba admits to being a maximizer. She wishes she could clone herself so she could get everything done that she wants to accomplish each day.
Alba’s Honest Company promotes ethical consumerism by offering products that do not contain petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances and other harmful chemicals. There are over 1,300 chemicals on her Do Not Use list. Her company also donates money, products and labor to various causes.
Alba speaks out about women’s rights. Her Honest Company actively recruits women and encourages them to take on leadership roles. She also supports several charities including the Children’s Defense Fund, the Cancer Research Institute and the Global Poverty Project, among others.
H for Household
Alba’s 3 kids are named Honor, Haven and Hayes. She says the boy (Hayes) is cuter than her two daughters.
Alba’s Advice on How to be Beautiful
‘I share the same advice that my mom gave me: stay hydrated and sleep well, and that being a beautiful person on the inside is what really matters.’
Alba on Achievement
‘I wish there were 2 of me and 48-hour days so I could get everything done.’
Alba on her Priorities
‘As long as my kids feel loved and a priority, everything else really is secondary.’
Alba on Experience
‘The more life experience you get, the better you’ll be at whatever you want to do.’
Alba on Confidence
‘My theory is that if you look confident you can pull of anything, even if you have no clue what you’re doing.’
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