Red Carpet Weight Loss Secrets
Hollywood glam hits an all-time high at the Academy Awards and celebs have been known to use a few crazy weight loss methods to prepare for their strut in front of the cameras. (Read: The 16 Craziest Celebrity Diets) “They’re going to be spending days of cleansing and detoxing to lose weight,” says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet. “We should not necessarily be doing what the celebrities do,” she says.
Gans suggests implementing a healthy eating schedule that will help you drop one to two pounds a week and score an award-winning physique. “Take a look at what you’re presently eating and create a game plan,” she says. The following tips, paired with three to five days of exercise each week, will help you prepare for your next high-profile event. Just make sure you start 60 days in advance.
Eat every four to five hours
Make sure you’re getting three meals as well as a mid-day snack between lunch and dinner. To build the perfect plate, half should be filled with veggies, a quarter with 100 percent whole grains, and the other quarter with a lean protein like sirloin or chicken breast without the skin. “This will fill you up but not fill you out,” says Gans.
Broil, bake, or grill
Stay away from frying or sautéing. Skip the butter and opt for healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and nuts.
Don’t confuse thirst for hunger. “A lot of times people are dehydrated but they feel hungry,” says Gans. You’ll also want to pay attention to how much booze you’re drinking. “Alcohol calories add up, “ she says. “Stick with a glass of wine or a beer and make sure you do not use any fruit mixtures.” Instead mix spirits with seltzer or soda water.
“Most people overeat if they don’t have that snack in between meals,” says Gans. She suggests keeping non-perishable bites at home and work. Look for a snack with 200 calories or less, fiber, protein, and a dose of healthy fat. "Keeping it at 200 calories or less is important because it is a mini meal not an actual meal," says Gans who recommends KIND bars as a perfect example.