Ciara gives body in the September issue of Shape Magazine. Inside she shares some of her eating habits, fitness tips and more! I loved seeing her on Live Kelly & Michael too yesterday morning! She speaks so well! That dress was so fab on her, I have to find out who made it! Check out more inside!
On losing her pregnancy weight: When I was pregnant with Future [Jr.], one thing I learned quickly was, don’t ever let a pregnant lady be hungry, because when I was, I was like the Tasmanian Devil! I indulged in all the good food the world has to offer. After he was born—when I couldn’t exercise yet—I kept eating, and I gained 60 pounds. But as soon as the doctor said I could start training again, I was on the treadmill the very next day. Once I got back into it, I worked out two or three times daily. I would go to [trainer Gunnar Peterson] first for my one-hour training session, then I’d have two more cardio sessions later in the day. That, along with a really clean eating plan, was how I lost 60 pounds in four months. It was a very intense program, and I was extremely focused on it.
On working with a diet: First, I give myself a break. When I’m on a strict eating regimen, at some point I have to have French fries, a cheeseburger and some pizza. And Oreos and vanilla ice cream! I also believe that drinking tons of water and flushing out your system is crucial for training. It really helped me drop the weight. I tell myself that water is my medicine and that to stay well, I have to drink a gallon of it every day.
On stopping herself from over-eating: I have a mantra: ‘The food isn’t going anywhere. You know those days when you think you have to have a plate of pasta right now? When I’m trying to be good, I take a minute to ask myself, ‘Do you really need to eat all this crazy stuff? It will still be around if you want it later.