319 calories burned in 30 minutes of jumping rope (for a 140-lb. person)
'I'm in Skinny Jeans!'
"You could have put drinks on my backside," jokes Whoopi Goldberg of her pre-diet days. "I used to have a shelf." But since November, when she became a spokeswoman for LA Weight Loss (a personal counseling-based diet program), Goldberg, 51, has dropped 43 lbs. and four clothing sizes. To do it, she gave up super-sized portions of salty snacks (before, "I'd eat a whole bag of potato chips and put cashews in it,"), followed a customized meal plan including smaller servings of foods she ate anyway (like steak and pizza) and hit the StairMaster for 15 minutes each day. The results, she admits, are both thrilling—"I'm in skinny jeans! I would never wear anything this tight before"—and somewhat surprising: "I had a different face. It's very odd." Her goal, she says, had been 40 lbs., which she recently surpassed by three. So will she keep losing? Nah. "I'm going to eat those three pounds back on."
Skip, Don't Trip
Trainer Susan Moran-Perich has added jumping rope to Hilary Swank's routine. "Fast, side to side, high knees," but never a tangle. How? She uses JumpSnap: two handles, no rope. A computer chip tracks jump time and calories burned. "It's intense," she says. "But Hilary's in fantastic shape."
JUMPSNAP $59.90 at www.jumpsnap.com
DANCING IT OFF
When Ian Ziering's 90210 costar Gabrielle Carteris visited the Dancing with the Stars set to see her pal paso doble, she didn't check out just his footwork. "His butt looks hot!" she says. "I kept saying, 'Ian, turn around!'" Thank six weeks of near-daily rehearsals with partner Cheryl Burke. "Immerse yourself in dance, and you look it," says Ziering, 43. A former gym rat, he says he wishes he knew "years ago that with dancing I could work out less and become more ripped. It's very efficient."
He lost 18 lbs.!