Game of Thrones Star Emilia Clarke, a.k.a. Daenerys Targaryen, Shares Her Clean and Lean Diet

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Emilia Clarke is perhaps best known for her powerful role as Daenerys Targaryen (often referred to as Khaleesi) in Game of Thrones. She’s bagged multiple awards for her outstanding performance, and will undoubtedly continue to do so as the show moves towards its next season.

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Clarke was honored as Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015. What does the Sexiest Woman Alive do for that perfect look?

She follows a pretty clean and lean diet created by James Duigan, who drafts diet plans for other celebrities too, including Rose Huntington-Whiteley and Elle MacPherson.

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Duigan believes the key to a healthy body is healthy eating. Don’t be too restrictive; pamper yourself in moderation. His diets are designed to cleanse your body of fattening toxins and work best when you consume food in its natural state. To get a lean body, it’s best to fuel yourself with nutrient-dense food and regular exercise is essential.

Clarke’s diet plan is not known, but proteins and vegetables are undoubtedly a big part of it.

Her intense workouts demand a lot of energy; so protein and good carbs are essential. Also, it’s safe to assume that alcohol and most sugar aren’t recommended. She was deprived of all of her favorite snacks, except for tea with a tiny bit of sugar.

Clarke’s Workout for Game of Thrones

If you’ve seen Game of Thrones, you’d know that Clarke’s character can often be seen completely nude. It’s hard to imagine her not freaking out over being so vulnerable on TV. So, as all actors do when faced with a role like Clarke’s, she worked out excessively.

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When preparing for Game of Thrones, she does weight training, kickboxing, cardio, and stunt training. She also does squats for her butt and thighs.

In an interview, she described her audition for Game of Thrones: “I abstained from sugar for the whole three weeks before my final audition, to look my best. I walked into an auditorium filled with every single executive in HBO, and they gave me a Coke – so I began bouncing off the walls.”

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