After the battle with the autoimmune disease lupus erythematosus and her kidney transplant surgery, the 25-year-old musician and actress Selena Gomez looks more beautiful than ever. In the past, however, she was constantly a target of internet trolls and was even called “fat”. Then, she decided to lose weight to help her battle with lupus and her emotional binge eating habit. Selena started taking her physical and mental health seriously and changed her habits. Today, we see a toned, curvy Selena, oozing confidence, supporting and inspiring people battling mental illnesses. Here’s a peek into her diet secrets and exercise routine that might help you get some inspiration.
During one year, Selena worked on her diet and lifestyle to get better. Fitness, health and lifestyle guru Amy Rosoff Davis helped Selena choose the right food and change her habits. Take a look at Selena Gomez’s diet chart.
Her diet tips included incorporating more whole foods and organic foods into meals.
Foods to eat to lose weight
Veggies – Spinach, broccoli, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, peas, lettuce, radish greens, rocket spinach, asparagus, squash, cauliflower, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, pumpkin, chives, scallions, onion, ginger, garlic, carrot, beetroot, parsnips, cabbage, collard greens, okra, eggplant, tomato etc.
Fruits – Apple, watermelon, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, orange, mango, plum, pear, pineapple, banana, cherry, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, pluot etc.
Nuts & seeds – In-shell pistachios, almond, pecan, macadamia, walnut, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds etc.
Grains – Brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat, multi-grain bread, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat bread.
Proteins – Chicken breast, mushroom, mackerel, salmon, tilapia, tuna, carp, tofu, lentils, kidney beans, peas, chickpeas. soy chunks etc.
Dairy – Milk, yogurt, cheese, and buttermilk.
Fats & oils – Olive oil, rice bran oil, flaxseed oil, flaxseed butter, ghee, peanut butter, sunflower butter, and low-fat mayonnaise.
Beverages – Water, freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juice, and coconut water.
Herbs & spices – Cumin powder, coriander powder, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, dill, fenugreek seeds, star anise, cardamom, clove, mace, nutmeg, cumin seeds, cinnamon, bay leaf etc.
Foods to avoid
Packaged fruit and vegetable juice
Cold cuts of meat
Processed meat like sausage, salami etc.
Ready to eat foods
High-fat salad dressing
Ketchup and sauces
Apart from keeping away from all the potentially harmful foods, Selena also trained with Amy Rosoff. Here’s her exercise routine.
Selena Gomez’s exercise routine
Amy Rosoff shared Selena’s workout routine with the media:
“If you keep your same-old routine, you will most likely get bored and wind up skipping the gym. Working out should be a part of your lifestyle, not an obligation or burden. Make your workouts fun by keeping it fresh and doing something different each day. Selena and I do everything from Pilates to hiking to dance cardio to circuit training to yoga and spinning—the list goes on. But no matter what the workout is, we always make time to stretch. It keeps your muscles long and lean, improves your performance, helps your joints, and enables your muscles to work to their best ability. Also, it feels really good.”
Here are some things you must do, according to Amy
There’s more to weight loss than just eating well and exercising.
Selena Gomez’s weight loss secrets shared by Amy
1. Never weigh yourself
“I never weighed her. I don’t believe in scales – I just don’t think it’s healthy,” Amy Rosoff said. “But ultimately, the body that eats well and works are going to look better because it’s healthy.” The final message is to weigh your food choices instead.
2. Do not starve yourself
Starving yourself or not eating for a prolonged period will slow your body’s metabolism, which might make you gain weight much faster. Amy adds, “I want to live my life like a French person. I don’t believe in depriving yourself, but I also believe in moderation. Life is too short not to enjoy food.” Try eating in moderation and you will be fine.
3. Drink plenty of water
Water is the best drink for you. It helps maintain healthy pH, flushes out toxins, keeps the metabolism active, and so much more. Drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day.
4. Switch to whole food
There was a time when Selena Gomez would just live on fast food, fries, burgers, peanut butter cups, and candies. After Amy took charge of her diet, Selena switched to whole foods and ditched her old habits. Amy Rosoff says, “I would walk into the tour bus and smell fast food, throw it in the trash, and hand her a carrot and hummus.” Changing Selena’s eating habits has helped a lot in shaping her physique, Amy said: “She responds really quickly. We would do barely any ab exercises and two days later, I’m like, ‘Whoa!'”
5. Do a mixed workout
Amy said, “I’ve always believed the best way to keep your muscles active is to mix it up. We switch things up almost every day.”
6. Stretch a lot
Stretching is best for no-workout days. This will improve your blood circulation and keep the stress away.
7. Show me your moves
Dancing can help you get a healthy dose of cardio and also make you feel better.
8. Build a healthy body image
Amy says, “When you feel good, you exude confidence, and you feel strong and healthy. You wear it well inside and outside of your skin.”
9. Give yourself time
Put that phone down! Sit down, relax, and breathe in the moment. Living healthy is a marathon, rather than a race.
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