Before and After: How Maria Menounos Went from Size 14 to Size 4


Maria Menounos wasn’t always a size 4. When she went to college, she gained not just the dreaded Freshman 15, but the Freshman 40! In 2008, she shared her story with Fitness Magazine and spoke to the Today Show about it. Her weight struggles back when she went away to Emerson College in Boston. Challenging boys to eating contests and a high-carb “dorm diet” of pizza and French fries made her gain 40 pounds.

“All it really took was a dedication to making better choices. I didn’t consider myself to be on a diet. I never thought about a diet. I never weighed myself. I just started to cut back on everything that I was eating that was bad.”

Menounos lost the first 20 pounds in about five months with the help of chili peppers, hot sauce, vinegar, grapefruit and lots of water.

“I worked on everything I ate for a week – every single thing. I realized, ‘OK, my problem is carbs.’ So I started to cut back on my carbs and started replacing [them] with better food. I ate a grapefruit in the morning. I had heard that grapefruit burns fat, so it was the first thing I would eat. I ate a lot of spicy peppers and jalapenos and a lot of vinegar, which I already loved anyhow, because I also heard that burns fat.”

When she need help losing the last 20 pounds, Maria paid $55 for one session with a personal trainer, who wrote down a workout routine that included both strength and cardiovascular exercises, a workout sheet she still has to this day. Now, she focuses on balance:

“I think it’s a balance. I definitely don’t deprive myself. I eat whatever I want, but in smaller portions. Then if I have a bad weekend, like I did this weekend, I’m going to make sure that the rest of this week I have fresh salads with fresh chicken on it — very healthy choices.

“So I get to eat what I want, but when I have what I want and it’s not good, I make sure I make some better choices for the next couple days.”

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Behati Prinsloo Talks About Her Diet and Exercise

Fiancee of Adam Levine and Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo talked to E!Online about her diet:

I’m not a huge believe in strict diets or crazy juice cleanses. I tried it once and I almost killed somebody! It was the worst feeling ever! I grew up eating very healthy, but I ate a lot of meat, salads, potatoes, lot of heavy food. My mom was very healthy, so it’s kind of in me. But I do love In-N-Out, and I do love pizza…and pasta is my favorite. I just try to keep it in moderation. Don’t  eat everything! Just some of it.

When asked if she had a favorite yoga spot in L.A., she said:

I don’t have any places in L.A.. I have no place here! I know a lot in New York, I’ve lived in New York for eight years, so I know this girl, Andrea, who does great yoga. But other than that, I’m not that familiar with L.A..

Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes in her VS Undies

Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes posted a picture in her VS underwear. She also posted a picture of her dinner – a salad, a scoop of what looks like mashed potatoes, and some cauliflower – all served up on the Skip Hop Zoo Divided Owl Plate (available at Target). Doutzen just announced she was pregnant with her second child last month.

Before and After: Miley Cyrus


Miley Cyrus has definitely been looking thinner and more toned in the last couple of years. The difference in her face alone is huge (from 2008 on the left to 2013 on the right). Some magazines speculated that she had an eating disorder, however Miley fired back on twitter:

Weight loss wasn’t the only benefit though:

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten, which can cause problems for people who have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye so products that contain those are off-limits. That includes foods like cakes, bread, pasta, and even beer unless they’re labeled gluten-free.

So what is allowed?

  • Beans, seeds, nuts
  • Eggs
  • Meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated)
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Most dairy products (unless you’re lactose intolerant like Miley)
  • Gluten-free grains such as corn and cornmeal, flax, gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean), quinoa, and rice among others.

I have one friend and two relatives with celiac disease and while it can be difficult at first, once you learn what foods you can eat, it’s not so bad! Gluten-free foods have also become more popular in recent years and my supermarket has an entire section devoted to gluten-free cakes, cookies, bread, and pasta!

Katy Perry’s Super Healthy Backstage Demands

Katy Perry has a list of backstage demands and you won’t find hot dogs on it! TMZ posted her backstage rider from her New Year’s Eve show in Vegas and it was full of healthy stuff:

  • fresh veggies AT ALL TIMES — including spinach/broccoli/celery/beets/carrots/kale, etc.
  • two large baskets of fruit — one must be tropical.
  • dinner must include a vegetarian option … plus quinoa or couscous.
  • ALL meals must be low-fat and health conscious and cannot contain MSG.

Katy also has requirements for her dressing room:

  • fresh organic grown fruit (including SLICED pineapple, mango, kiwis, etc)
  • fresh cut crudites (cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas & celery … plus ranch dip)
  • healthy granola
  • dried figs
  • whole grain tortilla chips
  • large bowl hummus
  • fresh made guacamole

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Ireland Baldwin Goes to Lunch in Beverly Hills

Ireland Baldwin Goes to Lunch in Beverly Hills - January 23, 2014

Ireland Baldwin was spotted grabbing something to eat in Beverly Hills.

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