Emilia Clarke From ‘Game of Thrones’ Follows These Fitness and Health Secrets Anyone Can Do

Best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thronesactress Emilia Clarke is certainly in fantastic shape. And while many celebrities chalk their figures up to spending hours with personal trainers or having personal chefs make their meals, Clarke has revealed her own tips for staying svelte — and they’re not what you might expect. In fact, her diet and exercise tips  are surprisingly realistic and easy to follow.

She does eat clean …

Protein source products including meat, milk and eggs

Fresh, high-protein food is a must. | iStock.com

There’s no doubt about it: Clarke does eat a healthy diet to maintain her weight. She loosely follows the Clean and Lean Diet, which consists mainly of lean protein, veggies, and unprocessed food. The idea is that food should be simple and balanced, so there’s no weighing portions or counting calories — just eating mindfully.

Next: Clarke stresses that her diet isn’t perfect.

… but she doesn’t deprive herself.

Dark chocolate with mint sprinkled with cocoa powder on a wooden surface

Dark chocolate pieces with mint. | iStock.com/OlgaLepeshkina

Clarke believes in indulging when she feels like it (within reasons). When she’s craving something, she doesn’t fight it — she knows life is all about balance. She has a healthy relationship with food, and as a result, she doesn’t binge or feel guilty when she wants a glass of wine or dessert. Believe it or not, this is actually a great approach to weight loss.

Next: Certain roles call for Clarke to be a lot more strict.

You wouldn’t have wanted to eat like Clarke in 2015

Emilia Clarke poses on arrival for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 14, 2016.

Emilia Clarke crash dieted for her role in Terminator Genesis. | NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images

In 2015, Clarke had a starring role as Sarah Conner in Terminator Genesis. deprived herself of a lot more. Before and during filming, she had a to follow a much more rigid diet where she cut out sugar completely and than she normally would. Clarke admitted she couldn’t eat anything that tasted good, and she certainly didn’t advocate the lifestyle for others.

Next: This actress exercises smarter, not harder.

She does interval workouts

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She’s a believer in interval training. | iStock

While Clarke definitely has to workout to stay in such great shape, when it comes to fitness, she believes in quality over quantity. According to her trainer, Lean and Clean Diet creator James Duigan, she does interval training, a highly effective and relatively quick series of moves designed to tone the body and increase stamina in a short amount of time. We shouldn’t have to punish our bodies, says Duigan, to see results.

Next: Clarke needs workouts that are portable.

She needs a mobile gym

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She can work out anywhere. | Nattakorn Maneerat/iStock/Getty Images

Celebrities like Clarke tend to travel often, which is another reason interval workouts come in handy — they’re mobile. They often require no equipment at all or things that are easy to pack, like resistance bands.

“This means that we need to tailor the training to be super-efficient as well as achievable anywhere in the world,” Duigan said, recommending moves like planks and push-ups.

Next: Learn to embrace your recovery time.

 She takes time to recover

Emilia Clarke smiling and hugging a Stormtrooper

Emilia Clarke enjoys her time not working out. | Emilia Clarke via Instagram

When you finish a workout, it’s natural to want to simply be done. But cooling down afterwards helps your body recover and allows your muscles to repair. The next time you exercise, try “warming down” at the end like Clarke does — and enjoy your well-earned rest days.

Next: This just might be the most important part of all.

She treats her body with kindness

Actress Emilia Clarke attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California.

It’s important to be kind to your body. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Listening to what your body and mind need when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and sleep is essential. Clarke lives by this philosophy, practicing self-care and ensuring all her needs are met. It’s easy to forget about this part of wellness, but a happy body is a healthy body.

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