As an actress, producer, best-selling author, Special Olympics ambassador, Dancing with the Stars contestant, and reality TV star, Maria Menounos is busy. So how does she stay so fit, lose 40 pounds and shape those amazing abs? The former Health cover star shared the details of her everyday strategies with us.
What she eats:
“I do believe what people say, that abs are made in the kitchen,” Menounos said. “What you eat is going to make a big difference. Eating healthy and eating clean is the best way to reach your goals.”
Here’s a typical day for her:
- Breakfast: “Most mornings I start with a smoothie,” she explained. “My favorite has Greek yogurt, almonds, apple, banana, cinnamon, and a little bit of skim milk. Nine times out of 10 that’s what I’m having.”
- Lunch: “Usually a green salad, topped with chicken or tuna.”
- Snacks: “Almonds, a banana, or Greek yogurt. Or I’ll make a little parfait with Greek yogurt, chopped almonds, fresh fruit, like blueberries; I layer them.”
She carries healthy snacks like almonds everywhere, even the Golden Globes.
- Dinner: “It changes all the time. Sometimes I’ll have a quinoa salad, or chicken or fish with vegetables, something like that,” she said.
How she builds in treats:
“I really do try to aim for a 75-25 rule for eating. If I ate clean all day and I’m watching a movie later that night, I’ll have a few Kit Kat Bites or some popcorn, and I’m not going to feel bad about it. I can play a little bit.”
How she exercises all day long:
Don’t look for Menounos in the gym, she’s rarely there. Instead, she works her muscles all day. “Move with a purpose,” she advised. “Even if you’re just going from your office to the bathroom, power walk there. Get a [fitness tracker] and make sure that you’re reaching your steps-a-day goal, and that you’re always going. Take the harder way as much as possible. We’re so conditioned to take the easy way, the convenient way. I never do that; I’m always moving.”
She also fits in little bits of exercise throughout the day. “Sit-ups are always good,” Menounos said. “I have this one little routine that anyone can get through. Fifty sit-ups: 20 straight up and down, 10 to the side, 10 to the other side, another 10 straight up and down. If you do that every night, you’ll see results. I’m always contracting my abs all day. I’ll squeeze my legs in the car, squeeze my abs. I do it all the time.”