I believe Chrishell’s body transformation is a combination of cleaning up her diet, nailing her fitness routine, challenging herself with Dancing With The Stars, and also the emotional trauma she has gone through via heartbreak.
Let’s take a look at what this beauty queen is doing with her nutrition and workouts.
Egg whites with cheddar cheese and peppers or a protein bar paired with a nice cup of coffee.
She says, "When I'm busy, I normally either grab a banana and peanut butter or a protein bar. I'm obsessed with peanut butter."
"I love these Papa Steve's No Junk Raw Protein Bars." Some other of her favourite protein bars are think! Creamy Peanut Butter protein bars and ONE Peanut Butter Pie bars, which Chrishell says "basically taste like candy bars." Not a bad way to start the day.
It’s great that Chrishell appears to have protein-rich breakfasts. A great tip for losing weight is to always break your fast with protein because it stimulates the hormone glucagon, which is your body's fat-burning hormone that also suppresses your appetite.
When you eat carbs (grains/starches/fruits) for breakfast your body will store those carbs as fat and you won't burn fat for hours.
Chrishell shares that she doesn’t usually eat a snack between breakfast and lunch, “because it's just been a little bit of a whirlwind lately.”
This habit is actually a great tool for weight loss as well because it provides the body with more time to burn fat. When we eat constantly throughout the day we are not giving our body time to burn our stored blood sugar. Your body first eats all of the available glucose in your bloodstream and when that is all gone it begins to go after your reserved blood sugar. Glucagon, that wonderful hormone, actually releases this stored blood sugar and allowing our body to actually burn some fat.
We also don’t want to be eating constantly throughout the day because digestion is extremely hard work for our body. It takes a lot of time and energy to break down food into molecules that can be utilized throughout the body. When we eat too often we are constantly taxing our body and filling it with excess inulin. This uses up a lot of our energy but also causes fat storage because when our body cannot absorb and utilize food it stores it as, well, fat.
Chrishell says that a lot of her lunches consist of fish and veggies. She also says, "I go to Erewhon a lot and they have this buffalo cauliflower that I'm obsessed with," she says. Broccoli, carrots, and corn are her other top veggies.
Again, you are seeing meals that are full of protein and veggies. To balance out a meal like this even more I would make sure to include all the elements from what I like to call my CORE4 meals. Protein + Fiber + Fat + Greens. When you eat balanced meals like this you elongate your blood sugar curve, which prevents cravings and helps you lose weight. You teach your body how to feel full and satisfied so that instead of snacking between all of your meals you actually end up burning fat.
Everyone should have some good healthy snacks on hand if they do need some extra fuel and Chrishell totally follows that. She says she loves to snack on Papa Steve’s No Junk Raw Protein Bars as well as fruit.
"I love fruit," she says. "I'll have mango, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples; I just can't get enough." She's also a fan of dried fruit.
Interestingly, when she was practicing for Dancing With The Stars 5-6 hours every day she didn’t consistently snack.
"You're busy being active, so you're not thinking about it," she says. "Everyone gets in such phenomenal shape doing the show."
This just goes to show how unnecessary snacking often is for adults. Kids are growing so they often need snacks but as adults, we don’t usually want to grow.
If you do need to snack make it protein, fat and fiber, such as veggies and hummus or chia pudding or nuts and seeds.
Finally dinner. Chrishell says she often has gluten-free frozen lasagna for dinner, her favourite being Cali-flour Foods Vegetable Lasagna, which is grain-free, gluten-free, and ready in five minutes.
Chrishell also says she loves to veer away from all of the veggies and clean proteins. She loves sushi, pizza, and pasta and says, “If I'm not in a rush and I can go and eat like a normal human, I go out to dinner,"
If you are trying to achieve a thin body I believe it is so important not to follow a restrictive diet. When people consistently deprive and restrict themselves they can begin to feel out of control with food, experience emotional distress, and unintentionally eat more, not less.
When we restrict and demonize food it makes our brains focus more on the foods we are not supposed to be eating. We call these the forbidden foods.
If you are interested in learning more about this mind-body connection I’ve linked my Intuitive Eating Ebook below and have included a discount code in this video.
Besides coffee Chrishell has said that she enjoys drinking Zevia Organic Peach Black Tea. "That's pretty much all I drink unless I'm going out and having a cocktail," she says.
On those night's out, Chrishell matches her drinks to the cuisine. "Some kind of fruit martini is my favorite, but I've found that with sushi I love hot saki or white wine," she says.
Chrishell does not have dessert all of the time but allows herself to have it occasionally. She says, "I have such a sweet tooth. I love dessert. If I'm out to dinner, I pretty much always get dessert," she says. "There are two things I will always order: strawberry shortcake and pineapple upside down cake.”
As I said before, it is so important to allow yourself the occasional treat and to not live a life of deprivation and restriction. It’s the dose that makes the poison.
Now for FITNESS
Chrishell has been posting her strength/HIIT workouts with trainer Ocho. Think weighted circuits doing a lot of squats, lunges, burpees, bent-over rows, and all sorts of other challenging moves. She also wears resistance bands around her legs to get an extra burn.
Ocho stated that her “drive, determination, and work ethic mean she adapts and destroys everything I put her through, she works so hard that I saw results in two weeks.”
Apparently, she trains so hard with Ocho that she takes around 2-3 days to allow her body to rest and recuperate.
Experts believe that overdoing a high-intensity training plan without adequate rest may cause your mitochondria (the cells responsible for energy and blood sugar management) to malfunction. Therefore, rest is extremely important for both recovery and results.
Ocho said, “[Chrishell’s] schedule is very hectic, so we get in what we can, and HIIT training is one of the most efficient ways she can build muscle and burn fat at the same time."
HIIT and strength training workouts are awesome and are scientifically proven to rev up your metabolism and get you greater results in less time.
Chrishell also has shown herself doing reformer Pilates with trainer Brandon Perry of bppilates. Just like Ocho, you can do his workouts online. You do need a reformer though for his workouts.