Rachel Bilson’s Workout and Diet Plan by David Kirsch

by Jessica

in Celebrity Diets, Celebrity Fitness, Celebrity Workouts, Fitness Tips

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Nostalgic fans of The O.C., rejoice! – Rachel Bilson is finally returning to the small screen this fall, in a lead role for a new CW drama series, Hart of Dixie. Since she was cast as breezy O.C. girl Summer Roberts eight years ago until now, Rachel has fascinated people with her iconic style and petite physique. But with her toned body, Rachel says, comes a balance of diet, exercise, and discipline.

Almost all of Rachel’s fitness regimen – both diet and exercise aspects alike – can be credited to renowned health guru David Kirsch, an advocate of mind-body wellness. Under his carefully crafted fitness training exercise program, Rachel undergoes cardio exercises, lunges, squats, and resistance exercises using equipment like light weights, up to five times a week. The variety of David’s programs is expansive – targeting anything from legs to butt to abs – but one of his most popular is his general 10-Minute Total Body Workout, a quick workout consisting of 3 moves: reverse prone scissors, Spider-Man push ups, and double crunches. Here’s a walk-through for each:

  1. Reverse Prone Scissors:  Lie facedown on the floor, resting your forehead on your hands. Spread your legs so your feet are about a yard apart and flex your feet so the tips of your toes are touching the floor. Squeeze your butt muscles to raise your legs as high as you can off the floor, and bring your heels together until they touch. Hold for 3 counts, then return legs to the starting position.
  2. Double Crunches:  Start by lying on the mat with your legs extended and off of the mat. Bend at the knees and bring your legs towards your chest. At the same time, perform a regular crunch by lifting your shoulders off of the mat. Your upper and lower body should meet at the top of the movement. Slowly return to the starting position from here, completely extending your legs back out in front of you.
  3. Spider-Man push-ups: Come into plank position (top of a push-up), with your hands under your shoulders, and your body in one straight line. As you bend your elbows out to the side and lower your torso toward the floor, bend your left knee and touch it to your left elbow. As you straighten your arms, come back to plank position with your left foot next to your right. Now lower your torso down and touch your right knee to your right elbow. Then return back to plank position.

For more information about all of David’s exercise programs, check out his website at davidkirschwellness.com.

Rachel also diets under David’s name – using David’s weight loss philosophy: the ABCDEF Plan. Essentially, the diet follows its self-titled acronym for foods to avoid: Alcohol, Bread, Carbs, Dairy, Extra Sweets, and Fruits and Fats. In short, what’s left for ABCEDF dieters is usually modest daily meals of egg whites, chicken, turkey, fish and vegetables. Aside from David’s diet, Rachel cooks a lot of her own food, following another familiar name: Rachael Ray. “I’m getting more and more into cooking,” Rachel says. “My mom got me a Rachael Ray cookbook. I make breaded chicken. I made chicken tacos and homemade guacamole and all that for a dinner party. I’m not really ready for the whole gourmet 20-hour marinating, so I start out easy, and I’m working my way up.” Indeed, cooking your own food always gives you control over your calorie intake. But no matter how much work Rachel puts into eating right, she definitely allows herself to maintain a healthy relationship with food and indulge every so often. “When I’m hungry, I eat like a monster!” she says. “I always have things in my purse, especially candy. I love candy. But I’ll also have granola bars. I’ll be at a party and I’ll have an apple in my bag or cookies or crackers.”

Catch Rachel as Zoe Hart in the new series, Hart of Dixie, premiering this fall on the CW!


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