Have you ever noticed how some actresses never age? They look just as good at 40 as they did at 25! 

While a lot of this comes from genetics, the most successful actresses take it upon themselves to keep their bodies in better shape than they were in decades before. Kate Beckinsale is one of them.

I mean, who else can pull off a full leather catsuit without a hitch? 

Luckily, she’s not secretive about how she does it. But her diet and workout routine demand lot of dedication and perseverance. Let’s dive in.


It should come as no surprise that Kate Beckinsale’s diet is fairly restrictive. But this seems to be more of a personal preference for her. 

She actively cuts carbs and avoids processed sugar whenever she can. This is because they leave her feeling bloated and sluggish. That’s not to say that she AVOIDS carbs entirely. Kate still eats them, just in moderation.

Here are some of her favourite meals.


Kate’s a big fan of starting her day off with plenty of protein and fresh vegetables. What she snags in the morning largely depends on how much time she has. 

When she’s on the run, she might grab a green smoothie sweetened only with fresh fruit. Or she’ll whip up a serving of oatmeal before heading out the door. 

When she gets to enjoy the morning, she might have eggs with avocado toast. She even has a signature recipe for it! If she’s looking for something a little more substantial, she likes to make an omelet with tomato and onion. 


For lunch, Kate likes to mix lean proteins and fresh veggies. Some days, this means a veggie wrap full of baby greens, cucumbers, tomato, and other seasonal vegetables. 

Others, she might have a mixed vegetable soup (again with in-season veg) or a salad with chicken breast or salmon. If she’s feeling particularly hungry, she’ll incorporate brown rice or other whole, unprocessed grains into her meal to make it more filling.


For dinner, her favorite meals are incredibly simple. She loves to grill fresh fish, chicken breast, or turkey. These she can season with fresh herbs, salt, and black pepper without packing on the calories. 

As a side, she’ll make beans or lentils and sautéed or steamed vegetables.

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Most of Kate’s snacks are low-carb and naturally low in calories. She’s a huge fan of hummus and vegetables, fresh fruit like peaches and nectarines, and is known to be a big fan of kale chips. 


Along those same lines, Kate also avoids alcohol completely. Remember, drinking alcohol often means consuming TONS of carbs and sugar that your body really doesn’t need.

By avoiding alcohol completely, Kate helps her body stay slim and healthy. 


Though Kate tries to satisfy her sweet tooth with fresh fruit, she’s no stranger to a little indulgence every now and then. Her favourite treats are her mother’s homemade holiday trifle and brownies. 


Though Kate’s diet is incredibly healthy and focused on eating whole, nutrient-rich foods, the star knows that exercise is still important. She takes the time to get a workout in most days and stretches frequently.

When she’s shooting active roles like her role in the Underworld saga, she works out 4 to 5 times a week. And those workouts are intense.


Kate likes to push herself with her cardio workouts and often uses it as part of her circuit training workouts developed by her trainer, Ramona Braganza. 

These circuit routines are particularly tough and help Kate keep her heart rate up the entire time. It follows the 3 2 1 formula. 

During these workouts, she’ll do 3 sessions of cardio on the treadmill or elliptical. Those sessions are broken up with strength training exercises. It’s a lot like a HIIT routine, but you do need to be at a gym to make it work. Try this workout and get a similar experience without any special equipment.

Kate also does some kickboxing exercises to help her tone her upper body and core while keeping her heart pumping. 

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Kate likes to keep things lithe and lean. This means she actively avoids exercises that overdevelop her muscles. But that doesn’t mean she avoids strength training work. 

No. She makes it a part of her daily workouts. She’s just careful to choose the right exercises and work with trainers, like Gunnar Peterson, who understand what she’s trying to accomplish. 


Kate is a huge fan of yoga. The moves help her build functional strength while also keeping her muscles limber and loose—something that’s vital when performing her own stunts!

Yoga is a daily routine for her and since she can do it in the comfort of her own home or a hotel room, it’s easy for her to squeeze in sessions. 


Kate’s upper body exercises are mostly bodyweight exercises. This helps build strength without causing her shoulders and biceps to bulk up. 

Here’s what she gets up to:

  • Stability ball push up with knee tucks
  • Inverted hanging crunches 

The result is a lean and toned body. 


Kate’s butt workout in the gym is pretty simple and she likes it that way. She changes it up depending on her mood, but it almost always involves some kind of leg lift.

  • Extended leg lift – 5 times each leg
  • Side leg lift – 5 times each leg
  • Full kneeling leg circles – 5 times each leg
  • Repeat 3 times

Keep in mind that she also tones her butt through her regular yoga practice. This means she doesn’t have to focus as intently as say, Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian

Her goal with her workouts is to create a strong body that’s capable of handling the demands her roles throw its way.  

Instead of just keeping things lean, she also builds strength. And instead of targeting specific areas, she opts for whole-body workouts that work all of her muscle groups. 

Hope you liked reading about Kate’s diet and fitness routine, and if you have any blog post requests, let me know in the comments!

Love Rachael xx

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

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2 Responses

  1. Love these articles and breakdowns you do! Can you add Jessica Simpson to your list? INterested in how she lost all her weight and got thin in the recent months. Thanks

    1. Hi lovely,

      Thanks for your proposal, I will pass it on to Rachael. I am sure she will do it in the future :)

      Let me know if you have any other questions <3


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