Uma Thurman Workout and DIET 

Born: 1970

Uma Thurman is from Boston. She discovered her love of acting in 8th grade. A talent scout spotted her in a play and she dropped out of high school to pursue a career in acting. Thurman signed with Click Models when she was 15. Her acting debut came in 1987 with  Kiss Daddy Goodnight, and her breakthrough happened the next year with Dangerous Liaisons. In 1994, Pulp Fiction skyrocketed Thurman’s renown and she was nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. In 2003 and ’04, she worked with Tarantino again in Kill Bill 1 & 2. Thurman won a Golden Globe for Hysterical Blindness in 2002 and a Primetime Emmy in 2012 for Smash. She has appeared on many magazine covers and lists of ‘Sexiest Women,’ and is considered a fashion icon. Thurman is an ambassador for the charity Room to Grow which provides support for low-income babies. She has been married to actors Gary Oldman and Ethan Hawke. She has 2 children with Hawke and a daughter with French financier Arpad Busson. Thurman has millions of followers on social media. She is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 140 lbs.

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Uma Thurman‘s Diet


Thurman is tall which always helps, but she still takes special care with her diet. She eats a lot of organic, nutrient-dense foods. She calls herself ‘almost vegetarian’ and thus concentrates on eating veggies with a minimum of meat. She will sometimes follow a macrobiotic diet, which means she eats only foods that are in season. She also avoids dairy and gluten. She drinks tons of water, several gallons a day.

Estimated Macros

  • Medium Fat 30% 30%
  • Medium Carb 40% 40%
  • Medium Protein 30% 30%

Diet Details


Eat Clean

Thurman opts for whole, natural foods, and eats organic whenever she can.


Macrobiotics 101

Thurman sometimes follows a strict macrobiotic diet, which involves eating a primarily plant-based diet of only local, seasonal foods, and getting plenty of exercise outdoors. The diet dates back to ancient times when it was started by the philosopher Hippocrates.


Moral Choices

Thurman says that being a vegetarian is a morally better choice, but she likes meat too much to give it up totally, and usually has it on holidays or other special occasions.


Hydrate for Heath & Beauty

Thurman says she’ll down gallons of spring water every day to clean out her system and keep her skin looking good.

What to Eat


Organic foods


Whole foods


Plant-based foods










Meat (treat)



What to Avoid


Excessive meat-eating


Processed Foods


Junk Food


Fast Food




Artificial Additives






Thurman on macrobiotics

From time to time, I follow an ultra-strict macrobiotic diet.


Thurman on her diet

I am rather ashamed to say that I had a barbecue for Easter.


Thurman on eating meat

One of my shameful shames is that I do not have the strength to become a vegetarian because, even though I think it’s morally better, I’m a carnivore.


Thurman on her approach to diet

Fortunately, all my friends and family are on the same wavelength. Everyone tries not to eat meat all the time.


Thurman on her water consumption

I drink gallons of spring water every day. It’s good for the skin and flushes out my system.

Uma Thurman‘s Workout Routine

Weekly Routine

Specialized Training

For Kill Bill, Thurman had to train in the martial art of Wushu. She dropped 25 lbs. and became a ‘butt-kicking’ athlete.

Fresh Air Fiend

Part of the macrobiotic approach to health is outdoor exercise. Thurman likes sports like horseback riding and skiing.

No Excuses

Thurman is a busy woman but she makes an effort to squeeze in exercise almost every day. She’ll have her Pilates instructor come to a movie set, and at a bare minimum, she’ll get a walk in.

Mega Daily Dose

Thurman, along with several other Kill Bill costars, trained for 8 hours a day for 3 months to prepare for the fight scenes. Director Tarantino reviewed their progress weekly and reportedly would reprimand them for being even a minute late to practice.

Serious Training

Thurman’s martial arts training included 3 styles of kung fu, 2 sword-fighting styles, knife throwing, knife fighting, and hand-to-hand combat. Also challenging albeit not physically: learning to speak Japanese.

Pilates Power

Thurman enjoys Pilates and will have her trainer come to the set if she’s pressed for time. Pilates builds strength, flexibility, and energy.

Reluctant Yogi

Thurman says she was slow to warm up to yoga, but she now likes it very much.

Exercise Style


A Sample Uma Thurman Routine

Do 10 of each of the following:
Jumping jacks
High knees
Heel kicks
Push ups
Calf raises
Tuck jumps
Walking lunges
Mountain climbers
Back extensions
Chair triceps dips
Leg raises
Bicycle crunches
30 sec plank

Weight training:
Squats: 8-12 x 3 sets
Standing calf raises: 12-15 x 2 sets
Barbell benchpress: 8-12 x 3 sets
Incline dumbbell press: 8-12 x 3 sets
Single-arm dumbbell row: 8-12 x 3 sets
Lateral pull downs: 8-12 x 3 sets
Dumbbell press: 8-12 reps x 3 sets
Bent-over lateral raise: 8-12 x 3 sets

Wushu martial arts training
Horseback riding
Do anything that gets you moving and that you enjoy.


Thurman on the importance of regular exercise

I try to make time for it.


Thurman on her go-to exercise

I have a hectic schedule, but when I have a spare hour or so, I walk.


Thurman on exercises she enjoys

I also love to horse-ride, and in winter months, I ski and snowboard.


Thurman on exercise & work

When I’m on set, my Pilates trainer comes to train me.


Thurman on her Kill Bill training

It was literally absurd.


Thurman on the joy of hard exercise

Training gives me a kind of pleasure from the physical activity and exerting myself and pushing myself that I’d never had before.

Uma Thurman‘s Supplements

Thurman isn’t dishing about any supplements she might take. So, below are options that may benefit anyone following a similar diet plan.



Thurman eats healthy but most people can benefit from a quality multivitamin.


Vitamin D

vitamin D

Thurman looks fantastic and it’s hard to believe she’s in her 50s. One essential for women over 50 for strong bones, muscles, and overall health is vitamin D.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

Another top pick for mature women is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) which produces energy in cells and declines naturally with age.

Vitamin B12

vitamin B12

Thurman is ‘not quite’ a vegetarian, but for those who don’t eat meat, adding essential vitamin B12 is a smart move.



Calcium is important for all women due to hormonal changes that increase the risk of bone loss, and for Thurman in particular as she suffered permanent injuries while filming Kill Bill.



Finally, probiotics help you get the most out of the food you eat.

Uma Thurman‘s Lifestyle

Unique Upbringing

Thurman’s father is a professor of Buddhism. She was raised Buddhist and spent 2 years living in the Himalayas.

Model Relatives

Thurman’s mother was a fashion model and her grandmother was an artist’s model. Despite working a a model herself, Thurman does not consider herself to be beautiful.

A Name to Grow Into

‘Uma’ is the name of a Hindu goddess of beauty and light. Her middle name is Karuna which comes from Sanskrit meaning kindness or compassion. Thurman did not like her unusual name and sometimes called herself ‘Uma Karen.’

A Little Too Real

Tarantino insisted that Thurman do her own stunts for Kill Bill, which led to her nearly dying in a car accident. The studio made her sign a release that she wouldn’t sue before they would show her the footage. She sustained permanent damage to her neck and knees.

Big Inspiration

In 2015, Fall Out Boy released a song entitled ‘Uma Thurman’ inspired by her roles in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.

Sticky Stalker

Thurman was stalked from 2004-2011. Despite a conviction, the stalker was arrested repeatedly for violating the restraining order.

One Regret to Rule Them All

Thurman regrets turning down a role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Her reason: she had just given birth.

Cool Knighthood

In 2006, Thurman was made a knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.


Thurman is one of many women who say they were assaulted by Harvey Weinstein in 1994. In a 2018 interview, Tarantino admitted to knowing of Weinstein’s reputation and that he should have done more to stop it.

Great Kids

Thurman’s kids have followed in mom’s footsteps. Her daughter Maya is an actress, model, and singer-songwriter. Son Levon is also an actor. Little Luna isn’t acting yet, but there’s still time.


Thurman on courage

Daring to me is having courage. It’s a daily meditation to take breath and find strength.


Thurman on Buddhism

Buddhism has had a major effect on who i am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them.


Thurman on seeing footage of her Kill Bill crash

Quentin finally atoned by giving it to me after 15 years…Not that it matters now, with my permanently damaged neck and my screwed-up knees.


Thurman on her Fall Out Boy song

‘It’s very, like, unbelievably polite and gracious of them. So sweet. I’m so happy for their big success.’


Thurman on turning down a role in Lord of the Rings

One of the worst decisions I ever made.


Thurman on relationships

I still love the people I’ve loved, even if I cross the street to avoid them.


Thurman on life

Life sweeps you up. Some people resist a lot. I probably haven’t resisted very much.


Thurman on being a mom

I’m madly in love with all of my children and very proud of them.


Thurman on herself

Even today when people tell me I’m beautiful, I do not believe a word of it.

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