Halle Maria Berry (born Maria Halle Berry; August 14, 1966) is an American actress.
Halle Berry said she has been on a keto diet ever since she was diagnosed with diabetes at 22.
Talking about the life-changing moment, she was quoted as saying by the Insider, “It was a moment I’ll never forget. I had to re-spin the way I lived my life and have carried that with me ever since. Because I’m diabetic, nutrition has been a big part of my life and for the past almost 30 years I have been following the ketogenic lifestyle.”
Earlier, the Catwoman actor had spoken in detail about her health and food intake in an Instagram post, mentioning how keto is “largely responsible” for slowing down her “ageing process”.
“The keto lifestyle offers so many benefits such as weight loss, (moms that’s how we get rid of our baby bellies), appetite control, more energy, and better mental performance,” she wrote.
“If you’re like me, you can possibly reverse type 2 diabetes, you’ll experience better physical endurance, better skin and also less acne if that’s an issue. And it even helps control migraines!” she wrote.
Although she appears to have upped the intensity and variety of her workouts for her character in Bruised, Berry has been a fan of boxing for the past 10 years.
“Boxing is still considered one of the best full-body workouts,” Berry wrote in an Instagram post in August 2018.
“You’ll sculpt every muscle and burn major calories and fat. It dramatically decreases stress levels, develops hand-eye coordination, and builds confidence and discipline. But most importantly… you’ll never stop learning.
“I’ve been boxing for the past 10 years and regularly for the past three and I love that I always learn a new way to challenge myself and work new muscles.”
Berry also enjoys incorporating yoga into her workout routine. While she does it as part of a practice unto itself, she also does yoga before her usual high-intensity workouts as a warm-up.
Berry even shared one of her yoga warm-ups with her followers in an Instagram Story in September 2019, which she described in the post leading up to it as one that will “give your workout that extra sum sum”.
In an earlier post in March 2018, Berry revealed to her followers that yoga is also one of her preferred ways to stretch and avoid injuries.
Along with yoga, stretching is a core part of Berry’s overall training regimen, with the actress taking to Instagram in March 2018 to tell her followers exactly why she values it.
“After I work out, it’s important for me to stretch and lengthen,” she wrote.
“Fitness is not just about running, lifting and punching. For me, being athletic and super fit is also about being still, stretching and breathing.
“Including stretching in my fitness program helps my muscles stay long, limber, improves my mobility and range of motion, and most importantly, helps me avoid injuries.”
Bulletproof Coffee, Amino Acid Supplements And Green Juices
In the same Instagram Story on her diet in August 2018, Berry told her followers that in place of breakfast in her fasting-keto diet, she has “a green drink or I do my bullet coffee”.
“Bullet coffee”, or the more commonly used “bulletproof coffee”, involves adding MCT oil and grass-fed, unsalted butter to black coffee, and is a considered a somewhat controversial practice in the health industry.
Bulletproof coffees and green juices aren’t the only staples Berry consumes as part of her eating plan, with Thomas revealing that the actress takes a supplement “called Master Amino Pattern by a company called Purium” in an interview with Hollywood Life.
He went on to explain that “it is the actual amino acids that build muscle” and because they apparently bypass the body’s usual process of converting food into amino acids “It’s the quickest way for your body to get these nutrients because nothing has to be digested.”
Natural, Sulfate-Free, Low-Sugar Wine
Although it may seem like it, Berry’s diet is not all work and no treats. The Academy-award winner loves her wine—she just makes sure it’s low-sugar and keto-friendly.
“I knew somebody was going to call me out on this eventually, because on my IG, I’m always holding some glass of wine in some beautiful place,” Berry said in an Instagram story in November 2018 in response to a follower question about how she drinks wine on a keto diet.
Berry apparently said that her doctor said wine was good for her heart, but that she couldn’t have just any ol’ wine on her diet.
“What’s also key to my wine drinking is I drink sulfate-free, natural, low-sugar wines,” Berry explained.
“This way I get to have my wine and alcohol and stay in ketosis.”
Starting Her Day With Water
Like fellow actress Gabrielle Union, Berry makes a point of staying hydrated, placing an extra emphasis on drinking water right at the beginning of the day.
“She starts her day with a big glass of water, about 8-12 oz [approx. 236 to 355 ml], usually with a little lemon squeezed into it for flavour. And then directly after that, she will take her amino acids,” Thomas told Hollywood Life.
Time Out For Self-Care
Self-care appears to be as much a part of Berry’s health regimen as any of her workouts, with the actress regularly taking to Instagram to share posts with the hashtag #SelfCareSunday.
On April 22, 2019, Berry may have hinted that baths are one of her self-care rituals of choice, after sharing a photo of herself enjoying a bubble bath with the caption:
“It’s been a really long day, but still making time for #SelfCareSunday with my bubble bath 🛁 💋.”
Another one of Berry’s go-to rituals? Meditation. In April 2018, Berry posted a photo of herself meditating as part of her #FitnessFriday Instagram series.
In it, she revealed that she took up the mindful practice after a life-changing experience meeting a yogi master in India.
“The experience not only profoundly changed me, but it inspired me to never go a day without some sort of meditation,” she wrote in the caption