37.5 lbs. in Four Months with 21 Day Fix

 

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Barbara R lost 37.5 lbs. in four months with 21 Day Fix. She entered her results intoThe Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for August 21st!


Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I didn’t have much confidence in myself and felt so bad that I let myself gain so much weight over the past year (30 lbs.). I wasn’t able to fit in my clothes and it made me feel so bad that I was having to buy larger clothes. A very low self-esteem when it came to being overweight.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I knew that I needed to do something about my weight gain (for my health and overall confidence). Then, I kept seeing my niece Shawn (a Beachbody Coach) post her transformation journey and I wanted to give it a try! She inspired me to get back to eating healthy and exercising again! I wanted to live the healthy lifestyle that I knew was good for me, but just kept putting it off!

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Eating healthy, losing weight, and exercising! The 21 Day Fix meal plan helped me realize how much food I was eating and how much of the wrong foods I was eating. The containers worked great for showing me portion control and the right foods to eat. The 21 Day Fix workouts were easy to follow and Autumn did an amazing job with supporting and encouraging me to stick with the meal plan and workouts! The combo got me back on the right track of living a healthy lifestyle once again! Also, my Coach, Shawn, did an awesome job with supporting, encouraging and accountability through Challenge Groups and sending personal messages to me to make sure that I was doing okay with the program! I’m so happy to be back on the road to a healthier life through eating right and exercising!

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What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked the modifications in the 21 Day Fix workouts. It was nice to have that, so I could get used to the workouts and then gradually do less modifying. I liked Autumn’s encouraging words throughout the workouts. It kept me going and to not give up! I also liked the food containers and meal plan book! Portion control and knowing what to eat played a huge part in my success with this program!

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
In 4 months, I dropped from a size 16 (jeans/pants) to a size 8, and shirt size XL to S/M. I’m so proud of the weight and inches that I’ve lost over these 4 months (37.5 pounds and 32 inches)!

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Confidence in myself has soared high! My health is so much better! I used to have such severe stomach problems in the morning that I couldn’t eat the first thing in the morning and that is all gone. I’m off of my medication for acid reflux and estrogen patches for hot flashes. I have more energy and I don’t feel tired anymore. I can do the workouts with less or no modifications and have gone from 3-5 lb. weights to 5-8 lbs.

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Knowing that I wasn’t in this by myself and had friendly competition! Everyone in our group was very supportive in encouraging me to keep going and not give up! The daily check-ins were amazing to hold me accountable for my daily food, water, and workouts! Having fun postings to get to know each other was also very helpful for support and encouragement. I felt that I not only was letting myself down, but everyone else if I didn’t stick with the plan. So, that held me accountable!

How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Shawn sent me private messages to just check in with me on a regular basis, and to see if I needed anything or had any questions. She was also very encouraging all along the way! She gave me so much support by just being there whenever I needed anything! Being available was very important to me! By having the daily check-ins, just knowing that she truly cared about me and how I was doing every day was very important! She’s shown me compassion in every way along this journey! She loves what she is doing and it shows in every way!

How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology was great for helping me feel full all morning long. It also helped with the food cravings throughout the morning. I felt more energy and less tired. I’ve always had trouble with constipation and it seems to be helping with that as well. I really like the taste and texture of the chocolate shakes.

How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I had a knee replacement a year ago and the workouts have really helped out the flexibility of my knee. It’s giving me back a lot of strength by doing the workouts! I feel so much stronger and less pain! Also, I now have no stomach issues (acid reflux) and my hot flashes are just about gone. I believe that working out, eating healthy foods, and drinking Shakeology has made my overall health so much better!

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CIZE and Shakeology: Fun. Nutrition. Results.

If you’re over every day workout moves that don’t get you the results you want, then it’s time to check out CIZE, Shaun T ‘s latest and greatest dance-based program. Shaun T went back to his dancing roots and put together an incredibly fun and effective workout that truly is for everyone, regardless if you have two left feet.

CIZE is not about doing pushups. It’s not about doing jumps. It’s about moving your body and grooving to the beat. The moves are all the things you’ve done with your body before. It’s just that Shaun T put them into a rhythm so you know exactly how to do it. And doing it is what gives you results. The bottom line is, CIZE will change the way you workout—forever.



CIZE is a really cool way to dance of the pounds, and when you add a dose of nutrition to help you fuel your body during the program, you get maximum results. Try it and see with the CIZE  and Shakeology Challenge Pack—which is on special this month for only.

Also, when you purchase CIZE, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free 1-year membership to access hundreds of workouts on Beachbody® On Demand! We are giving away a free membership each day for a limited time!

I’ve never had so much fun doing cardio!”

“CIZE IS changing my life in more ways then one. The biggest change is happening on the inside because CIZE is helping me learn how to let go and freely express my whole self. My favorite thing about CIZE is how freakin FUN it is! I LOVE the way I feel when I get a routine down, especially if it looks particularly challenging. When I’m in it, I’m like, Yah girl, WORK IT!

I think everyone should try CIZE because it’s too fun not to! So many people dread working out, but when you’re having so much fun doing it, you actually look forward to it. Plus, it doesn’t even feel like work. CIZE isn’t just ‘The end of exercise’—for me, it’s the start of a new journey of self-discovery and living in the present moment. I’ve never felt more alive.”

“In 30 days I lost 21 lbs. and 31 inches total, and I never felt like I was exercising!”

“CIZE is the first fitness program that’s helped me achieve my goals beyond the scale. When it’s time to CIZE it up, I just let go and have fun. Before I know it, I’m drenched in sweat and burned a ton of calories—yet I never felt like I ‘worked out’. Each routine has its own flavor and style, which not only challenges my brain but also my body. Now I have a better attitude at work and live each day feeling happier, healthier and lighter.

CIZE is unlike anything else out there! If you never want to feel like you’re working out again, then CIZE is the program for you. You get to learn professional dance routines to incredible music and it’s paired with an awesome nutrition plan. If you want to sizedown your waistline, you should definitely start to CIZE it up!”

“If I can move my body in ways I never imagined, I can handle anything life has to offer!”

“CIZE was so much fun and has given me confidence and swag in all areas of my life. The music is current and the choreography is actual dance choreography; I was not just being taught to do the two-step and throw my hands up in the air. My body moved in ways I never imagined and I was truly dancing like the professionals

Prior to CIZE I’d always find ways to disrupt my workouts. I’d check my phone, tie my shoe, answer text messages, etc. But with CIZE, there was no time for distractions. I had to concentrate to learn the moves. My mind, body and soul were completely engaged and I sweated more, and pusher harder, than ever before.

There’s nothing else like CIZE on the market. It doesn’t matter if you know how to dance or not, you’ll get so much out of this program—weight loss, happiness, confidence, and LIFE!”

 



3 Day Refresh and Shakeology: Break Bad Habits. See Success.

Sometimes getting on the right track is a little daunting—we get it. We understand that your goal might seem like a million miles away and getting on the road there is the hardest step. We’re here to help. Check out 3 Day Refresh.


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What is 3 Day Refresh?

It’s a program of specially formulated shakes, and recipes for easy-to-prepare clean meals, that puts you on the fast track to losing weight and eating healthier by helping you break the cycle of bad nutrition. This is a quick way to get yourself on the road from point A to point B with a helpful guide and options so you can tailor the program in a way that works for you.  3 Day Refresh includes Shakeology as a breakfast component, but this month the 3 Day Refresh and Shakeology Challenge Pack is on promotion, so you can continue to maintain your success and drink something delicious every day if you choose this duo.

Below are three Success Stories from women who felt stuck and frustrated with their size and weight. But instead of staying down in the dumps, they got the tools they needed to make a change for the better. And in just 3 short days, they turned their lives around.

“If you want to feel great about your body in a short period of time, 3 Day Refresh is the way to go!”

“The great thing about an all-inclusive vacation is that you’re not nickeled and dimed to death for every little thing you do and eat. The bad part is that in order to feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, you eat and drink everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, you possibly can. Sure, I feasted like a queen and had the time of my life during my all-inclusive vacation, but I also gained 10 pounds by the time I returned home. I was bloated beyond belief. My clothes were tight and uncomfortable. My love handles came back. And all my hard work of getting to my pre-vacation goal size and weight was gone. Very, very gone!

I needed to detox my body from all the garbage I stuffed myself with, so to get me feeling like myself again, I turned to the  3 Day Refresh—and thank goodness I did! I had no idea I was going to lose 6 lbs. so quickly, but 3 days of a little hard work paid off immensely. I no longer craved sweets or carbs the way I did when I first returned from vacation. I no longer was living meal to meal, nor was I ever hungry. And I was a million times more satisfied with my regular clean eating after the Refresh—which is EXACTLY what I needed.”


“I lost 5 lbs. and 1 pant size…IN ONLY 3 DAYS!”

“Even though I had been working very hard at getting fit for the past 4 years, after spending only one summer eating and drinking whatever I wanted, I gained around 6 to 8 pounds. Physically, I was extremely tired and felt gross carting around all that unwanted weight on my stomach. Emotionally, I was exhausted! I was feeling down and depressed due to the weight I had gained, and was not happy with how I looked or felt at all.

I knew what my problem was. I didn’t have my nutrition under control. So it didn’t matter how hard I worked out, the extra pounds were NOT coming off! And thankfully, I also knew what the solution was—the 3 Day Refresh.  In just 3 short days I lost 5 pounds, my bloating went away, and I was full of energy. I felt light and airy, my clothes fit again, and I felt incredibly accomplished. I’ll be honest, day three was tough. But I did it. And I felt amazing!

Losing a few pounds fast like that is so encouraging. I was able to establish healthy new habits like: Drink more water, and eat more veggies and healthy fats versus stuffing yourself with fruit. This program is definitely a great jump-start to establishing a healthy lifestyle. Thank you, Beachbody, for getting my nutrition back on track.”


“In just 3 days I felt lighter and more energized—the results were absolutely amazing!”

“Before the 3 Day Refresh I was very unhappy with the size of my belly. Not only was I bloated all the time, I struggled daily with having energy. Plus, I needed something that could help me ditch my cravings. Even though I was working out consistently, my nutrition was off and I couldn’t lose weight.

Yes, it’s true—I wanted fast results. And with 3 Day Refresh, fast results are what I got! In JUST THREE DAYS I lost 5.4 lbs. and 7.25 inches and felt incredible. My stomach looked and felt so much lighter. My headaches and brain fog were gone. And not only did my energy shoot up, so did my mood. I no longer felt sluggish, especially in the afternoons when I’d typically crash. All in all, I was less stressed and so much happier in life.

I learned that by eating the right mix of healthy food, in the right amounts, truly does fill you up. I also learned that eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring. This program was such a great way to cleanse and rejuvenate my body. I had plenty of food to eat each day and it all tasted great. I plan to do 3 Day Refresh every 3 months, just to give my body a chance to renew itself on a regular basis.”

Why 21 Day Fix Is The Perfect New Habit

Well it happened again—it’s a brand new year. January is a crucial month because it’s when everyone is thinking about the changes they are going to make for the next 365 days and formulating plans that will help these goals stick! Beachbody is all about REALsolutions versus resolutions and Shakeology is all about new habits for the New Year. What better way to stick to both of these concepts then with a 21 day workout and eating plan paired with Shakeology ?

If you guessed that we were suggesting a 21-Day Fix and Shakeology Challenge Pack, then you are one smart cookie! If you don’t know what 21 Day Fix is, read on.

21 day fix onlyThe 21 Day Fix program takes the guesswork out of weight loss. It’s a unique portion-control system combined with easy-to-follow workouts that fit into anyone’s busy schedule. Trainer Autumn Calabrese shares her passion for food and fitness as she shows you how to make simple choices that add up to life-changing results. Pair that with a bag of dense delicious nutrition, AKA Shakeology, and you’re talking about the best new move for 2015.

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So why is 21 Day Fix and Shakeology Challenge Pack the perfect new habit?

  1. This is a program that will help you achieve your fitness goals and better eating
  2. 21 Day Fix will give you results in just three weeks, so it will be easy to finish the program without getting side-tracked
  3. Each workout is only 30 minutes, long enough to change your body and short enough to fit into your schedule every day
  4. The meal plan includes several delicious Shakeology recipes, which you can use with your monthly supply
  5. If you decide to do another round (or more) of 21 Day Fix, the results will keep coming—21 Day Fix workouts are intense no matter how many times you complete them

Have you already done this program? Are you planning on doing it this month? Comment below with photos or a recap of your experience so far OR what new habits you hope 21 Day Fix will help you form! And this month only, Team Beachbody has a fantastic Challenge Pack Promo for this program, so HURRY and grab it before it expires!

 

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Don’t Make a New Year’s Resolution. Make a #REALsolution.

This year we’re asking you NOT to make a New Year’s resolution. You read that correctly–DON’T make a resolution. They don’t work. Plain and simple. Take a look at the definition of resolution:

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See the inherent problem? It’s vague, it’s ambiguous, and there’s nothing to sink your teeth into. It’s just a decision, not a plan of action.

More than 70% of people who make resolutions don’t keep them, and more than 40% never even start! Things don’t magically change on January 1st. You don’t suddenly become a different person, one who can stick to a diet or exercise program, if you never have in the past.

That’s why this year, we’re asking you to skip the resolution, and make a #REALsolution.

Follow this simple 4-step process to create a #REALsolution that will set you up for success all year long.

Step 1:
Set a clear, attainable goal. Think of exactly what you want to achieve, and be specific. Instead of, “I want to lose weight,” decide that, “I will lose 10 pounds by April 5.” Instead of “I want to eat clean,” decide that, “I will eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables each day and I will try one new healthy recipe each week.”

Step 2:
Make a solid plan for achieving your goal. Choose a fitness program or nutrition plan to help you get there. Or, commit to using a program you already own and visit our YouTube channel for motivation and mini-workouts from Tony Horton and Autumn Calabrese.

Step 3:
Download this accountability contract. Sign it. Post it somewhere you will see it every day. Snap a photo of the contract and post it on Instagram. Make sure to tag #REALsolution and @beachbodyhq. We’ll pick 5 winners to win a program of your choice, one each week from December 26–February 1.

Step 4:
If you’re not already part of a Challenge Group, join our #REALsolution Challenge Group on Facebook where you can check in daily, get encouragement, and stay accountable.

REAL SOLUTIONS FOR JANUARY 2015:

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When you’ve reached your goal, repeat this 4-step process again to continue to improve!

Here are examples of what your accountability contract might look like:

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Autumn Calabrese’s Tips on How to Stop Making Excuses

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Autumn’s a petite Italian mom from Cleveland, but don’t underestimate the trainer behind the 21 Day Fix. This single mom with more than 10 years of personal training under her belt has gotten countless clients where they want to go—whether that meant losing ten pounds, a hundred pounds, or getting their body back after becoming a mom.

She’s in amazing shape now, but as a teenager, she struggled with her weight and still battles cravings, a tight schedule, and mornings when she just doesn’t feel like working out. Get ready to be inspired by the story of our newest trainer and find out how to stop making excuses and start seeing results.

 

Ok, let’s cut right to the chase. Have you always looked like a model?
No. When I was a teenager, I was that girl with frizzy hair and braces who got picked on all the time…I don’t want people to look at me and think, oh you don’t know, it’s so easy for you. Because there was a time when it wasn’t.

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When did that change?

I started dancing when I was in eighth grade. At first, it was one or two classes a week, but the next year my teacher wanted me competing, which meant I had to take a certain number of classes a week; the more classes I took, the more I wanted to take. Our teacher would talk to us about healthy eating and not drinking soda and that sort of thing so that we could give our best performances. I remember I cut soda out and three weeks after I did it, I walked into dance class one day and everyone stopped and was like, what the heck? They noticed it overnight. I lost five or six pounds, which on my frame, is a lot! But, they would never talk about you should be “this skinny” or say “you’re too fat.” I think that made a huge impact on how I work with people. My big philosophy is learning how to eat clean and enjoying everything in moderation.

 

How do your experiences as a teenager influence your training style?
I’m not the trainer that is going to scream at somebody and be like, do it, do it, do it. I’m never going to put someone down. I’m always going to be the cheerleader for you and encourage you to reach your goals. I’ve been there. I was the underdog.

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How did you get into personal training?
I came to Los Angeles wanting to act and dance. But, I have a bulging disc in my lower spine so I still couldn’t dance as much as I wanted to. I could book a commercial, but I could never book a tour. I could never be on Broadway because my back couldn’t handle that. I pursued acting and have my SAG card and did a commercial here and there, but I was waiting tables the whole time. I waited tables from the time I was 16 to the time I was 25, and was burnt out. I needed to figure out something else to do. I didn’t want to sit at a desk, but I didn’t want to teach dance either. I didn’t want to get burnt out on it. I looked into personal training certifications, got certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and started training. Then a couple years later, I became pre- and post-natal certified.

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Speaking of which, you’re a mom. Was it hard for you to lose the baby weight after having your son?

There was a point when I hit a plateau and I was like, OK, this is a bummer, but I stopped making it about the weight and made it about challenging myself in other ways. Could I lift just a little bit heavier? If I was out for a run, could I run a little bit further or a little bit faster? Could I put the baby in the stroller and push him because that’s going to give me more resistance? The weight ended up coming off and I ended up five pounds lighter than before I got pregnant.

 

Did you try and stay fit when you were pregnant?
I worked out throughout my entire pregnancy. I was in the gym in the morning and went into labor that night. I still gained 36 pounds during my pregnancy and I had a C-section. My goal was to get the baby weight off in 12 weeks, but first I had to recover from the C-section, so it wasn’t like I could go back to working out the day I got home. But, the one thing I could do was go back to my healthy eating. I was breast-feeding so I made sure I was eating enough for myself and for him, but I made healthy choices. When I could get back to working out, I did.

 

Wasn’t that hard? How did you make the time?
This is the one time you’ll see the tougher side of me. I don’t have patience for excuses. I’ve had a C-section, I’ve had a hernia, and I have a bulging disc in my lower back. For the last 10 years, I’ve worked 12-hour days. And it wasn’t like I only worked out with my clients. I had to find time in between being a single mom. And I still do it. And you can too. You can either make excuses, or you can make results. How bad do you want it? What are you really willing to sacrifice? Yes, there are sacrifices. Yes, there are mornings I don’t want to go to the gym. There are times I’d rather eat chocolate cake than broccoli. But, at the end of the day, I love feeling good about myself. I love having energy to keep up with my son. I love when I put on my jeans and they fit or when I put on a tight dress and it looks good.

 

You’re making me want to work out right now. Where did the idea for the 21 Day Fix come from?
Autumn Calabrese Working OutI started working for Brooke Burke’s site Modern Mom and picked up some celebrity clients. Then two years ago, I had the “aha” moment that I needed to develop something for my clients where they’re going to understand the nutrition side. I was saying, eat three or four or five ounces of chicken. But no one wanted to go get the scale and measure it. I finally sat down with a nutritionist and started brainstorming. We broke down the food groups and came up with 13 different container sizes to fit them. One of my goals was to not eliminate food but teach you how to integrate foods without overdoing it. The goal isn’t to be perfect. The goal isn’t to not enjoy life. Everyone has to have a glass of wine at some point and a girl’s got to have a piece of chocolate. But, the goal is not to do it every single day.

America’s problem is we overeat everything…even the healthy stuff.

 

Not the lack of exercise?
It’s both, but I think at the end of the day, in terms of your weight, it’s more about what you eat. If you’re eating healthy and you’re in the right calorie zone, you should be at your proper weight. Exercise will improve your muscles, your flexibility, and your endurance, keep the weight down, and change the appearance of your body. But I see it all the time. Those people who go to the gym five to six days a week but don’t eat right are all still overweight. They look the same as they did three years ago. I think looking like you’re strong and fit looks better than skinny fat.

 

What is your cheat food?
I am usually a cookie or a chocolate person. But, I’ve gone so long now without it that when I have it, the sugar rush is too intense. I get headaches and feel nauseous. But, if it’s that time of the month, I want sweets and every so often a piece of pizza, though I don’t eat dairy anymore. But, to be perfectly honest, I don’t keep crap in my house. I know what my weaknesses are. I know if you catch me in a bad emotional state and there are Oreos in the house, I’m not eating one—I’m eating the entire row. I’ll feel sick later and I’ll make myself pay for it in the gym, but if it’s there, I’m going to eat it. And if it’s not there, I’m not going to get in the car, drive to the store, and buy it. So I might go to bed angry about it and be like, I wish I had some damn chocolate, but I’ll get over it.

 

OK, back to the containers. How do they help?
Autumn Calabrese Working OutWe kept them pretty simple. People don’t have time to cook gourmet meals, so I based a lot of it on how I had to prep for competition. At the very beginning, it was chicken and Mrs. Dash, 5 meals a day. I was like, OK, I can have turkey, I can have steak, I can have fish. I can buy all the different Mrs. Dash seasonings instead of the same one. Or I can make a stir-fry out of it, I use oil and Mrs. Dash flavors instead of soy sauce. I’ve gotten creative, but it takes time. In the beginning, it was like, the recipe says chicken, I’m making chicken.

 

Some people who might want to do the 21 Day Fix have a lot of weight to lose. Any thoughts on how they can get a good start and then stay motivated?
The biggest thing is to have a support system around you. Have that conversation where you say to your household: This is important to me. I’m trying to make a change. I’m not forcing you to do it, but I need your support. Please don’t try to push me to have things I’m not supposed to have. Or, if you’re the head of the household, you just say, This is what we’re doing. I think it’s important for parents to lead by example. But, at the end of the day, you have to make the commitment to yourself and the only person you have to report to is yourself. That’s a switch that you individually have to figure out how to turn on. Until you can, your weight is going to fluctuate up and down and you’ll find excuses. It’s 21 days. See where you get in 21 days. You may not be perfect. You might cheat. You might have setbacks. But you also can’t let those determine how the rest of the future looks. If you cheat, acknowledge it, figure out what triggered it, and get right back on the horse.

 

One of the things I loved about the 21 Day Fix was how awesome my legs and butt looked after three weeks. Why the emphasis on the lower body?
The biggest muscle groups are in the lower body, so that’s where you’ll get the biggest calorie burn. Second, it’s important to be balanced in your upper and lower body. And, finally, I’m a leg girl. I’m a dancer. I think strong, toned legs are sexy and appealing. And, a guy with scrawny legs? Come on! You’re out. Out! I shouldn’t be able to squat more than you.

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Is This the New Celebrity Diet?

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Celebrity diets are usually pretty weird. There’s the Watercress Soup Diet, the Grapefruit Diet, the Master Cleanse…and plenty more. Most celebrity diets are attractive for two primary reasons:

1. They look like they work. “Hey, if X star is doing it and they look amazing, then I could look amazing too!”
2. They seems simple. “All I have to do is eat cabbage all day? That seems easy, and will cut down on my grocery bill.”

What you don’t see are the hours and hours of exercise celebrities are also doing to stay fit. Or what extra supplements their devoted nutritionist might recommend. Or how hungry they are. Because, the truth is, most of these diets work because they’re severely restricted in calories. For instance, the Watercress Soup Diet maxes out around 1200 calories. Almost anyone is bound to lose weight – not necessarily in a healthy way – eating just 1200 calories.

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The other problem with these diets are they’re not sustainable. What happens when you get sick of watercress? Or cabbage? Or just eating red on Mondays? Eating clean (as we’ll call it) isn’t difficult. Or expensive. It can be as simple as chicken breast, brown rice, and vegetables or as complex as you want to make it.

That’s why I like Cameron Diaz’s approach, as outlined in her book The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body. In it, she discusses the importance of exercise, sleep (which really is one of the keys to seeing results), and eating nutrient-dense whole foods: whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. She also stresses how important it is to listen to your body. As she writes, “It took me a long time to understand that…if I eat garbage, I’m going to feel like garbage.” I couldn’t agree more.