DI­ETS THAT WORK The Small-meals Se­cret

How Ciara Lost the Baby Weight:

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The food isn’t go­ing any­where — that’s what Ciara kept telling her­self as she worked to quickly re­cover her pre-baby body af­ter wel­com­ing her son in 2014. Now she’s do­ing it again af­ter giv­ing birth to a daugh­ter in April. The singer, ac­tress and Revlon Global Brand Am­bas­sador shed more than 20 pounds of baby weight in short or­der by eat­ing small, fre­quent meals and work­ing out like a war­rior. But the gor­geous Grammy win­ner also finds ways to splurge oc­ca­sion­ally on some of her fa­vorite treats (french fries, pizza, burg­ers and cook­ies).

DIS­CI­PLINE, NOT DE­PRI­VA­TION

Though she didn’t work with Ciara, celebrity per­sonal trainer and nutri­tion­ist Char­lene Ciardiello says that blood sugar sta­bi­liza­tion was one of the keys to the star’s suc­cess. “She would eat small meals through­out the day, and each meal con­tained a pro­tein, a com­plex carb and a healthy fat to help sta­bi­lize her blood sugar, con­trol her ap­petite and keep her me­tab­o­lism revving high,” ex­plains Ciardiello, cre­ator of Shut Up & Move train­ing in the LA area. “This helped her have enough en­ergy and shed pounds steadily while keep­ing her curves in all the right places.” In ad­di­tion, Ciara, 32, drank a gal­lon of wa­ter each day (she told her­self wa­ter was her “medicine”). She has shared her weight­loss progress on so­cial me­dia, which has helped her stay on track, and some­times she talks back to her crav­ings: When a han­ker­ing for a gi­ant plate of pasta would strike, she’d pause and tell her­self that she didn’t need to eat it, that it would still be around if she really wanted it later. She’s mo­ti­vated by the mantra, “suc­cess be­gins with self- be­lief” — some­thing that’s turn­ing out to be a self-ful­fill­ing prophecy in her case.

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